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Toyota Matrix, Wagon
May 17, 2004 (10:01 am)
They changed the interior a bit as well. The passenger seatbelt light has been replaced with a clock. The rear defrost button was moved to the dead button to the left of the radio. The radio is now a Toyota radio, no longer GM. This also means no more navigation system Matrix will be made. They have a new sound system with an integrated subwoofer option as well. On the safety front there is now an option for side curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers, tire pressure warning system and I think vehicle skid control, but dont hold me to that last one. Overall I am happy with my 2003 XRS. The only thing I would like to have had is full curtain side airbags, I have just the torso side airbags. I won't be trading mine in anytime soon, too many grins per mile.
May 17, 2004 (3:06 pm)
that they cancelled the NAV option - I mean Toyota has their own so just because they traded out the GM radios (thank goodness) doesn't mean they couldn't have still offered it.
And the Mazda3 has it, so you would think they would keep it to stay competitive.
I noticed they now have stability control available, yes...forgot it didn't have that before.
And I see they have added a maintenance reminder light on the dash...geez, how much do these things cost? It would have been nice to see the money spent elsewhere, like on tire pressure warning systems, perhaps. Those maintenance lights are just an annoyance.
#2579 of 3315 cold air intake
May 23, 2004 (5:43 am)
I noticed the Toyota TRD site offers a
cold air intake for the Matrix that provides around 10
more horsepower. Love to here from anyone who
has had it done or just opinions on spending the extra bucks for it. The part cost $285 plus install.
#2580 of 3315 Sufficient Drag on Windy Days...
May 27, 2004 (10:27 am)
'04 XR Auto (1400 mi.) I didn't notice this before when I test drove the Matrix on several different days, this car is extremely affected by cross winds. I live in the southwest and during the summer months the wind picks up during daylight hours.
Also, I looked into the TSB (on this site) on the O2 sensor and have recently felt the car hesitating from a dead stop. Could this be an indication that my car will have a faulty oxygen sensor too?
Another thing...Can someone explain to me what the purpose is of having the OD on all the time (other than gas conservation)?
Thanks very much.
#2581 of 3315 Cross wind and OD
May 27, 2004 (3:40 pm)
I haven't notice any unusual problem with cross wind in my Matrix. I suppose it's relative; it's probably more sensitive than lower profile vehicles (sedans, coupes) but better or no worse than higher profile vehicles (SUVs, minivans).
OD is the top gear – the fourth gear in the 4-speed auto in this case. You’d leave OD on under normal condition so the auto transmission has all the available gears (1st-4th) to select from. You’d switch OD off only if you want to prevent the auto transmission from selecting the top gear for whatever reason (such as engine braking, preventing “hunting” between 3rd and 4th, etc.)
#2582 of 3315 Re: Sufficient Drag on Windy Days... [maverick04 #2580]
May 27, 2004 (3:42 pm)
About the wind issue, well the Matrix, like many newer model cars has a relatively high roof-line so that will make it more suseptible to winds. I've never noticed myself fearing for my life on windy days, so it doesn't bother me.
IF you're worried about an O2 sensor my suggestion, odd as it may seem, would be to schedule a service visit with your local Toyota dealer and have them check it out.
I can't really help you with your OD question, I have a 6-speed in mine. My guess would be that you are referring to some sort of OD shut-off switch which is used in trucks for towing situations. If I guessed wrong then I apologize...
May 29, 2004 (5:01 am)
Me and the little lady are looking and like the Matrix. We both want to know if anybody has the Xrs in the 4spd auto? Does it have more pep than the Xr? how does it ride with 17" rims? This will be our first new car and want to get all the goodies and more. any info will be helpful pro's and cons.
#2584 of 3315 XRS With Auto
May 29, 2004 (9:09 am)
Past postings on the Matrix and Celica board have complained about the auto shifting way before the 8k redline,even before the valve lift at 6k, making that engine(XRS) a bad choice for an auto tranny.Probably why the Acura RSX Type S doesn't offer an auto-just the 6 speed. Another option is the TRD supercharger installed on the XR,which supposedly adds about 35 horsepower and increases low end torque.I have an XR with the 5 speed(bone stock) and like it just fine. It's 32mpg avg and the way it likes to rev make it fun and economical as well.IMHO any four banger with an auto is bound to be a bit of a dog and/or a gas hog(for a 4 cylinder that is).
May 29, 2004 (9:28 am)
ride is much firmer than the XR, but I would not call it harsh.
In order for it to be "sportier", you have to keep the revs up over 6000, which means with the auto, you will want to keep it in '1' or '2' gear all the time.
If you don't do that, it is even more of a dog than the XR auto.