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#2593 of 3315 Re: Sufficient Drag on Windy Days... [thel #2582]
Jun 01, 2004 (5:22 pm)
Gee Thel, I think I can figure out when I need to see my Toyota dealer - I was interested in whether many people using this site have experienced O2 sensor problems... especially on the 2004 Matrix -If you haven't experienced what I am asking about then why are you writing to me with such biting undertones? Have I offended you somehow?
Summer has just started here in the desert and on any given day I can experience 20-40 mph gusts of wind. While I don't "fear for my life", I am surprised at how much the little car is blown about.
Why don't you share with me what brand of 17" tires you'd recommend instead of the Continentals. I have the stock 16" that came on the car and believe that 17" will bring more stability.
#2594 of 3315 About to buy a Matrix
Jun 01, 2004 (8:15 pm)
I am about to buy my very first new car...a 2005 XR Matrix. I am debating upgrading to the 17" wheels. What benefits do they have over the 16"...does one inch really make that much of a difference?
Jun 01, 2004 (9:31 pm)
there is a noticeable difference in the amount of firmness of ride (more with the 17s) and the amount of understeer (less with the 17s). But they are not worlds apart or anything.
maverick: yeah, I used to notice that with mine too. It is a relatively light car for its size and also has relatively tall slab sides - perfect for catching the wind. Despite that, I always felt it was pretty stable at high speeds (above 80 or so), as long as there wasn't a lot of wind. I never had any sensor problems with my '03, but hopefully if it is an O2 sensor, it should be relatively quick to diagnose. Good luck!
#2596 of 3315 nippon
Jun 01, 2004 (9:41 pm)
How's that RSX of yours doing ? Still liking it or wishing for your old Trix back..... I know I know... but I can help but wonder if you'd not want back in to the Matrix. Just so practicable than an RSX, if you ask me... BUT, maybe the latter is more fun, eh ?
Jun 02, 2004 (6:34 am)
just took a road trip with two other people in the RSX over the weekend - just about as cramped as I'd ever want to be! I longed for the old trix more than a few times. Definitely prefer the looks over the RSX too.
I wish the XRS was sold standard with the TRD updates you can buy, like the sways and brakes (without a consequent price increase). And I wish I had never made the mistake of buying automatic, 'cause I might still have that car if it hadn't been for that.
#2598 of 3315 nippon
Jun 04, 2004 (7:45 am)
Doing my darnest "Johnny Carson grand wizard" best, McMahon just handed me an envelope, and as I place the unopened envelope to my forehead, guess what I see in it: a Matrix in your future.
Seriously, it is difficult for you to hide your continued interest in this wagon ! And I understand how you feel. I love my Trix too.... Methinks the RSX is just a nice <to-have>, and soon you'll get over it. The XRS already puts out 100hp/liter; that is outstanding since not many cars match this hp-to-displacement ratio. There is the 6-speed tranny to your liking. A few suspension hardwares - sway bars, springs, etc., phat 19"/20" rims all around, and big Brembo brakes, and voila... the Trix turns into your BMW-killer All of this canbe achieved without breaking the bank, you know.
Jun 05, 2004 (12:43 pm)
My XRS is an 04 so it only produces 96Hp per liter. Oh, the shame.
Jun 07, 2004 (8:17 am)
"All of this canbe achieved without breaking the bank, you know"
believe me, I know!
I am going to stick with this one for a while - I am tired of the frequent car-switching. I am very curious to see what they will do with the second-gen Matrix in a couple of years, and I am also possibly interested in one of the bottom-end German rear-drivers that are coming here in the same time frame. The BMW 1-series five-door looks good, for instance. If the 2-series takes off enough, maybe they will bring the 1-er here as well.
Jun 07, 2004 (9:21 pm)
2004 XR auto FWD. 2876 mi total. 341.4 mi on last tank. 12.127 gal fill up. -> 28.15 mpg.
Note: This was about 2 mpg lower than my previous worst. No obvious explanation except the pump seemed able to put more gas into the tank. 12.127 gal fill-up seemed to be a lot when the gas needle was still a bit above E. Last time I could only put in 12.017 gal when the needle went way below E and pegged the bottom.
#2602 of 3315 1-er
Jun 08, 2004 (8:29 pm)
c'mon Nippon. You'll put faith in BMW on a new release in the US ? Recall the debacle with the X5 ? Don't think the X3 is burning down anyone's door either.... 1-er ! Puleaze... Now if you say you'd want a 330, I'd say go for it cos I love it too.
Anyways, like you, I am anxious to find out what direction Toyota goes with the next Trix. Hopefully, a bigger boost in power and performance in MY 2006.