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Toyota Matrix, Wagon
#2812 of 3315 Checking out the Matrix
Apr 05, 2005 (9:50 am)
I am researching options to purchase my first car. Among my other choices, is a used CPO Matrix XR (a 2004 mostly). Here are my concerns:
From some of the photos I've seen, the spoilers in the front seem to touch the ground or are very close to it. Does this cause any problems (such as dragging on the ground)? It is supposed to be an option, but isn't really if you want one of the Packages (1 or 2)
Also I suppoes I wonder about its reliability .. I know its a Toyota, but its still relatively new. Any comments on it?
Anyone have an idea on how the FWD measures against the AWD on automatic transmission?
Thank you very much
#2813 of 3315 Re: Checking out the Matrix [kriya]
Apr 05, 2005 (10:24 am)
We were concerned about the spoiler because we have a big hump at the end of our driveway (to keep rainwater in the street so it goes into a storm drain instead of down the driveway). Our '87 Nova (aka California-built Corolla) would scrape when loaded, but we haven't had that problem with the Matrix.
However, at least one person in this forum reported damaging the thing in a snowbank, and you don't want to pull into a parking place and drive forward until your tires hit the curb.
We have an '03 AWD and have had no issues whatsoever except for the headlight sensor that kept turning the lights on and off. They replaced the sensor and fixed the problem, and by the 2004 model year they were coming with the new sensor off the assembly line
As for AWD vs. FWD, if you want a lot of pep you won't be happy with the AWD. For our purposes the AWD has been more than adequate, though.
#2814 of 3315 best way to buy a matrix?
Apr 08, 2005 (11:32 am)
I got a quote of 500 below invoice and that was before the 500 rebate. Has anyone done better?
#2815 of 3315 New 05' Matrix XR 5-SPD
Apr 10, 2005 (9:14 pm)
I just picked up my 05' Matrix XR 5-SPD in Suburbia Detroit on last friday--and so far, I LOVE it! I paid $16,860 (dealer invoice) + tax, which came out to $18,102. It came with the QP Package (sunroof, fog lights, etc.), the 6-disc changer, Preffered Accessory Package, and the All-Weather Package. Love the color--dark blue.
Sound like a decent price to everyone?
I wish it had tinted windows and the compass rearview mirror, but I LOVE every other part!! Great gas milage, smooth drive, and changing gears is a breeze. Would like to get some accessories (rearview mirror), anyone know of a good place?
Weird thing--I totaled my old car on 3/17/05--St. Patty's Day. This car that I bought--the Matrix--was invoiced and shipped to the dealer on 3/17/05. I think I was born for this car...
In response to the post about the Remote Security button not having the hatch--I noticed on 1 site (either carsdirect.com, or cars.com) that in the options, there were 2 different options for the Remote Keyless entry, and one of them didn't have the hatch button on them.
#2816 of 3315 remote security button
Apr 11, 2005 (12:02 pm)
Was that site specifically for remotes for the Matrix? My Highlander has no button for the hatch window since the glass doesn't open separately.
#2817 of 3315 Re: remote security button [herzogtum71]
Apr 12, 2005 (11:24 am)
This is what I saw:
When I was on one of those websites, and I was building my car, I noticed that there were two different options for "Remote Keyless Entry". One of them was cheaper than the other, and this is what lead me to believe they must have a basic remote keyless entry.
I hope this helps...I tried finding that site, but to no avail . In my endless researching for a new car I forget where I saw it...sorry!
#2818 of 3315 Re: Sounds pretty fishy... [herzogtum71]
Apr 12, 2005 (11:27 am)
OK--Kind of a picky question, but none the less.
Has anyone figured out how to have the Toyota Matrix XR remote keyless entry button have the car "beep-beep" when you lock it? All my car does is flash the lights twice.
I would like some sort of a sound to confirm so that I can walk away without having to stair at my car and see if it is locked or not.
#2819 of 3315 Re: Sounds pretty fishy... [sincerus]
Apr 12, 2005 (4:41 pm)
I think a loud "beep-beep" sounds cheap. I prefer the fact that it doesn't make a sound (I find very annoying when I hear that loud sound on other vehicles). Look back as you walk away. The stare is only for 2 or 3 seconds. I would prefer to see my lights flashing (to confirm the lock-up) as opposed to assuming that it was my vehicle making that sound (you're going to look anyway).The muted or near silent sound is more classy (even sophisticated). Just my opinion.
Apr 13, 2005 (5:22 am)
Our Matrix is silent, and the Highlander beep-beeps. I agree with petl, as beep-beep might disturb others late at night. But at least it's not the horn going honk-honk like it was with a Subaru I once rented.
#2821 of 3315 Re: beep beep [herzogtum71]
Apr 13, 2005 (8:03 am)
Only problem with the lights flashing and no sound is that on a really bright sunny day, it is hard to see the lights flash!