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#2934 of 3315 Question about difference in safety ratings
Sep 07, 2005 (1:28 pm)
We are considering buying a 2006 Toyota Matrix, but I am puzzled by the difference in safety ratings from the 2003-04 years and the 2005-06 years. The earlier models have a better safety rating than the more recent ones. (5 star vs 4 star for the passenger in the frontal star rating and 5 star vs 3 star for the front seat for the side star rating) I have been told by Toyota there has been no changes in the design of the vehicle so why is there a difference in the ratings? Does anybody know?
#2935 of 3315 Matrix VSC availability - 2WD or AWD?
Sep 07, 2005 (4:13 pm)
At the end of this posting is a response I received from a local Toyota
dealer in northern Indiana about buying a 2006 Matrix.
Regarding #4 below, this seems to contradict what I have found on Kelley
Blue Book and other sites. I want ABS and Vehicle Stability Control. My
research told me you could get VSC on 2WD and not AWD. The dealer is saying
below the exact opposite.
So for those with VSC or who checked it out, is VSC available on 2WD? On
AWD? Or both? Including special orders?
*** begin dealer message ***
This is what we are finding:
1) The SP or Extra Value Pkg #1 is being built primarily with options CK and
CF and that's it.
2) Accessory Pkg, Bumper Protector, Cargo Mat, Floor Mats, Security System
and 16" Wheels are all options we can add aftermarket or here at the
3)EV Radio option w/ JBL AM/FM Stereo 6-Disc CD Changer in dash and
Restraint System are both unavailable on current XR vehicles out there
without getting QP or Extra Value Pkg #2 and they are both factory installed
4) Stability Control is not available on any 2WD units out there only AWD.
5) ABS Braking system is another one not available on any XR models out
*** end dealer message ***
Sep 07, 2005 (5:04 pm)
Hi, I just bought an 06 Matrix Base front wheel drive and was reading the owner's manual. It suggest "tighten drive shaft bolt" at many of the service intervals. What is this? The car is front wheel drive. Any ideas?
#2937 of 3315 Re: 2006 Matrix maintenance [nick2006matrix]
Sep 07, 2005 (5:37 pm)
I think that if you look closely, the owner's manual covers ALL models. The "tighten drive shaft bolt" would be under the "if applicable" category.
#2938 of 3315 Thanks herzogtum71
Sep 09, 2005 (8:43 pm)
Thanks, herzogtum71! I'll check out the Scion. But my husband and his father really want Grandpa to have a navigation system in the car and I think the easiest thing would be the built-in ones with big screens and voice-commands. So, we may have to move up to a sedan like the Accord.
#2939 of 3315 Re: 2006 Matrix maintenance [nick2006matrix]
Sep 10, 2005 (4:44 am)
I'm pretty sure that the "tighten drive shaft bolt" applies to the AWD only. That's what my '04 maintenance manual says. Plus, the AWDs are the only models with a "drive shaft".
#2940 of 3315 2006 Matrix XR order
Sep 10, 2005 (7:28 am)
Some information for those interested in Toyota special ordering from the factory and how it works.
I special ordered a 2006 Matrix XR 2WD automatic yesterday morning. I put down a $500 deposit.
The stated time for arrival is four to six months, and the dealer sees it in their expected future inventory three to four weeks in advance before the car arrives. Once that happens, my credit card would probably be charged. It is expected that the earliest my credit card will be charged is when the dealership sees the car is on its way three or four weeks in advance of arrival.
2006 TOYOTA MATRIX XR 2WD (AUTO)
1912 2WD Sport Matrix Wagon 4-Door (Automatic Transmission)
8P4 Indigo Ink Pearl (exterior color)
FB13 Stone (cloth interior)
Z1 Accessory Pkg, Preferred (PIO)
SP Extra Value Pkg #1
CK Guard Pkg, All Weather
PO Power Pkg
AB Braking System, F&R Anti-Lock
EF Bumper Protector, Rear (PIO)
C1 Cargo Mat (PIO)
CF Floor Mats, F&R (PIO)
EV Radio, AM/FM Stereo w/6-Disc CD Changer in Dash
BE Restraint System, F&R Head Curtain & Front Side Impact Air Bag
V5 Security System, VIP RS3200 Plus (PIO)
VS Stability Control, Vehicle • Standard & XR 2WD w/Auto Trans
AW Wheels, 16" Aluminum
RW Wiper, Intermittent Rear Window
ENGINE 4-Cyl, 1.8 Liter
TIRES (4) P205/55R16
#2941 of 3315 Re: 2006 Matrix maintenance [tommyg12]
Sep 17, 2005 (1:57 pm)
It makes sense that the AWD would have a drive shaft bolt to tighten. Thanks for the tip. So far I really love the Matrix.
#2942 of 3315 Re: 2006 Matrix XR order [budh]
Sep 18, 2005 (2:14 am)
You gave us all that info but not the price before TT/L and any additional fees????
#2943 of 3315 Weight trigger for pssgr airbags
Sep 19, 2005 (2:00 pm)
I just bought a Matrix XR 4WD for my wife. The passenger side airbog is enabled by a weight sensor in the seat... enabled when an adult sits in the seat, disabled when a child sits in the seat. Can anybody point me to a site that gives the weight threshold for this sensor?
So far, the salesman told me 60 lbs, I saw a post somewhere on this board that said 80 lbs, but the service dept at our dealer said 20 lbs (seems to low to me).
I tried searching the forum... but haven't manage to pull any useful info, yet.