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#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.
#2944 of 3315 Re: Matrix VSC availability - 2WD or AWD? [budh]
Sep 21, 2005 (9:32 am)
We've been told we can order VSC on an automatic 2WD but not a manual. ABS does come on an XR, but again a special order not the production build. Why Toyota wouldn't make ABS and rear air bags standard on all its models is a mystery. It sounds like you may have encountered a lazy dealer.
#2945 of 3315 Toyota special orders - finding largest dealers
Sep 23, 2005 (9:17 pm)
Supposedly, getting a Toyota special order completed in a reasonably timely manner happens most easily if you go through a dealer with a very large inventory of cars ordered every month.
1. Can anyone confirm if this is true?
2. How do you determine what the largest volume Toyota dealers are in your area? (In my case, living in South Bend, Indiana, any place within 2 or 3 hours of me, which would include Chicago, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne would work.)
3. Is there a way to see the volume at a dealer for a particular model?
#2947 of 3315 Would you recomend a Matrix?
Jun 27, 2008 (3:16 pm)
I've posted this in another forum, but hope that this forum also generated a response...
I am about to start a new job that requires a lot of travel and I need an inexpensive, good gas milage, low maintenance vehicle. The Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe is the vehicle at the top of my list right now, but I would like to see what others have experience while owning and driving their's.
So here are some questions and if you have an answer to any of them please let me know:
1. What is the average gas milage you have experienced both in town and while on the highway?
2. What is the maintenance record? What have been the common things to fail and at what milage did they fail? How much did it cost to repair?
3. What is the plausible service life of the vehicle? I am looking to get 200K of more and will that be fairly trouble free with routine maintanence?
4. Performance-wise how do the different motor options stack up? If you could would you recomend the AWD even though it has the lowest horsepower rating, or do you get the higher performance though front-wheel drive only engine?
5. Comfort-wise, how did you feel after a long trip? Did you long to get out of the car or was a long trip a fairly bearable experience.
6. Did you feel safe while driving the car? Meaning did you feel confident that you would be able to handle all types of weather conditions and or traffic conditions such as snow and or ice, and panic stops and manuvers? If not, in which conditons did you not feel comfortable with and would you attribute this to the car's inability or your inability to handle the condition? Example: would the car be able to handle an icy road, but you would not because you have never driven on one before?
These are my basic questions and any advice is much appreciated. I am looking to do 2500-3000K miles a month and need to do so in fairly good comfort with out having to spend an arm and a leg at the gas pump and at the repair shop both before the 100K mile mark and after. I understand that there are parts that wear out and nothing lasts forever, but if I can get the car to go to 200K with out any major repairs, that is what I am looking for. And if I can get it to do that while maintaining some degree of comfort and style I will be happy. I just don't want to be stuck driving a fancy Geo Metro.
Oct 07, 2005 (6:02 am)
I can answer some of the questions you have.
After 25,000 miles in 2 years I have had nothing break on my car. It has been damaged (door dings, rock chips) but no failures.
Mine is the XRS with the higher output engine. I've gotten 32 mpg on the highway and averaged 27 mpg in mixed driving when I lived in Virginia. Here in Miami I can still get 32+ on the highway, but sitting at lights with the AC running brings my city mileage down to 20.
I drove a little in ice and snow and the Matrix seemed no better or worse than any number of other cars I have driven.
The one condition that irks me the most is the wet. I am not sure of the root cause, but starting from a stoplight or stopsign gets me a lot a wheel spin. My tires have decent tread left in the front, so it might just be the way the manual transmission delivers power to the front wheels. An automatic might be better in this regard.
I think you should be able to do 200k trouble-free miles in a Matrix provided you get the scheduled maintenance done. Oil changes and transmission fluid changes may drive you nuts if you are doing them frequently enough, but you'll be asking for trouble if you don't. Do them by mileage and not time.
#2949 of 3315 Re: Would you recomend a Matrix? [thebigal]
Oct 07, 2005 (6:26 am)
I can add a couple of comments to the previous post. We have an '03 4WD, purchased in August 2002. Just under 30K on the odometer at present.
4WD is not peppy, but adequate in my opinion. With ABS it handles really well on snow and ice. Fuel efficiency is less than with the FWD. We have cracked 30 mph on the highway a few times. No less than 22 mpg driving around town. Overall gas mileage thus far about 26.5 mpg.
Not much has gone wrong with this car. Had a door handle replaced just before the warranty expired due to peeling chrome covering. When it was new they replaced the headlight sensor relay after I learned of a TBS through this forum, and that took care of a problem with the headlights turning themselves on and off too frequently.
Also when it was brand new I found a couple of little plastic cups under each side of the car that the dealer claimed didn't come from the car. But people in this forum speculated that they had been used during transport of the car and the dealer hadn't removed them when they prepped the car.
That's about it for problems. My daughter wrecked a fender and knocked off a mirror when backing out of the garage. But that's not the car's fault.
But one issue that used to come up frequently is comfort of driving position. I don't know if the sterring wheel has been extended in recent model years, but for the 2003 I don't find the Matrix terribly comfortable to drive over long distances. (I am 5'10", my wife is 5'3" and has no complaints.) So be sure to take a nice long test drive. The seats themselves are comfortable; the issue is with the driving position and lack of a terribly useful armrest.