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Toyota Matrix, Wagon
#2992 of 3315 Re: 2005 matrix airconditiong [joey0708]
Feb 03, 2006 (9:04 am)
Haven't you seen all the posts about the poor AC in Matrix ? It takes half an hour to cool down the cabin to 70F with the medium setting even the outside temp is 70. While under the same condition, a camery needs only 2-3 minutes. For local commute, I rarely use the AC. For a long trip on a nice day, I scroll down the window and turn the AC to maxium setting for ten minutes, and then close the window. For a long trip on a hot summer day, I just bear it for the first half an hour. In my opion, it is the worst AC. I have driven toyota echo and chev aveo. And yes, their AC's are better. I would have traded it in had my financial situation allowed me. It is my first new car, and I see a lot of first new car buyers including myself regreting on not spending a little bit more on a better car. The bottom line is that civic, corrola, matrix ..., they are not that cheaper if you can find a deal on accord or camery.
#2993 of 3315 Re: 2005 matrix airconditiong [path4]
Feb 03, 2006 (12:12 pm)
hi thanks no i did not see the information . i just started to look at thev matrix and just start researching about it . infact on a very hot day i tried the pt cruisner and that worked really fast and was very cold . i would like toget something alittle better on gas . i see that honda fit is coming out , not sure if that will be any better .do you think it is because the engine is just to small ? and that is why the air isn;t that good . thanks
Feb 03, 2006 (6:45 pm)
I am trying to figure out if the Matrix and Corolla have the same final drive ratio - It seems they have the same gear ratios. Can somebody tell me how many rpms a Matrix is turning at 60 mph in 5th gear (manual tranny of course).
#2995 of 3315 matrix &corolla airconditiong
Feb 04, 2006 (2:24 pm)
i know that the matrix has problems with the AC being poor ,how about the corolla since it has the same engine?
#2996 of 3315 matrix &corolla starting problem
Feb 04, 2006 (2:27 pm)
i read the matrix has a starting problem , does anyone know does the corolla have the same problem? do they drive about the same ?
#2997 of 3315 Re: matrix &corolla starting problem [joey0708]
Feb 04, 2006 (2:43 pm)
i think i can answer both of your questions; the AC problem can be fixed by properly adjusting the hot air/cold air blend door.
the starting problem is confined to the matrix, since the vibe does not have a passive theft deterrent system.
Feb 10, 2006 (4:37 pm)
Living in Miami, I run my AC pretty much every single day. It works well enough for me. I generally cruise around on recirc at level 2 though I will go to 3 and vent if it's been sitting in the sun.
My wife's Civic always had decent air conditioning. After a ride in my Matrix one day she starting complaining about how weak her AC was. So since the car was a few years old I took it in to get AC checked. It came back within spec. No leaks, no refrigerant loss. Nada.
#2999 of 3315 Re: matrix side impact crash [joey0708]
Feb 13, 2006 (9:21 am)
Actually you can get side airbags in a Matrix that is not 4 wheel drive. Just over 1 year I ordered a 2005 front wheel drive Matrix XR 5-speed through my local dealer (Central Atlantic Region). My salesman first checked all dealers in the region for a vehicle that I liked (5-speed, ABS, and Side Airbags) and found none. It took approximately 7 weeks from the time my order was placed to receive the car. I've been completely satisfied in my first year with the car.
If you buy a Matrix without side airbags, crash performance will likely be similar, (but not necessarily identical) to the Corolla, since the Matrix has a higher seating position and weighs slightly more.
Another thing to consider when deciding between vehicles that may or may not have side airbags is resale. In 5 - 10 years when you might sell this vehicle, side airbags will probably be standard on every car sold. A car without side airbags would be harder to sell, or would sell at a reduced price.
In my opinion, the initial extra cost of side airbags is worth it when you consider that they might save your life, or that your car's resale will be that much better. (I just wish that Toyota would make them standard equipment like Honda is now doing on all of their vehicles, or at least make them more readily available without having to custom order from the factory.)
#3000 of 3315 Re: 2005 matrix airconditiong [joey0708]
Feb 13, 2006 (1:17 pm)
If you care about gas price, you shouldn't buy Matrix. A V4 Camery is more fuel efficient. It sounds very strange, but it is the absolute truth. I have never got above 30mpg, mostly 28 on a long highway trip. It is probably because of wind resistence and 1.8L engine being too little. All in all, Matrix is a vehicle poorly made by toyota.
Feb 13, 2006 (5:39 pm)
Too bad there is no V4 in the Camry.