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Toyota Matrix, Wagon
#3131 of 3315 Re: 2008 Vibe/Matrix? [robbieg]
Dec 29, 2006 (7:08 am)
Our lab retreiver fits nicely in the back hatch. So you're looking at: a)man/woman in front seats; b)baby seat, baby gear, and folding stroller in back seats; and c) big dog in the rear cargo area. It will work, but for how long? You must ask and answer some questions for yourself. How long of a drive and will you need luggage? Where will luggage, groceries go? Do I really know how much gear a baby requires on a long trip? (Hint, you could FILL the rear cargo area and wish for more room.) As this baby grows, will there be a second baby in a few years (or while you plan to keep this vehicle)?
I like the Vibe/Matrix, but personally question it being suitable for your family needs. (However, you're the only one that can answer that!) Should you need a slightly larger vehicle, you could consider/research: Mazda5, Subaru Forester X, VW Jetta/Passat wagons, Honda CRV, Honda Element, and Toyota RAV4.
#3132 of 3315 Matrix Dashboard Blues and Rattles
Dec 30, 2006 (7:26 pm)
I have a 2007 Matrix XR with 4,000 miles and basically like the car in terms of handling.
A frequent but not constant rattling noise comes from behind the gauge view area. Thoughts and/or recommendations?
#3133 of 3315 Re: 2008 Vibe/Matrix? [robbieg]
Dec 31, 2006 (8:50 am)
Will the Matrix meet your need? I'll go one step farther than gasman1 and answer "No!" The cargo area would not be big enough to hold baby gear and a large dog.
An additional vehicle to consider before they quit making them is the 4-cylinder FWD Highlander. Around town the Matrix meets our needs nicely, but we found it too small for a family of four with luggage. After looking at quite a few vehicles I ended buying the Highlander. It's not a hotrod, but it has plenty of space and is more fuel efficient than most of the small wagons and crossovers available. And the 4-cylinder version is in the same price range as the other vehicles mentioned.
#3134 of 3315 Re: 2008 Vibe/Matrix? [robbieg]
Jan 04, 2007 (5:56 pm)
Get a regular minivan. You won't believe the stuff you'll end up having to haul around, including other kids and carseats. I doubt that you'd ever regret it, best thing we ever did.
#3135 of 3315 Re: 2008 Vibe/Matrix? [robbieg]
Jan 10, 2007 (3:31 pm)
With one baby and the dog, I'd say get something small like the Matrix and put the dog in the rear and the stroller in the back seat. Or look at a Mazda5. Or the Honda Fit. I have a Fit and it has as much room behind the 2nd row as the Matrix (21CuFt), and you can fold up the 1/3 part of the rear seat for the stroller, diaper bags, etc. Plus there's space under the 2nd row for paper towels, wipes, and a lot of smaller stuff. Stay away from minivans/SUVs if you only have one baby and aren't carrying other folks on a regular basis.
#3136 of 3315 New Matrix in snow - slip sliding away....
Feb 05, 2007 (3:50 pm)
I bought a new 2006 Matrix XR 2WD last May with VSC, ABS, and traction control that now has about 10,000 miles on the tires. With the zero degree temperatures in northern Indiana, I ventured out earlier this afternoon and I was slipping all over the place in the packed snow - the traction control (spinning tires) symbol was coming on frequently -- I had to concentrate on stepping VERY gently on the accelerator to avoid the tire spin.
In my Highlander SUV with tires that have been on that vehicle for over 50,000 miles, I had no trouble at all.
It was hard to tell if this problem was due to the Matrix. or if it was because the tires that came with the car are bad in the snow.
Anybody else have this issue with a new Matrix in the snow? Is it the car? Or the stock tires that came with it?
#3137 of 3315 Re: New Matrix in snow - slip sliding away.... [budh]
Feb 05, 2007 (5:57 pm)
I have the Eagles on mine, which I assume would be awful on snow. Would the Continentals be any better? I wonder...
#3138 of 3315 Water ruins fuel pump?
Feb 06, 2007 (1:05 pm)
OK...service station pumped a gob of water into my tank...i only got 5 miles down the road. Had it towed, mechanic says water has ruined the fuel pump, which is $800.00...i called dealer and its true. But i'm wondering will the water really ruin the fuel pump like that?
#3139 of 3315 Re: Water ruins fuel pump? [gtorick]
Feb 06, 2007 (2:05 pm)
Probably nothing has changed in that regard in the past 40 years. My father had the same experience in a Rambler, except he only got a mile down the road. After some hassle the service station agreed to pay for the repair.
#3140 of 3315 Re: 2008 Vibe/Matrix? [robbieg]
Feb 08, 2007 (8:23 am)
Good news I hope:
Went to the Montreal auto show mid-Jan, the Toyota people confirmed that the all new 2008 Matrix would be available (at least over here) end of this summer. They also confirmed the reason why it was so late: the styling was juged too ugly and they had to redo it.
Last week, I went to a dealership near Montreal, and I was told the exact same information, so it looks believable. I tried very hard to get any details, but the salesman would only tell (and only knew) that the new car had been demonstrated to the dealership owners around here a few weeks ago and the owner came back with a huge smile telling : WOW people, we are not going to lose money with this one!
Let's wait a few more months and see....