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Toyota Matrix, Wagon
Nov 12, 2007 (11:45 am)
Hi, this is all new to me. I hope someone out there has had a similar problem and can help me. I have a 2003 Toyota Matrix. I love it!!! It's been great with only general maintenance. I do have a problem when putting fuel into the gas tank. It constantly clicks the pump off during a fill up. It hasn't always done this and has only started in the last few months. Is there a fix or a problem? Thanks!!
#3197 of 3315 Re: Fuel/Gas Input Problem [2003redmatrix]
Nov 13, 2007 (9:05 am)
If the tank venting system is plugged, what you described will occur: a lot of back pressure on the fuel nozzle will occur when you are pumping gas in, and it will click off constantly.
There is a valve that may be plugged up, but since it is part of the emissions system which is warrantied much longer than the rest of the car (and is likely still under warranty in your case, depending on what state you are in), I would take it to the dealer for a look-see.
#3198 of 3315 Re: 08 Matrix...possibly [nippononly]
Nov 13, 2007 (9:34 am)
Wow - I missed your reply way back in October! I signed up for notification alert but didn't get this one... Just came upon it. Thanks for all the great info. If I do go with the Matrix, I wonder if I should get the 2007 at a lower price or get the 2008? I don't think I'll go with the 2009... not sure about that one. I realized that I did leave out that my Echo is automatic and that's what I'll buy again. You asked what else I'm looking at - I really don't know. Have enjoyed the Toyota - with my budget and my desire for good fuel efficiency - I'm not sure what else I would look at. Can afford to upgrade for once but now that gas costs so much, I don't want to give up good gas mileage.
#3199 of 3315 Re: Fuel/Gas Input Problem [nippononly]
Nov 13, 2007 (9:58 am)
Thanks for taking the time to reply to my problem. I'll have it looked into immediately!!
#3200 of 3315 Re: 08 Matrix...possibly [val61sf]
Nov 14, 2007 (7:27 am)
Oh OK, well if automatic is your thing, then I can tell you that back when I had an automatic Matrix about four years ago (long story), I managed to get about 32 mpg as a running average. That was, again, in mainly suburban driving without a stop-and-go commute, and the occasional longer trip.
And if you can still find an '07 at a dealer, get the '07! You should be able to whittle down the price a lot as the '08s have been on lots for months now, and there were no meaningful changes (I think tire pressure monitoring became standard, that was about it).
Dec 09, 2007 (10:07 pm)
I have a 2004 Matrix with 46,000 miles on it. About a month ago, the manual transmission blew and had to be replaced. While reading these forums, I found that this is not an uncommon problem.
My faith in Toyota is shaken, and I'm now questioning the reliability of my car.
My question to all of you... How reliable has your Matrix been? I'm interested in year and mileage. If you've had problems, what have they been?
I'm gathering this info as part of my decision to keep or get rid of this car. Thanks for your input!
Dec 09, 2007 (10:58 pm)
is too young to be of much help to you - 1 year and 12K miles. But it certainly seems that the pre-2005 Matrix manuals had some kind of weak point in design. From what the other folks here are saying, your car was probably updated with the post-2005 parts when your transmission was repaired. So you may still want to think about keeping the car, if you can confirm that occurred.
#3204 of 3315 Re: 08 Matrix...possibly [val61sf]
Jan 01, 2008 (5:44 pm)
I've got 49K miles on my XR and have been really ticked off at the Continental tires. The first two front ones were bald in 16K miles and I foolishly bought two more of the same only to have them go bald in about 18K miles. I then bought two Avon tires for far less money and not only are they wearing much better but are better in rain/snow and also more stable at highway speeds as far as staying straight ahead.. Check them out at Tire Rack.
#3205 of 3315 Rear Wiper blade replacement ?
Jan 01, 2008 (5:49 pm)
Does anyone have a clue how to remove the rear wiper blade without destroying the blade arm and/or rear window on my 2003 XR? I cannot find any kind of a release tab or anything that will allow the blade to slide out of the arm or anything that will release the arm from the wiper shaft. I actually had my local mechanic replace the blade 2 years ago and the new blade has never been in total contact with the window due to being bent or forced in some unnatural position to get it into the blade holder. Apparently he didn't know how to replace it either.
Or will I have to go to the Toyota dealer and pay an outrageous price for them to do their secret magic stuff ??