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Toyota Matrix, Wagon
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 ??
#3206 of 3315 Re: 08 Matrix...possibly [val61sf]
Jan 25, 2008 (10:40 pm)
Also - has anyone purchased the Matrix after having the Echo?
We bought the wife an Echo in 2000. Bought a Trixie in 2006.
That Echo has been positively fab! If pressed to come up with ways to improve the little sweetheart, I'd be hard pressed. For what it is, it's quite peppy, reliable, simple, roomy and economical to keep serviced.
The Matrix has been pretty fair, but pales when compared to our experiance with the Echo. Clutch is much too close to the brake. Not nearly as responsive as the Echo. Too many little electronic annoyances. Seats are not so comfortable. Gives a more cramped "feel" even though it's actually a larger rig. The Echo's central instrument panel is far superior. Had to get front end alighnment at 17K.
#3207 of 3315 08 matrix: What will the APR/rebate be in February?
Jan 27, 2008 (9:06 am)
i still can't decide between the 08 and the 09. i want abs and the extra airbags w automatic.
does anyone know what the apr and/or rebate will be in February for the 08?
#3208 of 3315 Re: 08 matrix: What will the APR/rebate be in February? [jefe47]
Jan 28, 2008 (8:23 am)
It's almost guaranteed to be exactly the same as it is now. And if past experience with Toyota is anything to go by, it will end after that, and the last of the '08 Matrixes will be sold fairly quickly. Last production of the '08 was in December, so as many '08s as will ever be out there again at dealers are there right now...
#3210 of 3315 Looking For a Matrix Service Manual
Feb 14, 2008 (12:02 pm)
I have a new Matrix XR and haven't been able to find a service/repair manual like the ones Chilton and Haynes used to put out. I haven't been able to find anything on the Matrix on-line. I'm not interested in a factory manual, just want to be able to do simple owner's maintenance like changing trans fluid and coolant. A CD-Rom would be OK if there is nothing in print. Any help appreciated. Thanks. Denny
#3211 of 3315 Racing disc hubcaps effect on disc brakes.
Feb 19, 2008 (10:21 pm)
I want to buy the Racing hubcaps for my 2006 Toyota Matrix with disc brakes. Will the brakes fail if i use these caps due to no airflow during everyday driving???