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#3228 of 3315 Specs for rear wiper blade replacement
Feb 11, 2008 (11:54 pm)
I want to replace the rear wiper blade on my 2006 Matrix, but can't find out what size to use. Neither Toyota's parts website nor the couple of auto parts stores I checked even mentioned the rear wiper in their cross-reference guides. They only list the 21" driver-side wiper and the 18" passenger-side one.
Does anyone know if a replacement blade is available for the rear wiper? Where can I get one? (Hopefully not through my Toyota dealer's parts dept; I need my arms & legs for work. 8D )
#3230 of 3315 Re: Specs for rear wiper blade replacement [lil_bru65]
Apr 16, 2008 (7:34 pm)
If you go to the dealer, they will be able to sell you a replacement insert, rather than replacing the whole blade, and you will pay about $5 for it, which doesn't seem too bad, like an arm and a leg would be.
It's such a short blade that it may be that the aftermarket just doesn't have it, I dunno.
Certainly if you go to (or call) the dealer parts department and ask them, they will be able to tell you what size it is, so you can check out the parts store for options.
#3232 of 3315 Is the cargo area the same as in year's past?
Apr 30, 2008 (7:31 pm)
I have a 2009 Toyota Matrix S and I was wondering if the cargo area (ie: rear seats folded down, measurement between the tops of the rear seats to the very back of the cargo area as well as width) would be the same as in years past. No one I have spoken with knows and I'd like to find a nice carpeted cargo mat to fit when the seats are down.
I do realize that buying a new model year vehicle involves some difficulties with buying accessories, but it would be nice to know for sure if there were changes in measurements worth noting. Some accessory websites only come up to 2005, which seems limiting. Any thoughts?
And oh, when I was "chatting" with toyota online, the rep typed out one of those silly disclaimers about making alterations to or swapping parts in a new vehicle with a warranty. I almost fell out of my chair laughing due to the fact that an after market carpet/mat couldn't be further from that example, LOL. It's an add-on, not a swapped part, get it Toyota? NOT
#3233 of 3315 Re: Is the cargo area the same as in year's past? [etched]
May 08, 2008 (1:49 pm)
I know that the cargo area behind the rear seat has been reduced. Our 2003 Matrix lists 21.8 cubic feet. My brother showed me literature for the new models that show a reduction of close to two cubic feet.
What I don't know is the answer to your question. The roof slope on the hatch is greater than on earlier model years, so that accounts for at least some of the reduced cargo area.
With rear seat folded down, ours is listed as 53.2 cubic feet. Even if your literature has the same figure, your best bet would be to take measurements for yourself.
#3234 of 3315 Re: Recall [nippononly]
May 09, 2008 (2:04 pm)
Recall notice arrived in today's mail. The work is supposed to take about an hour. Has anyone had the work done already?
#3235 of 3315 Re: Recall [herzogtum71]
May 09, 2008 (6:04 pm)
Mine is an '07, so it's not included.
#3236 of 3315 Re: Specs for rear wiper blade replacement [nippononly]
May 21, 2008 (10:43 am)
Nippononly, Sorry, I just found out you'd posted a response. You're right about the inserts. My husband bought both the front & rear inserts for about $11 from our dealership's parts dept back in March or April. Definitely a better deal than the ones for his 2007 Tundra. Apparently, you can't buy just inserts for those wipers; you have to buy the whole assembly at a ballpark cost of $60 w/tax.
#3237 of 3315 Re: Specs for rear wiper blade replacement [lil_bru65]
May 21, 2008 (12:16 pm)
I may be wrong here, but I believe that all Toyotas including the Tundra come from the factory with wipers on which you can replace just the inserts. The problem is the first time you go to replace them, if you replace the whole assembly with an aftermarket one, then you will no longer ever be able to replace just the inserts unless/until you go to the Toyota store and first buy replacement assemblies from them. It is only the factory assemblies that allow the option of replacing just the insert. All the aftermarket companies want you to buy new assemblies every year, because they make more profit that way.
I would be surprised if the Tundra were any different, but it is certainly a possibility. Toyota has been doing business the way I described for many years now, not sure why they would suddenly change practices just for the Tundra.