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#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.
Jun 16, 2008 (5:15 pm)
Well, I just had occasion to replace one tire because I ran over something that sliced my tire to pieces. That's the first time I have installed a spare in probably at least ten years!
Anyway, the stock Goodyear Eagles are expensive! The only places that had them in stock wanted $130 or more for one! And believe it or not, the dealer had the lowest price, so that's the way I went.
But holy smokes! $130 for one 16" tire that's not even a particularly high performance tire??!! I wanted to get the same kind even though it was expensive, just so it would match the other tires on the car. When it finally comes time to replace all four, I think I will be switching to Michelin Energys. If they are going to cost this much anyway, might as well have a Michelin, and a quiet one with a treadwear warranty at that...
I am at almost 20K miles, by the way, with none of the tire issues that some less fortunate Matrix owners have reported. Personally, I am convinced that while there may have been some minor issues with the way some people's cars were built, the bigger part of the problem by far was with the Continentals that Toyota was using when the Matrix was first introduced.
At the rate they are wearing, I have no doubt I will get at least 40K miles out of my tires, and I am hoping for 50K.
Jun 21, 2008 (12:48 pm)
I have had a flat too (ran over a nail and a screw) and the guy at the tire place (discount tire) said they weren't cheap either (105.00 to 150 per tire) . I have a while to go before I have to replace them so I guess I'll start saving now.
#3240 of 3315 Re: Headlight problem , 2003 Matrix [oreng]
Jul 12, 2008 (4:04 pm)
Hi oreng, I'm having the exact same problem with my '06 Matrix. After I jumped another car, both of the low beams are not working. I've replaced the headlights, check all the fuses and relays, which are working fine. What ended up being the problem with yours, was it grounding?
Jul 12, 2008 (5:09 pm)
Has any one tried to install the new 09 roof rack on an older matrix I am going to measure and see if it can be done