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#3256 of 3315 Cargo capacity?
Feb 25, 2009 (8:21 pm)
In comparing the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix 2009 AWD's, I see they have almost the same dimensions except for the Maximum Cargo Capacity (under the "Specs" pages). According to the Toyota website: http://www.toyota.com/businessfleet/vehicles/matrix/index.html and carsdirect.com it's 48.9 cu. ft., but according to Edmunds it's 62 cu. ft. (61.5 cu ft. per kbb.com) How can there be such a big gap between these numbers? What is the correct number? I think it must be the 48.9 since the 2 cars are basically twins and the Vibe has a capacity of 49.4 cu. ft. I just wanted to check if anybody knew. Thanks.
#3257 of 3315 Hwy Road Noise: Matrix 08 vs. 09
Feb 26, 2009 (6:41 am)
I noticed a few folks here have "upgraded" from the original Matrix to the redesigned 09 vehicle. I own an 08 and like most of the car -- except the harsh highway noise, and harsh ride on bumpy roads (which comes w/ the territory in a small car).
I'm curious if anyone who's made this switch has noticed a dramatic improvement in terms of cabin noise. when I testdrove the 09 it seemed about the same to me.
thanks in advance for any insights!
#3258 of 3315 Re: Cargo capacity? [venn]
Feb 26, 2009 (8:00 am)
The trick with cargo space is always in how you measure it, which is why two sources can vary so widely. I agree with you it is probably the lower number since the Vibe is basically its twin. The thing to do is go check the car out and bring some big stuff with you that is similar in size to the biggest loads you anticipate having to carry. Then, see if it fits.
#3259 of 3315 front brakes on 03 matrix
Mar 13, 2009 (6:45 am)
Hello I have never used this type of forum before so I hope I am doing this right. I have a toyota matrix 03 I had the brakes replaced about 2years ago. Last night both front brakes failed to both fully disingauge. Both brakes when I got home were glowing red hot, back brakes seemed fine. any thought to what this could be?
Mar 13, 2009 (7:33 am)
A failed brake caliper can cause the brakes to not properly disengage but it sounds unusual for both to do this at the same time. I would start by removing the calipers and inspecting them along with checking the fluid level in the master cylinder. Also, look over all brake lines and check for leakage.
#3261 of 3315 Re: front brakes [nick2006matrix]
Mar 13, 2009 (2:34 pm)
Thanks for your advice nick, I will have the car up on blocks tomorrow night I will let you know what I find.
Mar 18, 2009 (5:48 pm)
I am currently looking to buy a used Toyota Matrix, like a couple years old (06', 07').
I am torn between getting 5-speed manual transmission or an Automatic Transmission. I have read about the 5-speed manual's having transmission problems on one of the forums. Is this just in the 03' & 04' models? Is getting a Matrix a good thing? I need advice!
#3263 of 3315 Re: WHAT TO DO? [bellatogo02]
Mar 19, 2009 (10:59 am)
Having had both, I have to say you really need the manual to wring all the power out of the engine in the pre-'09s. The automatic is dog-slow.
I believe the manual transmission problem only extended through the '03 and '04 model years.
As far as is a Matrix a good thing, I can only say "good" will vary widely from person to person, right?
For me it was the best balance available at the time (bought mine 1/07) of utility, price, fuel economy, and reliability. It's also fairly peppy and moderately fun to drive. Its pretty strong in the areas I just mentioned. Four adults can travel in full comfort in this car, the back seat is surprisingly large. The stuff you can fit in it is voluminous with the back seat down.
Edit...I saw your larger post on the "pre-purchase research" board, and let me add that the Matrix is a great car for camping, for yourself or a couple, plenty of space to put your stuff in back.
And no Toyota built today is the equal of your 1990 Camry, but I do think you will get 150K miles out of it without much trouble. Good luck!
#3264 of 3315 Re: WHAT TO DO? [nippononly]
Mar 19, 2009 (9:01 pm)
Thank you very much for the advice. I really appreciate it. I am going for a manual tranny.
I'm having a hard time finding and Xr with manual tranny and a sunroof. The search continues.
I am also accepting the fact that no car will be my Camry or my husband's 1995 Toyota Pickup that has 215,000 miles on it and still going strong (I've tried to kill this pickup and it won't die).
Again, thank you for your advice!
#3265 of 3315 Re: WHAT TO DO? [bellatogo02]
Mar 20, 2009 (9:36 pm)
If you're in the Bay Area, my local dealer in Novato has one. It's an '05, which I know is slightly older than you are looking for, but it IS an XR with a stick and moonroof. It has 44K miles.
They also have an '06 XRS (with the Celica GTS engine) with a 6-speed and 27K miles that I am halfway thinking of picking up. I always liked the much tighter handling of the XRS, but by the time I got around to buying (2007) they had dropped the XRS trim.