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Jan 25, 2010 (8:21 am)
2004 - Toyota Matrix
We went to put new plates on vehicle and guess what folks - they are PLASTIC! The heads of 3 out of 4 of them simply broke off - leaving us to use a wrench - drill - and muscle to get out. I could not believe how they bent! I phoned dealership service department to see if they'd fix this for free (I know you are all laughing and slapping your knees) and of course they would not - claiming it would take 1/2 hour because they'd have to drill out the screw then re-whatever it's called to put new threads on the hole to hold another screw. At first I thought how ingenious to have plastic ones that won't rust - then I saw how the heads just popped off when trying to loosen screw and shook my head. If you own one - double check to see if they are plastic or metal and replace as soon as possible.
Jan 27, 2010 (11:21 am)
If you are a Toyota owner and interested in sharing your reaction about the recall with reporters, send an email stating the vehicle you own, your telephone number, and the best time you can be reached.
Send to: karenedmunds.com
Jan 29, 2010 (10:54 am)
If you own one of the models listed in the recall and have actually experienced the unintended acceleration, please send an email with details of the experience and how it felt.
#3305 of 3315 2008 Matrix w/ Gas Pedal Problem
Jan 29, 2010 (12:50 pm)
I have a 2008 Matrix (automatic) and within 5,000 miles I began having problems with my gas pedal and acceleration almost identical to the recall problems on the 2009/2010 models. Is anyone else having this issue with their 2008 Matrix? I'm currently at 29,500 miles and need to resolve this issue while it is still covered under warranty. However, I'm getting push back from my Toyota servicing dealer because (1) my year is not listed on the recall list, (2) they are only performing "checks" on vehicles brought in, (3) the problem is intermittent and service techs need to "feel" the problem happen in order to diagnose it. This is frustrating to me because I cannot wait for Toyota to add the 2008 model to the recall list since my warranty is coming to term soon.
Here is a description of my problem:
Intermittent issue of gas pedal feeling "hard" as a rock and difficult to push down while driving (this occurs mostly on the highway when I'm driving at speeds 55+ mph. When I push down my gas pedal as hard as I can the car barely accelerates. When I finally get the pedal to move... acceleration happens in rigid and intense speeds. It almost feels like it jumps through 2-3 gears in seconds. That is the most severe. Other times... I just have very weak acceleration and it almost feels like my engine is flooding (you get that feeling of a lot of air going through the engine, but not actual acceleration).
Is anyone having this problem with their 2008 Matrix?
#3306 of 3315 Re: 2008 Matrix w/ Gas Pedal Problem [kcobuffalo]
Jan 29, 2010 (3:57 pm)
I used to own 07 Matrix but that was 5 speed manual. The automatic trans. is around 100 lbs heavier than the manual trans. This 1.8L engine which is 1ZZFE for 08 model is a kind of slow acceleration when equipped with 4 speed auto. especially when the auto trans. is downgearing and it doesn't help either. But in Corollas 1ZZFE has adequate accelaration. 0 to 60mph is 7.9sec,5 speed manual see Car & Driver. Of course Corolla is lighter and a bit lower in height than Matrix.
Speaking of accelerator pedal, the 08 Matrix use drive-by-wire accelerator. (electronic) It might part of the recall, Those are the same manufacturer of this parts. CTS who make this parts not Toyota!
#3307 of 3315 How to change 3rd brake light.
Feb 12, 2010 (9:53 am)
My third brake light bulb is burned out. Does anyone know how to remove the bulb cover from the brake light assemby on the 2006 Matrix. I don't want to break anything by just forcing the cover off. Thanks for any help.
#3308 of 3315 2005 Matrix vs. 2008 Matrix
Apr 01, 2010 (9:31 am)
I've got a question: I am thinking about purchasing a used 2005 Matrix with 83,000 miles for $5,000. This will be a second car, driven less than 7.500 miles each year. Do you think I'd have any reliability issues? Is the mileage too much? Would there be hefty maint. costs (i.e. replacing timing belts). I lease my daily driver ('09 Maxima) so I never really pursed used or maintained a used car before. Also, the dealer had a 2008 Matrix with 57,000 miles for $8,000. Is it worth the extra 3k? Both cars are same color and options. Any advice is appreciated!
#3309 of 3315 Re: 2008 Matrix w/ Gas Pedal Problem [kcobuffalo]
May 20, 2010 (11:10 pm)
I have same acceleration problem with my Matrix 2009 2.4L model. The problem happens intermitently when I try to accelerate after traffic stops or enterring freeway. BTW, I recently brought my car in for repair from the gas pedal recall. After the repair, the acceleration problem still exists and seems to get worst. I'm not very happy with my car now.
Jun 29, 2010 (6:23 pm)
The dipstick tube on my 20008 Toyota Matrix broke of where it goes into the engine block. It has 115.000 hard miles on it since I use it to teach driver training. Bought it new in Nov. 2007. No oil is leaking out of it. Will this affect the engine pressure? Dealer said it would cost a lot to fix, since they'd have to drop the engine to get at it. Anyone else had this problem? Thanx
#3311 of 3315 Toyota matrix gas pedal vibration
Aug 06, 2010 (10:36 pm)
I have a 04 toyota matrix & Im recently hearing some sort of vibration/resonance on my gas pedal and the sound of the engine has also increased . Have anyone ever experienced such a thing before if not any clue wat can be wrong ??
I would like to add that I just made a trip on it with a full capacity weight on it. I hve been hearing these vibrations soon after the trip.