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Toyota Matrix, Hatchback, Wagon
#154 of 240 Re: Price: 2007 Matrix XR in California [rootsdr]
Jan 05, 2007 (5:57 am)
I recently made my purchase. I did own a 2002 Honda Civic EX Coupe 5spd. Loved the car and for 74,000 miles worry free. I sold it and bought a Certified Pre-Owned Matrix:
2005 Toyota Matrix XR AWD
Black Pearl Metallic
-6 disc in-dash CD changer
-leather wrapped steering wheel
-XR body kit and fog lamps
-16" alloy wheels
-rear bumper protector
I paid $18,000 for this car from Toyota of Dartmouth Massachusetts. Took me a full month to find it because I wanted specific that were hard to come by, namely the color, the AWD, and other features that I had on my Civic that I would never give up (who knew it was so hard to find a Matrix with a moonroof.) Anyways, the car is a bit slower than my Civic was but the amount of space and comfort is awesome. I recently took it along with my brother, father, and uncle to a NY Jets game. We live in Milford, CT about an hour from the city (NY). The car was loaded with a folding table (which fit right in the back no problem), coolers, gear, chairs, food, and the grill. I made it there and back with less than a half a tank of gas. Everyone was comfortable and people in the parking lot at the tailgate were amazed how much my little car fit compared to their SUVs.
The AWD was a big factor in my purchase when I was looking for this car. Me and my girlfriend drive all over the place, including upstate New York. Not to mention the 25 mile commute to work in snow would not be something my Civic would like. This car is just an all-around great vehicle. It looks slick with the creased body lines, it is sporty and handles very well, and the cargo room is amazing.
I did take a quick look at a few other vehicles, namely the Vibe which to me is fairly ugly and bland looking, and I have no need for roof rails. And the Mazda 3 hatchback, which
A)Lacked the amount of cargo space the Matrix has by a lot
B)Rear seat room was horrendous
C)Walked into the dealer and after about 20 minutes of standing in the showroom, walking the lot, and literally standing at a salespersons desk while they sat there was not approached or asked for help by anyone. The next day I drove up and bought the Matrix.
Bought it with 29,000 miles on it, so far I am at 40,000 and have had it for almost 6 months. So I do put mileage on it, and the car has been nothing but pleasant!
#155 of 240 Regular, or Premium gas needed
Jan 07, 2007 (12:39 pm)
I'm getting interested in the Matrix as a car for my daughter (relatively new driver), but haven't been able to find it on the internet or Toyota site as to what grade of gasoline is required.
Can a current owner confirm that it runs on regular gas, as opposed to Premium...thanks.
#156 of 240 Re: Regular, or Premium gas needed [kiawah]
Jan 09, 2007 (8:50 am)
Regular is fine....and recommended.
#157 of 240 2007 Toyota Matrix XR
Jan 11, 2007 (10:33 am)
I recently purchased a 2007 Toyota Matrix XR with a 5-speed manual, Extra-Value Package #1, All Weather Guard Package, and carpeted floor mats.
I arranged to purchase the car from a local (Wisconsin) dealer, via their website. Here's a very complete(!) description of the process:
a_cooper, "Internet vs. Traditional Car Buying" #1388, 11 Jan 2007 8:50 am
Essentially, the MSRP as equipped was $17,790. Edmunds' TMV price is $17,335. My informed estimate places the invoice price at $16,145.
The dealer's initial reply for my website request for a quote was $16,424. This is more than $900 LESS than Edmunds' TMV, and only a couple hundred dollars over invoice. Tax, title, and license were extra.
After a final test drive, we agreed on the price and I was out the door in about an hour. They made it a very quick and painless transaction, with none of the games or hidden fees often associated with car dealers.
I perhaps could have chiseled him for a deeper discount, but the Matrix XR is fairly low-priced to begin with (under $18,000), is in relatively short supply, and according to my research, currently offers no other factory rebates or incentives to the dealer.
I also feel that every auto dealer, like any other business, deserves to make SOME kind of profit margin, and I was not determined to cut him to the bone on price. Instead, I wanted to award that profit to a deserving dealer that seems to be working hard to polish the tarnished image of sleazy car dealers.
After a few weeks with the new car, I couldn't be happier, either with the Matrix or the Internet buying experience.
#158 of 240 pulled the trigger
Jan 31, 2007 (7:45 am)
last night on my second Matrix. Yes, second. My first one was an '03 bought in early '02 when they first came out, and my first foray ever into the world of automatics, which is a miserable trip I will never make again! Sold that one after 18 months, but always missed it.
So last night I picked up an indigo blue XR 5-speed stick, EVP #2, 6-CD, mats, ABS, what am I missing? Sticker was $18,960, bought it for $17,934 + fees, which appears to be about $500-600 over invoice, fine by me. And just like other posters here, that was an internet deal, just walked right in and signed on the dotted line, no haggling. It was my first time ever doing that, and I think that's the future of car-buying for me.
I already love having a sunroof again, I like that the newer models have some blue and white in the speedo and tach (my '03 was an all red dash, including gauges), and the stick shift is the only choice for this car for me. It makes it a lot more peppy than the auto.
Interestingly, that dealer had a leftover '06 XRS, sticker $22,2xx, fully loaded, that I could have had for about $2000 more. Decided to give it a pass.
#159 of 240 Re: pulled the trigger [nippononly]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 31, 2007 (8:23 am)
I thought we were buying a beater this week?
Jan 31, 2007 (4:14 pm)
we were, but none of them panned out. They were all either too beaten or already sold, and quite a number never even responded to my initial inquiry.
But it works out better this way anyway - I get a Matrix with a stick shift, the way it should have been my first go around with this model, the way it would have been if I had been more patient in '02.
#161 of 240 Re: kyfdx [nippononly]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 31, 2007 (6:07 pm)
Congrats on the new car, and your renewal in the CCBA club is being processed..
#162 of 240 Re: kyfdx [kyfdx]
Jan 31, 2007 (7:55 pm)
CCBA = ???? Credit Card Buyers of Automobiles?
Jan 31, 2007 (8:16 pm)
CCBA = Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous. Check out News & Views to see that thread - there are many of us addicts in there.