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Toyota Matrix, Engine, Wagon
#35 of 74 Re: Engine Slip on 2003 Matrix [zombietom3]
Dec 24, 2007 (1:55 am)
That is what I figured, and yes it seems very early for this to happen. I am currently at just over 70k miles yet my last car it went out at about 125k. I have no idea how my last car was driven up to 122k (that is when I bought it) but with 5 owners and being a MR2, I was not surprised to get the short end of the stick on that one.
I can see Toyota telling me that this is no way covered under warranty being that it is the clutch unless others have had the same problem. Are clutch and transmission the same thing? I will start my search for incriminating evidence to show them any input would be helpful.
#36 of 74 Re: Engine Slip on 2003 Matrix [mrider]
Dec 24, 2007 (6:20 am)
The clutch and transmission are different parts, although bolted together. You have an engine, a clutch, and a transmission.
#37 of 74 Re: Engine Slip on 2003 Matrix [mrider]
Dec 24, 2007 (9:20 am)
The clutch connects the engine to the transmission when you want to go. It is a wear part, and 70K, while short, is not unheard of for a clutch, particularly in a car with sporty intentions that has been driven "hard but not insane".
Insanity in a sporty car with a high-revving engine like this one, BTW, can reduce clutch life to 20-40K miles....
Oh, and yes, what you have there are the classic symptoms of a clutch just beginning to go. Replace it before the car becomes unsafe to drive...
#39 of 74 New battery but car still won't start
Jan 17, 2008 (4:05 am)
I have a 2004 Matrix and my battery died yesterday. I think I left my interior lights on over night. Tried to jump it, nothing. Tried to use a charger, nothing. Took the battery to Auto zone, they tested it and the batter was put to rest. Brought home a new one and the car is still not getting any power from it. The dome lights won't even try to come on. Any suggestions? A co-worker told me I should reset my battery sensor but cannot find that in my car anywhere.
#40 of 74 Re: New battery but car still won't start [apartin]
Jan 17, 2008 (5:10 am)
I'll assume you have the terminal connections on correctly (plus to plus, ground to ground).
I'd check any fusible links the car would have. I don't have schematics for the Matrix, but fusible links are like the main breaker for the house. They are a hunk of thick wire, sized to carry a lot of current, and will blow at ratings like 100 or 120ish amps. There usually always up in the engine compartment, within reasonalbe physical proximity to the battery. Could be near or in the first fuse box.
Mar 14, 2008 (8:44 pm)
Does the 2009 Matrix have a timing chain or a timing belt? Does it have an interference or a non interference engine??
How do you think it compares to a Mazda 3 - 5 door?
#42 of 74 Matrix has a timing chain
Mar 25, 2008 (9:15 am)
Also...Mazda3 5-door has the edge on sportiness and fun as well as amenities-per-buck, maybe interior too if you don't mind the silly red LEDs spread across the dash.
Matrix has the edge on fuel economy with the 1.8, also on interior space, especially passenger space in the rear.
#44 of 74 Re: idle hunting when cold on Matrix/Vibe/Corolla [kinghu]
Apr 16, 2008 (1:39 pm)
Did you need to reply to 20 threads about you buying a service manual??????