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Toyota Matrix, Transmission, Wagon
Aug 25, 2008 (11:16 am)
I'm from Montreal and I just got my car back, guess I got lucky (if you can call it that) because I heard that weird sound comming from the trany early enough to get the car to the shop.
I then brought it to Toyota to get it inspected and mentionned this forum, but they denied the problem as have so many others I have read on this forum
They changed 2 bearings and charged me 1400$ ......
To top it all off, my 5 year warranty ended July 16 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I bougnt my Matrix 2004 used and not from the dealer, so I received no special treatment and got my car fixed elsewhere...
I am VERY dissapointed, this being my 1st Toyota, which I bought because of their good reputation.....
I can't really afford 1400$ right now, but what choice did I have??
#233 of 573 Re: same proble here [blasttyrant]
Aug 25, 2008 (11:37 am)
If you were under the mileage limit on July 16, it would have been worth your while to approach Toyota and ask for a good faith repair, even though you are not a regular at the dealership. That is especially true if you are still under the mileage limit now. We are talking four weeks here...a case could be made that it was already beginning to fail before the warranty expired, and it was just attended to later.
#234 of 573 Yet another 2003 5sp transmission bearing failure
Sep 05, 2008 (8:22 am)
The output shaft bearing is my 2003 Matrix 5sp manual transmission has joined others in failing. Thanks to this forum I recognized the problem early and was able to get the transmission repaired before the bearing failed completely and took out other components. As with others I was out of warrantee (77500 miles) and Toyota made like they had never heard of a transmission failure on this vehicle. Since I do my own maintenance (faithfully and by the book) I didn't have Toyota dealership maintenance records to point to. There was no help from "customer care" at Toyota. They offered me $ 6,000.00 for my Matrix if I wanted to trade it in. I went to a transmission shop and had the transmission repaired. The output shaft main bearing was failing. The shop installed an updated bearing kit in the transmission for around $ 2,300 total (removal, disassembly, bearing kit - includes all bearings in the transmission, reassembly, new clutch, flywheel surfacing, and re installation of tranny into vehicle). They told me they could not see any lubrication issues related to the bearing or transmission case design. Their best guess: Toyota got a bad batch of bearings. The new bearings in the updated kit appear to be the same design as the old ones. Toyota dealership told them they knew nothing of an updated bearing... parts from Toyota would have to be purchased one-at-a-time thus costing 3 or 4 times as much as the kit. The kit comes from an aftermarket supplier and cost around $ 675.00. Here's hoping this thing will last... I don't want to get rid of this vehicle which gives me 38-42 mpg on the highway.
#235 of 573 Automatic transmission maintenance
Sep 12, 2008 (7:35 pm)
I have an 06 base model Matrix with auto transmission. How is the trans serviced on this vehicle? Does it have a "conventional" pan and filter that is dropped and changed? Do most people just have it flushed or is there a drain plug in the trans that lets the mechanic drain the fluid and then just refill it? I would like to do some preventative maintenance since I plan on keeping the car for some time. Also, what fluid does it require, Dexron?, Mercon?, etc. Thanks!
#236 of 573 Re: Automatic transmission maintenance [nick2006matrix]
Sep 15, 2008 (7:23 am)
The one I had was an '03, and there was a sticker right on the auto trans dipstick that said something like "no routine maintenance". I may have misread the manual, and your '06 may be different from my '03 (although they otherwise have identical powertrains), but there is no scheduled maintenance for the automatic in the Matrix.
I know that in my case I never had it changed prior to selling the car. I would imagine that if you tow with yours, that would change things.
#237 of 573 5sp to 6sp trans swap
Sep 24, 2008 (5:08 pm)
I want to replace a 2003 matrix 5sp manual trans with a 6sp manual trans.has anyone done this and does it pose many alterations?
#238 of 573 Re: 5sp to 6sp trans swap [thomas55]
Sep 25, 2008 (6:57 pm)
If you would like to swap the transmission from 2ZZGE (Xrs 6 sp) to your 2003 Matrix, that would be impossible, Since the 2ZZGE has different casing configuration,. You better replace the whole engine with transmission If you can find one.
#239 of 573 09 Matrix still having tranny issues?
Oct 08, 2008 (11:19 am)
Hey everybody -
Spent tons of time yesterday reading about the 5-speed manual C59 transmission/bearing problems in the Matrixes of a few years ago. I started to get scared about buying a new 09 Matrix S 5-speed manual. Should I be?
I read that they started using better bearings in 05 and later. There were so many posts, but they were all from 03-05 owners, and of course the problem starts showing up about now in 09, after a few years driving it. Anyone know what the current situation is?
#240 of 573 Re: 09 Matrix still having tranny issues? [poy]
Oct 09, 2008 (11:55 am)
As a rule I buy cars only in the last year or two of a generation. Thus my '81, '85 and '88 Accords (still have the '88) have been excellent. My '06 Matrix has been trouble free (except for the lousy Continental tires). Consider getting an '07 low mileage Matrix instead.
#241 of 573 Transmission prob!
Oct 20, 2008 (12:53 pm)
Throw me in! Same thing
2003 XR 5 speed manual transmission blew at 87k...drove around with some grinding, took it to the dealer, they said my transmission was screwed. i wanted a second opinion, so drove it to a mechanic that same day, and it was crackling the whole way over on 1st, 2nd gear, less on 3rd, and a little on 4th, and it lasted like this for like thirty minutes, before a high whistling sound became a little permanent, and then the absolute end: a higher whistling sound that made me stop as i rolled to the side on neutral. after that, couldn't put it in gear, nothing..had it towed to the mechanic, transmission's gone.
we need to complain about this to TOYOYA! trying to look for a japanese replacement....dealer had estimated costs at 3,500