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#251 of 573 Add another dead matrix to the pile
Dec 05, 2008 (6:28 pm)
2004 Base Matrix 5-speed DEAD at 73K
Found this post AFTER my tranny failed. Wish I could have found it before. Same tranny problem as everyone has had. Noise coming from engine compartment, led to a whine which led to, what sound like, pieces of my tranny falling out. After that I lost first gear. Pulled into a gas station and decided to try to hobble to the dealer. Didn't make it, tranny died and it's stuck in second. Car is at 73k and obviously out of warranty. I called Toyota and talked to a very nice guy. However..... they decided that there was nothing they could do to help me with the $3,100 tranny replacement. This was my first and will be my last toyota. Bought this car brand new, bought toyota for its reliability record, bought a P.O.S.
#252 of 573 Transmission rebuild services available!
Dec 07, 2008 (8:42 am)
My name is Tim and I work for an automotive facility in Green Bay Wisconsin. We are typically a performance shop that modifies vehicles for racing and other competitive use, however I happened to own a 2003 Matrix XR with a manual transmission. Its actually my wife's car, but for a while I had been hearing a grinding noise when the car was in gear and under power. After some research I found this thread and determined that the bearing was on its way to failure. Surprisingly our car had over 100k on it, seems like it lasted longer than others on here.
Being that we purchased the car used and the millage I knew Toyota was not going to do anything to assist us. So i had the guys in my shop remove the transmission and check everything out. Yep, there it was a faulty bearing ready to fall apart. Called Toyota got the new bearing and had the guys put it back together with a new clutch as well.
I see some of you have had better luck with Toyota, and others have found reman units for your cars. I found it difficult to find a unit for a reasonable price. So, I'm here to offer to anyone who is interested a rebuild service. If you are experiancing this problem please email me at: Timbeyondredline.com and I'll be happy to provide you with a quote on rebuilding your transmission, as well as the service to remove and install your unit if you live near us. We are located in Green Bay Wisconsin. Our website is www.beyondredline.com
Again, we are a performance shop, but because of my experience we are now fully prepared to work with you on this or any other issue you may have. Hey, we installed a supercharger on a matrix last year too...
Thanks everyone, good luck
#253 of 573 Does this effect the manual XRS 6 spd?
Dec 16, 2008 (10:38 pm)
Anyone had transmission problems with the 6spd? Mine has 121,000 miles on it and when it is cold it is slightly stiff and hard to shift into gear. However when the car warms up it is pretty normal. I don't seem to have any weird sounds coming from my transmission as outlined in some of the discussions.
Do the XRS 6spd's have the same bearing issues as the 5spd's?
Should I dump this car before it leads to bigger problems?
#254 of 573 Re: Does this effect the manual XRS 6 spd? [Moretus]
Dec 17, 2008 (10:48 pm)
I think everyone reporting the problem has had the 5-speed, not the 6-speed. Also, with that many miles and stiffness going into gear especially when cold, I wonder if you might not have a worn clutch.....
#255 of 573 yet another failed tranny
Dec 22, 2008 (11:11 am)
Add me to the list: My 2004 toyota matrix with 92000 miles had the transmission fail yesterday, looks like another failed bearing. if there's any legal action please send me the info, I'm ready to battle it out!!
#256 of 573 Re: yet another failed tranny [jamborski]
Dec 23, 2008 (5:17 pm)
Jamborski, I feel your pain and anger. I am back at post 250 here. Somewhere back in the thread there is a link to the National Transportation Highway Safety Board or whatever it is. They have an online complaint (safety concern) form you can fill out. It seems that they don't want to consider this a safety issue. Hmmmm. They replaced the bolts for my power windows because they may break the glass - under safety recall! If you ask me, a transmission failing at highway speeds is more dangerous to the driver and other vehicles around them than bad glass. Whatever. I am second owner of my 2003 and did not have service records. But Toyota gave me a new transmission (I paid labor) with no questions asked. And it is not the same 2003 transmission. I can tell by where the shifter enters the transmission etc etc....so it is a redesign of some sorts. So maybe this one will last 2 or 3 hundred thousand miles like a manual tranny should.
#257 of 573 Has the transmission problem been resolved?
Jan 04, 2009 (8:21 pm)
Just bought 2009 Matrix - while I did research BEFORE I spent the money, I didn't catch this forum - I relied on the mainstream stuff (Consumer Reports, etc.). Man, I wish I had found this forum instead. Bottom line, I spent more than I could really afford, cut all other expenses, etc, just so I could have a reliable and safe car to help out with my grandkids. All that said, I have read the entire thread, some say that there has been a remedial bearing after 2005.
Q: does anyone know for sure if the bearing problem has been corrected???? Is there any way to verify from Toyota what has been changed (like is it a new 9 ball bearing as opposed to the old 6 ball bearing, or whatever).
Thank you all for having put out the information for those more diligent than I who might find it before they buy.
#258 of 573 Re: Has the transmission problem been resolved? [matrix09]
Jan 07, 2009 (1:19 pm)
So i've ready the board that there's a aftermarket bearing you can pickup? Does anyone know or have the part # for this? I just got quoted $3k for most likely the same tranny problem (i'm pissed right now). i'm hoping that the tranny is still in 1 piece and can make it to my mechanic so he can work on it rather than replacing my tran. Any info would help . Thanks.
#259 of 573 Re: Has the transmission problem been resolved? [badmice2]
Jan 07, 2009 (5:00 pm)
Could you please tell me, what year and how many miles on your matrix?
#260 of 573 Re: Has the transmission problem been resolved? [matrix09]
Jan 08, 2009 (7:01 pm)
Do you have the 1.8L engine or the 2.4? This problem seems to have only occurred with 2003-2004 1.8L 5-speed Matrixes. If you have the 2.4, you have the entire powertrain shared with the Camry, including the transmission and clutch. That powertrain is not reported to have the problems being discussed here.
If you have the 1.8, I don't think you should worry. They changed the bearing in question for the 2005 models. Certainly the '09 Matrix should not suffer from this problem.