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#263 of 573 Matrix 2003 XR Converting Manual to Automatic?
Jan 15, 2009 (3:25 pm)
Hello, I had my second , yes, second Transmission go out in my 2003 Matrix XR 5 Speed 1.8L FWD , the first one 30k and the second at 120,000 (which toyota put both in for me brand new). However, I want to Convert my 5 Speed Transmission to an Automatic , and wanted to know if I could do this or not? Someone please let me know, so I don't have to spend another $2500 on a new transmission again.
frustrated matrix owner!
#264 of 573 Re: Matrix 2003 XR Converting Manual to Automatic? [hiddot84]
Jan 15, 2009 (3:38 pm)
By the way, I bought the Matrix Brand new and change the oil every 3k miles.
thanks for any help.
#265 of 573 Re: Matrix 2003 XR Converting Manual to Automatic? [hiddot84]
Jan 15, 2009 (4:21 pm)
There's no question that replacing your manual with an automatic would cost as much as or more than replacing your manual again. Just buying the automatic transmission and having it installed would cost the $2500 or more.
Having said that, I do wonder if it is technically feasible to do this. You would have to get the computer updated to handle the automatic transmission.
Jan 16, 2009 (6:54 am)
Why not trade it in or sell and get a car with an auto transmission? Wouldn't that be easier? There are tons to choose from right now.
#267 of 573 Re: Matrix 2003 XR Converting Manual to Automatic? [hiddot84]
Jan 16, 2009 (8:40 am)
it seems to me that Toyota gave you one of the trannys from the bad lot of bearings they received, in speaking with a transmission shop here in southern california they said that they use rebuild kits that are not toyota original parts and should hold up better. if you have another new transmission you might be able to find out when it was manufactured and if it was after 2005 you should be fine. (since none of the 2005 models have had this problem). if it was made before that then I would sell the car and if you really like the matrix then get an automatic. I have yet to replace my tranny since I have another reliable vehicle, but I'm going with a rebuilt one from the tranny shop, which comes with a one year warranty
#268 of 573 Re: failed transmission @ 113k [burkes_r_mad]
Feb 15, 2009 (5:31 pm)
I just noticed rough jerky, shifting with my 2005 Tyota Matrix 4 speed automatic yesterday for the first time. Checked transmission fluid level stick immediately, but I found full level and clean color. Today I searched the internet and I found your notes with Matrix transmission problems. I will have the car inspected tomorrow but I'm not sure if I should go to my Toyota dealer or my independent mechanic. My Matrix has 71K miles on it. Please advise ASAP!!!!!!!!!!
#269 of 573 TOYOTA MATRIX TRANSMISSION BREAK DOWN
Feb 15, 2009 (5:36 pm)
I just noticed rough jerky, shifting with my 2005 Tyota Matrix 4 speed automatic yesterday for the first time. Checked transmission fluid level stick immediately, but I found full level and clean color. Today I searched the internet and I found numerous notes with Matrix transmission problems. I will have the car inspected tomorrow but I'm not sure if I should go to my Toyota dealer or my independent mechanic. My Matrix has 71K miles on it. Please advise ASAP!!!!!!!!!!
#270 of 573 Re: TOYOTA MATRIX TRANSMISSION BREAK DOWN [stebocz]
Feb 17, 2009 (9:26 am)
The postings in this thread are related to problem MANUAL transmissions in 2003 and 2004 MY cars. I am not aware of any widely reported transmission problems among AUTOMATIC last-gen Matrixes like yours. So take heart and wait to see what the mechanic tells you. Good luck!
#271 of 573 2004 Matrix Buy it or not?
Feb 24, 2009 (12:24 pm)
I am thinking of getting a 2004 Matrix XRS manual with 55k miles. It is a great deal and I am buying it from a reputable repair shop. They claim it is in great shape and has many more miles in it. For comparison, I am currently driving a 1996 Civic I bought new.
So...is 55K too many miles to be purchasing a Matrix with? Sounds like there is a good chance of the transmission going soon? This is the 6 speed, anyone know of any other persistent problems with this make/model/year?
Thanks so much in advance....
#272 of 573 Re: 2004 Matrix Buy it or not? [mjrunnr]
Feb 24, 2009 (12:45 pm)
See my post #228. I would not buy it without a transmission warranty through at least 100,000 miles.