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Toyota Matrix, Transmission, Wagon
Jul 21, 2009 (9:51 am)
I'd like to stress the importance of upyourstoyota (great name) message. And I'd like to add to it. Another poster gave the federal website. It is, again:
(Sorry, I can't get it in blue to link, please just copy.) There are currently 22 complaints on the manual transmissions of 2003 and 2004 Toyota Matrixes. (Under the "Components" category, go to Powertrain.) They also give an 800 number if you prefer to call in. Enough complaints can trigger a recall. We need to really push on this. It is outrageous.
Also call or write or use your State's Attorney General's website to file a complaint. Write to your congressman. If this site alone has 32 pages of complaints, think of how many people must have been screwed.
Further, I am thinking of contacting an attorney for a class action. Please let me know if you are interested.
My 2003 Matrix has only between 62,000 and 63,000 miles. Now I'm supposed to put in another $4000 on a new transmission - the bearings are shot. I don't have $4000 laying around. Further, the dealer was trying to find a used one to put in - it would have the same problems as the old and I'd be paying another $4000 in a very short time.
#318 of 573 Re: rattles [dissatisfied4]
Jul 22, 2009 (9:28 am)
Hey dissatisfied4, I would be interested in a class action law suit. You can email me if you want to talk more about that: marpants at yahoo dot com (writing it that way to avoid spambots). Also, I don't know if anyone listens to Car Talk on NPR, but their website is terrific. As far as directing your complaint to the person in charge, here is a list of all the CEOs of the major car companies: http://www.cartalk.com/content/features/To-The-Top/ . The rest of the site is great for do it yourself tips and all sorts of resources. We can all draft a letter and attach each of our names and addresses and phone numbers and send in one to the president of Toyota as well as sending a copy to the Attorney General's office for our respective states and then find a news agency to send it to as well (will get their attention more). I think that sending it to Car Talk might be the best bet. The other avenues listed in the previous threads are also great ideas and everyone should take the time to fill out their complaints. Think of it this way: it will take fifteen minutes tops and there is a chance that you could be reimbursed the thousands of dollars that you spent replacing a defective part. A chance at $3000+ aint bad for fifteen minutes of effort.
#319 of 573 Matrix transition problem
Jul 22, 2009 (12:56 pm)
I left the local Toyota dealer today w/ my hair on fire. My 04 Matrix xrs needs clutch/bearing work to the tune of $1200. The car has only $130K kilometeres (less than 80k miles!) About 90% of those miles are highway and or rural road driving & the car has been scrupulously maintained. My previous Hondas ran into the high 200K miles before I ever spent a nickel on transmission work. Until this, I had really been satisfied w/ this car. Now we'll see if Toyota is interested in keeping me satisfied by how they handle this.
#320 of 573 More C59 Transmission Troubles
Aug 05, 2009 (5:31 am)
I have a 2004 Corolla S with a 5-speed. The car just turned 91,000 miles. While driving on the interstate the other day the transmission locked up. I thought it might be the clutch.....but after removing the transmission from the car I was informed that the clutch was fine and my transmission was junk. I see that there are a ton of posts concerning this issue. I would like to be involved in any collaborative effort to get Toyota to acknowledge this issue and refund all of us the thousands of dollars that have been spent to repair our vehicles. Please feel free to contact me at grooveunion at gmail dot com with any avenues I can take to help resolve this issue.
#321 of 573 Manual Transmission Replacement
Aug 11, 2009 (1:15 pm)
Our 2003 with 124,000 miles on it is having the transmission and clutch replaced as we speak. As a long time Toyota fan I was shocked to have this major expense at a relatively low mileage. I expected 200,000 with few problems like our previous Camry. I would be delighted to join any action planned.
#322 of 573 Transmission Noise
Aug 10, 2009 (4:50 pm)
#323 of 573 Transmission Noise
Aug 10, 2009 (4:50 pm)
I have a 2008 Toyota Matrix. For the past 8 months it has started making a popping noise. It sounds like it is coming directly below the center of the engine. A popping noise occurs when the gas pedal is engaged coming out of park to drive or reverse. This is an automatic transmission.
The dealer has looked at it numerous times and nothing is found. Has anyone had a similar experience and learned the source of this problem?
#324 of 573 Re: Transmission Noise [mkharmon]
Aug 13, 2009 (7:16 am)
My 2003 Toyota Matrix now on to my 3rd transmission with 168k has begun making a grinding noise when I press the accelerator more than half - way down. However, it doesn't do it all the time, but when it does make this grinding sound, it is very noticeable. Any suggestions or anybody have an idea of what it might be, please let me know? Also, has anybody begun a CLASS ACTION SUIT against toyota? Because I am getting ready to file with my attorney generals office to get this started. I believe we need to make a list of names, years of car, make/model, to get this in some sort of order if anybody wants to be in charge of this, please let me know?
Aug 16, 2009 (3:38 pm)
Our '04 Matrix, which we've been satisfied with until now, completely blew this weekend on a road trip. we heard a grinding noise at 120km/h and within 10k to the next exit, it went from bad to worse. we couldn't even get it into reverse by the time the tow came. our extended warranty expired less than a month ago! we were under the 160,000 km at 155,000. needless to say we are unhappy - toyota really has done nothing to help us but drop us off at the gas station to wait hours until a ride could come for us, slapping us with a new transmission cost of $3500+ and we are so disappointed to have to eat this cost. the service guys acted as though this has never happened...but I'm seeing that lots have had this happen. I drove an Isuzu rodeo into 150,000 miles with nothing but regular oil changes....I never expected this from a so-called quality car!
Please email if anything has happened out there with a class action suit. I'll file a complaint from that ODI link as well as car talk. Please get in touch - mshaw20 at gmail dot com.
#326 of 573 More tranny noises :(
Aug 18, 2009 (2:59 pm)
We are from Edmonton and my son goes to school in Utah. He was driving to Colorado last week and his 04 Vibe started making a kind of whup whup noise which stopped when he pushed the clutch in. It has 208,000 km and we just made our last payment on it this month. (figures) It has been a fantastic car (mainly highway driven) and we have maintained it well. After reading on here and on Gen Vibe, I figured it was a transmission bearing, and when he took it to a mechanic on Monday, it was confirmed. The mechanic told him that he should drive it back to Utah and just let the transmission die since it would have to be replaced. He said that the bearing parts were throughout the tranny. I can't figure out how he would know that since he never took anything apart, and think that he just didn't want to work on the car. Fortunately my son is getting his car taken back to Utah on a trailer, but once he has it back there, will he need the complete transmission replaced? It still works fine - just has the bearing noise. I read about a third party bearing kit - will a transmission shop know about that? About how much will we be looking at for cost? Any opinions? There is no grinding - just the loud bearing noise.