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#361 of 573 2004 Matrix Manual Transmission/Clutch
Dec 06, 2009 (8:49 am)
Unfortunately we will add ourselves to the hundreds of others who are having similar transmission issues w/ our 2004 Matrix. With 98k we were told to replace the throwout bearing, clutch and pressure plate as we were on the highway when a horrific grinding noise occurred- the car grabbing & bucking, lost 5th & 4th gears.
Now that this work has been completed, the car appears to be making the same noises indicating the tranny main bearing in need of replacement. Reading on line found hundreds of similar complaints and wanted to register ours as we firmly believe Toyota has produced an inferior product. We had owned a few other Toyota's in past years, Corolla, Celica and P/U trucks and kept through a couple hundred thousand miles with no major engine/tranny issues. NOW, we are surprised and disgusted that this once reliable car company has put safety and dependability as a LOW priority. It appears-Buyer Beware- and I am hoping all others with similar issues display their experiences in hopes Toyota will acknowledge and be accountable for such a disgraceful product and assist consumers with these extraordinary repair expenses. Should we decide to now replace this vehicle- not put good money to bad (and a hardship to replace a dead 5yr old vehicle), it will NOT be a Toyota as we are afraid they DO NOT stand behind their products. PLEASE write in, call and make your issues known to Toyota, the media and other resources so that perhaps our voices will be heard and perhaps reconsideration by Toyota be made to make good on this.
#362 of 573 Did you read #345?
Dec 06, 2009 (11:54 am)
Sorry to hear you're one more upset Matrix driver...
Make sure you read and follow through with recommended actions on message#345
#363 of 573 Re: Nothing Will Be Done Without Cooperation From Everyone [bcsvermont]
Dec 07, 2009 (2:29 pm)
Bryan: Hey, the phone number you gave is not good and I have no other way to contact you. I have a 2005 Matrix 5sp with 117k miles. Tranny going.
I live right next door in NH.
What are we going to do??
#364 of 573 Re: Nothing Will Be Done Without Cooperation From Everyone [bcsvermont]
Dec 13, 2009 (11:22 pm)
I have a 2004 Toyota Matrix XR with about 90,000 miles. I took it in because my gears were slipping, specifically when I was getting up to speed on the freeway. Pretty scary and very unsafe to have gears slip! I couldn't believe that I would need a new clutch. I grew up driving manual cars, and I have never had a clutch problem. When I took it in, I found out that the transmission was the problem. The transmission was leaking fluid onto the clutch causing the clutch to be greasy...hence why my gears were slipping.
I did purchase the extended warrantee with Toyota. Unfortunately, it expired on June 29th of this year. It was a year OR 100,000 mile warantee (their Gold Plan). I am very disappointed with Toyota. I have taken my car to get it service at the dealership since I took it off the lot. Its very discouraging to learn that other people are having the same (or general) transmission problems. I purchased a Toyota vehicle because I believed in their company and their cars. After this experience, I don't know if I would buy another one.
Anyway, after learning that there is a widespread problem with the Matrix transmission, I would like to do something about it! Toyota needs to fix this and make their customers safe.
Please let me know what I can do.
#365 of 573 Yet another poor Toyota driver....
Dec 14, 2009 (6:30 am)
Sorry to hear...
did you read message #345?
make sure to follow through to help build a case...
#366 of 573 Re: trans trouble still in 07 [trans07]
Dec 18, 2009 (9:06 am)
I have a 2005 Matrix with the 5-speed manual that has been trouble-free to this point (63K miles). Before reading your post about problems with your 2007, I believed that the Matrix manual transmission problems were limited to the 2003 and 2004 model years. I've also read on this thread that the manual transmission design was changed for 2005 and subsequent years.
I'm wondering if you can expand on the issues with your 2007 and whether or not it has been resolved?
Has anyone else heard of Matrix manual transmission issues for 2005 and subsequent years? Up until now, I've been thinking I wouldn't be affected.
#367 of 573 Re: trans trouble still in 07 [johnc19]
Dec 19, 2009 (5:32 am)
I just did a bearing change in my '05 Matrix 5 sp with 117k miles. There were two bearings inside the tranny that had started to fail. Not the bearing on the input shaft.
the independent shop who did the work also changed out the clutch. the total bill was $1242 which is 1/3 what it would cost for a replacement (new) transmission.
It turns out those bearings were accessible through the back of the tranny-after removing a housing.
the symptom was a low but distinct growling sound anytime the clutch was engaged. It was especially noticeable when the car was stopped and the clutch engaged in neutral. Once we had diagnosed the problem, I babied it for 2 weeks until a window opend up at the shop.
We'll see how it goes after another 10-15k miles.
#368 of 573 2004 Toyota Matrix
Dec 29, 2009 (10:40 am)
Last night on my husband's way home from work the car starting to make a grinding noise. He drove the car to our mechanic's shop and we found out today that the transmission is shot and a new clutch should be installed. The car has about 144,000 miles on it and we have been having a hard time to find someone to rebuild the transmission - no one will touch it since it is a known conditiion and they don't want to warranty it. Found a transmission in FL but the cost is $2300 with another $900 to install.Have complained on the safecar.gov site and to Toyota. Sad part is we also own a 2009 Matrix 5 speed XRS which the book value is half of what I paid for it 18 months ago. Toyota vehicles have always held their value but I don't think this model is. I have had other issues with the new Matrix and found Toyota to not stand by their vehicles like they use to - no quality assurance in the vehicles anymore either.
#369 of 573 2004 Toyota Matrix Transmission
Dec 30, 2009 (6:51 am)
Same issue here - grinding noise that is diagnosed as needing a new transmission for a cost of $3200. Car has about 115,000 miles. We've never had this happen to any of our cars, including Toyotas. I have emailed the person from message #345, but have not heard back. Has anyone else heard of any activity with a class action suit? In the meantime, I will add my vehicle to the safercar.gov site.
#370 of 573 Re: Nothing Will Be Done Without Cooperation From Everyone [bcsvermont]
Dec 30, 2009 (7:54 am)
are you still collecting information?