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#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?
#371 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [feng1]
Jan 02, 2010 (8:27 am)
This is happening to my '05 which I bought at nearly 58K and didn't start making that noise till probably 60K. I'm approaching 62K+/- and am concerned with the actual problem. I hear this grinding when i turn the car on a cool day and it slowly goes away. What is that?
#372 of 573 Re: Contacting attorney on Monday August 31 [hiddot84]
Jan 05, 2010 (4:45 pm)
THE TRANSMISSION ON MY 04 MATRIX 5 SPEED IS ON IT'S WAY OUT. MY MECHANIC SAYS I HAVE MAYBE ANOTHER 1000 MILES. ONLY 94K ON THE CAR. ANY NEWS ON A CLASS ACTION SUIT? THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING. NEVER NEEDED A NEW TRANSMISSION ON ANY CAR EVEN THE BMW I OWNED WITH 450K ON THE ORIGINAL ENGINE.
#373 of 573 Box of Rocks (MATRIX transmission)
Jan 11, 2010 (9:21 am)
As I write this my '04 Matrix with the 5 speed manual is getting it's transmission replaced. $3,000. About a year before it failed it crunched 4th to 5th or 3rd to 5th when passing a car or quickly accelerating. If you took your time shifting, it didn't do this. About a week before the failure it sounded a little loud, but I just blamed the sub zero weather. The failure sounded like filling your blender with rocks, and turning it on. 5th did not work. I will never buy a Toyota again. Duh! This car also had more squeaks and rattles than my 65 Corvair convertible!!!
I'm following up with message 345.
I have no idea about that car by my post!
#374 of 573 Re: Nothing Will Be Done Without Cooperation From Everyone [bcsvermont]
Jan 11, 2010 (10:04 am)
Reply to Bryan, I just called Toyota, all I can say was they were polite. I filed a complaint with safercar.gov.
#375 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [mariano_torres]
Jan 11, 2010 (10:10 am)
Stop driving it now, take it to a trustworthy transmission shop and have it fixed before it massively self destructs. It's to last for me.
#376 of 573 Question about when the car makes the noise
Jan 15, 2010 (8:32 pm)
I have an 04 Matrix XRS 6 speed with 115,000 miles. So far it has been a wonderful car. I had the clutch changed a little less than a year ago. The car had about 108,000 when I changed the clutch maybe a little less. It was still on the OEM prior to the repair.
Today something happened to the clutch. The car did not make any horrific noises or anything. I was simply unable to put it into gear while I was trying to get on the freeway. It didn't start to slip first or anything. I also could not press the clutch pedal all the way to the floor.
When I changed the clutch several months ago, I knew it was coming because it had started to slip about a month prior.
So now when I start the car it idles just fine. No noise. It's just as quiet as ever. It only made a noise when I tried to put it in gear. I was not able to get it into gear at all. It made a brief smell of clutch at the time, but it faded quickly.
So I am reading here about all these people with transmission issues, and I am trying to get a clarification on what these other cars did when the transmissions went out?
I am no car expert. I am just hoping it is just a clutch issue and not a "you need a new transmission issue". It seems in this thread that there are people with clutch issues and people with bad transmissions. Can anyone clarify their experiences with their Matrix? What happened exactly when the transmission went out? and when it made the grinding noise? Did it make the grinding noise while it was just idling?
In checking other forums, it seems that if the transmission is going then the car would be making an awful noise. But my car is not doing that. It just wont go into gear?
Since it's a weekend, I can't get it to my mechanic until Monday.
so in the meantime, I am just sitting here worried...
can anyone clarify for me?
#377 of 573 2003 Toyota Matrix Transmission Failure
Jan 17, 2010 (4:09 pm)
Just unfortunately had this same problem!
Thanks for the info about reporting to www.safercar.gov
Hopefully there will be some recourse for us all!
Below is my report:
While driving down the highway one evening, an odd clicking sound was heard from the front end of our 2003 Toyota Matrix (manual transmission with 88,000 miles). The sound was louder with acceleration. After getting off the highway, the sound was noted to be louder in higher gears, and absent when the clutch was pressed down. The vehicle was brought in for service at our local Toyota dealer the next morning. After paying a $95 diagnostic fee, we were told the vehicle needed a new transmission at the estimated cost of $3300, with nothing being covered by any warranty or recall.
We brought the car to a transmission specialist for a rebuild. The bearings, rings, and two transfer gears were replaced, along with the clutch, at a cost of $2100. It is noted that the mechanic had a delay in getting the parts due to a manufacturer back order, reportedly from a high demand due to many others with the same problem with this makek/model car!
This is our first Toyota, which we bought due to their good reputation. It has been regularly maintained and subjected to only normal driving conditions. We have never had a vehicle with transmission problems and are shocked that this expensive repair was needed on such a young car. Toyota should be held responsible for covering the cost of what appears to be widespread transmission failure due to defective/inferior parts used on this vehicle!