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#381 of 573 Toyota comes through!
Jan 22, 2010 (11:50 am)
In Message 380 I noted the failure of the manual transaxle in my 2006 Matrix at 65K miles. Today I heard from Classic Toyota in Waukegan, IL where I took it for diagnosis and repair that Toyota would spring for a new transmission. Didn't even have to ask! I still will have to pay about $1000 for the installation but it seemed to me to be a fair resolution of the issue. If the new tranny makes it to the 200K miles or so I expect from a Toyota I'll be a happy camper. Otherwise I'll let you know.
Thanks to those of you who have brought the problems with this transmission to Toyota's attention. I hope that you reach acceptable resolutions of your problems with Toyota as well.
#382 of 573 Re: Transmission Noise [mkharmon]
Jan 27, 2010 (6:17 am)
I have had the same occurrence with my '07 Matrix. The popping noise happens during drive and reverse. ALSO when I step into the car the idle revs up a tad bit and even when I am at a stop light. I dont know if this is typical car behaviour but removed my floor mats for 2 weeks and nothing changed. It has me concerned.
#383 of 573 Re: Transmission Noise [ms_matrix]
Jan 27, 2010 (1:55 pm)
I would take it to the dealer or call them at least. I think they've recalled a lot of cars for a problem unrelated to most of the ones posted here. Cars have been accelerating suddenly and uncontrollably or something like that. They've put a stop to ALL sales of many models and recalled them also. I hope Toyota goes down hard on this latest fiasco!!!
#384 of 573 problems on toyota matrix
Feb 21, 2010 (11:20 am)
yups i got a 2003 toyota matrix xrs 6speed and when i first bought the car i had to change my clutch at 23xxx miles then after that my clutch started slipping again so had it redone again that was at 40xxx miles.then i had my car sit for a while so i dont have to keep spending money to change my clutch then i finally drove it after like 1 year or so driving it then it started slipping again as of now its gona get a new tranny and clutch and axles so when thats done ill just give up on this car and trade it in already.toyota did not do a good job on there transmission.tried calling toyota but they wont do nothing because my car lost its warranty just because i dropped the car and put on a intake thats stupid if you ask me just because i dropped it and put a intake thats doesnt mean i lose my warranty but fxcx it already time for get another car shoots.by the way this is in hawaii,honolulu,
#385 of 573 BEST time to push for a recall???
Feb 22, 2010 (5:53 pm)
The thought of contacting the New York Times journalist covering the Toyota recalls has been in my mind lately....
I know that we "stick-shifters" are a minority in this country....however, shouldn't we be giving it a shot?
If enough of you support this idea, it would be probably necessary to gather phone numbers/emails of "victims" to raise awareness....?
#386 of 573 Re: BEST time to push for a recall??? [quiuri3803]
Feb 22, 2010 (6:19 pm)
I actually sent an e-mail to the NYTimes & National Public Radio a few weeks back when the Prius' problems started to come to light.
I agree, we should all voice this concern and maybe we'll get some response. My '04 Matrix died at 62,000 K.
the e-mail addresses I used are:
Here it what I wrote:
I have been reading and listening with great interest about Toyota and the latest design flaws with their newer models.
As a owner of a 2004 Toyota Matrix, with a failed manual transmission at 62,000 miles, I was disgusted and disappointed with the response I received from Toyota when I reported my problem. Manual transmissions last forever, and being a driver of "manuals" since the tender age of 16, I have never had a single one malfunction.
When I called to report the problem, representatives at Toyota Motor Company stated to me (and it seems others) that they had no record of a widespread problem.
When my particular issue cropped up, I turned to the internet forums to see if I was alone. I was shocked to find that I was not, and that Toyota dished the same story to my fellow 2003 and 2004 Matrix owners with their manual transmission problems.
My transmission died on the side of the road as I went to have Toyota take a look at the noise it was making. Had I been on a busy road at rush-hour I am sure I would have had a serious accident. Foot pedals that stick and brakes that don't work are major safety issues, to be sure, but I also believe that the transmission issues can pose serious risks to drivers as well and hat Toyota has not adequately acknowledged the problem.
For further reading about others with me in this bad transmission boat, please see: http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f0d9b0e/80
There are many posts on this site, some of which are related to clutches, but many of them are posts from owners with defunct manual transmissions.
I hope you will help to shed light on what seems to be a long-term and serious problem for Toyota.
Feb 27, 2010 (8:07 pm)
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We also STRONGLY remind members to NEVER post their personal contact information in a forum message. These forums are viewable to the entire internet, and can be searched by every engine - Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. - we have no control over who may choose to record and use such information for malicious purposes.
Thanks for your cooperation.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
Feb 27, 2010 (10:33 pm)
Well, I have been following all the emails on here for quite some time as I was one of the first people to post on here with regards to having my clutch replaced at 113,000 kms on my 2004 Matrix XRS 6 Speed. I have been in and out of garages, talking to several mechanics about the noises coming from my car, having to change my battery 3 times in 1 year and everyone telling me they didn't know what was wrong. I talked to my dad, who is a heavy duty mechanic and he told me to drive the car until the transmission fell out.....GUESS WHAT?....this past Monday my car started on fire!...yes, it finally happened but I wasn't surprised at all.....my clutch blew out and took my transmission and starter with it and started a fire under the hood....it is going to cost over $3500 to fix it... maybe more...
So, Monday morning I am going to contact a lawyer with information in hand..I appreciate everyone posting information on here...ds