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#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)
Edmunds has a policy regarding direct solicitation in the forums, as noted in the Membership Agreement that everyone accepts when they register - unless you have written permission from Edmunds, such solicitation is not allowed for any purpose.
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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
#391 of 573 This is the last Toyota for us.
Mar 10, 2010 (12:56 pm)
We have a 2003 Matrix XR with a manual transmission. Up until this past week, it's been great and I'd always say (when people asked if I liked it), "I'd buy it again, knowing what I know now." Then at a hair under 100k, the transmission goes. And then we find all these accounts of exactly the same thing happening to 2003 (and, to a lesser degree, 2004) Matrix pointing to a design defect. The fact that Toyota redesigned the manual transmission shortly after (I see comments referring to a minor change for 2004 and another for 2005) supports that. But Toyota has not and apparently will not acknowledge there is a problem (as has proven to be the norm for them recently).
I may sound like a whiner as we got almost 100,000 miles on this car, but who here bought their car hoping for 100k? Who here bought a manual transmission expecting it's reliability would not even match a good automatic? I also have a '94 Toyota pickup with 204k miles and have only replaced the clutch once and it still goes about it's business with nary a complaint (Though, with a single cab and us having two kids, we were hoping to trade it in soon).
I've only bought 3 cars and all 3 had been Toyotas. Up until this past week, our 4th car would probably also have been a Toyota (I like the RAV4, my wife prefers the Highlander). Now, I don't know that I trust Toyota enough to trust my family with them anymore.
#392 of 573 Re: This is the last Toyota for us. [psknapp]
Mar 10, 2010 (1:34 pm)
I'm not sure Toyota has fixed the problem in later models since the transmission in my 2006 Matrix failed at a little over 65,000 miles. It might just be that later models have not yet reached the critical mileage. Toyota was forthcoming with a new transmission though I had to pay the labor (almost $1000). I would suggest that you seek similar treatment without insisting that they admit to a design problem. They seem pretty eager to please right now. This would probably be facilitated by taking it to a Toyota dealer for repair.
I have liked my Matrix pretty well although it seems that the ratio in first gear may be too low. This can make it difficult to get under way without spinning the tires, particularly on wet or slippery pavement. That could also explain some of the clutch problems reported here if people ride the clutch to avoid spinning the wheels. It could also explain rather poor performance in the snow. Perhaps the transmission is the same as in the Corolla but, with more weight in the rear end of the Matrix, traction in the front end is reduced resulting in spinning wheels. I'm not sure if this could contribute to the failures that have been reported but I would be interested in the thought of others regarding this issue.
I also bought a Tacoma new in 96 which is still being driven by my son at 240,000+ miles with the original clutch and transmission. My wife and I both laughed when we looked at a Ford Ranger at that time and the dealer mentioned that people had traded them in with over 100,000 miles on them. I'm hoping the new transmission in my Matrix holds up half as well. Then I might consider another Toyota. My fear is that Toyota's collaboration with GM has helped them to design products that fail as soon as the warranty expires rather than teaching GM the importance of building a reliable product!
#393 of 573 Toyota Matrix Transmission Failure
Mar 15, 2010 (11:20 am)
I just signed on and was surprised to find so many Matrix owners with similar problems.
I just experienced the same problem with my 2004 Matrix, with 115,000 miles. The car was making a strange noise, not loud, it just sounded like a loose shield of some type, just a slight rattle. I wasn't particularly concerned, but made an appointment for the dealer to take a look. Just as I was entering the Dealers driveway, the car let out a horrible screech and started bucking. I stopped and then tried putting it in gear. Just like previously described, it sounded like someone had tossed a handful of nuts and bolts into a blender.
I walked to the service department and told them what had happened. They towed my car into the shop and then came back and told me the car needed a new transmission and that the transmission failure had also destroyed the clutch. The repair would cost $3475.00. I was speechless.
I have been driving stick shift since I was 15 yrs ols, now 62 (47 years) I have never experienced a failure like this.
To add insult they told me the book value was only $3500.00. Didn't seem worth it to repair.
I traded the car in when they told me they would only sell it for salvage.
I just check my vehicle records on the toyota owners site and sse that they have repaired to car and have had it inspected. They are obviously going to re-sell it. I feel that everything they told me was a complete lie.