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Toyota Matrix, Transmission, Wagon
#403 of 573 Re: Matrix trans issue only on Edmunds [circuitsmith]
Apr 12, 2010 (8:13 am)
The manual transmission in my 2006 Matrix failed at about 65,000 miles, just out of warranty. If you look carefully you will notice that many of the posts here report failures at 100,000 km, not 100,000 miles, again just out of warranty. My Matrix was taken to the dealer for maintenance and all recommended procedures were performed. I do not believe that the failure was due to poor maintenance or abuse since the transmission in my 1996 Tacoma is still going strong after more than 240,000 miles
If the posts on this forum represent all the failures in these transmissions that's really not a bad record considering the number of these cars sold. The transmission failure was not what I expected of my Toyota but I believe Toyota was reasonably fair in providing a new transmission for installation costs only. If the new transmission performs as my other Toyotas have I will have no qualms about buying Toyotas in the future. If it fails at <100,000 miles I will probably look elsewhere for my next car. If and when you hear "the noise" in your Matrix I suggest you have it towed to a dealer for diagnosis and repair. The dealer is in the best position to, and has the greatest interest in, providing some cost adjustment on the repair. It looks like many of those who posted here had their cars repaired by independent mechanics and then tried to get Toyota to cover the cost. Good luck with your Matrix!
#404 of 573 Re: Matrix trans issue only on Edmunds [upyourstoyota]
Apr 13, 2010 (11:38 am)
> I take care of my car. ... This was not user error.
I didn't say it was. Don't put words in my mouth. My 'Scheduled Maintenance Guide' calls for no trans oil change in 120K miles, except under 'Special Operating Conditions'.
> There are a lot of very angry people on this forum...
Well, don't be angry at me. OK?
> It is frustrating to read someone, with no knowledge of the individual circumstances everyone went through, try to suggest that it must be our own fault that the transmission broke down at 100K.
Again, that's not what I said. I read pretty much this whole thread. I have some knowledge of what people went through. This conversation ends here. If I wanted to be browbeaten I would have gone to USENET.
#405 of 573 Re: Matrix trans issue only on Edmunds [circuitsmith]
Apr 13, 2010 (4:46 pm)
I came off very rude and I apologize. I've re-read your post and I still infer that you were not too subtly implying a lack of maintenance as the reason behind the defective transmission. If that is not what you intended, then accept my apology. I am struggling to see what else you could have meant?
Anyway, this is just an internet forum and should not be a day ruiner, so sorry for any strife.
Apr 14, 2010 (11:56 am)
Add me to the list:
Symptom: rattling when accelerating at low RPMs.
Current mileage: 99262km
Toyota on Front: "Sounds like it might be coming from the
transmission, don't see anything else wrong. We can replace it for $3800."
I have since found this forum.
I plan to take it to an independent mechanic to have a look.
In the meantime I am considering alternatives to advocate for our plight...
Apr 14, 2010 (12:22 pm)
A few months ago, I call the APA (Association de Protection des Automobilistes, in Quebec) and explained my problems with my Matrix transmission (see posts by Simonotaylor). They have been in contact with Toyota Canada since then. And their work helped a lot: Toyota Canada finally offered me a refund for half the bill for my transmission repair, which I accepted.
They think it has to do with recent Toyota difficulties that they decided to refund APA members that complained about their Matrix (I am not the only that has been refunded).
That $750 refund was welcome and I think the company is heading the good direction.
So if your are in Quebec, contact APA, they may help you!
#408 of 573 Re: Un autre [lukeb1]
Apr 14, 2010 (12:44 pm)
You don't say what year your Matrix is. Toyota told me something similar when I brought my 2006 in. I shopped around a bit and the independent mechanic I consulted didn't offer to do the job much cheaper. I decided to let Toyota go ahead and was pleasantly surprised when they installed a new transmission for the cost of labor only (about $1000). This was right around the time the big recall was announced. Good luck!
#409 of 573 Engine Shampoo
Apr 16, 2010 (8:09 pm)
it's a 2003.
I doubt that my dealer will give me the part for free, they are always trying to get me to pay for a bunch of unneeded services when I go in for regular oil changes. Once they tried to get me to go for and "Engine Shampoo". No, really.
I'm pretty sure they aren't going to spring for a $2000 tranny without a fight...
#410 of 573 Automatic Transmission Problems Anyone?
Apr 19, 2010 (5:45 pm)
I have a 2003 Matrix 4wd XR. It's been making funny rattling noises for a year. I guess it's the bearings. Yesterday, it felt like the transmission was starting to slip. You know that jerking action when the car is having trouble shifting gears, but then doesn't shift? It took a few seconds, but finally shifted. I am at 103K miles. I am going in for service Wednesday. The check engine light came on at about 2 weeks ago. I'm concerned that the transmission might be bad... Is this the time to buy a new car?
#411 of 573 2006 Matrix XR all wheel Transmission problems
May 03, 2010 (11:54 am)
6 months after purchasing my new 2006 Matrix the transmission quit, period. Stopped while on the freeway. Toyota replaced the transmission with no argument. However, this year the car jumps while climbing hills. It jumps so badly it startles myself and/or any passengers. One Toyota dealer said they would look at it for about $174, no guarantee they could fix it. Another dealer took the vehicle ran it through the computer took it for a test drive and claimed there was no problem. The car still jumps. I have to stay very conscious of my accelerator to keep it from happening and am not always successful. If I take it out of Over Drive it does better but still no guarantee it will not jump. I'm not a happy camper.