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Toyota Matrix, Transmission, Wagon
#43 of 556 03 matrix transmission failure
Jul 17, 2007 (7:04 pm)
Add me to the list. 2003 matrix with 91k miles, dealer wants $3200 for a new tranny, 2800 for a used. Both with only a 1yr warrenty!
#45 of 556 Something needs to be done
Jul 20, 2007 (3:48 pm)
2004 matrix 5 speed transmission blew at 110,000 miles. The clutch was gone too. Cost is $2625.00 for a REBUILT tranny and clutch. This is crazy !! Has anyone heard of a class action lawsuit beginning yet? Something has got to be done. No car should do this at mileage its' happening. This is my 6th toyota..and it's my last.
#46 of 556 Here's one more...
Jul 22, 2007 (11:07 pm)
This one's typical:
'03 Matrix, purchased brand new December of 2002.
Just started showing all the symptoms described throughout the the various posts, grinding at low rpms, progressively getting worse (louder) Grinding started exhibiting itself halfway through my drive from Chicago to Denver. Stopped in Nebraska at a Toyota dealer, 3 certified Toyota mechanics scratched their heads, couldnt figure out the problem was (other than "we think it's either your transmission or clutch...). Said to just push on through to Colorado, and deal with it when I got there. Well I made it, and I'm taking the car to couple shops tomorrow, to get it checked out again (I suspect it's the blown transimission issue), dont know what I'll do at this point. Gotta figure out how to get it back to Chicago, as cheaply as possible... never expected this from a Toyota w/ such low mileage.
#47 of 556 grinding lasted 20k miles before it stopped
Jul 22, 2007 (11:53 pm)
I knew it was coming. I travel a lot & rented cars to avoid breakdown far from home. Thought the humming & grinding was bad, but when it fell apart, it literally sounded like it fell out & it blew the clutch that moment.
#48 of 556 Re: grinding lasted 20k miles before it stopped [upset4]
Jul 23, 2007 (9:32 am)
Wow, so you drove 20,000 miles with the grinding before it blew? Hey all you other guys, how long did you drive w/ the grinding before it just puked out?
#49 of 556 Re: grinding lasted 20k miles before it stopped [gutloaded]
Jul 23, 2007 (9:42 am)
Yes...it began very faint and progressively got louder and louder. We own courier business...so 20k miles comes quick for me. The last 5,000 I didn't drive it out of town - I thought any minute it would go because it got SO loud. Thank goodness when it did...I was 2 miles from home.
#50 of 556 Re: grinding lasted 20k miles before it stopped [upset4]
Jul 23, 2007 (9:51 am)
I'm at 85k, no warranty, on vacation in Colorado (home is in Chicago). Would you recommend new tranny, or rebuilt? Also, would you recommend using an independant Toyota certified mechanic, or taking it to a local Toyota dealer to have the work done? What did you wind up doing?
#51 of 556 Re: Something needs to be done [upset4]
Jul 25, 2007 (9:57 am)
Our 2003 Matrix XR has 107km's and we had to have the transmission replaced as the old one was completely shot.
I believe Toyota knows there is a problem but feel it would be cheaper to ignore us ( who have problem cars ) than to issue a recall so keep calling them at 1-888-869-6828 and let them know that this issue is not going away until they address it properly. When we called them at this number they said they were unaware of any problem with the Matrix and that they had received no calls from customers complaining about it. So PLEASE CALL!!! Maybe a call to an investigative news show is in order?!
#52 of 556 Re: 03 tanny failure w 100,000 mile gear oil change [lilmaxx]
Jul 26, 2007 (4:25 am)
You may want to check into CAMVAP ( Canadian Motor vehicle Arbitration Plan ). Go to there website camvap.ca or call them 1-800-207-0658. It's a free program. Please call them, it's got to be worth $2100. I am in a similar situation, 107,000kms, had trans.fluid changed 99,000 and now 107kms trans.has to be replaced!