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#437 of 573 Another premature Matrix clutch failure
Jul 20, 2010 (6:36 am)
2003 XRS 6 speed.
Clutch started slipping within the first 20K. Now at 75K it feels like 200. Brought it to the dealer several times. "No problem". Thanks Keyes Toyota. Y'all come back real soon!. If 75K sounds low, it is. We baby this thing.
My wife and I have been driving sticks forever. Her last car - Tercel - had 190K on the original clutch which was still going strong when we sold it. Somehow our gross incompetence is to blame for this. I don't think so. I had a hunch the car was too heavy for the transmission.
Now the wife hears a muffled rattle that I don't hear. Glad I found this forum, Will be calling Toyota today.
PM me or respond here if you want more info or if there is really a class action to join.
#438 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [crimson_steve]
Jul 30, 2010 (3:50 am)
Steve, I had the same problem. I had the 03 Matrix SR with Automatic Transmission and babied the bejeesum out of it, inclusive of tune ups, oil changes etc. Out of no where after 138K (94% highway) miles, the transmission SUDDENLY dropped out of use...I still had 4400K left on the loan to pay off. I ended up getting towed to the local Toyota dealer and they said it would cost 4800 to fix it. That being said, put the proverbial bullet into the entire engine and I ended up buying a new FJ Cruiser. I wonder if there is a way that considering all of the owners here having a consistency issue in the drive shaft/transmission might have a notion for a class action law suit towards Toyota. I have been a 18 year Toyota customer, but it seems that this "shafting" is wayyy to common for this owner to take. Get back to me if you have an opinion please.
#439 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [jtma1]
Jul 30, 2010 (5:29 am)
How often did you get the transmission fluid changed?
Every 30K miles is optimum.
Steve (from 3 years ago) had a manual transmission with a failed bearing.
What part(s) failed in your auto trans?
Aug 08, 2010 (9:44 am)
I just changed the trans oil in my '06 Matrix 5-speed at 21K miles.
It was pretty dark, with a metallic sheen and a slightly gritty feel.
Seemed in worse shape than the trans oil in my previous Hondas after 30K miles.
In hindsight I would have changed it at 10K miles.
I plan to change it every 30K from now on.
I refilled with Valvoline 75W-90 (dino).
I think it was $12 well spent.
#441 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [jim19a]
Aug 17, 2010 (5:57 pm)
My 03 toyota matrix transmission went caput last friday.
51k miles on the clock. bought it brand new from toyota in caldwell nj in 03.
aamoco want $3900 to fix.
Toyota and aamoco...steer clear of both companies if u know whats good 4 u
#442 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [manvee1]
Aug 18, 2010 (8:02 am)
Automatic or manual?
Yes, stay away from AAMCO (All Automatics Must Come Out)
I'm curious, did you ever have the transmission oil/fluid changed?
#443 of 573 05 Matrix 5 speed manual
Sep 07, 2010 (10:04 am)
Just had the bearings replaced along with a new clutch at 146,000 miles. The car has been regularly serviced with probably 90% or more commuter highway miles, and my wife is not an abusive driver. Independent trans shop stated that they found the same two problem bearings that they always find, so I question some previous comments that this problem is only found with 2003 or 2004 models. Kudos to my wife for noticing the noise in the early stages and bringing it to my attention, because I certainly would not have wanted to install a salvage unit with the same potential problems, or foot the bill for a Toyota unit. Given that my past Toyota Corolla's have gone past 250,000 miles without manual trans issues, the $1450 cost didn't exactly make me happy. On the other hand, no one is going to stand behind a 146,000 mile bearing. Both trans shop tech and QA folks at the parts facility where I work felt that the bearings were simply not strong enough for the load, because they were not burnt and the fluid looked okay.
#444 of 573 bearings and start problems
Sep 27, 2010 (11:03 am)
Well I love my Matrix and really enjoy driving it. Recently at 133000kms I took it into the dealership because it has had some starting problems. it is a 6-speed manual transmission and its been getting stiffer as time goes on. I bought the vehicle back in '06 and have been told numerous times that the clutch needs to get redone but I'm not hard on my car at all. I see that the bearing problem is quite pervalent in these models but is there any start problems that anyone has noticed? was quoted by Toyota 6400, OEM transmission and clutch... I don't think so. Taking off the hoist and going to Wilson's to see what they can do, I only want to pay a grand tops. Looks like its going to be close to that just for the labour hours. Screwed over
#445 of 573 Re: 05 Matrix 5 speed manual [lyndon5]
Sep 29, 2010 (5:31 am)
Glad to hear you caught it before big damage was done. I also have a 2005 5-speed (only 72K miles) and was wondering what the noise was like so I'll know what to listen for.
My car has so far been completely trouble free (knock on wood) and averages 34 to 38 MPG depending on the highway/city mix.
#446 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix - Another Transmission Issue Case - Canada [marjo]
Sep 29, 2010 (7:38 am)
My Matrix is a 2007 with 146,000 km. I'm located in Nova Scotia.
The Transmission is ruined. I paid the $3000 for the super extended Warranty and I did all of the service that was communicated to me by Toyota and more.
Toyota Will Not Honor the Warranty.
Toyota will do nothing for me. They are Scum.
I have two Toyotas, Both are for sale. I'm finished with Toyota.
Some interesting Facts about my case:
1. Toyota never gave me an Owners manual or an Owners manual supplement when I purchased the car New. They said they were out and that they would order one for me. I have never recieved either.
2. If I lived in Maine or Alaska or Texas, I would never need to replace the oil in the Transmission as it is only required to check the level if the car is purchased in the states.
3. Toyota knows this is a problem.
4. They've been trying to hide it for 7 years.
5. There is a recall against my Car which Toyota did not inform me of. I had to find it on the internet.
6. There are 11 Technical Service Bullitens on my car, of which Toyota informed me of NONE.
I say we launch a class action suit against Toyota. They deserve it. My new Hobby is causing problems for Toyota. I should have some time to commit to my new hobby as I no longer can drive anywhere.
Here is my first Idea:
All of you, Go to your local Toyota Dealer on Saturday. Hang around looking at cars, If a sales guy approaches, Tell him you're not decided yet, you're just thinking about trading up. If a Customer approaches you, Tell him your story and tell him to Run! We'll beat the buggers by Attrition. This won't help in making Toyota pay for your Tranny but it will be satisfying when you turn away a customer, or save some innocent consumer the trouble you suffered. If there are twenty of you at that dealer, Try not to congregate or form an angry Mob. That could look bad for our case.
Don't get Mad, Don't get Even. Ruin Them!!!