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Toyota Matrix, Transmission, Wagon
#488 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix - Another Transmission Issue Case - Canada [hatetoyota]
Jul 02, 2011 (11:51 am)
If you have the time you can go the Attrition route, but most of us don't have that luxury. I just vote with my wallet (I bought a new 2011 Honda) and tell everyone what happened to my Toyota.
I will never buy another Toyota. I had blind faith in their quality and reliability, but I will never trust them again.
What bothers me most are the people who post on here how they went out and bought another Toyota. Good luck to them. I don't like to live life by chance.
Don't hate. Forgive them for their ignorance and move on with your life.
#489 of 573 2010 matrix auto trans
Aug 31, 2011 (7:42 am)
I'm concerned about the tranny problems. I have new 2010 matrix with just 6600 miles on it. took a trip through the mountains and experienced some shifting and power problems in the Sierra Nevada range. It was a 4000 mile trip through Wy,Id,Or,Ca,NV and CO. (lots of mountains) Only experienced this problem in the last 500 miles. When I got back to Boulder I took the car in for oil change Etc. and mentioned the loss of power and shifting problem to the mechanic. They took it for a drive and told me it was probably the altitude changes and the sensors needed a few seconds to respond to the air difference. But they noted it on the work papers in case there was a problem in the future. I'm not a mechanic and have no idea whether this is an accurate possibility or not. But I guess I'm asking if others have had this problem with this trans...or if "noting it on the work order " is actually of any use for future problems?
#490 of 573 Re: 2010 matrix auto trans [2010mat]
Aug 31, 2011 (8:03 am)
NO NO NO ! I live in the sierra nevada mtns. And that altitude stuff is crap. Take it back and make them look at their technical service bulletins. Tell them you know there is one on this, and you also noticed a louder than usual noise when it was happening. Have them look at the transmission coupler assembly. Mine started EXACTLY the same way, and toyota knows about this issue but doesn't have to deal with it because its only a TSB and not a recall . If you wait, it will get worse, and if you get past 60k, toyota will hang you out to dry....get it looked at again! Good luck
#491 of 573 re: hillhum
Aug 31, 2011 (10:12 am)
My car didn't make any noise it just lost power quickly, no matter how much gas pedal I applied and shifted from gear to gear and back again. It never did this in the mountains prior. I checked the service bulletins and don't really know what I'm looking at...lock/latches or powertrain, cooling etc. but nothing on tranny. thanks for the heads up though will continue to research.
#492 of 573 Transmission failed AGAIN!!!
Sep 16, 2011 (1:59 pm)
I had my transmission rebuilt back in 2007, at 65,000 miles (under extended warranty, thankfully). But now, at 135,000 miles, problem is back again, like clockwork. Rear main bearing failure, same as the first time. I don't advise anyone to purchase a manual version of this car. I am going to trade it in for something else, which is too bad! The car was perfect for me in every other way! But I am not paying $1800 to rebuild the transmission every 4 years or so. I actually emailed the shop I took it too last time and asked them how many of these they see (its a huge, transmission only shop, so they probably have seen a bunch).
What worries me though, is that there have been numerous people on here who have been driving and the transmission just seized up on them on the freeway. That can be very scary/deadly, so now I am afraid to drive it! I have an old 4Runner, so I guess I am in better shape than most, but the 4Runner is 23 years old and has 230,000 miles on it!
I am so dissapointed. My previous car, a 93 Civic Si, had 180,000 miles when I sold it in 06 and the guy who has it said its at 200,000 now...same tranny, same clutch, same rotors.....that was a reliable car!
#493 of 573 05 Matrix transmission issue
Sep 19, 2011 (8:18 am)
Well, I found this forum on Friday, when I discovered the horrible noise emanating from my 05 matrix with 59k on it is the transmission. Toyota says it is the countershaft bearing and replacement of tranny is $3k. Much as described on here. Mechanic there admitted he has seen it in 5 cars, yet Toyota "does not know of this problem." They are checking with Toyota rep to see if they will do anything for me, but my hopes are not high.
Like everyone here I'm very disappointed, as I paid more for a Toyota to have a reliable car. Yet clearly didn't get that. My last was a Honda, 11 years before selling, no problems. This is total bullshit and Toyota won't get my business again. It seems clear that folks have been having these problems for 5-6 years now and Toyota is still ignoring.
I am probably going to a transmission shop, since they will actually fix the transmission rather than just replacing it. They said dealers don't fix transmissions because they don't have rebuilders on staff. A tip to others with this issue- get a second opinion and don't trust the dealer.
Sep 19, 2011 (1:11 pm)
Toyota refused to "extend my warranty" (car has 59k and is 6 years old). So no help from them. One dealer gave me a customer service number for Toyota. I'll try, but forgive my lack of hope.
Repair shop is quoting around $2200 to repair, depending on what they find when they take it apart. He did point out that at least the parts they use would not be Toyota parts.
#495 of 573 Has anyone made progress with lawsuit or NHTSA?
Sep 19, 2011 (3:18 pm)
Not shockingly, Toyota has refused to take any responsibility, just saying my car is over a year out of warranty. I know a lot of people on here talked about calling Toyota corporate, filing lawsuits, etc. Anyone make any progress?
#496 of 573 Re: 2003 Matrix XR Transmission Bites the Dust [jon_e]
Sep 30, 2011 (1:52 pm)
I have same problem, want to put a 6 spd in. How did your swap go? Any problems I should know about? Would be grateful for any info you give. Did 5 spd clutch work or does 6 spd have different splines? Thanks for any info you can give.
#497 of 573 PLEASE CONTACT NHTSA WITH YOUR PROBLEM
Oct 05, 2011 (8:55 am)
I just submitted a complaint with the National Highway Transit and Safety Administration (NHTSA) which has the power to force Toyota into issuing a recall. Please do the same. While the chances are low that the defect actually gets investigated, this is really the best chance of getting something done.
Please follow this link:
It's very quick and easy to fill out. Be sure to select "Power Train" and "Matrix", not "Corolla Matrix"