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Toyota Matrix, Transmission, Wagon
#505 of 573 Re: 2003 trans problems [matrixcorolla]
Dec 11, 2011 (7:40 am)
My 2003 Matrix just died in the middle of traffic, with my 8-year-old in the back seat. We had opted not to take the freeway because the gears had suddenly started acting funny - this is after I had taken it to the shop, who said they didn't see anything wrong so maybe a tune-up (which we did). We nearly got hit several times, sitting in the locked and dead car in the middle of the road. If we had taken the freeway chances are we would have been rear ended - with my son there. Toyota as yet not taking responsibility. We had clutch replaced 1-1/2 years ago already. Transmission blew so badly that is melted the core, making it not salvageable either - so $3800+ quote. Car basically totaled. DO NOT take your fears of car lightly! Go to dealer and insist on new transmission!
Anyone getting together a class suit?
#506 of 573 Re: 2003 trans problems [tammylynne]
Dec 15, 2011 (7:45 am)
How many miles?
Was the trans oil ever changed?
#507 of 573 Re: 2003 trans problems [circuitsmith]
Dec 15, 2011 (8:37 am)
yes, it was... we did all the maintenance when needed. the car had 92k miles.
#508 of 573 2004 Matrix
Dec 19, 2011 (1:19 pm)
My car is 7 years old, but I hardly drive, my car has 58,000 miles on it and the transmission just took a dive.....So much for Toyotas lasting forever, and so much for me stating I would never drive anything but a Toyota. The repair is higher than bluebook. Just for the record it is a 2004 Toyota Matrix XRS 6 speed.
#509 of 573 Toyota 2005 Clutch and Transmission
Dec 23, 2011 (7:26 pm)
#510 of 573 '05 Toyota Matrix Clutch
Dec 23, 2011 (7:30 pm)
I have owned this car for 3 years. Only 76,100 miles. The clutch had been replaced twice. The clutch broke a 3rd time, it broke the transmission housing, and now, just 5 months later from having the whole transmission replaced. The clutch is out again.
I am not in a position where I can buy a new car. I'm at such a loss.
#511 of 573 The transmission problem needs to be recalled
Dec 23, 2011 (8:01 pm)
I think folks need to start contacting the Better Business Bureau, State's Attorney's office, news media or whoever it will take to get Toyota to wake up and get this transmission matter on a recall.
Jan 04, 2012 (10:16 am)
2004 Matrix 5 SP, Sounded like a bearin goin85k.........R.I.P.97k...1-4-2012
#513 of 573 Re: 2003 trans problems [tammylynne]
Jan 04, 2012 (10:53 am)
How often was the trans oil actually changed?
The Service Guide only calls for inspection every 30K miles.
#514 of 573 Re: 2003 trans problems [tammylynne]
Jan 05, 2012 (6:50 pm)
I had the same problem this past December 2011 where my check oil light came on and the Matrix 2003 suddenly died on the freeway. I had it towed to Toyota and I was told by the dealer that my engine was not getting oil on the top part and I needed a new engine for $7000! Had to sell my car as junk. I had had regular care and oil changes since I bought the car used with 50,000 miles on it. It had 130,000 miles on it when it died. The only other problem I had with it in the past was when a check engine light went on intermittently and a new catalytic converter/tailpipe took care of that problem. I will not buy another Toyota and just bought a Honda Fit which I hope will give me at least 10 years of good driving.