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#69 of 573 Re: 2008 Matrix Info [dave145]
Aug 27, 2007 (11:41 am)
I've also put in my 2 cents at matrixowners.com. The real problem is with the dealers and the company itself. They are the ones that have decided, in spite of numerous complaints, that there is no problem. Three years later and my top of the line Matrix xrs is worth less than 1/2 of what I paid for it. 27,000 miles and my 3rd clutch is slipping. I'll NEVER buy a Toyota product again! My advice, buy a Honda!
#70 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [matrixreloaded]
Aug 30, 2007 (3:14 pm)
i have 2003 5 speed with 180 k
the main bearing is going getting louder daily
did anybody have any luck with toyota with this problem
#71 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [the_moose]
Sep 17, 2007 (9:07 am)
ok...here is an update..i took my car into a mechanic and he swears it is not the transmission...so i agreed to let him take it apart. Turns out it is a clutch throw bearing?? haven't received the final bill yet however i will keep everyone up to date. considering it is about 10-12 hours to get the transmission in and out I don't anticipate that it will be an inexpensive repair but still less expensive then 1800-3000 which is the quotes that I was previously getting. There is no doubt a defect on this transmission and I believe that this problem has caused my clutch to wear prematurely. As another side, I had a seized caliper on my matrix just the other day. You can get a rebuilt caliper from NAPA cost is $80.
#72 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [jamesimcb]
Sep 17, 2007 (9:48 am)
The clutch throw out bearing, normally only becomes engaged and spinning when your depress the clutch pedal. The face of the bearing is what actually presses against the fingers of the pressure plate, which when the fingers are pressed release the grip on the clutch plate (allowing the clutch plate which is connected to main shaft of the transmission to stop spinning).
Normally when there are throw out bearing failures, you'll find that the driver rests their foot on the clutch (thereby keeping the bearing spinning), or the clutch is improperly adjusted and the bearing doesn't release far enough away from the pressure plate.
That's a cheaper and easier parts fix compared to a transmission bearing where you have to take the transmission actually apart. In this case, you just are unbolting the transmission from the engine. The throwout bearing and clutch are in between the engine and transmission.
#73 of 573 Re: 03 Matrix Transmission completely trashed @ 62K [kiawah]
Sep 27, 2007 (8:30 am)
Updated to the 2003 matrix with transmission problems. It turns out it was the main bearing just as with all of the other people that have made the claim here. It was not the clutch throw bearings after all Bottom line is that I needed a completely rebuilt tranny due to the main bearing failure. The Mr. Transmission that ended up doing the repair said that he is working on these quite often. There was a Pontiac Vibe in the shop while I was there with the same problem. Makes you say hmmm....oh and btw there is an updated kit for the transmission, not sure if that means that there was a problem identified and it has since been fixed or what?
#74 of 573 Same story - 03 matrix transmission trashed
Sep 28, 2007 (9:59 am)
With less than 100,000 miles on my 5 speed manual, I began hearing a funny noise in June. I ignored it thinking it was a fan and wanted to see what would come of it. Yesterday, Sept. 27, 2007, my car suddenly hardly made it to work. I dropped it off at the mechanic and had him take me to work. Guess what? Yup, to my shock and surprise, it's the transmission. I thought I had a reliable car and how often to manual's have transmission problems???? My wife is due to have a baby this next week. Great timing. Thanks Toyota for going cheap on something that is so important. Next time cut cost on windshield wipers. They're easier to replace. Until I can get it fixed, I'm grinding my bearings and I can't shift into 2nd anymore. Please, somebody offer some advice. I'd be in on the lawsuit, just tell me what I need to do.
#75 of 573 re: 04 Matrix Standard Transmission
Oct 04, 2007 (1:12 pm)
New transmission required, changed fluid at 75 k. Made sure we used synthetic 75w90 just to be on the safe side. Mostly highway driven to 170 k. Compared to the other complainants we were lucky. Started making sounds except when clutch was depressed. Cost quoted by Toyota $3995 plus tax to replace it. They said they never heard of this problem. We need a lawyer. I used to swear by these cars, had many with a standard and not even need a clutch change, the Celica up to 450 k. If they don't do something to alleviate this, our family will never buy a Toyota again.
#76 of 573 re: 04 Matrix Standard Transmission [gregwis]
Oct 04, 2007 (1:25 pm)
The cost for my transmission rebuild at mr. transmission was 1295...had to pay someone to remove it and install it which was another 450...Total cost including taxes was $2,000. Complete overhaul. My transmission guy had 2 other pontiac vibes he was working on! this is definitely a defective transmission. It is a defective bearing from Japan. The rebuild kit is updated so if you get it fixed it probably won't happen again???fingers crossed! oh, BTW, quote in the US for a complete rebuild was only 2900???
#77 of 573 re: 04 Matrix Standard Transmission [jamesimcb]
Oct 04, 2007 (2:40 pm)
I just picked up my 2004 matrix from my local garage. They heard the noises it made and decided that it was something major from the transmission. I was shocked to hear that there was something significant from a manual transmission other than the clutch. So I browsed this forum and was equally as shocked to read of so many problems with the tranny. I called the shop back to see if they can replace the tranny with a newer used model (2005-2007)if they can find one. Does any one know if the problems have been resolved for the later years or if I can even replace my 2004 with a 2005 or 2006 transmission?
#78 of 573 2004 Matrix Standard Transmission Noises
Oct 04, 2007 (2:56 pm)
I just wanted to note that I visited this forum about 2 months ago when I first started hearing the noises from the transmission. There were a lot of talk about a pully tensioner and loose alternator pullies that people thought was making a lot of rattling and grinding noises from the engine compartment. I am willing to bet that they are actually having problems with their transmissions and that this really is a defective product from the invincible Toyota! Unfortunately unless there is a safety issue, I don't think we are going to get lucky with a recall.