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#19 of 48 Matrix engine and steering failure
Feb 15, 2008 (6:56 pm)
On Feb 9, my elderly mother (passenger) and I (driver) were subject to a potentially injury/life threatening situation.
My 2007 Toyota Matrix (13K) lost engine and steering power while in operation near/on a major roadway in NJ.
On no less than 3 occasions, I was able to start the car, and travel short distances before loosing engine power, steering control and total shut down.
After approx. 20 minutes to travel about 1-2 miles, I was able to bring the car to the entrance of a Toyota dealer .
There, I called Toyota Road Service and the Toyota Service Center. I had the car towed to the Service Center. Once there, the service manager informed me that he had an idea of the problem - a shut down/failure of the auto's computer module that controls essential functions (power and steering).
I was informed that there is experience with this problem and that I was unfortunate to have a complete failure of the computer module. Others experience computer dysfunction in time to bring the car to service and have the computer module replaced, I was told. The service center had the part in stock because of the problem.
I was told that the original part came from Delphi Auto Parts (of General Motors) which shares parts with Toyota. The Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe are similar cars.
I believe that both Toyota - the company and its service/sales people are familiar with this potentially dangerous defect and that Toyota is responsible for producing a faulty or dangerous vehicle.
So much for Toyota's "bullet proof" reputation.
#21 of 48 Re: check engine light on [nippononly]
Jul 24, 2008 (9:46 am)
my car have the problem with light on, the simple I just check:
1 Brake Fluid
2 Power wheell Fluid
I did found brake fluid uneder normal, then i was refill brake fluid, after that my car
seem be ok .
#22 of 48 Re: check engine light on [nippononly]
Dec 13, 2008 (2:09 pm)
You must place the key on the ACC (not off) position, hold the trip meter reset button and turn the key to ON, don't actually turn on the ignition just place the key to the ON position and continue to hold the button for at least 5 seconds and the Maint Req
light will magically turn off!
#23 of 48 Re: check engine light on [lchaw]
Dec 14, 2008 (5:22 pm)
Thanx Nippononly. I've done that twice and it works like a charm.
#24 of 48 Re: check engine light on [hunkymon]
Dec 15, 2008 (12:27 pm)
That maintenance light is programmed to reappear at 5000-mile intervals, I believe.
#25 of 48 Re: Matrix engine and steering failure [richardi1]
Oct 09, 2009 (8:08 pm)
On October 7th, 2009, I experienced a very similar situation to what Richard described. In my case, my 2007 Matrix lost engine and steering power in the middle of the freeway while I was on my way to work. Thank God I was only traveling 40 or so miles per hour because of traffic; if I had been traveling faster, I have no doubt this incident could have resulted in injuries and/or fatalities. Did I mention there were four other vehicles involved? After investigating the incident, my insurance company told me I'm not at fault because the car stalled. The CHP and highway transportation personnel at the scene also told me it looked like a mechanical problem. My car was towed to the local Toyota dealership and they've had it since that date. I have received a phone message from Toyota service each day, near the end of the day, telling me they are testing my car, their computer reports aren't showing any problem codes, and they need to keep working on my car. Finally this afternoon, around 4:00 p.m., I received a call from the service manager who told me "there is nothing wrong with your car", "come and pick it up", and (by the way), the daily rental car fee clock is ticking. To top things off, I was told by service I would not be charged for a rental vehicle and have no intention of paying them one penny. Toyota is taking absolutely no responsibility whatsoever for this situation, and I have decided I will not drive the car again because I believe it is unsafe. This is a warning to other Toyota customers...Beware!
#27 of 48 Re: Maintenance Light [scoots]
Oct 13, 2009 (6:57 pm)
A mechanic told my husband that he should disconnect the battery and re-connect it. No problems were detected when it was connected to the computer. Ours turned off.
#28 of 48 Re: Check Engine Light [alandra_lee]
Oct 26, 2009 (2:57 pm)
I have a 2005 automatic with 115 thou miles on it.Its in the dealership right now getting the transmission replaced for $3900.00.This is the last Toyota Ill buy.Im so mad right now Im considering a lawyer.