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Toyota Matrix, Tires, Wheels, Wagon
#1 of 265 Toyota Matrix Tire Wear
Sep 14, 2006 (4:29 am)
Are you experience abnormal tire wear? - I'm collecting data or tire wear for the Matrix.
My car is wearing the inner most tread only front and rear tires. And I am getting tire noise that increase with speed - it's annoying to say the least.
My mechanic says this is normal - yeah right!
#2 of 265 Toyota Matrix Tire Wear
Sep 20, 2006 (7:59 am)
My 2005 Matrix has only 24,000 kms on it (15,000 miles) and, to the shock of my mechanic at a recent oil change, the inside tread on all four tires is worn right down. Excessive vibration now occurs at speeds above 60 mph. To make matters worse, I change to winter tires every winter, so these Continentals that came with the car have logged less than 16,000 kms (10,000 miles). My mechanic has never seen anything like it. This can't be right.
#3 of 265 Re: Toyota Matrix Tire Wear [bzed]
Sep 21, 2006 (5:08 am)
No it is not normal or acceptable. Is your car All Wheel Drive(AWD)? WE have talked to people that have tried several different types of tire on the same car - it is not a tire quality problem. What do your snow tires look like?
#4 of 265 Re: Toyota Matrix Tire Wear [remaxmarty1]
Sep 22, 2006 (7:00 am)
We also have a 2005 Matrix and have had tire problems. At about 3000 miles we noticed the noise. We kept on going to see if it would get worse and it did. AT 6800 miles we took it to our dealer and they sent us to a Tire place. There they noticed the left front tire wearing very badly and the right front was starting - so he sent us back to our Toyota dealer. There they checked the alignment and contacted Toyota who gave us 4 new Goodyear tires in exchange for the Continental tires. Now we are hearing the nose again at 12,000 miles. What to do????? Does anyone have any suggestions????? (get ride of the car or go back to our dealer??????). Humbug
#5 of 265 Re: Toyota Matrix Tire Wear [humbug]
Sep 24, 2006 (8:34 am)
By the time you heard the noise the tires were already in a state of wear. To answer your question - I don't think there is anything you can do at this point. We noticed the tire wear at 250 mi. After that we tried to get the dealership to address and admit there is a problem here - they told us this abnormal wear was "normal" - Crap!! At this point we researched the Lemon Law for New Hampshire (You can check your state)
If your warranty is out so are your options. We started the process of giving Toyota three documented chances to fix the wear problem before they are forced to buy the car back.
At this point they are trying to buy us off with a set of Michelin tires. It will stretch out the time the wear shows up but it's not going to save them.
Short of a class action suit I don't think they are going to fix the design flaw in the car. My guess is the rubber bushings in the suspension system are not stiff enough or they have the wheel alignment set to compensate for some other issue (like roll-over test compliance).
If you are out of warranty you can have your mechanic tweek your alignment out of specification to correct the wear problem - this is a last ditch effort we have not applied because it will void the warranty. According to one of the mechanics we grilled during one of our visits the tire wear is a common re-curring problem. I don't see a 50% reduction in tire life and acceptable condition. Stay tuned and encourage other Matrix people to respond. With enough statistics there will be enough of a reason for out of warranty action.
#6 of 265 What option?
Sep 25, 2006 (8:45 am)
Just bought a 2007 XR FWD with automatic. Are you guys all driving AWD models? If not what options? Thanks.
#7 of 265 Re: What option? [brianb4]
Sep 25, 2006 (3:39 pm)
although this is a forum for tire wear I've seen a couple of other common notes -
-If you get a hiss from your drivers window when closed at hwy speed double tap the down button (seems the door architecture is a bit off)
-at 40MPH if you get the lugging sound and vibration from the engine and transmission - find another speed and avoid 40 MPH.
-If it seems like the brakes grab all of a sudden going down hill - it really just the transmission - our dealer mechanic suggest downshifting manually to avoid the surprise (I'm still waiting for the snow - this should be interesting)
#8 of 265 Re: What option? [brianb4]
Sep 25, 2006 (6:39 pm)
Hi Brian and Marty,
Our Matriax is FWD XR. 12,100 miles and we have had this noise since 3,000 miles. As of this date we haven't decided what to do, but we did talk to a friend of ours who works at the dealership. Toyota replaced the tires at 6,800 miles and we were told to be sure and rotate the tires every 5,000 miles which we have done - this is according to the owners manual. Now at 12,100 we are into the noise again. This is the only problem we have had. The car itself runs perfect. City mileage is aboaut 30 and the highway has been as high as 38. We really don't want to get rid of this car (we can't afford to) but just want to get this problem fixed. Will keep you all informed if we find any further developments. Thanks Guys!!!!!
#9 of 265 Re: Toyota Matrix Tire Wear [remaxmarty1]
Sep 27, 2006 (7:04 am)
Our Matrix is AWD.
Our snow tires are stored at the garage, so I'll have to arrange to have them checked.
#10 of 265 What kind of Noise?
Oct 05, 2006 (9:46 am)
I'm not experiencing uneven tire wear, but I do have an annoying noise. The car and tires have 20,000 miles on them. They are the Continental originals. The noise started at around 12-15,000 miles and it's a rotational humming sort of noise that increases and decreases with speed. The noise level stays constant and so you can't hear it at highway speeds with all the other noise. It sounds most like a wheel bearing gone bad or an axle joint AKA old Subarus. The car is not AWD. The frequency of the noise is like a dull humming and very annoying. Dealer says it's the rough wear on the edges of the rear tires. They say they have checked every other possibility.
Is this the same problem you all are having?