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Toyota Matrix, Tires, Wheels, Wagon
#159 of 265 Re: Toyota Matrix Tire Wear [tamedsker]
May 31, 2008 (9:10 pm)
Well, Toyota had our Matrix for 2 days. They DID install a shim and adjustment kit for the rear end. They DID bring the car into factory spec alignment. They DID NOT replace the tires. They DID NOT charge or attempt to charge us for the repairs or the loner vehicle. The car now runs straight, smooth, and using a lot less fuel! We took a trip today that we make frequently, that until now used a 1/4 tank of gas with out using the A/C. Today it took 1/8 tank, and we had the A/C on for 1/2 of it. The car now handles like the 2007 Corolla that they gave us as a loaner! The secret? Contact an attorney who works with breach of warranty claims. We did. We haven't checked, but we think he contacted the dealer, because their attitudes turned 180 degrees, and they were tripping over themselves to get the repairs correct. For all of you who are frustrated by this problem, DO NOT GIVE UP! Be prepared to take it to the next level, as this seems to help. If you do not get satisfaction, TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL! Good luck to all!
Jun 01, 2008 (4:50 am)
Great news, tamedsker. Congrats!
It seems for some the front is the problem, and for you, the rear! Wish the problem was more consistent! Be easier to fix then.
Enjoy your new car!
#161 of 265 Re: Issue on all cars? [ashnohgrim]
Jun 26, 2008 (7:01 am)
Seems it is a design flaw with Matrix/Vibe. I have V-rated Pirelli-7, got them for my tire guy for 1/2 price $100/shoot (otherwise they are way too expensive), what a F%n waste of a tire.
The only thing that happened to me was that the noise did not come as fast as for most..., but it did:(
Itís an annoying humming noise that starts at 20mph and continues in to high-speed, when it gets a bit drowned out by other hwy noise.
At first I thought it maybe wheel bearing I changed both no change, itís not the differential as that noise stops with no load...
I see that every one is having the same problem.
What's going on with Toyota...
I think that the problem is with the 205 tire size, WHY WHY WHY 3-series BMW tire width size for a Corolla??? What idiot decided that?
I bet that regular corollas don't have this problem...
#162 of 265 What can we do about the toyota matrix tire problem
Jul 02, 2008 (7:30 am)
Everyone who has a problem with tires wearing prematurely need to make a complaint with the federal government. the link is below. If enough complaints are filed then the feds will force toyota to make a recall and correct the situation.
If you are having problem file a complaint numbers do count!
#163 of 265 Yes! File a complaint!
Jul 02, 2008 (9:35 pm)
Even though my problem seems to have been fixed, it is still important to file the complaint. Maybe this will stop the tire problem from affecting anyone else. Maybe, the government will force Toyota to re-imburse all those for the ruined tires!
#164 of 265 Cancel my purchase of a 05 Matrix
Aug 30, 2008 (9:25 pm)
I was going to buy a 2005 Matrix that I saw today but after reading this thread I have decided not to buy the car. When I saw the car today the people told me they had rotated the tires. I happened to notice some unusual wear on the front tires which means these had been in the back. This vehicle is a fwd but I don't trust the car. I love Toyotas, had always bought them but after reading all the complaints I have changed my mind. Why buy a high priced headache.
#165 of 265 Matrix tire wear
Sep 02, 2008 (2:12 pm)
I'm having the same problem as Remaxmarty. My car has 27,000 miles on it, and just recently, I noticed a regular, repeated tire noise, beyond the noise the tires have always made. The next day I took the car to the tire dealership, and asked them to check the pressure and look for a bubble or somethng on the tread that might be making the noise. Turns out all four tires are worn evenly on the inside rim. The tire guy blamed poor alignment and suggested I buy new tires in the spring when I take the studded winter tires off.This wear apparently happened since April when I had the studs taken off.
I have since talked to the service manage at the car dealership. Not much help there.
Then I called the 800-3311-4331 Toyota number and filed a case with them. The tire guy is going to put the car on a lift tomorrow and give me a printout of whatever the laser alighment thing says is going on. I'll take that to the dealer, who is 2 hours plus from here. Any suggestions for success? I don't think the government is the answer.
I live in Washington state and bought the car at Town Toyota in Wenatchee.
#166 of 265 Re: Toyota Matrix Tire Wear [bzed]
Sep 02, 2008 (2:18 pm)
I hadn't read your message when I posted mine today and am particularly interested in what you've done. Did you find satisfaction anywhere.
#167 of 265 Re: Matrix tire wear [sgracie]
Sep 02, 2008 (3:16 pm)
hello S.G. you spoke with one of my service advisors today about a tire concern. we recommended the 800 # because of the lack of history and information on your vehicle.I understand it is a long drive but we would need to look at the vehicle before we can authorize any repairs under warranty. if we can get it covered for you we will. any new vehicle purchase is a joint venture between the owner and the servicing dealership-thats why they have an owners manual to help the customer keep up on the sometimes confusing maintenance schedule.-the manufacturer knows the most cost effective way to keep your vehicle in tip top condition.
#168 of 265 Drifting Left...No wear Yet
Oct 16, 2008 (7:09 pm)
I have an 08 matrix with 14,600 miles on it. I bought it certified at 10500 miles and began to notice a pretty constant leftward drift at highway speeds from the get go. Last weekend was the third visit to the dealer (first two, at another dealer, thrid at the deler I bought it from).
Alignment specs are all within spec, but not perfectly symmetrical. They tried to tweak the toe a bit but it is still drifting. Not sure if the Moog camber bolts would help or what....or pehaps shims in the rear.
I HAVE NOT noticed tire wear....but for all I know, they put new tires on it before they put it for sale....they look pretty newish. At any rate...I am now wondering if this car was a big mistake....I love it but for this drift. This is something I would expect from one of the many junkers I've driven over the years...not an $18K relatively newish Toyota. And it doesn't take a wild imagination to envision a scenario whereby the car drifts into the oncoming lane...or God forbid oncoming traffic.
Will be contacting the dealer again....service manager mentioned something about contacting someone further up the chain (regional/district rep, factory service tech??)
PS- we had the same issue on a low mileage (5000) certified corolla....it was fixed in two attempts...I recall the sm talking about longer camber bolts or something?
Losing faith in the Toyota Marque