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Toyota Matrix, Tires, Wheels, Wagon
#164 of 265 Cancel my purchase of a 05 Matrix
Aug 30, 2008 (8:25 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 (1:12 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 (1:18 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 (2:16 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 (6:09 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
#169 of 265 Re: Drifting Left...No wear Yet [124spider] Matrix tire wear
Oct 17, 2008 (8:46 am)
I'm taking my Matrix to Town Toyota in Wenatchee on Nov. 7. Service will include alighment and installation of a "camb kit" before putting on the studded winter tires. Doesn't change the fact that the Continentals on the car are worn out with fewer than 20 thousand miles.
I filed a report at Toyota, which you can do by calling the 800 number in your sales or service papers. I intend to call them back to tell them that the cost of the new tires that I'll have to buy in the spring as well as the "camb kit" (I put this in quotes because I don't know what it does). The service mgr at my dealerl read my posting on Edmunds, and he found the kit would resolve the alignment problem. If the kit fixes it, it seems to me that Toyota should have a recall and put the kit on all the Matrixes.
To sum up: file a report with Toyota; refer your dealer to Edmunds (send him the link to Matrix tire problems). Dealers need to know that we're not the only ones with this problem.
Let me know what happens.
#170 of 265 Re: Drifting Left...No wear Yet [124spider] Matrix tire wear [sgracie]
Oct 18, 2008 (6:50 am)
Thanks S. Good Luck with this. Is the Camb Kit a Toyota thing or the aftermarket Moog kit mentioned (here?). If a toyota kit...can you get the part number of the invoice (and if not on there...have them right specifically what they used?) If they are going to use the Moog kit, I have that number. Thanks!
Oct 19, 2008 (5:32 am)
Hey Guys wondering if anyone has any information on the Cooper CS4 all season touring tire. I have an '07 Matrix FWD and am looking for a decent set of all season tires. Any information on these tires or any tire for that matter for my car would be greatly appreciated.
#172 of 265 Censorship on "CarTalk" forum
Oct 24, 2008 (12:18 pm)
I was just censored on that other forum because I included a link to this thread in a discussion about Corolla tire problems.
Would I get censored on this forum for pointing to a discussion on "CarTalk"?
#173 of 265 Re: Censorship on "CarTalk" forum [circuitsmith]
Oct 24, 2008 (5:17 pm)
Yes, I believe so. Fora in general don't like you linking to other fora. They want theirs to be the ONLY spot you post!