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Toyota Matrix, Tires, Wheels, Wagon
#56 of 265 Re: Toyota Matrix Tire Wear [remaxmarty1]
Mar 18, 2007 (10:24 pm)
I have a 2006 AWD Matrix that I purchased in May 2006. I just took my car in last week to complain about the noisy ride. They said my tires were chopping. I only have 19,000 miles on the car and the problem is in both the front and rear tires. They said they couldn't do anything about the tires --that I would have to contact the tire company directly. They said that they might have been able to help me if I had bought my car from them but wouldn't because I had purchased the car from another dealer. This after having done business with them for over 20 years and after having purchased 2 previous cars from them! In addition to this, they had to replace the rear brake rotors at 10,000 miles and I've had to bring them in 2 times since to have them adjusted because they are making noise. What can I do? Do I have a lemon? What are the lemon laws like in Virginia? I'm afraid to drive the car after reading about the accident someone had.
#57 of 265 Re: Anyone WITHOUT alignment problem? [brianb4]
Mar 18, 2007 (11:02 pm)
I had a Matrix before, WITH the Continentals, and it had no uneven tire wear or alignment issues at 23K miles when I sold it.
Long story, I have a new Matrix now, at 1500 miles so far, no funny signs yet but this time I got the Eagles.
These tires aren't the greatest anyway, I doubt you would see much more than 40K miles from them regardless.
#58 of 265 Re: Anyone WITHOUT alignment problem? [brianb4]
Mar 20, 2007 (6:06 am)
I'm wondering this too! I am looking into buying the 2007 Matrix, but I'd like to know if anyone is having problems with them
#59 of 265 2005 Matrix XR FWD with bad tires :( in Southern California
Mar 21, 2007 (10:04 pm)
Grrrr. Last time I took my Matrix in for scheduled service, I asked about the tires. I got the runaround by the service "writer/typer" about "rotating" and "normal wear". I guess he thought I was some dumb girl who didn't know anything about cars! I was about to research tires and figure out what to buy when I found this site! My "trix" is due for service again...now I'm at 24K miles, with really bad tires, and getting ticked off that they let me drive away with faulty tires!!!
So, you wizened "trix" owners...How can I go and get free new tires, and an alignment at the dealer???
#60 of 265 Re: 2005 Matrix XR FWD with bad tires :( in Southern California [jhershman]
Mar 22, 2007 (4:29 am)
If only I were the wizened wizard... Hopefully, someone else will have the answer to your question. IMO it's to late for free tires/alignment unless Toyota were to issue a TSB or recall. I'm not in the car or tire business.
However, I do have advice for all in purchasing their next new vehicle. It's rare for most manufacturers to place premium tires on their vehicles. They build vehicles with the cheapest tires they can get away with. Therefore, I recommend replacement of OEM tires within the first 100 miles of new car ownership. You can get the safest, most responsive, longest lasting tires for your vehicle.
Most tire dealers will provide a trade-in allowance of $25 to $50 per tire (depends on the tire quality). When doing this, take the life-time rotation, balance, and road hazard which normally cost around $10 to $15 per tire. Go with name brand premium tires. Tire Rack has super information to determine which tires are best for any given vehicle.
My personal suggestion is the Goodyear Triple Tread line. I have them on our Highlander, my daughter's Pontiac G6, and may also get them for our Matrix. They are a much better tire than the Michelin HydroEdge tires that replaced the Matrix OEM tires.
Good luck on finding a wizard to answer that question. Welcome to the board! You're sure to find our that you've already found the BEST site for vehicle information and people.
#61 of 265 Re: 2005 Matrix XR FWD with bad tires :( in Southern California [gasman1]
Mar 25, 2007 (11:40 am)
Just a not...look back on my posts then go to the pontiac vibe section.This is NOT a tire problem it is a design flaw. They can't align the rear and that is what is happening I have had 4 sets of tires...the Continentals it came with , a se of Yokohomas then they put in a new rear beam, then another set of Yokohama's and then my snows. ALL 4 sets are wearing on the inside tread. They then told us that we should put on Michelins because they have a special additive that makes them not wear like this...yeah and I speak BS too when necessary!!! Anyway I have 3 different rear whell alignment shop printouts and Toyota's and none of them are in alignment. the toe and the camber is out on the rear which the last place said is something they've seen a lot of with this car. They just can't seem to either fix the jig that makes the rear beam or they aren't welding it properly but it is NOT the tires or the fact that you didn't rotate them etc....it's the car , that's why the Vibe has the same problem , it's the same chassis. I am going to Arbitration with them next week and then on to the lemon law, should we not reach an agreement about them taking back this problem child! By the way when they put the car on the lift for the last alignment check (not Toyota but the alignment shop) they found the transfer case was leaking too.....I have 25k mi on it! What a mess. Good luck to all of us (it's a shame because I get 34 mpg nd it actually is fun to drive if it didn't keep blowing through tires and pulling to the right all the time) They have been trying to jerk us around since the problem came to our attention at 16k miles.
#62 of 265 Re: 2005 Matrix XR FWD with bad tires :( in Southern California [moos]
Mar 26, 2007 (5:03 pm)
I also have a 2005 Matrix XR FWD, with 30k and very bad tire wear (cupping). Dealer told me that there is nothing that can be done and offered to sell me some new tires. Please let me know what happens with your arbitration!
#63 of 265 Issue on all cars?
Mar 27, 2007 (6:40 am)
I'm still trying to grasp the scope of this problem...is this occuring on all Matrix/Vibes? Or is it a select few that have this issue? I would have thought if this was a problem on all Matrix/Vibes that there would have been some sort of recall by now...I'm considering purchasing a used 2006 Matrix, but won't if it sounds like this is an issue on every Matrix.....forget it.
#64 of 265 Re: 2005 Matrix XR FWD with bad tires :( in Southern California [moos]
Mar 27, 2007 (6:49 am)
Hey Gasman....I had a feeling it was Something related to the way the car is being built/designed. It's just ridiculus for So Many tires to be tearing off all these Matrix. I love the look/style of it but, that sure doesn't keep tires on. I am about ready to sell it...not even 18K on it yet, on 2nd set of tires and due for another rotate/oil service in days. No other problems with mine...yet. Yeah, Toyota's R&D Team sure dropped the ball on this car. Inforce lemon law would be my alternative to having to keep buying tires for the life of the car. Sad.
#65 of 265 Boo Hoo, she's really sick now!
Mar 27, 2007 (10:11 am)
Well, the attorney gen of NY says I don't qualify for lemon law (mileage) but they told me I have other avenues. If you problem started within the 12 month/20k miles on alignment you may be able to sue in court over this. Look up the Magnuson-Moss Act. under breach of warranty we may have a leg. The women at the AG office said I have other avenues but she couldn't tell me what they were so I did 2 days research (thank you google) and found a leg to stand on. Arbitration is tomorrow and if we can get them to give us a credit against another toyota this is the route we will take...a long time to get into court and then about 3 sets of tires...LOLOLOL. Anyway the snow tires on my car are cupping too 1k miles on them, and when we put it on the lift to check them we found the transfer case is leaking and the clutch know is making noises from the oil from the transfer case dripping in it...I swear you can't make this stuff up! I guess this car is just not ment to be and that is why it is being replaced with the Blade in '08. Good luck to all us Trixies!