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#99 of 265 2007 alignment problem
Jul 18, 2007 (4:59 pm)
I have an '07 Matrix XR. I took it to the local Jeep dealer (much closer to my house and my friend says they are great) for it's first oil change/tire rotation (at 7,000 miles oops). They showed me that my rear right wheel was not aligned correctly. Negative camber. They told me to call Toyota dealer and have it checked. So I took it in and they said it was out of alignment and that they fixed it. I asked them if I took it back to Jeep and put it up on the lift would it really be fixed and asked him about all the problems other Matrix owners were having. He said that was just a few cars. So, I plan on taking it back to Jeep for my next oil change to check it out. I haven't noticed any uneven wear--yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
#100 of 265 Re: Matrix tire wear [topcat105]
Aug 05, 2007 (7:09 pm)
Since my initial post, I contacted Toyota HQ in Calif. - (800) 331-4331.
My '05 Matrix AWD had 29k miles on it. I opened a file regarding the premature tire wear on the OE Continentals and pushed them, along with help from the dealership, to get their District Service Mgr. involved. The DSM authorized the dealer to do another 4 wheel alignment, and inspect and document the worn tires. Even told him about this forum, which, of course, he minimized. But, he did eventually agree to have Toyota Corporate pay for two tires, and the dealership owner graciously agreed to pay for the other two. After they were installed (Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S - rated #2 by Consumer Reports), there was a pronounced shimmy in the steering wheel at highway speeds. Brought the car back, and the shop foreman diagnosed it as worn front brake rotors, and replaced them....
So far, so good, but I'm gonna watch the treadwear like a hawk....
#101 of 265 Re: Matrix tire wear [topcat105]
Aug 11, 2007 (7:27 am)
Our 2005 Matrix has over 50,000 miles on the original Goodyear Eagle RS tires. We have driven on dirt Forest Service mountain roads and many miles on the Interstate highways. We have no abnormal wear. I am replacing the tires this week with Michelin Hydroedge.
#102 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [rocky101]
Aug 11, 2007 (12:56 pm)
Will this repair void the balance of the warranty? Is there afix for the back? I have a 2006 matrix xr fwd with 14000miles on it and have the same problem as the other folks. The dealer says continental tires are problem, but they say it is alignment problem. Thanks for your info and help.
#103 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [rocky101]
Aug 11, 2007 (1:02 pm)
Will this repair void the balance of the warranty? Is there a fix for the back? I have a 2006 matrix xr fwd with 14000miles on it and have the same problem as the other folks. The dealer says continental tires are problem, but they say it is alignment problem. Thanks for your info and help.
#104 of 265 Toyota Matrix Tire/Wheel Questions
Aug 18, 2007 (5:14 am)
We have two 2005 Matrixes with Continental tires and both sets were replaced at less than 15k with Yokohamas. With 35 to 40k on both cars, they seem to be doing fine.
#105 of 265 Is there a pattern here?
Aug 20, 2007 (8:08 am)
Everyone with the Continentals had problems and had to replace them super-early, everyone with the Goodyears and other replacement brands made out fine. Could it be the tires and not the car?
#106 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [rocky101]
Aug 20, 2007 (7:26 pm)
Similar problem to Rocky101. Have a 2006 Matrix XR and noticed noise about 7K miles. Tires were rotated at 5K miles and again at 10K miles. After second rotation noise really became obvious. Replaced tires at 11,400 miles on a car that was 14 months old. Tires wearing on the inside. Tried 3 tire dealers as well as the Toyota Dealer where I got the car. No one ever saw this problem before....as well as the this car has a sporty suspension and is hard on tires. Put a set of Continental tires back on the car and than took it to a shop that specializes in suspensions and alignments. They installed a set of camber adjusting bolts and while the car was within the factory specs, they backed off of the negative camber. Just like Rocky101 the car now needs less gas pedal to keep it moving and there is no noise. Amazing! The shop I had the work done is working with me and wants me to bring it back in later this year to see if anymore adjustments are needed. They also told me any car with this type of front suspension will be prone to these problems - sadly Toyota can not stand behind their warranty or their reputation. This was my first and last Toyota. Cost was $216 including parts and labor. Oh - and a new set of tires from America's Tire for $400. Anyway there is nothing wrong with Continental Tires, the struts or any of the other stuff folks are being told. This is just a quality control problem and while not an extreme safety issue a pain in the butt for owners who have to work with an unresponsive and uncaring automobile company and their dealerships. If anyone needs the settings where the shop set my tires, hit me up and I will send them to you. Not sure yet, if this is where they need to be however I can feel and hear the difference right now.
#107 of 265 Re: PROBLEM SOLVED, APPARENTLY [penyok]
Aug 20, 2007 (7:35 pm)
You can get a shim installed on the back wheels to adjust the camber. If you do this, make sure you take it somewhere that specializes in alignments and suspensions. I had similar problems however I did the front end since the back end was okay. The shims are not expensive however you need to have someone who knows what they are doing to get this done correctly.
#108 of 265 New Toyota Owner
Sep 15, 2007 (7:22 pm)
I just bought my XR Matrix 07 in December. Up to a month or so ago everything was fine with the car. Then the tire pressure light when up I tried to reset (as the manual indicates)but it kept coming back on. Finally I took it to a tire shop to get it checked out they told me that the tires were low. About 3 days later the indicator light came back up again.
This time I took it to the dealer as I was also due for maintenance so they rotated the tires. They also set they set the pressure on the tires (something like that) and reset the little light that kept going on. Well, about a week later the light comes up and I did nothing about it until my front tire became totally flat. Ok so it was due to a nail in the tire Hopefully that is it. I have less than 5K on this car.
Still, I'm going to keep a close eye on the tires because I've read too many "horror stories" (as my sister called it) regarding tires and Matrixes.
Anyone have problems with 07 Matrix I have only read about previous models.