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#1 of 17 New Toyota Matrix Owners: Give Us Your Report!
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Oct 18, 2006 (7:02 am)
Congratulations on your new Matrix! This is the place to let us know what you love about your new ride!
#2 of 17 Brand new Matrix
May 03, 2006 (6:53 pm)
Hi, I just got my 2006 XR FWD. It seems better from my friend's 2003 XR FWD. It is more quiter and smoother, as I drove both. One thing I want to know is the break-in period. Is it the first 1000km need to below i00km/hr or less?
#3 of 17 Re: Brand new Matrix [benleu]
May 10, 2006 (3:30 pm)
just got mine a week ago and been told, not to use the cruise and don't drive for long time on same speed (basically not using cruise) and stay on lower RPM below 100 km/h during the break-in period.
#4 of 17 Re: Brand new Matrix [sharming]
May 10, 2006 (6:37 pm)
What trim is yours and what options does it have? What options were you looking for (ext/int color, stability control, airbags, etc.)? What was the 'out the door price'?
#5 of 17 Re: Brand new Matrix [benleu]
Feb 01, 2007 (12:38 pm)
Hey that's funny: I was thinking the same thing about the '07 XR I just purchased. It is definitely quieter than the '03 I had before, and a bit smoother too. When they did the update on the front bumper and taillights and dumped the GM radio, I wonder if they updated some other stuff behind the scenes as well.
It also cranks more quickly (and quietly) than my old car when I start it, and doesn't rev to oblivion immediately upon start-up like my old one did. It always worried me in my old Matrix that with no oil circulating yet, the engine would instantly rev to 4000 rpm or beyond at start-up. I like the new one better in lots of little ways.
#6 of 17 Re: New Toyota Matrix Owners: Give Us Your Report! [pf_flyer]
Jun 08, 2007 (7:32 am)
I hate it. I bought the 06 XR one year ago and it's already falling apart. The tires have worn excessively due to a manufacturer problem that we are still trying to work with Toyota to have fixed. I only have 15000 miles on it and have kept up with my scheduled maintenance. The rear windshield wiper doesn't work right and will be getting it replaced as well. It only runs at one speed and doesn't return on it's own. Has anyone else had either of these problems?
Jun 10, 2007 (3:45 pm)
Got a new XR 07 6 months ago and has 4000k on it now.
I noticed a one time "clicking noise" when the car comes out of stop. This is only one "click" coming from the engine or front suspension only when you start moving! There is no noise when you stop and go forward again as long as I don't turn off the engine. But if I turn the engine off and start again and and move forward, it clicks again for only one time again! It's sometimes loud, sometimes not!
The dealer can not figure it out!! They told me to drive it and see what will happen.
Any ideas? Please?
#8 of 17 new xr '08!
Sep 04, 2007 (4:52 pm)
we're a longtime toyota family...owned 6 of 'em. I strayed last time, getting a mazda 3 because it was fun to drive. which it was, except when it needed to be driven to the gas station, which was a bit too often for me. that 2.3 engine is nice and revvhappy, but not too efficient.
anyway, sought a more fuel efficient ride and found the matrix. I'm 6'1'' and don't fit comfortably in many sedans but love the openness and driving perspective of the matrix. also love the general feel of the seats and the quietness. for a compact car this thing really feels solid.
had quite a time finding the safety stuff I think is necessary. I'm in the Northeast and was told by several dealers that stability control would be hard to find, basically a factory order. also hard to find were side curtain airbags and ABS. when I did locate that configuration, I was surprised to find they didn't all drive the same. some were sluggish. this one felt peppy off the line, and had the RS-A tires, not the Continentals (see the tire forum for that saga...). it's the speedway blue, which won't get lost in a parking lot, at any rate.
my only gripe was with the onboard stereo, the stock 6disc changer sounded weak. hardly any juice at all. replaced the spkrs w/ Polk Audios and that was huge. will likely replace the head unit w/ a pioneer avic D3 (the nav/ipod/cd all in one, w/ a touch screen).
otherwise, great car! my dogs love the back!
#9 of 17 Like it a lot
Sep 22, 2007 (8:56 pm)
I'm going to have a year with my 07 XR and so far it has been good (I will explain why only good later). I really enjoy driving my car. I love the model and I especially like all the space it has. I feel really good driving my car. I never was much into small cars but my Matrix does not feel compact at all (i don't feel like I'm driving low).
I actually like many things about my Matrix the whole dashboard and the way the seat can be folded. I think the car has a really good design.
My problem has been with the tires. The little pressure light has been going on too frequently and I have had the tires taken care of 4 times like in 2-3 months. So, I'm taking my car in to see where the problem is.
But overall great car and a goodbuy for me.
#10 of 17 Re: New Toyota Matrix Owners: Give Us Your Report! [pf_flyer]
Mar 22, 2008 (3:44 am)
I bought this red matrix a month ago , nice auto. A little expensive i think i got an xr no abs brakes and everything is extra. Ok so i like the auto for its great gas mileage and ability to turn hatchback quick and easy. I returned to dealer 3 times to repair hood prop it keeps coming out of fender well the clip breaks often. gas mi abt 25-27 and on open road 32 not bad!!
My big complaint is its a corrolla seat and it hurts my back after a an hr or so is same problem i had in 2004 corolla i had-i have a camry 2005 much better seating. all in all a nice auto as second vehicle, not happy with service reluctance to find a better solution to repair a cheap clip holding prop for hood