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#115 of 179 Re: 2009 Matrix MPGs (2.4L engines only!) [musicmanmu]
Aug 11, 2008 (11:04 am)
MSN is running aa story right now that compares cost/mpg for a number of cars in the Matrix's class (Fit, Versa, Xd etc.) The Matix is not even listed - I guess because of the FE hit the 2.4 is. The 1.8 engined Base version as well as earlier models would fare quite well in this type of comparison - begging the question why would Toyota make the larger engine standard on the 2 higher trim levels when it is mpgs that sell these days????
#116 of 179 Matrix Gas Mileage Suggestions
Aug 11, 2008 (12:14 pm)
I picked up the AWD 2.4l Matrix 09 a few months ago. I drive from Delaware to NY every other weekend. My gas mileage was roughly 24-25 mpg. I also have a heavy foot .
I just change my oil from 5w-20 to 0w-20 synthetic oil. The owners manual said it gives you better gas mileage.
It was right, my gas mileage when up to around 28mpg! Without changing my driving habits.
On my next fill Iím going to try to watch my acceleration and try driving no faster than 65mph and see how it does.
#117 of 179 Re: 2009 Matrix MPGs (2.4L engines only!) [captain2]
Aug 24, 2008 (1:59 pm)
Not everyone cares about the best fuel economy! Some also care about the trade off of fuel economy versus acceleration. Also the 2 higher trim levels are being sold performance oriented.
#118 of 179 Re: 2009 Matrix MPGs (2.4L engines only!) [rich505]
Aug 25, 2008 (6:18 am)
I agree with you here - because there is certainly a trade of as you note. My comment was more directed towards the mfgr. that has chosen to only make the smaller more economical 1.8 available in the base model - the 1.8L Matrix (and Vibe) have been available for years at all trim levels- now we don't have a choice? Even with the bigger 4 banger the Matrix is hardly going to meet any definition of a 'performance' car.
#120 of 179 Re: Auto-dimming mirror [dchev]
Sep 12, 2008 (5:43 am)
Was it hard to do? I am not technical with cars, I can swap parts out but if it involves any kind of rewiring that is too much for me to do but i can find someone to help me.
Thank you very much. That is a much more doable price..
#121 of 179 Re: Auto-dimming mirror [matrixgirl09]
Sep 12, 2008 (9:28 pm)
I did not do it. A Toyota Dealership installed it. They charge me one hour labor, which is $70.
The mirror came with a small wire. Electrical parts are easy to demage, so I prefered Toyota mechanic to install it.
It does not have a compass on it....like previous generation Matrix/Corolla; however, it still helps me while driving at night.
#122 of 179 2009 Matrix Passenger Air Bag Indicator Light
Sep 21, 2008 (8:39 am)
The Passenger Air Bag Indicator light has not been lighting up unless someone is sitting in the seat or if I put something with the weight of a small child in that seat. I'm worried that since the light is not showing that the air bag is off when no one, or something too light to register is in the seat, that it may go off.
I've had the car since Feb and the light has always been on showing OFF, unless someone was in the seat then it would switch to ON. This just stopped working a few days ago.
Is this something I should have the dealer look at or is it no big deal?
Is anyone else having this issue?
Sep 22, 2008 (3:39 am)
You mean if someone sits in the passenger seat it will not turn on? I think its programmed to not light up unless someone sits in the passenger seat.
But if its not working, definitely have the dealer look at it. It's a safety issue they have to fix it. So far I have not had the problem, but I usually don't have passengers in it, but I check it once in a while.
#124 of 179 2009 Matrix noisier than previous?
Sep 22, 2008 (9:53 pm)
Has anyone who noticed a road noise in this 09 Matrix, I got a touring edition, seems noisier than 08 Matrix. Also on wet road, it's well pronounced on both front
doors. I wonder if there is a TSB issue for sound insulation.