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#9 of 15 2004 Matrix Early Transmission Failure: Corolla also?
Jul 13, 2012 (2:33 pm)
Hello everyone. It is my understanding that the Toyota Matrix and Toyota Corolla have the same transmission and engine. Please be aware of a serious transmission problem on these vehicles.
It seems that many Matrix owners are having problems with a faulty transmission bearing which necessitates the transmission needing to be replaced prematurely. I would think this applies to Corolla owners also.
We had to replace our five-speed manual transmission on our 2004 Toyota Matrix at 98,000 miles at a cost of $3,100! Models besides the 2004 are also affected, but I don't know which ones. I sent a certified letter to the president of Toyota Motor Corp. North America. I was told since there is no recall, I would not be compensated.
It is important to notify Matrix and Corolla owners about this problem before their life is endangered when the car breaks down without warning on a 70 mile-per-hour highway. This is what happened to me.
There are numerous reports of Toyota Matrix 5-speed transmission failures due to a defective transmission bearing. I don't believe a manual transmission should need to be replaced at 98,000 miles. Some vehicle owners have had it happen at less mileage. The regional manager of the repair shop I took it to said he has seen this problem before, and he believes there will be a recall. At this time, Toyota will not compensate Matrix owners for this very expensive defect.
Please sign my petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/unbearable-transmission-bearing Hopefully if there are enough signatures, Toyota will do a recall .
#10 of 15 Re: 2004 Matrix Early Transmission Failure: Corolla also? [unbearable]
Jul 13, 2012 (3:24 pm)
Other than you own transmission trouble,where did you get this information from? I wasn't able to find any kind of trend on the web. Please share your sources of information for all of us to investigate.
Jul 14, 2012 (9:45 am)
Hi terceltom. I found a lot of sites with information by Googling:
transmission problems with Matrix
transmission problems with Corolla
transmission problems with Vibe
If you cannot find info, let me know and I can post specific sites.
When we had the problem with our car, I wanted to research to see if others have had this problem. And they have.
#12 of 15 Re: 2004 Matrix Early Transmission Failure: Corolla also? [unbearable]
by kirstie_h HOST
Jul 16, 2012 (7:29 am)
That's not how the recall process works. I have NEVER seen a recall issued in response to a petition - they're generally a pointless waste of time.
The best way to call attention to vehicle issues is to report them to the NHTSA at www.safercar.gov. If enough owners report the same safety issues, the NHTSA will investigate and recommend or force a recall.
#13 of 15 Re: 2004 Matrix Early Transmission Failure: Corolla also? [unbearable]
Jul 22, 2012 (8:35 am)
I think that at least some of the early transmission failures are due to the fact that Toyota doesn't recommend changing the transmission oil except when the car is used for towing.
Unbearable, was the trans oil ever changed in those 98k miles?
I changed the trans oil in my 2006 Matrix at 21k miles after reading about early failures.
It was pretty dark with a metallic sheen.
It looked worse than the the oil coming out of my previous Accord after 30k miles.
I plan to change it again after another 20k miles and extend the interval if it looks cleaner.
I believe you have to do more maintenance than the manual recommends if you want a car to last far beyond the warranty.
Here are other "extras" I do to my Matrix
(and my Accord I sold running fine after 21 years and 220,000 miles):
Drain and refill the power steering reservoir once a year.
Flush brake fluid every 3 years.
Change serpentine belt, drain & refill coolant, change thermostat & radiator cap every 5 years.
Re-lube the caliper sliders when the brake pads reach 50% wear.
I plan to replace the spark plugs and check the valve clearance at half the recommended mileage.
Since I no longer drive every day (been riding a bike to work for 21 years) I charge the battery overnight every 3 months.
My last battery (in the Accord) worked OK when I changed it after 7 years.
I plan to change out the Matrix's battery in the Fall 2013.
#14 of 15 Re: 2004 Matrix Early Transmission Failure: Corolla also? [circuitsmith]
Jul 22, 2012 (10:24 am)
Sounds like a lot of extra work and expense for a car like a Toyota with such an impeccable service record.
Nov 01, 2012 (7:57 pm)
Hey so i have a 99 toyota corolla stock everything, its automatic and i want to change it to manual, and can anyone help me to know what to do and what i have to watch out for?