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Old 01-30-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Toyota Matrix?

Okay, I don't "need" a truck. Time to say goodbye to my gas guzzling GMC. I still need 4X4, so I'm looking very seriously at the Matrix. I'm figuring on a 50% savings on my fuel burn alone. Anybody drive a Matrix? Likes? Dislikes?
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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I know the MPG isn't as good but when I test drove them for my Ex back in 2008 I thought the 2.4 had a much better driving feel than the 1.8. The steering was nicer, and it was more solid in how it drives. The 1.8 felt like a flimsy econobox.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:20 PM   #3
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Absolutely the loudest car I've ever ridden in.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:21 PM   #4
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Absolutely the loudest car I've ever ridden in.
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I make it comparable to a 1988 Isuzu I-Mark. I've been in rental moving trucks that were quieter than a Matrix.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:20 PM   #5
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Absolutely the loudest car I've ever ridden in.
I drive a 2010 Pontiac Vibe AWD. As you know, it is really a Toyota Matrix. Anyway, I agree, way too loud, cramped space, and seats are too hard. I love the quality of the car, but I will be giving to my daughter shortly, when the 2014 Tundra becomes available, which should be soon.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:50 PM   #6
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wife has an 05 matrix -she loves it and we have had absolutely zero issues with it- we have the dealer maintenance schedule so it has a good overall track record. only thing she complains about is turning radius- but the newer models have better steering I believe...anyways, she recommends it - remember ,it is a corolla underneath that funky shell....

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Old 01-30-2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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A Toyota Matrix fits in "Shiny Things"?
I was looking for the other forum for a Matrix to fit in to...that one trades one of the "n"s for a "t"...

How bout a Mini Countryman All 4S
All wheel drive, Turbo, fairly roomy, 30K USD {ish} and just cool for a small NON truck vehicle. Good economy for a AWD car 27/32 MPG.

I have a friend who has one...It is VERY cool. I love it.

I always hate it when I ask a specific question and some idiot comes back with "no get one of these"...yet here I am doing that...sorry...I am an idiot though.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:29 PM   #8
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Bought a new 06. Still have it. Most reliable car ever owned. At 170 klics other then regular maintenance the only thing done was front brakes and tires. Is an auto and gets better gas milage then advertised for that year. Monthly trips from Calgary to Edmonton driving between 120 and 130 klics on hour averaged just under 50 mpg. That is imperial gallons. Would by another again.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:14 PM   #9
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Ugh.

I'd rather roll the dice with a Suburu than spend part of every day in a Matrix.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:01 AM   #10
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At 170 klics other then regular maintenance the only thing done was front brakes and tires.
you've only driven it 100 miles and you had to do the front brakes AND tires?!
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:56 PM   #11
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Should've bought a TDI...

Seriously though, it's an ugly car in my opinion. What are you looking for in a car? There are plenty of alternative wagons out there that are reliable, cheap and sporty.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:56 PM   #12
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Considering the OP's location I'd say the Mini isn't an option as the closest dealer would be Winnipeg?
I'm sure there would be arguements but I'd give the Matrix a go but I'd also consider an Escape or a Mazda cx5
just so you've got a bit more ground clearance.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:01 PM   #13
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The Toyota Matrix is,without question,the worst vehicle I have ever owned.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:04 PM   #14
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I bought my son an '05 AWD Matrix to replace the biggest POS of a car ever made, a Neon. Worst car I have ever owned, period!

It has 140K on it an runs great. He has been very happy with it, but in comparision to that POS Neon, nearly anything would be a step up.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:53 PM   #15
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My son is driving a Matrix ( front wheel drive only) back and forth to college, odometer has been showing 299,999 miles for the last 2 years...incredible little car. I have all the records from original owner, other than oil changes, brakes and a tune up all it has needed is 2 front wheel bearings. Mobil 1 all its life, does not burn or leak a drop.
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