Toyota Matrix?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by skysailor, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    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?
    Lyle
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  2. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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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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  3. jdiaz

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    Absolutely the loudest car I've ever ridden in.
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  4. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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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"...:D

    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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  5. morerpmfred

    morerpmfred Been here awhile

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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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  6. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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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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  7. falconati

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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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  8. GP640

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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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  9. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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    The Toyota Matrix is,without question,the worst vehicle I have ever owned.
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  10. kobudo28

    kobudo28 Banned

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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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  11. falconati

    falconati baller

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    Can you expand on that? Why?
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  12. 2twisted

    2twisted GoodNYou

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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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  13. Fener6

    Fener6 The Container Man

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    The pontiac vibe is a good choice if you are looking at the matrix. Same car under the sheetmetal, and you can get them at a better price.

    But do yourself a favor, buy a used subaru impreza wrx and dont look back.
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  14. civhatch90

    civhatch90 Been here awhile

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    Bought an 04 a few years ago with 65k and now it has 115k miles. Only things it needed have been tires, brakes, and oil changes. Very reliable car and they hold their value quite well.

    Not sure what all the inmates are bitching about here. It is clearly not an enthusiast car or a high end car for that matter. It is a good car for the wife to put miles on. Gets on average 31 mpgs.
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  15. koncha

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    +1

    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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  16. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    I'm most likely going with a Subaru. Toyota dealer is ten minutes away, Subaru dealer two and a half hours....but..
    Lyle
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  17. NJjeff

    NJjeff Long timer

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    Well if you go with the Toyota watch the earlier ones (2003-2008) with the base 1.8L (1ZZ-FE engine). Some can eat alarming amounts of oil. There is an XRS model with a 1.8L (2ZZ-GE). Not the same engine and does not have the problem.
    The early manual 5 speeds also have a 5th gear pop out issue.
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  18. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    Wife has an '06 Vibe, which is just a Matrix in Pontiac clothes. Reliable as a stone. One of those cars you'll drive 200k miles and forget 10 minutes after you replace it. Utilitarian. Like a crock pot with wheels.
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  19. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    Neither of those have been our experience. 5 speed works fine and it doesn't use a drop of oil. Just sayin'.
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  20. bisbonian

    bisbonian Long timer

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    We've got a 2004 Matrix that my wife bought new, it's as basic as you can get.

    We use this car as a pickup truck, I cannot believe the crap she loads into that thing; on occasion she's even loaded manure in it and evidently the smell is difficult to get out.

    It's an uninspiring car but it has been as reliable as an anvil with nothing but oil changes done to it.

    Base 1.8l with a 5-spd.

    She has ruined two sets of hubcaps, evidently she likes to park close to the curb.
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