Toyota Matrix?

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

  1. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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    Yes.
    No power,not just a low power 4 cyl,but no power.The thing would have to downshift 2 gears on the interstate for any hill,and vehicle speed would drop like a stone.It got passed by everything.
    Toyota did nothing.
    Transmission would shift so hard that the dash would shake,and it made a banging noise underneath the car.
    Toyota did nothing.
    AWD would work,sometimes.Most of the time,when I would have to push the thing in my driveway,only the right front wheel would spin.
    Toyota did nothing.
    Door handles,inside and outside,that would stop working.Pull on the handle all day but the door would not open.My wife liked crawling in and out of the passenger side.
    Toyota repaired several times.
    Seat belts would not come out,just stay locked in.Or,they would not retract.
    Toyota replaced the seatbelts,but intermittently they still would not work.
    Roof trim,there was one on each side,would just blow off.Just driving along,hear a drum noise that would get worse,then see the trim fly off in the mirror.It happened several times.
    Toyota replaced the roof trim,alot.
    Fuel mileage was terrible for a small car.Mid/high teens and low twenties.
    Toyota did nothing.
    It used oil.
    Toyota did nothing.
    There was more small stuff.
    Toyota had the car for days at a time.
    There is no Toyota in the driveway. :D
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  2. seuadr

    seuadr Wee-stromer

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    you've only driven it 100 miles and you had to do the front brakes AND tires?! :deal
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  3. kruzuki

    kruzuki Gear in the Machine

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    Just got rid of my 2005 EX fwd 5 speed. Best car I ever owned.. Stone reliable, practicle. Yes, a bit noisy, only because it's basically a big box. Had 17" rims and good tires, handled great and with the rear seats down and the plastic interior, I was amazed at the amount of stuff I could carry around.
    I traded it in last fall because I ws getting tired of drviing stick and it was starting to shows it's age at 180000km & I was due for something newer.
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  4. Crocker

    Crocker Just passing through

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    I'd get a Suzuki SX4 before a matrix.
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  5. JBADV

    JBADV searching for sanity

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    :thumb
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  6. KungPaoDog

    KungPaoDog Been here awhile

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    A good friend of mine has one. Maybe an '05? It has been good to him, other than the radio is on the way out. His is awd and must be the 1.8l auto, because it has no power. I dropped him off at the airport, and on the way back that thing was hunting between gears going 60 mph on flat ground:huh I sure don't want one, but I do like Toyota reliability. It is a fine econo-box.

    Funny side note, he has kept very detailed records of how much gas he has put in at what mileage and at what cost, but he has never once calculated mpg.:huh Then why keep the records?!?! We gave him a huge ration of crap for that one day after mpg came up.
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  7. PaddedHat

    PaddedHat Been here awhile

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    I've always read and heard that Neons were total scrap. About five years back, junior is still in high school, and ends up dropping $900 for a really questionable Neon 'Expresso" from a really questionable professional snowboarder dude (total stoner). Junior spend the next two years beating the living shit out of this little purple turdmobile. At one point he blew through a set of new front tires in six weeks. I replaced the front engine mount once for $20, then twice more with a free part, covered by warranty. Apparently drag racing this little manual trans.100 horse crap pile is a bit hard on motor mounts, who knew? The car was basically completely trouble free for the duration. Junior heads off to engineering school, gets all mature and just can't live without a Turbo Passat. THAT turns out to be the largest piece of shit on the planet, and needed $300 in repairs every time it was gently driven around the block. I sell the Neon to a local, very young and broke car mechanic. He offers me $500, I will only accept $300, and make the kid VERY aware that it has been completely abused, and it may grenade at, any moment. Last I spoke to this kid, he put another 40K miles on it and hasn't spent a penny on repairs. The wife had a similar story of wanting a 2000 Intrepid. This was supposedly a major piece of shit with the worst 6 cyl. every built. After 180K nearly trouble free miles, and ten years or exceptional service, we sell it to our mechanic. He has run it as a daily loaner for the last three years, and it's still as reliable as an anvil. Has this made me a loyal Chrysler dog? not at all. would I recommend a Neon or Intrepid to anybody I liked? No. I think that we just got stupid lucky with two cars that were real outliers. Kind of like the posters here that claim that their Matrixs were the worst cars ever. Just shit luck. The car behind it on the assembly line probably turned out great for somebody else.
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  8. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    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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  9. zokalr13

    zokalr13 Been here awhile

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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....:D
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  10. NSpooner

    NSpooner Adventurer

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    I have an 05 vibe I use for work. I'm a sales rep so I carry a lot of crap and drive a ton of miles. I bought it about 10 months ago with 90k and have about 130k miles now on it. I need something that runs every day and gets good mileage and this is perfect for that. Yeah you have to push it up hills but it's started every day and has only needed normal maintenance. Tranny has a drain bolt so you can easily flush it which is nice. If you need an appliance like vehicle and don't care about it being sporty these things are great.
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  11. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    Unless I missed it, I can't believe this thread has gone two pages without mentioning the single worst thing about the Matrix. It has the absolute WORST blind spots of any car I've ever driven.
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  12. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    Have you driven a Traverse?
    Pretty bad rear view on them. I love my Traverse, but the blind spots are bad. My method of dealing with a blind spot is to just drive REALLY fast so I do not have to worry about being passed or rear traffic....:lol3
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  13. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    Yes. My inlaws have a Traverse, and I've driven it a few times. The Matrix was worse. When we bought our Forester back in 2008, I test drove a ton of cars. I really wanted to like the Matrix, but when I brought it back to the dealer, I told the sales guy that the blind spot was too much of an issue for me. He said that he heard that from a lot of people.

    I also had a rented Vibe for a week when I was out in San Jose for business. Driving that thing in Bay Area traffic was terrifying.

    The only other cars that I've driven that have been that bad for blind spots were my old neighbors' Honda Insight, and a Benx C230 Kompressor hatchback.
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  14. jc9995

    jc9995 Commuting BEAST :)

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    It is a versatile car.... But god how I hated our matrix. Reliable yes...mostly. But only returned a
    High 20's for mileage and was THE worst riding loudest car I've ever owned. I would pass.
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  15. EsconDeasy

    EsconDeasy Ectomorph

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    That's because its really a Pontiac Vibe :lol3
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