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2003 Toyota Matrix Problems and Repair Histories

93 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Toyota Matrix. 42 of these members (45.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 76 repairs to 2003 Toyota Matrixs--an average of 0.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Toyota Matrix problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Toyota Matrix problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 Toyota Matrix problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2003 Toyota Matrix repairs by problem area

30% of the 2003 Toyota Matrix repairs were to the engine, 16% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 25% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 4% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 76 repairs.

2003 Toyota Matrix repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Toyota Matrix repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 17% cost less than $100, 38% between $100 and $499, 19% between $500 and $999, 11% between $1000 and $2499, and 15% more than $2500.

Chart based on 53 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2003 Toyota Matrix problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Toyota Matrix

Engine not specified

Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 140000    
142000 4000 After having 3 shops (including dealer) fail to diagnose the problem, my transmission failed. This vehicle has been my worst experience with Toyota - including service and reliability. 
 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

180-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Wisconsin, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 98000    
99000 2100 Complete emission control system needed to be replaced. 
 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 63000    
98000 200 Replaced headlight  Oil change and Belt Tensioner was leaking and required repair. The repair added another 1.5 hours to the service. 
99000 3200 Manual transmission failed. Needed to be replaced completely. 
132000  
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 54560    
60760 650 contershaft bearings started making noise  
105400 1000 transmission bearing failing, hearing noise from the transmission. bearing replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2009 127720    
128960 2900 Manual transmission replaced with a used, but improved, version from a 2007 Corolla. Main bearing was failing. Toyota has since modified the transmission. 
137020 100 Oil pressure sender ruptured creating oil leak Part replaced, problem solved. 
161820  

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 52000    
54000 251 Replace leaking power steering pump. 
79300 20 Replaced both headlights which failed within one day of each other 
 
Toyota Matrix in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
70 Headlight relay was shorted out, causing a fuse to blow. The relay was repaired. 
59000 170 The starter in the vehicle was deemed to be faulty. The starter was replaced, but failed again the following morning. A second trip to the shop revealed that the replacement starter was defective. It was replaced yet again. At this point, no further trips Starter replaced second time. 
 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 82000    
87000 150 Right front door stop was making a loud popping noise every time the door was opened or closed. It was adjusted and is now silent. 
93000 1100 Got new tires, but they could not align the car because a tie rod was "frozen".  Frozen tie rod replaced. 
111000  

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Toyota in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 75000    
78000 0 check engine light. probably faulty sensor. will need to check again 
80000 0 Gas cover spring. 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota Matrix in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 66000    
68000 600 Both front brake calipers seized. Calipers replaced, rotors machined and brake system serviced 
 

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