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2003 Toyota Matrix repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (14%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 114 repairs.

2003 Toyota Matrix repair cost distribution

$2500+ (15%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 60 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2003 Toyota Matrix

Engine not specified

Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
Oct 2008

142000 mi

US $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
Oct 2009 - Mar 2015
Nov 2009

99000 mi

US $2100
Complete emission control system needed to be replaced. 
Mar 2015

175000 mi

US $750
Fuel Pump and injectors 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
Mar 2007 - Jan 2015
Jan 2010

98000 mi

US $200
Replaced headlight  Oil change and Belt Tensioner was leaking and required repair. The repair added another 1.5 hours to the service. 
Mar 2010

99000 mi

US $3200
Manual transmission failed. Needed to be replaced completely. 
Jan 2015

144000 mi

US $5000
Piston problem with engine, requiring full rebuild or replacement. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Dec 2012
Dec 2009

60760 mi

C $650
contershaft bearings started making noise  
Dec 2012

105400 mi

C $1000
transmission bearing failing, hearing noise from the transmission. bearing replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2009 - Aug 2013
Jun 2009

128960 mi

C $2900
Manual transmission replaced with a used, but improved, version from a 2007 Corolla. Main bearing was failing. Toyota has since modified the transmission. 
Jan 2010

137020 mi

C $100
Oil pressure sender ruptured creating oil leak Part replaced, problem solved. 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Oct 2013
Sep 2009

54000 mi

US $251
Replace leaking power steering pump. 
Oct 2012

79300 mi

US $20
Replaced both headlights which failed within one day of each other 
Toyota Matrix in Indiana, United States
Mar 2006 - Jun 2011
Oct 2006

30000 mi

US $70
Headlight relay was shorted out, causing a fuse to blow. The relay was repaired. 
Jan 2008

59000 mi

US $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
Nov 2009 - Jan 2015
Jan 2010

87000 mi

US $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. 
Mar 2010

93000 mi

US $1100
Got new tires, but they could not align the car because a tie rod was "frozen".  Frozen tie rod replaced. 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Toyota in Maine, United States
Mar 2007 - Sep 2007
May 2007

78000 mi
check engine light. probably faulty sensor. will need to check again 
Sep 2007

80000 mi
Gas cover spring. 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota Matrix in Indiana, United States
Dec 2007 - Mar 2010
Feb 2008

68000 mi

US $600
Both front brake calipers seized. Calipers replaced, rotors machined and brake system serviced 

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2003 Toyota Matrix Repair Histories

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