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2004 Toyota Matrix Problems and Repair Histories

57 TrueDelta members own a 2004 Toyota Matrix. 21 of these members (36.8%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 45 repairs to 2004 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 2004 Toyota Matrix problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2004 Toyota Matrix problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2004 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 2004 Toyota Matrix repairs by problem area

38% of the 2004 Toyota Matrix repairs were to the engine, 9% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 18% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 7% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 45 repairs.

2004 Toyota Matrix repair cost distribution

Of the 2004 Toyota Matrix repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 19% cost less than $100, 44% between $100 and $499, 22% between $500 and $999, 13% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 32 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 2004 Toyota Matrix problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2004 Toyota Matrix

Engine not specified

Toyota in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 31000    
31000 1200 Clutch went bad, it's poor design and many XRS owners have problems. 
 
Toyota in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2008 122000    
125000 220 Failed Clutch...slipping 
 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 66000    
66000 565 I had limited heat when heat turned on. Eventually there was a slight burning rubber smell. It turned out the water pump, serpentine belt, and thermostat had to be replaced. Coolant was also down 1 quart and was replenished. 
69000 513 Engine light off and on for 10 days with no running problems. System evap leak was detected. Fuel filler tube was leaking and tube replaced. No further problems detected. While driving had no consistent air conditioning. Car temp thermostat began to climb to H. Once AC was off, temp was back to normal after a few minutes. Fan connector was not secured. This caused system to run hot. No charge! 
73500 400 Clutch squeaked upon depression and it didn't matter whether engine on or off. No slipping of clutch and repair simply included lubrication. No squeaking since then. Original front brakes needed to be repaired...5% left. 
74000 578 Airbag light was on and according to the manual, it had to be addressed asap...so I took the car to usual repair shop and they replaced whatever. Apparently the problem also effected my horn. 
86000  
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2009 114700    
122140 0 AC did not working for the first 7 days I needed it after winter. Call the dealer to get it repair. Then it started to work again. Dealer told me the magnetic clutch was rusty. They clean it 
124000 850 Replace both front shock absorber  
136400 1200 catalytic converter replacement 
143840 100 Engine check on because error on o2 sensor. Did not replace because not fatal. Mechanic discovered a strap that needed to be replace . Did it for 100$. After this the light went off. No problem since. 
172360 700 disk and pads had to be replaced (original brake rotors in front weeks) 
176080 300 water pump replaced 
177940  
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 77500    
102920 103 "Check engine" light came on. Rust removed from top of gas filler pipe -computer reset - light has not come since.  
 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2010 98000    
98000 0 Rear windshield wiper motor needed replacing when sold. 
Toyota Matrix in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 66000    
120000 160 front end shuttered when applying the brakes. mechanic turned front rotors. adjusted & cleaned rear brakes 
124000 270 rotors turned 
129000 55 The piece that holds the buttons that control automatic window controls needed to be secured. 
 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 27000    
43000 735 Left front strut leaked. Replaced both front struts and had wheel alignment. CD player in factory radio failed to function properly. Replaced factory radio with new unit. 
 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 30380    
100 Loose heat shield over exhaust pipe/rear axle 
56000 250 new front brake rotors 
57040 0 check engine light on - no cause found 
85560 120 Fixed intermittent cold-soak P0122 ODBII error code by replacing intake manifold gasket as per Oct 2007 Toyota TSB EG045-07. 

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