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2004 Toyota Matrix repairs by problem area

Engine (47%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (9%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (14%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 64 repairs.

2004 Toyota Matrix repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (48%)

< $100 (15%)

Chart based on 40 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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2004 Toyota Matrix

Engine not specified

Toyota in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Feb 2008

31000 mi

US $1200
Clutch went bad, it's poor design and many XRS owners have problems. 
Toyota in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

125000 mi

US $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
Dec 2009 - Mar 2013
Jan 2010

66000 mi

US $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. 
Jun 2010

69000 mi

US $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! 
Nov 2010

73500 mi

US $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. 
Dec 2010

74000 mi

US $578
Airbag light was on and according to the manual, it had to be addressed I took the car to usual repair shop and they replaced whatever. Apparently the problem also effected my horn. 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2009 - Mar 2015
May 2010

122140 mi
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 
Jun 2010

124000 mi

C $850
Replace both front shock absorber  
Jun 2011

136400 mi

C $1200
catalytic converter replacement 
Dec 2011

143840 mi

C $100
Engine check on because error on o2 sensor. Did not replace because not fatal. Mechanic discovered a strap that needed to be replace . Did it for 100$. After this the light went off. No problem since. 
Dec 2013

172360 mi

C $700
disk and pads had to be replaced (original brake rotors in front weeks) 
Feb 2014

176080 mi

C $300
water pump replaced 
Dec 2014

182900 mi

C $1200
Had to replace the clutch 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2007 - Jun 2010
Mar 2009

102920 mi

C $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
Mar 2010 - Apr 2010
Apr 2010

98000 mi
Rear windshield wiper motor needed replacing when sold. 
Toyota Matrix in Maryland, United States
May 2007 - Aug 2012
Aug 2009

120000 mi

US $160
front end shuttered when applying the brakes. mechanic turned front rotors. adjusted & cleaned rear brakes 
Dec 2009

124000 mi

US $270
rotors turned 
Sep 2010

129000 mi

US $55
The piece that holds the buttons that control automatic window controls needed to be secured. 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
May 2007 - Apr 2009
Feb 2009

43000 mi

US $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
May 2007 - Dec 2014
Mar 2009

48360 mi

C $100
Loose heat shield over exhaust pipe/rear axle 
May 2010

56000 mi

C $250
new front brake rotors 
Aug 2010

57040 mi
check engine light on - no cause found 
Mar 2014

85560 mi

C $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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2004 Toyota Matrix Repair Histories

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