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2007 Toyota Matrix repairs by problem area

Engine (50%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (10%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 40 repairs.
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2007 Toyota Matrix repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (22%)

< $100 (57%)

Chart based on 37 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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2007 Toyota Matrix

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Toyota Matrix in Ohio, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

26000 mi
Pulley and belt replaced on engine 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

85560 mi

C $3200
Engine seized at 130,000km due to lack of oil. Caused engine rod to brake. 

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2007 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2009 - Sep 2011
Feb 2010

33480 mi

C $75
Engine hesitation at highway speeds (any time and at lower speeds on cold morning starts; rough idle on cold morning starts even after engine has warmed up. Dealership ran diagnostics and did roadtest and felt things looked fine. 
Jun 2011

50220 mi
Recurring loud road noise. Front bearing repaired some time ago but still happens - usually when slowing from hwy speeds. Occasional extreme vibration in steering wheel at speeds over 80k. Mechanic could not replicate. 
Sep 2011

55180 mi

C $400
Seized calipers. Water pump leak; and also new wipers and timing belt. Chip and belt were covered by warranty. 
Toyota Matrix in New Brunswick, Canada
Feb 2010 - Jan 2015
May 2011

35960 mi
Clutch started squeaking to a point where it became annoying. Common with Matrixes. Brought it to the shop and they greased the bearing with synthetic grease w/ teflon (very expensive). The squeaking came back a week later. 
Nov 2011

42780 mi
The squeaking clutch issue has been going on and off ever since the first "repair". I brought it to another shop and the mechanic/owner lubed up the push rod which was squeaking on the release fork. 
Apr 2014

64580 mi

C $594
Both front wheel bearings were replaced with Car Quest parts including 3 year warranty on parts. 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2011 - Sep 2017
Sep 2013

76260 mi

C $560
very small leak of water pump. Also alternator/pump strap was changed, new front brakes with 2 new disc and a oil change with oil filter 

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2007 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2009 - Sep 2017
Oct 2013

84500 mi

US $800
timing belt, tune up 
May 2015

100400 mi

US $350
replaced rear drums, pads and fixed frozen front caliper 
Jul 2015

102300 mi

US $45
exhaust shield near gas tank broken hanger 
Toyota Matrix in Missouri, United States
Jul 2013 - Jul 2017
Sep 2016

37000 mi

US $5
Rocker panel was coming loose at the end. I bought clips from the dealer and re-attached it myself. 
Jul 2017

40290 mi

US $120
Replaced 10 year old battery 
Toyota Matrix in Maryland, United States
Jun 2016 - May 2017
Nov 2016

146600 mi

US $120
Rear windshield washer motor died, replaced motor 
May 2017

149000 mi
Transmission would stop switching out of first gear after about 15-20 minutes of drive time. 
Toyota Matrix in New Brunswick, Canada
Mar 2007 - Oct 2009
Aug 2007

186 mi
the hood front end was touching left headlamp. regulated by myself using rubber bosses that support the hood. took to the dealer to verify that it's the only thing that could be done. they confirmed. apparently, manufacturing tolerances are quite big. 
Oct 2007

682 mi
rattling noice in cabin. comes from glovebox. dealer told that nothing could be done. just keep driving with it. annoying. 
Jul 2008

2883 mi
found the reason for terrible smell while engine is hot: they accidentally splashed engine oil on the hard-to-see area above oil filter. cleaned out the oil remainders. smell is gone. 
Toyota Matrix in New York, United States
Sep 2016 - Oct 2017
Jul 2017

101000 mi
Rear exhaust heat shield mounts rusted through, wide washers added at mounting points to prevent shield from falling. Negative terminal connector failed catastrophically. Removed terminal connector remnants and upgraded with higher quality replacement part. The corrosion wouldn't have been an issue if Toyota's stock cables used more robust clamps, but because they are very thin and can't be tightened as well as a more robust option the stock cables promote corrosion as much as they fail because of it. I had cleaned it up at each oil change or other under hood operation, probably close to every 60 days. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

86000 mi
Oil was very thick and sludgy. White smoke began coming out of the tailpipe. Drained oil, dropped oilpan and cleaned out sludge. Replaced pan, refilled with synthetic oil. CEL came on afterward, P420 code. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2014
Nov 2012

167700 mi

US $460
Worn front wheel bearings replaced. 
May 2013

180000 mi

US $60
Engine light turned on at 180K. Diagnosed with code P0741. Faulty Torque converter circuit. Since the trans wasn't slipping, mechanic advised not too worry about it. 
Jan 2014

168000 mi
Water pump broke and coolant leaked which caused the engine to overheat. Result was a damaged engine head. Diagnosed with code P0741 which was a faulty TCC solenoid. 
Toyota Matrix in Virginia, United States
Mar 2009 - Dec 2014
May 2009

55000 mi
Computer defective Dealer replaced with new one. No cost to owner. 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2010 - Sep 2017
Dec 2010

34100 mi
Rear hatch seal was leaking so they replaced it. 
Mar 2015

91140 mi

C $2000
Lost all oil. Gaskets and seals replaced 
Sep 2015

97960 mi
Still had an oil leak. Fixed again at no cost as my wife refused to pay since we had spent $2000 to supposedly fix it already. Not sure what parts were replaced. 
Jul 2017

123380 mi

C $20
Heat shield over muffler was loose. The shop screwed it back in place 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2009 - Aug 2013
Sep 2010

40300 mi

C $500
failure of driver side macpherson strut - shock leak 
Aug 2011

49360 mi
Drain hose detached from AC causing water to leak into interior on passenger side carpeting 
Jan 2012

44980 mi

C $200
Required to replace timing chain tensioner due to gasket leak 
Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2011 - Apr 2016
Dec 2012

104780 mi

C $149
Engine warning light came on. Computer diagnosis showed intake gasket leaking. Gasket inspected - was deemed OK so was tightened and car OK. If reoccurs to have gasket replaced. 
Dec 2014

133920 mi

C $867
both front struts and shocks needed to be replaced. 
Mar 2015

136400 mi

C $500
Water pump leaking. informed by dealer it needed replacing as result could be catastrophic to engine. Had water pump replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2011
Jun 2009

23000 mi
I had just picked up the vehicle from normal oil change and approx. 15 miles later the car was making a terrible noise, like it was falling apart. Called the dealer and they said bring it back. The heat shield bolt had come out and was hitting the exhaust 

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2007 Toyota Matrix Repair Histories

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