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2009 Toyota Matrix repairs by problem area

Engine (45%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (28%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (6%)

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2009 Toyota Matrix repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (20%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (36%)

< $100 (24%)

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

180-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jun 2011 - Sep 2016
Sep 2011

39680 mi
TPMS failure light. Replaced faulty sensor 
Apr 2013

51020 mi

C $20
heat sheilds 
Jun 2016

78740 mi

C $1150
Transmission replaced as a result of issue with car slipping out of fifth gear. 
Toyota Matrix in Illinois, United States
Jun 2011 - Jul 2012
Nov 2011

83000 mi

US $20
Heat shield was loose and rattling, has occurred before, was re-tightened. 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Matrix in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2009 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

13640 mi
I had an appointment b/c my stereo had been malfunctioning when they noticed the water pump may need to be replaced. The next day they looked at the car when it was cool and replaced the water pump the day after that. My stereo was malfunctioning so they replaced it on warrenty and the new stereo is also malfunctioning. I haven't bothered to take it in yet as I'm sick of bringing my car in. I will go in in the near future though. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2008 - Feb 2017
Jun 2011

76260 mi

C $784
Driver's rear wheel bearing noisy, first noticed at about 122,000 km. Car is AWD. Sounded like tire noise, escalated in volume rapidly in 5 days before repair. Bearing and hub replaced; price competitive with non-dealer shop quote. 
Jan 2013

114700 mi

C $300
The thermostat appeared to stick (high engine temp., no heat in cabin on very cold day). Engine coolant was found to be under-strength (either from previous maintenance or recent oil change at non-Toyota shop). Thermo and coolant replaced. 
Sep 2013

120900 mi

C $95
The supplemental restraint system (SRS) or airbag light came on. Diag costs so far $95. The dealer quoted further diag costs in spring coil in the steering wheel or central SRS computer at almost $900 w/o guarantee of fixing the problem. 
Jan 2014

122340 mi
My car suddenly started using oil between changes. This is unusual. I'm up to a couple of L between changes (8,000 km). Never used to put oil in at all. Apparently there is a Toyota TSB on this, but it is way out of warranty and the fix is $3000+. 
Feb 2015

129580 mi
This was to replace the spiral cable in the steering wheel airbag under the huge recall for this issue. The dealer and I have had "discussions" about who should pay for this for at least 14 months. 
Mar 2015

129580 mi
SRS Warning Light ON - Spiral cable in steering wheel center airbag was replaced under recall - SRS Light went out - dealer refused to pay for earlier diagnostic work to determine cable might be problem. 
Sep 2015

133920 mi
Eligible for Extended Warranty due to high oil consumption by Matrix. An oil change was done, with seals affixed to dipstick, fill cap, filter, plug, PVC. After 2000 km, oil level will be checked to see if I qualify. Call dealer if light. 
Nov 2015

135160 mi
Car underwent 2000 km oil consumption test by dealer. Failed. Car uses 1 L/1,000 km. This is twice the Toyota standard of 1 L/2,000 km. Awaiting response from Toyota Canada on potential engine rebuild. 
Dec 2015

136400 mi

C $35
Engine light on, scan codes checked, Evaporative Emissions Control system shows LEAK. Diagnosis at scan code stage only done so far; system to be smoke-checked and full quote provided. Yet to be done. 
Dec 2016

143840 mi

C $750
Replaced one wheel bearing due to noise, one other also faulty and will be done in new year 
Jan 2017

144740 mi

C $1200
Pistons replaced under an Extended Warranty Program. Seals on rear diff replaced at my cost, also one wheel bearing (makes 3 I have changed so far) 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2009 - Dec 2016
Apr 2014

57700 mi

C $700
Right rear bearing and housing 
Mar 2015

68820 mi

C $550
Front right wheel bearings and hub replaced 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
Jul 2010

24000 mi
B pillar molding on driver side will not stay in place 
Toyota Matrix in Colorado, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015

73300 mi

US $300
Water pump replacement 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Nevada, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2015
Feb 2013

50000 mi
Power locks on driver's side inoperable 
May 2013

54000 mi
Front passenger side power locks inoperable 
Toyota Matrix in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2016
Jun 2013

41000 mi

US $100
Water pump and coolant 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Apr 2015 - Jul 2015
May 2015

45500 mi

US $395
Told by dealer drivebelt needed replacing after hearing noise at cold start. Drive belt was replaced but noise continues 
Toyota Matrix in Georgia, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2015
Aug 2012

45000 mi

US $356
Replaced water pump and belts 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2012
May 2012

69700 mi

US $300
leaky windshield water tank 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Mar 2009 - Sep 2016
Apr 2009

10000 mi
Clicking sound coming from right front brake. They duplicated it on the rack but said it was a normal sound... I am not convinced but the brakes feel fine.  
May 2009

11000 mi
Hubcab broke and fell off on its own accord.  
Jan 2011

27000 mi
Vehicle would not start. Towed to dealer. Battery tested good. Fuel sample tested good. After extended cranking it started, blew out a cloud of smoke almost the size of the car. Reflashed ECM with TSB for 18-209 for no start.  
May 2013

42500 mi

US $100
Aux port stopped working. Part was replaced and now it works fine. 
Jun 2016

53000 mi

US $1200
Electric power steering computer failed. Toyota would not cover it under a related TSB for power steering feel. The computer it self is behind the dash so I cost 8 hours of shop labor plus the part to fix it. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Dec 2016
Aug 2013

40000 mi
Limited Service Campaign BST - Smart Stop Technology: Solution - Update ECM software and install update label. Smart Stop Technology cuts engine power during simultaneous application of both the accelerator and brake pedal. 
Toyota Matrix in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2010 - Dec 2016
Sep 2014

97340 mi

C $850
Brake calipers seized. Replace calipers, rotors and pads. 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Matrix in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jul 2008 - Sep 2011
Aug 2008

2480 mi
Rattle in front end of car. The driver front strut was bad as it was leaking and had to be replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Ohio, United States
Aug 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

101000 mi
Oil consumption test 
Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
May 2009 - Jun 2011
May 2010

14260 mi

C $25
Radio problem. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2016
Jan 2013

43700 mi

US $1200
Replace worn struts replace struts 
Jan 2014

47700 mi

US $168
fuel injector service 
Toyota Matrix in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

24000 mi
Large amount of water noticed on front passenger floor soaking carpeting & floor mat. AC hose had detatched. Dealer replaced plastic piece with metal piece. Dealer also replaced rug in entire car. Did give me a loaner to use all 5 days.  
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Jun 2016
Dec 2010

17360 mi

C $40
Display for radio not working intermittently. Dealer has ordered new radio(covered under warranty) but has not contacted me about it yet. 
Sep 2011

26040 mi
Plastic door moulding on the inside door pillar came loose. Had to be put back in-not a big deal, but really shouldn't be that easy to come off. Seemed very cheaply manufactured 
Jun 2014

65720 mi
Antilock sensors were coming on and brakes felt a bit different. Called mechanic and booked an appointment. After looking up online, tried gas cap and that did it! So a loose gas cap set off all these sensors. It was two days after the fill. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Dec 2016
Jul 2012

69440 mi
tires noisier after rotation 
Sep 2015

104160 mi
Low air pressure in tires light on. Tire pressure balanced, wait for light to cancel. Caused by sudden temperature drop. 
Nov 2016

119940 mi

C $110
Engine light and Stability Control warning lights on. Required checking out evaporation emissions test. Code Scan indicated stuck switching valve. Switching valve was lubricated. Further check showed no problem. 

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