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Expensive Toyota Matrix repairs by problem area

Engine (38%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (27%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (27%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (2%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 66 repairs.
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Toyota Matrix repair cost distribution

$2500+ (31%)

$1000 - $2499 (69%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (0%)

< $100 (0%)

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Chart based on 48 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

43500 mi

US $1200
Replace worn struts replace struts 
44000 mi

US $168
fuel injector service 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

68200 mi

C $1150
Transmission replaced as a result of issue with car slipping out of fifth gear. 
99200 mi

C $100
Replaced piece of rusted exhaust pipe 
117180 mi

C $1800
Caliper replacements and parking break fix.  Alternator also. 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

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. 
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. 
143840 mi

C $750
Replaced one wheel bearing due to noise, one other also faulty and will be done in new year 
126340 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) 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

135000 mi

US $2000
Total Transmission Failure 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

42500 mi

US $100
Aux port stopped working. Part was replaced and now it works fine. 
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. 
36000 mi

US $1098
Vehicle was making noise upon acceleration. Took it to dealer and water pump needed replacing. Vehicle was making noise upon acceleration. Took it to dealer and water pump needed replacing.also humming noise coming from wheel. 
44500 mi

US $395
Told by dealer drivebelt needed replacing after hearing noise at cold start. Drive belt was replaced but noise continues 

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2008 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

90520 mi

C $250
Clamp holding heat shield broke. Heat shield was resting on the exhaust system. New clamp installed. 
122760 mi

C $1500
Oil Pan removed and reinstalled to fix oil leak. T-chain tensioner o-ring replaced to fix oil leak. Serpentine belt tensioner replaced. OEM front driver shock worn. Replaced both front stocks. 

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2007 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

91140 mi

C $2000
Lost all oil. Gaskets and seals replaced 
130820 mi

C $500
The check engine light came on and the faults and follow up test revealed problems with the Fuel cap and Canister purge solenoid. We tried to replace the cap first but had to replace the solenoid as well. Noise from right front wheel when taking my foot off the gas and coasting. Axel passenger side 

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2006 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

124000 mi

C $3000
one tie-rod noisy, the other was needing repair soon while in for tie-rods, told left wheel bearing bad... and to do both recommended 
142300 mi

US $2300
transmission rebuilt due to output bearing failing and jamming up the transmission. all warn components (bearings and gears) replaced. 
149000 mi

US $300
wheel bearing replaced due to wearing out. 
91760 mi

C $300
Dealer advised replacing the oil pan gasket. Visible oil on crank case but no drips observed on driveway. Replaced only because I intend to keep the car for 5-6 more years. 
138880 mi

C $1200
replaced leaking power steering lines 
140813 mi

C $625
front left wheel bearing replaced, 4 wheel alignment 
146320 mi

C $270
Replaced stabilizer, rhs 
151280 mi

C $170
Exhaust pipe rusted; fixed by the shop by manufacturing a coupling 

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2006 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

124000 mi

US $800
Radiator hoses have become soft.. replaced hoses, radiator flush. Front Plastic Wheel Well Covers came loose and were partially damaged or ground down with tire tread. Mechanic was able to resecure to frame with plastic zip ties. 
147900 mi

US $960
Continued driving with Engine light on.. Transmission began to buck when shifting up the lower gears. Computer was replaced and programmed. Car ran well for two months, when it would not start, 
150800 mi

US $489
Car would not start.. turns over well but won't ignite. Suspected fuel pump, but no.. Diagnostics showed it to be the computer module again. They ordered another computer, but programmer said there was nothing wrong with the first unit. ok 
204000 mi

US $570
O2 Sensor needed replacement.. I purchased an aftermarket model and they installed it.. Engine light still comes on, as part was not OEM. Will need to get a TOYOTA O2 sensor and try again before I need to take the smog test. Check engine light keeps coming on. Took car into TOYOTA DEALER, paid $570, plus rental for the day to get O2 sensor replaced again, have it smog tested and registered. 
265000 mi

US $2000
replaced broken motor mount, as well as new tires, battery, brakes, trans & radiator fluids. 
268300 mi

US $450
Emissions Control.. Error code needed to be cleared and issue repaired before getting registration renewed. $450 paid for replacement of Fuel Tank Carbon cannister. 

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2006 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

49600 mi

C $300
right rear differential seal was leaking. Seal replaced, leak stopped. 
67460 mi

C $2100
Replace left rear wheel bearing Replace left rear axle seal Valve cover slight leak, replaced valve cover gaskets replace right front axle boot 
78740 mi

C $120
Replaced serpentine belt, was showing many small cracks on underside 

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2005 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

74000 mi

US $380
Ball joint replaced 
77200 mi

US $2600
Replace clutch and flywheel Replace belt tensioner and belt Replace water pump 
90000 mi

US $6000
knock in engine, oil dry a month prior; metal in bottom of engine floating around; best option was re-built engine as the price was mounting on all the various issues to be more costly than replacement engine; water pump was also added. 

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2005 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

81286 mi

C $1495
Engine would rough idle & gradually no more power from 3K rpm. Also chk/eng light would light up at times. After reading simillar stories over various blogs, i checked the IACV & it really needed cleaning. used proper product no prob since 
84632 mi

C $150
Windshield wiper motor slowly died out, ordered generic from auction site, fitted right in, everything works fine now. 
109480 mi

C $110
wiper Motor & linkage seized, replaced with salvaged recon parts. 
111280 mi

C $725
many small rust patches had to be corrected on the car's roof & tail gate. 
124000 mi

C $1109
Replaced Clutch Ass'y after lining wore out. New synthetic gear oil in transmission. Exhaust donut gasket (CEL P0401). 
137800 mi

C $450
Replaced Catalytic converter. 
141980 mi

C $187
replaced starter assembly 

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2005 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

145700 mi

US $1200
front bearings, struts and links 

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2005 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

137000 mi

US $1000
We just had the bearing done on the Matrix this month at an independent shop that was willing to use the part I bought. Apparently Toyotas are known for the spindle seizing to the bearing and that needed to be replaced as well. 
138000 mi

US $100
Replaced seized piston. (Also replaced rotor and pads; cost of repair is only for piston repair.) 
108000 mi

US $1050
Right rear wheel bearing replaced. 
130000 mi

US $875
2- rear wheel bearing replaced. Right rear wheel bearing replaced in 2016 was not installed correctly and failed. 

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2004 Toyota Matrix

Engine not specified

31000 mi

US $1200
Clutch went bad, it's poor design and many XRS owners have problems. 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

173-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

68000 mi

US $1150
Replaced clutch which was starting to slip. Apparently this is a common problem with the XRS models, with many needing a clutch replacement before 50k miles 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

124000 mi

C $850
Replace both front shock absorber  
136400 mi

C $1200
catalytic converter replacement 
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. 
176080 mi

C $300
water pump replaced 
182900 mi

C $1200
Had to replace the clutch 
221100 mi

C $2500
new engine needed, new clutch, new brakes and remove catalyser (now illegal for gas emissions but it saved me 500$) bearings and suspension making weird noises, discovered i had about 1 month of usage left. changed it right away so i wont have to tow it away 
226300 mi

C $450
3rd, 4th and 5th gear about to die, tranny rebuilt, found a great mechanic, he did it for cheap! 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

148800 mi

C $1800
Both front wheel bearings. Bearings were making a grinding noise. both struts replaced 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

180-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

29760 mi

C $2500
transmission internal bearing failed. Transmission replaced under warranty. New clutch paid for. 
32860 mi

C $250
Clutch release bearing replaced under warranty. 
91640 mi

C $1200
replace front struts 
135780 mi

C $1500
The clutch was slipping so I couldn't accelerate past an idle. The valve cover and oil pan gaskets were replaced. 
139500 mi

C $700
Driver's door power window motor replacement 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

180-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

99000 mi

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

96000 mi

US $3100
Transmission bearings replaced New clutch 
107560 mi

C $3000
Replacement of all transmission bearings. 
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. 
99000 mi

US $3200
Manual transmission failed. Needed to be replaced completely. 
117000 mi

US $5000
Piston problem with engine, requiring full rebuild or replacement. 
85560 mi

C $3200
Engine seized at 130,000km due to lack of oil. Caused engine rod to brake. 
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. 
139000 mi

US $2300
Transmission bearing broke inside the housing, necessitating a transmission rebuild. New clutch installed as well. 
112000 mi

US $600
Windshield fluid motor had broken, had to be replaced. Belts replaced. Fluids. 
114500 mi

US $130
Right front low beam light and the "pigtail" of wiring, which had shorted and left minor burn marks at a wiring connection a few inches behind the lamp. 
128000 mi

US $250
Bearings on front left wheel were very bad, and made much noise. Replaced the front right wheel bearings, too. 
146000 mi

US $2950
Internal gears in transmission were damaged, so that it was much harder to shift, and there were metal shavings in the transmission fluid. Also, the clutch plate had to replaced again, only 7 months after having been replaced (at 140,000) 
193000 mi

US $188
retune engine; identified that the CConverter is out, but did not repair. 
102000 mi

US $230
Right headlight bulb failing and replaced; still worked but sometimes needed to be knocked to light up. 
143000 mi

US $2500
Catalytic converter was warranted until 2008. Defect to me appeared in 2012. I managed DIY repair until today. The car runs fine but emissions are above threshold. 
167580 mi

C $2000
Worn out absorbers, Front Left rod ends, Front Right upper rod end. 
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. 
146360 mi

C $100
Oil pressure sender ruptured creating oil leak Part replaced, problem solved. 
60760 mi

C $650
contershaft bearings started making noise  
105400 mi

C $1000
transmission bearing failing, hearing noise from the transmission. bearing replaced. 
125700 mi

C $828
Front Calipers sticking. Prolonged undiagnosed problem. Calipers and disks replaced. Replaced front left wheel bearing. Wear detected by mechanic. 
122140 mi

C $130
Starter replaced. Sturgeon Falls Canadian tire said they had part and did not, then said they would have it the next day and did not. Unresponsive to complaints. Work time included driving time to pick up part and learning time for myslel 
130820 mi

C $1600
Rust damage, seizing calipers Fuel tank rusted through and leaking 
139500 mi

C $200
Alternator seized, also had to repair serpentine belt 
139000 mi

US $1500
Bearings in the transmission failed. This is the exact same failure that happened at ~38,000 miles. Toyota covered the first repair, they were of no help this time round. Very unimpressed. 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

141360 mi

C $450
RUST PROBLEM ON TOP, NEAR THE WINDSHIELD, RUST ON INSIDE BOTTOM OF CORNER OF A DOOR. A/C RADIATOR BREAK BY STONE. THERE IS NO PROTECTION FOR INCOMMING OBJECT. AS LISTED ON INTERNET FORUM, IT IS A PROBLEM FOR MATRIX. THE WEAKNESS OF MATRIX A/C. 
149120 mi

C $265
Problem with ignition switch. Change it. Engine never stop when we turn off the key. Have to disconnect battery to stop engine. 
158100 mi

C $542
Front shock broken. Change the fuel tank intake pipe, air leak causes computer problem. 
170500 mi

C $528
Starter 
173700 mi

C $194
Change right back wheel bearing assembly Baffle plate over the gas tank completely rotten, be taken out. Rebuilt an exhaust bracket 
98946 mi

C $4500
Full engine swap due to a poorly trained mechanic at a seperate shop, forgot to put my oil drain plug back in, engine starved to death. Refused to accept responsibility. full engine swap due to a poorly trained mechanic at a seperate shop, forgot to put my oil drain plug back in, engine starved to death.. 
115940 mi

C $800
problems of the month, driver side cv boot tear (4th time) lead to a 4th drive shaft install,  passenger front bearing gave out, passenger side sway link snap. car sits .8" from the floor on 16" rims... go figure... 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

60000 mi

US $850
Engine light came on. Replaced O2 sensor, cleaned out fuel system. Toyota O2 sensors are a bit pricey! 
98000 mi

US $230
Pipe welded 
99000 mi

US $1200
New rotors, pads and calipers 

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