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Toyota Matrix repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 574 repairs.
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Toyota Matrix repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (36%)

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Chart based on 454 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota Matrix in Nova Scotia, Canada
Feb 2016 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

49600 mi

C $400
Leaking strut was replaced. May have been accident damage. 

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2012 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
- Jun 2012
Jun 2012

310 mi
Inside rearview mirror was vibrating more and more when driving normally. Up to the point it was too much as if I had a 200watts subwoofer in the car. Dealer simply tightened the small screw holding the mirror unit to the windshield. 

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2011 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2017 - Aug 2020
May 2018

121520 mi

C $500
Rear passenger brake pad keeps wearing on an angle, tilting. It has been changed twice in the last 20,000km.From some advice on a forum I filed down the pads this time to make sure they weren't binding in the caliper bracket, but they are wearing unevenly again. Seems to be a common problem in this generation. Sunroof is rusting very badly, bits of rust fall inside when opening it. Outer metal edge of the glass is heavily corroded. Seems to be mentioned frequently in forums as well as a problem with the Vibe/Matrix 2nd Gen. 
Aug 2018

122760 mi

C $250
Premature brake wear on the rear passenger side, pads wearing on an angle again. Took to Toyota for their opinion. They said that the tab on the brake pad was not aligned with the notch in the piston, which was causing the angle. They realigned it. We will see if this solves the issue. 
Aug 2019

132060 mi

C $450
Sunroof is rusting so badly that metal is falling into car when sunroof is opened. Sunroof panel with glass replaced. 

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2010 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

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

Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
May 2014 - Jun 2018
Jul 2017

67580 mi

C $15
Replaced corroded battery terminals 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Nov 2016

41300 mi

C $316
The water pump was "weeping" and it was replaced. 

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2010 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Matrix in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2016 - Nov 2016
Nov 2016

84000 mi
Engine would not idle well. Engine would still start and run, but engine would stall if I slowed down. If I slowed down to take a 5 MPH turn, the engine would stall. I could still drive on the highway, but after slowing down, it would stall. 

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2010 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
May 2011 - Mar 2014
Apr 2012

34580 mi

C $470
Dip stick tube collapsed 

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2010 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2013 - Jun 2014
Apr 2013

59300 mi
Hatch lock broken, was taken care of by the dealership on the Quebec used vehicle basic warranty(3 months/1700 km. Seems like a common problem on the Matrix as my friend's has the same problem. Fortunately he has door unlock on his key) 
Jun 2013

61380 mi

C $200
Check engine light was on. was checked by the mechanic as a major leak but no leak were found and the car was running fine so light was turned off. Had the car checked up for a full verification before end of warranty 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

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

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

US $1200
Replace worn struts replace struts 
Jan 2014

44000 mi

US $168
fuel injector service 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Jun 2018
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

119640 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. 
Feb 2018

133300 mi

C $590
ABS light on continually. Replaced right Rear Hub, bearing, and ABS wiring 
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 Ohio, United States
Aug 2015 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

101000 mi
Oil consumption test 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - Jul 2018
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. 
Jul 2017

97960 mi

C $300
Replaced O2 sensor. Check engine light came on. Took in once to dealer and they checked it. Did not have a sensor in stock,which seemed odd for a Toyota dealer. Replaced in an hour. Gas mileage has improved. 
Toyota Matrix in Maryland, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2016
Dec 2009

23000 mi

US $120
replace battery 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2012 - Apr 2013
Feb 2012

31264 mi

C $516
Metallic noise was coming from a rear break. Changed both rear break disks and 1 rear break disk pad. 
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. 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jun 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2011

39680 mi
TPMS failure light. Replaced faulty sensor 
Apr 2013

50620 mi

C $20
heat sheilds 
Jun 2016

68200 mi

C $1150
Transmission replaced as a result of issue with car slipping out of fifth gear. 
Mar 2018

99200 mi

C $100
Replaced piece of rusted exhaust pipe 
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. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2017 - Sep 2020
Jan 2019

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

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

13020 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. Stereo was replaced under warranty. New stereo is also acting up and may need to be replaced as well. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2009 - Mar 2018
Apr 2014

56700 mi

C $700
Right rear bearing and housing 
Mar 2015

68820 mi

C $550
Front right wheel bearings and hub replaced 
Jun 2017

93000 mi

C $600
Universal, drive shaft and hangers 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2008 - Sep 2017
Mar 2009

5704 mi
Dealer replaced aftermarket dealer-installed rear license plate cover. Was a flexible clear plastic cover with dealer logo screened on. Made loud slapping noises in cross-winds from either rear quarter of car. When replaced with stiff cover, no more noise 
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

122240 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, PCV. 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

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

Toyota Matrix in Tennessee, United States
Jul 2017 - Jul 2017
Jul 2017

135000 mi

US $2000
Total Transmission Failure 
Toyota Matrix in Colorado, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015

73000 mi

US $300
Water pump replacement 
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 

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2009 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Mar 2009 - Dec 2017
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 Texas, United States
May 2011 - Jul 2012
May 2012

68400 mi

US $300
leaky windshield water tank 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Jun 2009 - Nov 2011
Jan 2009

1223 mi
Left front interior B pillar (inside trim) popped out.......... 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2018
Apr 2017

71558 mi

US $272
Timing chain tensioner showing leak around seal/gasket likely due to age of parts - seal/gasket was replaced Battery failed load test - battery replaced 
Toyota Matrix in British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2010 - Sep 2017
Sep 2014

97340 mi

C $850
Brake calipers seized. Replace calipers, rotors and pads. 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Apr 2014 - Jul 2015
Aug 2014

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. 
May 2015

44500 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 Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

41000 mi

US $100
Water pump and coolant 
Nov 2017

74000 mi

US $80
Car set a code P0607 and a week later with P0138. The downstream O2 sensor was found to be defective. 
Toyota Matrix in Georgia, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2015
Aug 2012

44700 mi

US $356
Replaced water pump and belts 
Toyota Matrix in Nevada, United States
Sep 2011 - Sep 2015
Feb 2013

50200 mi
Power locks on driver's side inoperable 
May 2013

54000 mi
Front passenger side power locks inoperable 

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2008 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2012 - Jul 2018
Dec 2016

90520 mi

C $250
Clamp holding heat shield broke. Heat shield was resting on the exhaust system. New clamp installed. 
May 2018

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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2008 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
May 2011 - Dec 2013
Dec 2013

82460 mi

C $200
replaced water pump 
Toyota Matrix in Washington, United States
Jul 2011 - Jan 2013
Aug 2011

55000 mi

US $100
new belt tensioner-the one NOT covered by p-train warranty. I complained so they covered the parts. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Jun 2020
Sep 2012

60140 mi
the water pump was leaking and had to be replaced (covered by warranty) 
Oct 2012

60760 mi
Check engine light went on. The intake gasket needed to be replaced. (Covered under warranty). 
Feb 2014

81840 mi

C $80
replaced leaking O ring connected to the timing chain tensioner 
Sep 2015

110980 mi

C $165
replaced timing chain tensioner O-ring 
Sep 2016

129580 mi

C $500
When replacing the front pads (first time ever, which is amazing) the calipers also needed replacing which to my mind is not normal maintenance. 
Dec 2016

133300 mi

C $125
Check engine light came on and the engine began running rough. The intake manifold gasket needed to be replaced. 
Sep 2017

145700 mi

C $164
oil leak - replaced chain tensioner o-ring 
Toyota Matrix in Ohio, United States
Oct 2013 - Dec 2014
Feb 2014

81000 mi
Replaced Low Beam Headlight Bulb 
Jun 2014

87000 mi
Clunk when rolling power window up and down. Window regulator was found bent and was replaced, then door check strap was also replaced because it was bent and interfering with the window. 
Sep 2014

91000 mi

US $520
Leak at Timing Chain Tensioner. Tensioner Removed and new O-Ring Installed Replaced Thermostat - Car not warming up properly in cold weather. Dealer doing other work reported that on test drive after other work alternator bearing started making noise. They were concerned the alternator would fail so they kept the vehicle until it could be replaced. 
Nov 2014

96000 mi

US $10
Check Engine Light illuminated. Checked with OBD2 Scanner reading Lean Bank 1 several times and once MAF sensor out of range. Assuming dirty MAF but could be cold weather leaking intake manifold gasket. First repair attempt cleaning MAF. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2013 - Feb 2016
Dec 2013

74181 mi

C $270
Check engine light was on. Took to dealer and intake manifold gasket replaced. 
Jul 2014

81840 mi

C $23
Gas tank cover bolt rusted and fell out. Loud rattling when car running. Replaced with random bolt from Canadian Tire. 
Jan 2015

77281 mi

C $975
Timing chain cover and water pump replaced. 

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2007 Toyota Matrix

Engine not specified

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

26000 mi
Pulley and belt replaced on engine 

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2007 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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 - Jun 2018
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 
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. 

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2007 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jun 2018
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 
Jun 2018

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 
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 
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 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 New Hampshire, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2018
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 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 Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2016 - Mar 2018
Mar 2018

256471 mi

US $200
Alternator dies 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2018 - Apr 2018
Apr 2018

158720 mi

C $47
The roof leaks when it rains. I start to drive and water pours in from the top left and top right where the roof rails end. Had to seal the rail tracks with caulking type silicone. 
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 Georgia, United States
Jan 2017 - Jan 2018
Aug 2017

109000 mi

US $26
Oil leaking from fuel system 
Toyota Matrix in New York, United States
Sep 2016 - Jan 2018
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 Missouri, United States
Jul 2013 - Jun 2018
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 
Jun 2018

46237 mi

US $18
Slow leak in tire turned out to be a nail. It was removed and the hole patched. 
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. 

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2006 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2010 - Aug 2014
Oct 2010

71300 mi
Changed driver side front wheel bearing. It was producing loud noise. Changed driver side front wheel bearing. It was producing loud noise 
Apr 2011

79360 mi

C $200
Replaced precat o2 sensor and intake manifold gasket.Dealer changed engine module year ago due to same problems,i.e. rough idle,stumble,rpm hunting in cold weather,even stalled.So Toyota repair wasn't accurate. Now it is running 90% better. Replaced precat o2 sensor and intake manifold gasket.Dealer changed engine module year ago due to same problems,i.e. rough idle,stumble,rpm hunting in cold weather,even stalled.So Toyota repair wasn't accurate. Now it is running 90% better. 
Sep 2011

87420 mi

C $400
Passenger side front wheel bearing replaced by myself. Sway bar link on front passenger side mounting was slightly damaged and repaired. Now every thing sounds better.Had 55point inspection done at dealership and rear brakes adjusted. 
Dec 2011

89900 mi

C $100
Replaced V-belt tensioner idler (installed a couple of years ago, not in good shape), V-belt. Also replaced lug bolt nuts for winter rims with proper ones. The former were for alloys and occasionally would come a bit loose. 
Aug 2014

148800 mi

C $450
Front end links, anti-roll bar 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2011 - Oct 2018
Mar 2013

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. 
Mar 2017

134415 mi

C $894
Drive belts Replaced leaking water pump Exhaust leak Replaced leaking oil pressure switch 
Jul 2017

138880 mi

C $1200
replaced leaking power steering lines 
Sep 2017

140813 mi

C $625
front left wheel bearing replaced, 4 wheel alignment 
Mar 2018

146320 mi

C $270
Replaced stabilizer, rhs 
Oct 2018

151280 mi

C $170
Exhaust pipe rusted; fixed by the shop by manufacturing a coupling 
Toyota Matrix in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2008 - Dec 2011
Apr 2010

62700 mi

US $200
Excessive cupping on front tires. Tires replaced. Alignment was in spec. Appears to be design defect with the vehicle suspension. Told that the problem will re-occur and cannot be fixed. So much for Toyota quality. 
Sep 2010

74000 mi

US $320
Dashboard clock backlight failing intermittently. Told this is a common failure, internal circuit board solder joints are faulty. Unit must be replaced at astronomical cost. Chose not to repair. 
Dec 2010

79000 mi

US $100
Continued wear on tires. Attempting non-spec alignment settings just to see if anything can fix the tire wear. 
Mar 2011

83000 mi

US $100
gasket failed on transmission. leaking fluid. 
Sep 2011

94000 mi
Intermittent airbag light. Shop cannot find cause. Interior clock not working. Re-soldered clock circuit board. Repair successful ... for 1 week. Failed again. 
Dec 2011

94000 mi
Intermittent airbag light when sold. Also the transmission shifting was getting prgressively worse. We couldn't stand driving the car any more due to the horrible transmission. 
Toyota Matrix in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2013
Mar 2012

102000 mi

US $80
Check engine light was on. The mass flow sensor was varnished. The shop just cleaned it and put it back on. 
Toyota Matrix in Kentucky, United States
Sep 2014 - Dec 2015
Feb 2015

113000 mi

US $750
Clutch work 
Toyota Matrix in Michigan, United States
Dec 2007 - Oct 2015
Mar 2007

15000 mi
New tires as original ones wore out. dealership covered it under warranty 
Jul 2014

142300 mi

US $2300
transmission rebuilt due to output bearing failing and jamming up the transmission. all warn components (bearings and gears) replaced. 
Nov 2014

149000 mi

US $300
wheel bearing replaced due to wearing out. 
Toyota Matrix in Manitoba, Canada
Aug 2011 - Jul 2015
Oct 2013

60340 mi

C $850
Exhaust 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2009 - Jun 2017
Mar 2009

34720 mi

C $400
Oxigen sensor replacemet 
Feb 2012

55800 mi

C $200
Replaced intake manifold gasket 
Toyota Matrix in Manitoba, Canada
Oct 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

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 
Toyota Matrix in North Dakota, United States
Jun 2011 - Mar 2018
Apr 2013

82300 mi

US $200
Replaced front driver side wheel well liner 
Jan 2014

81800 mi

US $125
Replaced intake manifold gasket. 
Apr 2015

88300 mi

US $50
Door pillar cover came loose 
Jun 2015

90000 mi

US $175
Noticed slightly less AC capacity. Took for preventative maintenance. Evacuated A/C system and replaced coolant and lubricant. Mechanic added dye for possible future leak check. 
Toyota Matrix in Manitoba, Canada
Feb 2014 - Jun 2018
Aug 2014

123380 mi

C $300
Car was blowing smoke. Determined that new valve seals were needed. Repaired problem. 
Apr 2015

127500 mi

C $700
Clutch was slipping, needed new clutch plate. Neighbour mechanic fixed it for us for cheap. 
Jan 2016

135160 mi

C $140
Passenger CV boot leaking. Replaced 
Feb 2017

145080 mi

C $290
Starter skipping. Replaced. 
Oct 2017

152306 mi

C $300
Rear brakes replaced 

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2006 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Apr 2008 - Aug 2014
Mar 2009

117130 mi

US $9
Driver's side headlamp burned out. Replaced burned-out driver's side headlight bulb myself. 
Jul 2009

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. 
Jan 2010

136000 mi

US $10
Passenger-side headlamp burned out. I replaced it with OEM part. 
Feb 2010

138200 mi
Had Goodyear mechanics run diagnostics for Check Engine. P-codes could indicate a bad evaporative gas filter unit for fuel line. They said I should take it to Toyota for second opinion and repair. 
May 2010

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, 
Jul 2010

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 
Mar 2011

178000 mi
Hard-shifting Transmission problem was a known issue before, along with Check Engine light. The car was repaired previously and the shop replaced the ECU. This problem recurred recently after I got the ECU recall notice from Toyota 
Dec 2011

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. 
Feb 2014

265000 mi

US $2000
replaced broken motor mount, as well as new tires, battery, brakes, trans & radiator fluids. 
May 2014

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. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
May 2016 - Jul 2019
Jan 2017

138000 mi

US $120
Replace front brake pads and rotors Shock leaking fluid; replaced front shock absorbers Front + Rear engine mounts worn out; they were replaced 
Jul 2019

161000 mi

US $80
Replaced starter 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2012
Sep 2008

47000 mi
Alarm went off at any time. Replaced with new alarm. 
Jun 2009

50000 mi

US $50
The rear hatch hydraulics stopped holding the hatch up 
Dec 2009

52000 mi
In the shop for a week for transmission repair. It was initially unable to replicate, then successful, but now a month later it is starting to hard shift. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2008 - Apr 2016
Dec 2010

86800 mi

C $283
Vehicle hesitating at low idle for about a week, check engine light came on, dealer diagnosed faulty intake manifold head gasket and replaced gasket. 
Apr 2016

165540 mi
Hood latch failed at 90 km/h, hood flipped back destroying the hood, windshield, and roof. Vehicle written off. 
Toyota Matrix in Kansas, United States
Mar 2007 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

21000 mi
Warranty replacement of the ECU. 
Toyota Matrix in Manitoba, Canada
Apr 2007 - Aug 2011
Jun 2010

44640 mi
Repaired leaking high pressure oil line. 
Toyota Matrix in Massachusetts, United States
May 2007 - Dec 2009
Jun 2007

36000 mi

US $690
car was shuddering very badly on the highway. this is a reoccuring problem, and existed very soon after car was purchased. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Jun 2012 - Nov 2012
Jul 2012

104000 mi

US $600
A slowly developing oil leak from the timing chain compartment. 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
May 2014 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

194680 mi

C $700
battery, terminal and alternator window washer pump 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
- Jan 2007
Jan 2007

36580 mi
ECM failed - known issue to Toyota - 6 weeks backorder for new chip. Failed under warranty 

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2006 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Matrix in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2013 - Feb 2015
Oct 2013

80700 mi
Clock inop 
Jun 2014

91000 mi

US $100
Serpentine belt needed replacement 
Sep 2014

94000 mi

US $140
Water from car wash leaked into cabin air filter. Filter saturated with water restricting air flow. Filter removed and dried. 
Nov 2014

97000 mi

US $700
Left rear wheel bearing replaces 
Toyota Matrix in Washington, United States
Nov 2012 - May 2019
Jan 2014

90300 mi
Our usual repair shop performed the 90k mile checks per Owners Manual. Found very minor oil leak, will do a dye test to find origin.  Suggested we R&R the power steering system - will do it. Update, post concerning engine leak and dye test. After having the power steering system lube R&R'd a very slight leak - almost a sweat - was found at the steering pump seal. We'll watch the fluid level. 
Jul 2014

92500 mi
Regular maintenance, still have a very slight fluids leak but have not found the point of leak. Fluid has no odor so we know it isn't motor oil, trans, drive units, steering. The fluid is viscous so it must be a lube of some type. 
Mar 2017

113000 mi
Viscous coupling bearings going bad. Not yet repaired, looking for cost effective shop other than dealer. Other AWD Matrix owners, if you have over 100 - 120k check YouTube to see the bearing R&R. We find no shops want to do the work, yet. 
May 2018

118000 mi

US $100
R&R front disc pads, rear drum shoes. This was the first time the rear shoes required replace, the third set of front disc pads. As is customary rotors and drums were turned. Even though the Toyota manual stats the trans fluids and filtters are supposed to be lifetime, for our peace of mind we will be servicing the trans fluids and filters next month. 
Toyota Matrix in Massachusetts, United States
May 2009 - Sep 2015
Sep 2015

177000 mi
The Matrix was in the shop every other week for the last two months my son had it. He did not get the misfiring repaired but traded it in. 
Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
May 2007 - Jun 2018
Jul 2007

13392 mi

C $96
Door sill tape kit TSB 2423 was done to all 4 door lower sills. Total warranty claim amount $239.92, but no charge to me as under warranty. Replaced engine oil and filter and cabin air filter. 
Apr 2008

20460 mi
From engine area a squealing noise increasing in intensity for 7 seconds when waiting at red lights. Toyota has TSB to replace serpentine belt and tensioner pulley. They would have never told me about TSB if I hadn't found it on internet. The body door seal on driver side rear door was popping out at 2 corners. That door rarely used on this car, only 15000 kms driven in 1 year since I purchased it. 
Jun 2008

22940 mi
Annoying ticking noise from radio housing on dashboard 
Oct 2008

27280 mi
Annoying ticking noise from radio housing on dashboard. It's intermittent, very odd - can be driving on rough road and no noise or drive on smooth road with the noise. Toyota now says they can't fix it, must live with it. From engine area sounds like serpentine belt, a squealing noise increasing in intensity for 7 seconds or so, when waiting at red lights at idle. Intermittent problem. Toyota says they can't fix it, must live with it.  
May 2011

49600 mi

C $300
right rear differential seal was leaking. Seal replaced, leak stopped. 
Aug 2013

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 
Sep 2017

78740 mi

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

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2006 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2013 - Aug 2016
Jan 2015

C $230
Crack in "seal" led to oil beginning to leak inside engine 
Aug 2016

139500 mi

C $208
New serpentine/alternator belt needed, rear brakes required cleaning and pedal was re-set. 

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2005 Toyota Matrix

Engine not specified

Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

122000 mi
It still needed an emissions canister. 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

62000 mi

US $300
Right driver side window fell off the track and has been doing it alot. 

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2005 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

170-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Arizona, United States
Nov 2015 - Sep 2016
Jan 2016

US $35
Front passenger motor mount was bad. Caused bad vibrations and some jolting. 
Aug 2016

162000 mi

US $550
AC compressor clutch failed. Looks like rubber material squeezed out of the clutch and seized. Had to order and install new compressor. 
Toyota Matrix in Georgia, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
Aug 2015

178000 mi

US $350
Drive belt cracked. Was replaced. Catalytic converter Clutch going out (manual transmission) Leaking oil 
Toyota Matrix in Virginia, United States
May 2008 - Nov 2014
Jun 2009

50000 mi

US $68
Belt Tensioner Replaced under warranty Water pump leaking -- replaced under warranty power steering pump leaking - repaired under warranty  
Dec 2011

74000 mi

US $380
Ball joint replaced 
May 2012

76300 mi

US $12
Rt Front low beam headlight replaced; required removing & reinstalling battery 
Oct 2012

77200 mi

US $2600
Replace clutch and flywheel Replace belt tensioner and belt Replace water pump 
Jun 2014

86000 mi

US $96
Rear Left Brake backing shield was rubbing -- shop adjusted it and noise is gone. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Apr 2015 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

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

Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2012 - Mar 2019
Mar 2012

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 
Apr 2012

84632 mi

C $150
Windshield wiper motor slowly died out, ordered generic from auction site, fitted right in, everything works fine now. 
Feb 2014

105480 mi

C $25
CEL would lit up from time to time, always with P0171 showing, at 1st almost always on coldest days, then even when resetted would come back right on. Changed the Intake Manifold Gasket, PN 17171-0D020. 
Apr 2014

109480 mi

C $110
wiper Motor & linkage seized, replaced with salvaged recon parts. 
Oct 2014

111280 mi

C $725
many small rust patches had to be corrected on the car's roof & tail gate. 
Sep 2015

124000 mi

C $1109
Replaced Clutch Ass'y after lining wore out. New synthetic gear oil in transmission. Exhaust donut gasket (CEL P0401). 
Jun 2016

133300 mi
Ac comp. would engage & shut off after few seconds. After checking if recharge was needed, problem was id'd as too much pressure in the system, some moisture got into the system so as temp rose so did the pressure. Purged, now working fine. 
Nov 2016

137800 mi

C $450
Replaced Catalytic converter. 
Apr 2017

142600 mi

C $60
replaced starter assembly Replaced both headlights as original ones were beyond polishable (already did twice). 
Jul 2017

144460 mi

C $50
replaced dried A/C system O-rings then purged & recharged system. 
Toyota Matrix in Illinois, United States
Dec 2014 - Sep 2016
Apr 2015

88300 mi

US $815
check engine light was on checked and found that the charcoal canister needed to be replaced. The engine was not running smoothly had the fuel injection system cleaned. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
May 2007 - Jun 2011
Jun 2007

23000 mi
(1) Check Engine Light came on. I could not clear CEL by removing EFI relay for five minutes. Toyota checked vehicle and replaced a cannister in the emission system, as being too low in pressure. Problem cured; repaired under warranty.  One of the two remote key units lost "registration" with the car such that the one unit would not lock/unlock anything. Toyota reprogrammed or re-registered the unit under warranty. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2018
Nov 2015

168000 mi

US $30
Backup light switch 
Dec 2016

178000 mi

US $25
Car running lean. Replaced intake manifold gasket 
Mar 2017

181000 mi

US $300
Right caliper frozen. Squeaky belt. Replaced belt & tensioner 
Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
Feb 2012

99260 mi
Suspension made a knocking noise, I was told the strut was sticking and will have to be replaced if it gets worse. 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2007 - Aug 2010
Feb 2007

32965 mi
ECU malfunction = Change the ECU 
Nov 2008

56607 mi
Water pump leak = replace water pump 
Dec 2008

57191 mi
Replace left axle shaft 
Jan 2009

58212 mi
Grinding noise in transmission when cold = replace clutch throwout bearing, every bearing in the transmission, both axle shaft seals and third gear synchro... did not solve problem 

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2005 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2017 - Apr 2017
Mar 2017

80600 mi

C $310
Serpentine/accessory belt replaced 
Toyota Matrix in Colorado, United States
Mar 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

189000 mi

US $678
Clock spring in passenger air bag. 
Toyota Matrix in Ohio, United States
- Apr 2006
Apr 2006

20 mi
We took car to dealer to reset "low tire pressure" after a flat. The owner's manual was not useful in getting the sensor to reset. 
Toyota Matrix in Montana, United States
Sep 2012 - Sep 2012
Sep 2012 Engine blew up on highway. #1 wrist pin failed, causing connecting rod to punch through the engine block. 
Toyota Matrix in Illinois, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2016
Jan 2016

123000 mi

US $287
New oxygen sensor New alternator drive belt 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Jan 2016 - Jun 2018
Feb 2016

155800 mi

US $30
Starter replaced. Check engine light was on I replaced the gas cap bought from the dealer. 
Sep 2017

170000 mi

US $400
Check engine light and sluggish acceleration. Replaced the catalytic converter. Noise from front brakes when backing up and steering wheel shaking at a certain speed. Needed new brake pads and rotors turned. Past due for pads. Also new tires. All is good now.  
Dec 2017

173000 mi

US $450
Hard to start in cooler weather poor gas mileage poor acceleration. Intake minifold gasket replaced. Slow oil leak. Replaced valve cover gasket. 
Toyota Matrix in New Jersey, United States
Dec 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

87000 mi

US $900
Computer was causing transmission to slip so it had to be replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
May 2009

128000 mi

US $125
throttle body cleaned and new plugs. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

53000 mi

US $400
Belt tensioner rattling, replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2004 - Jul 2018
Nov 2004

248 mi
Intermittent hardstart/long crank time when trying to restart warm engine after it has been off for at least 20 to 30 minutes. They did not repair denied there was anything wrong. It is normal all Corollas and Matrixs do that. 
Apr 2014

44220 mi
Driver side air bag warning light keeps coming on. Scanned for error code, but not repaired. Car is not part of the Toyota air bag recall they currently have. 
May 2014

44720 mi
Driver side air bag warning light keeps coming on. Scanned for error code, but not repaired. Car is not part of the Toyota air bag recall they currently have. 
Jun 2014

45260 mi
Driver side air bag warning light keeps coming on. Scanned for error code, but not repaired. Too expensive. Car is not part of the Toyota air bag recall they currently have. Still no TSB or Recall. 
Jul 2015

49700 mi

C $160
Check engine light was on, rough idle at red lights and stop signs. Very high idle 2000 rpm when cold engine was started. Intake manifold gasket was replaced. (a known issue with 2005 - 2008 Corollas/Matrixs, no recall) Driver's air bag light comes on. Received a quote of $350 to replace the air bag sensor located in the clock. They could not get a reading on the scanner and said this air bag was not covered by any of the air bag recalls. Update: There is no air bag sensor in the clock. Morons at dealership don't know anything. It is a clock spring in the steering wheel for the air bag. 
May 2018

60760 mi
check for clicking noise from front brakes when lightly braking. Advised it was because of rust from the resurfaced rotor and not a safety issue. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

45260 mi

C $74
 
Toyota Matrix in Washington, United States
Nov 2009 - Dec 2015
Aug 2014

143000 mi
The A/C hose came off and the inside of the car on the passenger side got wet. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2010 - May 2018
Dec 2010

73160 mi

C $400
Clock module broke. Had been living with the problem for 6 months, but wife was constantly complaining about it. 
Mar 2012

85560 mi

C $175
The buckling joining the exhaust pipe and muffler was coming apart. Toyota wanted $1500 to install a new exhaust. A third party exhaust shop replaced the clip and welded the issue for a lot $175 
Jan 2014

108520 mi

C $160
Battery died during an intense cold snap. I was still on the original 8+ year old battery, so this was expected. 
Nov 2014

108500 mi

C $240
The strap holding the muffler in place failed. consequently the muffler was banging against the strike plate, causing a lot of audible racket. Part needed was a gas tank strap for $90, plus $110 labour, and taxes. 
Dec 2015

112840 mi

C $400
the manifold gasked needed to be replaced. Check engine light had come on. 
Aug 2016

120900 mi
The head shield between the muffler and the trunk became loose and had to be replaced. A recall wrt airbags was also performed while the car was in the shop. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2010 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

87420 mi

C $600
Oxygen sensor faulty 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Mar 2016
Nov 2011

48360 mi

C $60
replaced intake manifold gasket because engine light was on. this is a common problem reported by other owners. replaced intake manifold gasket. it was leaking and causing power loss, rough idle, bad fuel mileage and engine light 
Nov 2012

52700 mi
clock stopped working due to cold solder problem. resoldered 
Mar 2016

70680 mi

C $75
Exhaust pipe leak due to corrosion. Leaky section was cut and a new section was welded in. 
Toyota Matrix in Michigan, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2016
May 2014

119900 mi

US $140
Simple relay needed replaced. $20 part 
Toyota Matrix in Connecticut, United States
Aug 2011 - Mar 2013
Apr 2012

145700 mi

US $1200
front bearings, struts and links 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2011 - Dec 2012
Mar 2012

65100 mi

C $130
Intake Manifold Gasket was wear-out, that caused Check Engine light with error codes P0171, P0300, P0301, P0302, P0304. Gasket was replaced. 
Jul 2012

75400 mi

C $100
Rear muffler seal was worn-out. 
Aug 2012

76200 mi

C $300
Charcoal Canister Failure diagnosed 
Toyota Matrix in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jun 2010 - Dec 2016
Jul 2010

73160 mi
Harsh shifts with automatic tranmission and check engine light.Repaired under 8 year 130000km emissions warranty at no cost 
Jul 2012

102500 mi

C $250
Wheel Bearing Replacement 
Dec 2016

142600 mi

C $350
Rear o2 sesor 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2012 - Jun 2018
Mar 2014

148800 mi

C $100
Wheel bearing.Front drivers side 
Sep 2014

158100 mi
Both rear wheel bearing due to noise 

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2005 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Matrix in Maryland, United States
Nov 2014 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

220000 mi

US $300
Left rear, ball bearing CV joint 
Toyota Matrix in Massachusetts, United States
Jun 2018 - Jul 2019
Mar 2019

81000 mi

US $700
Replace 4 Uniroyal Tiger Paw (dry-rot 6yrs old) ... with Pirelli CINTURATO P7 ALL SEASON PLUS - P205/55R16 tires 
Jul 2019

83000 mi

US $120
Synthetic Oil Change 
Toyota Matrix in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2008 - Jul 2015
Aug 2010

33060 mi

C $250
Seals leaking on left side near center of the car. 
Feb 2013

41480 mi

C $490
Replaced muffler and pipes. 
Toyota Matrix in Illinois, United States
Feb 2007 - Dec 2012
Aug 2007

35975 mi
purchase post-purchase complaint resolved as follows: - replaced left front strut under warranty - put on four new tires - performed alignment 
Jun 2009

56000 mi
Right rear drive axle seal leaks slightly. Will replace at next oil change. 
Aug 2009

57000 mi

US $104
Right rear drive axle seal leaks slightly. SRS (airbag system) warning light on -> passenger occupancy detector ECU faulty. Per TSB EL005-05, not covered by 5/60 powertrain warranty. Mail-ordered part 89952–35010 based on VIN lookup, to be installed by local dealer. Paid $104 diagnostic charge. Dealer claims rear drum brakes had overheated and recommends replacement of brake shoes and wheel cylinders. Ordered parts and will have repaired by independent mechanic. 
Sep 2009

57000 mi

US $339
I provided mail-ordered part 89952–35010 based on VIN lookup. Actual part found in vehicle is 89952–33011. Dealer will order part and provide at cost ($214 plus tax). Replacement of passenger occupant detection ECU (part 89952–33011) did not fix the problem even after recalibration. My own review of repair manual indicates that error code B1660 points to different flowchart not involving occupant ECU; I told them. 
Oct 2009

59000 mi

US $200
They kept the car for several weeks (free loaner provided) and ended up replacing the clock assembly, listed as one of the trouble spots in the correct repair flowchart. No addl. charge for this repair b/c they had already charged for the wrong one. Resurfaced rear brake drums and replaced brake shoes and wheel cylinders. Listed here because of the latter. 
Jul 2012

93000 mi

US $164
Replaced transfer case extension housing oil seal and oil. Also front brake pads. Replaced transfer case extension housing oil seal. 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Mar 2015 - Jul 2016
May 2015

75900 mi

US $785
REPLACED 2 FRONT TRANS AXLES THAT WERE LEAKING AND ONE IN REAR - PLUS REAR HOUSING SEAL 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

120000 mi
Vehicle lost power and stopped on a short hwy trip. Had to have it towed back to the repair shop. Verdict: Seized crankshaft, engine is toast. Cost to replace with another used engine = $4k. KBB on car is $6k, so I pass. 
Toyota Matrix in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2015 - Feb 2021
Jun 2016

108000 mi

US $1050
Right rear wheel bearing replaced. 
Jul 2018

130000 mi

US $875
2- rear wheel bearing replaced. Right rear wheel bearing replaced in 2016 was not installed correctly and failed. 
Toyota Matrix in New York, United States
Sep 2014 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

135000 mi
Rear struts, both. 
Nov 2015

135600 mi
Currently not driving the vehicle due to needing a passenger rear bearing. I've bought the part, intend to do the work myself. 
Oct 2016

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. 
Jun 2017

138000 mi

US $100
Replaced seized piston. (Also replaced rotor and pads; cost of repair is only for piston repair.) 
Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2007 - Jun 2011
Feb 2007

35340 mi
New rear door seals 
Mar 2007

36580 mi
New blower motor for fan 

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2005 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Toyota Matrix in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jun 2007 - May 2008
Sep 2007

20460 mi
Check engine light on 

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2004 Toyota Matrix

Engine not specified

Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

125000 mi

US $220
Failed Clutch...slipping 
Toyota Matrix 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. 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

173-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Ohio, United States
Sep 2014 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015

158000 mi
Vibration around 70mph under throttle. Inspected at dealer without cause. Tire balance didn't help. Drove until I feared mechanical failure. I'm convinced it was a CV joint or half shaft issue. 
Toyota Matrix in New Hampshire, United States
Apr 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

222000 mi

US $300
Starter not always able to start the car. Starter motor replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Wisconsin, United States
- May 2009
May 2009

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 
Toyota Matrix in Oklahoma, United States
Feb 2007 - Feb 2007
Jan 2007

38000 mi
Car developed a squeak in dash area. Took it to the dealer thinking it was a simple trim issue. Turned out the A-pillar had not been welded properly at the factory. Dealer's body shop gutted interior and cut the A-pillar out of car and replaced it. Car had to be returned a couple of times to get trim and paint issues from repair resolved. After these issues were resolved, I traded off car after warranty expired in frustration. 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Aug 2014
Apr 2011

98890 mi

C $850
Replaced clutch 
May 2011

99200 mi

C $30
Driveaxle seal was damaged during previous clutch replacement and transmission shop didn't replace with new seal as they should have. Brought back vehicle for warranty repair. Got roped into paying $30 for mechanic time. 
Mar 2013

120900 mi

C $325
Starter started to fail. When the motor stopped at certain spots in the coil it would fail to start. Generally it was a worn out starter. 
Jul 2014

141980 mi

C $100
Drivers side support rattling. Needed to be shimmed and fastened. Middle brake cluster burned out, license plate light burned out. Crankcase seal leaking slightly. Needs replaced. 
Aug 2014

141980 mi
Crankcase seal leaking slightly when last had the car. 
Toyota Matrix in Ohio, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2017
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
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

73300 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. 
Dec 2010

74000 mi

US $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. 
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. 
Feb 2014

176080 mi

C $300
water pump replaced 
Dec 2014

182900 mi

C $1200
Had to replace the clutch 
Toyota Matrix in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2011

106000 mi
Manual transmission failure. The car could be driven,however,with a high degree of reluctance. 
Toyota Matrix in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

192000 mi

US $800
sway bar broke, needed new brakes and tires 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
May 2012 - Sep 2012
Jul 2012

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 
Sep 2012

226300 mi

C $450
3rd, 4th and 5th gear about to die, tranny rebuilt, found a great mechanic, he did it for cheap! 
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.  
Toyota Matrix in Wisconsin, United States
Apr 2016 - Apr 2016
Apr 2016

103000 mi

US $900
Clutch worn out and needed to be replaced. Transmission is likely soon to be next. 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
May 2007 - Apr 2009
Feb 2009

43000 mi

US $125
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. 
Toyota Matrix in Maryland, United States
May 2007 - Aug 2012
Sep 2010

129000 mi

US $55
The piece that holds the buttons that control automatic window controls needed to be secured. 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
May 2007 - Jul 2017
Nov 2013

192000 mi

US $75
CK Engine light on. Code showed problem with Evap System, but shop could no pinpoint problem. Changed two short hoses, tightened connections. Later, CK ENGINE back on. Haven't got it back to shop yet. 
Dec 2013

194000 mi

US $82
Continuation of problem reported in November. Still no fix. Going back to shop in January. 
Jan 2014

173000 mi
Ck engine light code for evap control problem. Mechanic has seen car 3 times, can't find anything wrong. However there is a strong odor whenever I pull into my garage. This is same problem from earlier trips to shop 
Sep 2014

204000 mi

US $230
Cont'd from last rept CEL, small emissions leak. Replaced canister valve, now down to only one CEL code. Haven't been able to take it back yet. 
Apr 2015

208300 mi
CEL, small emissions leak. Said needed new gas tank filler tube, replaced that, did NOT fix CEL. Vibration. Mechanic installed new engine mounts, didn't fix it. I saw heat shield over catalytic converter was loose, banging on cat. Mechanic fixed, most of the vibration is gone. CEL, small emissions leak. In shop repeatedly in past. Idle rough unless rpm's run up to +1000. Vibrations result, and rptd separately. Mechanic chgd some parts having to do with computer control of idle spd. Have not pd yet, don't know $. 
May 2015

209000 mi
Major vibrations, I saw 2 loose bolts thru the pan under firewall & pointed out to mechanic. He tightened them & most vibration is gone. I shouldn't have had to detect the problem, as car was in shop for this problem earlier. 
Jul 2015

210000 mi
Have taken the car by the shop several times; CEL still on, problem not fixed. Shop owner not taking $$$ until repair is made. Car runs pretty good, except at idle; if put in neutral, all okay. Gas mileage is normal, around 29 MPG. ???? 
Aug 2015

211500 mi
CEL still on. Car still idles rough. Repair shop tried running injector cleaner through system, with no improvement. Problems not fixed, but I'm tired of taking the car in, and it is okay to drive. I'm throwing good money after bad.... 
Dec 2015

219000 mi

US $95
Exhaust leak at manifold. Took to new mechanic. Exhaust pipe was malformed at manifold, possibly done by former mechanic. Mechanic was able to straighten the exhaust pipe. Leak fixed, but still have CEL. 
May 2016

221000 mi
CEL with several codes, all related to evaporative control system. Virtually everything has already been replaced. This time the tech replaced two hoses. No charge yet, waiting until we get problem resolved. CEL is back on. 
Jun 2016

222000 mi
Trying little things, hoping to cure the "small emissions leak" problem. Big stuff has been replaced. Car idles rough, motor mounts. Otherwise, runs great, gets 28-31 mpg. Nuisance problem, not a genuine mechanical one. 
Apr 2017

231000 mi

US $135
Intermittent CEL related to small emissions leak for several years; spent over $1000 but not fixed. Took to Toyota dealer for full-blown assessment. Total repair estimate $6,000, including needed items not related to CEL. Car is 14 yrs old with 231,000 miles. Not worth it, even though car runs good, does not burn oil. 
Jul 2017

232000 mi
Due to long-term problem with emissions-related check engine light, including about $1,000 spent unsuccessfully, the car cannot pass mandated inspection FOR THE COUNTY IN WHICH I LIVE, and the current inspection expired in July 2017. I have taken the car out of service, although it is tight, runs good, and looks good; I would not hesitate to set drive the car from Texas to Washington to Maine and back. IF MY HOME WERE 2 MILES NORTH, IT WOULD BE IN A COUNTY THAT REQUIRES ONLY A SAFETY INSPECTION (tires, brakes, lights, exhaust system, etc.) WHICH IT WOULD EASILY PASS. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
May 2007 - Aug 2009
May 2007

29760 mi
Key would not come out of ignition. Only happened in the cold days of winter. Needed to replace complete gear shift system. Need to wait now for 2007 winter to see if it happens again. Warantee covered. 
Jun 2007

35960 mi
Car would have difficulty starting with a hot engine. Would crank and not start. Would eventually start after 2 to 3 turns of the key. The upc needed to be replaced. Warantee cover. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2007 - Oct 2015
Jan 2011

81220 mi

C $300
A bolt holding the tensioner for the belt that drives the power steering, etc, broke but didn't fall out because side wall close. Belt tension was then loose. Mechanic had to remove part of bolt broken and in the engine before replacing with a new bolt. 
Jun 2012

97340 mi

C $300
The air conditioner compressor needed to be replaced. 
Jan 2013

110320 mi

C $160
An O2 sensor on the engine needed to be replaced. 
Oct 2013

104140 mi

C $80
Oil pressure sensor was leaking. Had to be replaced 
Oct 2014

111180 mi

C $200
Replaced catalytic converter, and rusted part of muffler. 
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 Ontario, Canada
Mar 2012 - Jul 2013
Jun 2012

148800 mi

C $1800
Both front wheel bearings. Bearings were making a grinding noise. both struts replaced 
Jul 2013

179180 mi

C $55
Recharged AC using kit from Canadian Tire - Easy to do. 

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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 - Jul 2018
Mar 2009

48360 mi

C $100
Loose heat shield over exhaust pipe/rear axle 
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. 
Jul 2015

93920 mi

C $150
rusty pinhole in exhaust pipe between engine & muffler - small part of pipe replaced. 
Nov 2017

109120 mi

C $150
broken exhaust pipe between resonator and muffler 
Feb 2018

111600 mi

C $250
replaced rear driver side wheel hub and bearing assembly - noise and vibration coming from worn wheel bearing. 
Apr 2018

114080 mi

C $150
replaced rusted front disc brake backing plates - old plates rusted away to nothing, issue discovered at previous shop visit. 
May 2018

115320 mi

C $250
Replaced rusty rear hatch assembly with parts sourced from a scrap yard. 

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2004 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota Matrix in California, United States
May 2007 - Mar 2010

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2003 Toyota Matrix

Engine not specified

Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011

111600 mi

C $700
during "cold weather" the transmisson will not shift into overdrive it seems like you have to drive it for a certian number of blocks before it do's i've let the car warm up but it still has to drive that distance any idea why! 
Toyota Matrix in District of Columbia, United States
Nov 2010 - Mar 2011
Jan 2011

US $150
wasn't idling and was stalling, a/t sensor in throttle body 
Feb 2011

114300 mi

US $150
clutch isn't right, broken motor mount, can't stop car to have either fixed 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
Oct 2008

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. 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

180-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2018
Jan 2011

111000 mi

US $220
replaced o2 sensors(2) & catalytic converter 
Mar 2012

122000 mi

US $150
ECU so sensitive to any loss in performance of catalytic converter that it throws PO420 code prematurely. So I replaced the CAT for the 2nd time 1 yr after the first. The OEM CAT is $900+ so I refuse to pay that opting for a Magnaflow HD. 
Mar 2013

135000 mi

US $150
CEL P0420 indicating Catalytic Converter not properly functioning has been a reoccuring problem for 4 yrs. Instead of replacing the cat for the 3rd time and O2 sensors I went with a spark plug non fouler on the downstream o2 sensor. 
Apr 2015

160700 mi

US $350
OE Starter Motor died. 
Feb 2017

190000 mi

US $700
Lower control arm and sway bar bushings replaced. Also ball joints. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Nov 2013 - Jan 2017
Dec 2014

213000 mi

US $70
Bought more clips for the rocker moldings and the spoiler on the rear bumper. (they are always falling off!) 
Jan 2017

213000 mi

US $80
Replaced the dash covering for the stereo. The previous one had become scratched and loose. 
Toyota Matrix in Saskatchewan, Canada
Oct 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2016

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. 
Aug 2017

139500 mi

C $700
Driver's door power window motor replacement 
Toyota Matrix in Washington, United States
Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
Jul 2015 Check engine light illuminated, faulty O2 sensor. Replaced O2 sensor, but problem returned within 9 months. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2011 - Mar 2012
Feb 2012

91640 mi

C $1200
replace front struts 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Oct 2011
Jun 2011

223000 mi

US $90
Noticed CEL and rough idle/sluggish acceleration. Ignition coil failure on cylinder 1 caused by error code P0301. Replaced coil and cleared code, returned to normal. 
Toyota Matrix in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2009 - Apr 2017
Jun 2012

78000 mi

US $150
AC just quit. turns out to be a ceramic relay, part cost $85.00 found problem in fifteen minutes. Easy fix Nine yrs old noticed drips on garage floor. Replaced water pump. thermostat, and serpentine belt. 
Oct 2013

88300 mi

US $650
Exhaust leak. Turn on fresh air, exhaust enters cabin. Knotso gud! 
Toyota Matrix in Ohio, United States
Feb 2006 - May 2009
Jun 2006

22000 mi

US $50
Replaced a squeeky accessory belt. On the 2zz-ge engines, while in "LIFT" (6000rpm-8400rpm) the accessory belt & accessories don't spin at engine speed and the belt "burns" or "glazes" causing squeeking. Recommend Goodyear Gatorback belt for replacement 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2007 - Aug 2007
Feb 2007

29760 mi

C $2500
transmission internal bearing failed. Transmission replaced under warranty. New clutch paid for. 
Jul 2007

32860 mi

C $250
Clutch release bearing replaced under warranty. 
Toyota Matrix in Michigan, United States
- May 2004
Jun 2003

500 mi
AC recharge, something not right with AC gurgles and makes odd noises. 
Oct 2003

5000 mi
still something wrong with the AC, still gurgles, if I cycle the A/C button on and off sometime it kicks in again. electrical. they can't figure it out. 
May 2004

12000 mi
A/C still not right. they claim that it is a disconnected condenser hose routed through the dash. reconnected. still the A/C only works when it feels like it. Cycling the button to wake it up is only remedy. My other cars never had issues like this. 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2016
Oct 2015

161500 mi

US $460
Oil leak 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

180-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in Virginia, United States
Apr 2016 - Nov 2016
Apr 2016

104000 mi

US $380
Solenoid went bad 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Jun 2017 - Dec 2018
May 2018

165000 mi

US $934
The front axles were starting to disintegrate. Both were replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Indiana, United States
Jul 2011 - Feb 2018
Dec 2011

137000 mi

US $60
Slow oil leak. Mechanic tightened screws around gasket that had shrunk a little bit; problem solved. 
Jan 2012

138000 mi

US $80
Faulty gasket on engine cover replaced. 
Feb 2012

140000 mi
Valve head oil leak 
Mar 2012

141000 mi
Check engine light went on. Code was for problem with variable valve timing system that I am opting not to repair. Had mechanic turn off check engine light. 
Feb 2013

152600 mi

US $250
Battery died. 
Jul 2013

154200 mi

US $900
Control arms and ball joints were replaced, to correct really, really loose steering. 
Feb 2014

157000 mi

US $500
Pending failure of half shaft; replaced. Exhaust leak traced to worn-out gasket. Replaced gasket. 
Aug 2014

160000 mi

US $150
Accessory belt replacement 
Sep 2014

161000 mi

US $400
Starter failed. Replaced it. 
Apr 2017

182000 mi

US $750
Rebuilt rear brakes, including new hydraulics 
Sep 2017

185000 mi
Ball joints failing CEL; code pointed to catalytic converter. Turned off CEL and it did not reoccur. 
Toyota Matrix in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2009 - Aug 2016
Nov 2009

99000 mi

US $2100
Complete emission control system needed to be replaced. 
Mar 2015

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

Toyota Matrix in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2019
Oct 2011

101000 mi

US $42
Right headlight bulb failing and replaced; still worked but sometimes needed to be knocked to light up. right headlight failing; still worked but sometimes didn't light up until knocked. I haven't reported routine oil changes @ 8k mi, air filters & coolant change @ 30k, and 4x tire change at 60k. Otherwise all original parts from 2002. 
Oct 2015

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. 
Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2009 - Aug 2013
Jun 2009

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. 
Jan 2010

146360 mi

C $100
Oil pressure sender ruptured creating oil leak Part replaced, problem solved. 
Toyota Matrix in Washington, United States
Aug 2010 - Apr 2017
Sep 2010

112000 mi

US $600
Windshield fluid motor had broken, had to be replaced. Belts replaced. Fluids. 
Nov 2010

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. 
Oct 2011

128000 mi

US $250
Bearings on front left wheel were very bad, and made much noise. Replaced the front right wheel bearings, too. 
Nov 2012

143700 mi

US $90
Car horn stopped working 
Jan 2013

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) 
Mar 2016

193000 mi

US $188
retune engine; identified that the CConverter is out, but did not repair. 
Mar 2017

204000 mi
Replace starter 
Apr 2017

204000 mi
Catalytic converter never repaired. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Jan 2011
Aug 2010

99300 mi

US $900
One of my bearings was going so they fixed it, and also re-did the brakes... 
Toyota Matrix in Colorado, United States
Jul 2007 - Oct 2018
Sep 2012

139000 mi

US $2300
Transmission bearing broke inside the housing, necessitating a transmission rebuild. New clutch installed as well. 
Toyota Matrix in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2003 - Jun 2010
Aug 2003

31282 mi
Trim paint around radio and drivers door power window switch peeling. Both trim panels replaced for free under warranty. 
Oct 2003

38547 mi
Car had developed a rumble from engine compartment while accelerating. Five bearings in the manual transmission where replaced for free under warranty. 
Jul 2006

106500 mi
One of the lights in the radio display failed such that about 1/3 of the display is dark and hard to read. A replacement factory radio was around $300 but as the old still one works otherwise I decided to live with the dim display. 
Jun 2010

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. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Dec 2012
Dec 2009

60760 mi

C $650
contershaft bearings started making noise  
Dec 2012

105400 mi

C $1000
transmission bearing failing, hearing noise from the transmission. bearing replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2015 - Jan 2017
Oct 2015

167580 mi

C $2000
Worn out absorbers, Front Left rod ends, Front Right upper rod end. 
Dec 2016

185380 mi

C $75
Replaced wiper transmission due to corroded shafts slowly starting to seize. 
Toyota Matrix in Utah, United States
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Oct 2016

240500 mi

US $650
Shocks both blown, replaced. Sway bar link replaced driver side. 
Aug 2017

249000 mi

US $380
Replace serpentine belt. Replace oil pan gasket 
Jan 2018

251000 mi

US $400
Catalytic converter failed with code P0420 
Toyota Matrix in Texas, United States
Feb 2013 - Jun 2018
Jun 2013

199000 mi

US $400
Starter broke, had to be replaced. Brake line leaking 
Jan 2014

201000 mi

US $260
Drive belt replacement 
May 2014

206600 mi

US $120
Replaced battery 
Sep 2016

215000 mi

US $450
Steering wheel clock spring for airbag failed 
Jan 2017

219000 mi

US $200
Fractured battery lead cable 
Toyota Matrix in Kansas, United States
Jul 2018 - Aug 2018
Aug 2018

137000 mi

US $35
Starter would not even spin or click, removed starter my self, took it to claire generator, we found that the brushes were completely worn out. Parts and labor to change the brushes was less than $40, it took less than 40 minutes to remove starter and replace starter. 
Toyota Matrix in Arizona, United States
Mar 2007 - Jan 2015
Jan 2010

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. 
Mar 2010

99000 mi

US $3200
Manual transmission failed. Needed to be replaced completely. 
Jan 2015

132000 mi

US $5000
Piston problem with engine, requiring full rebuild or replacement. 
Toyota Matrix in Yukon Territory, Canada
Sep 2014 - Jul 2018
Sep 2016

117800 mi
Leak located around the top of the windshield and the side supports. Water coming through to the inside of the car at the top molding of the vertical windshield supports. Falling onto seat and driver passenger. Mostly accumulates when car is parked. Unresolved 
Nov 2016

119000 mi

C $828
Front Calipers sticking. Prolonged undiagnosed problem. Calipers and disks replaced. Replaced front left wheel bearing. Wear detected by mechanic. 
Dec 2016

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 
Sep 2017

130820 mi

C $1600
Rust damage, seizing calipers Fuel tank rusted through and leaking 
Jul 2018

139500 mi

C $200
Alternator seized, also had to repair serpentine belt 
Toyota Matrix in New Brunswick, Canada
Aug 2014 - Sep 2015
Dec 2014

153140 mi

C $130
Engine vibrating and check engine check light blinking. Found cylinder #2 misfiring due to faulty ignition coil. New ignition coil installed correcting problem 
Apr 2015

154780 mi
park brake cable seizing, new cables installed control arm worn, new one installed 
Jul 2015

157260 mi

C $100
While waiting in traffic engine temp was rising, found radiator fan fuse burnt. New fuse installed. 
Toyota Matrix in Nova Scotia, Canada
Oct 2012 - Jan 2013
Nov 2012

164600 mi

C $80
Odometer stopped at 299,999km. Odometer replaced 
Jan 2013

181660 mi
The hood release came open while driving 100Km/hr down the highway. Smashed roof, windshield, hood, side panels - car was written off. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

155000 mi

C $497
Replaced starter, new serpentine belt, oil change. Cost was 497 dollars - labour included. 
Toyota Matrix in New York, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2011
Sep 2010

96000 mi

US $3100
Transmission bearings replaced New clutch 
Toyota Matrix in New York, United States
Mar 2005 - Oct 2010
Aug 2005

50000 mi
Catalytic converter replaced under extended emissions warranty. ECU reprogrammed to address premature cat wear. 
Toyota Matrix in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2012 - Jun 2012
May 2012

107560 mi

C $3000
Replacement of all transmission bearings. 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Toyota Matrix in British Columbia, Canada
Jun 2003 - Jul 2016
Feb 2003

620 mi
oxygen sensor - sulfur smell 
Sep 2011

101060 mi
Starter replaced. It would start if the engine was warm, but not a cold start. I've got a young child, so fixing it asap was impt. 
Toyota Matrix in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Oct 2013
Sep 2009

54000 mi

US $251
Replace leaking power steering pump. 
Oct 2012

78700 mi

US $20
Replaced both headlights which failed within one day of each other 
Toyota Matrix in Indiana, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2017
Jun 2010

113000 mi

US $45
leaking oil at timing chain tensioner-replaced timing chain tensioner 
Mar 2017

156000 mi

US $100
Starter brushes worn down. Replaced brushes, brush holder & solenoid 
Toyota Matrix in Indiana, United States
Mar 2006 - Jun 2011
Oct 2006

30000 mi

US $70
Headlight relay was shorted out, causing a fuse to blow. The relay was repaired. 
Jan 2008

59000 mi
The starter in the vehicle was deemed to be faulty. The starter was replaced, but failed again the following morning. A second trip to the shop revealed that the replacement starter was defective. It was replaced yet again. At this point, no further trips Starter replaced second time. 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

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.. 
Jun 2011

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... 
Toyota Matrix in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2017
Apr 2015

66300 mi

US $775
sticking caliper, front and back brakes needed attention. 
Feb 2017

80000 mi

US $190
weak battery 
Toyota Matrix in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2010 - Dec 2015
Apr 2010

140720 mi
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. change pads and rotor as needed 
Jan 2011

C $265
Problem with ignition switch. Change it. Engine never stop when we turn off the key. Have to disconnect battery to stop engine. 
Mar 2011

158100 mi

C $542
Front shock broken. Change the fuel tank intake pipe, air leak causes computer problem. 
Dec 2013

170500 mi

C $528
Starter 
Oct 2015

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 
Dec 2015

174220 mi

C $73
change oil pressure sending unit located above the oil filter Was leaking I paid for 
Toyota Matrix in Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Feb 2013 - Jun 2013
Apr 2013

88040 mi

$850
The brakes pump wore out, I had to replace it as well as the rear cylinders. 
Toyota Matrix in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2009 - Feb 2012
Mar 2011

136000 mi

US $70
Air in coolant system that needed to be removed. 
Jan 2012

146000 mi

US $25
Radiator seems to have a leak as the radiator coolant tank was consistently empty and the radiator hose didn't seem to have any flow, even after extensive engine use. Radiator was sealed using liquid sealing product and refilled with coolant 
Toyota Matrix in Florida, United States
Nov 2009 - Jan 2015
Jan 2010

87000 mi

US $150
Right front door stop was making a loud popping noise every time the door was opened or closed. It was adjusted and is now silent. 
Mar 2010

93000 mi

US $400
Got new tires, but they could not align the car because a tie rod was "frozen".  Frozen tie rod replaced. 
Toyota Matrix in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2011 - Mar 2013
Mar 2011

82000 mi
Speaker in driver side door had poor output. Cleaned connections and applied conductive anti corrosion gel. Sound improved. Drver side door electric window/lock switch cluster not secure, clips broken. Took apart the door and glued it in place. Drver side door electric window/lock switch cluster not secure, clips broken. Took apart the door and glued it in place. Front and rear bumper spoilers were damaged. Took them off and glued the rear back together, put it back on, looks good. The front spoilers are back on but only a temp fix. I will take them off soon for a better fix and repaint. Speaker in driver side door had poor output. Cleaned connections and applied conductive anti corrosion gel. Sound improved. 
Aug 2012

89300 mi

US $20
Cabin air filter broke down and collapsed into the blower fan. Made a terrible noise and I thought the fan was toast. Opened it up behind the glove box, took out the shredded remains of the filter and popped in a new one. Problem solved. 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Toyota Matrix in Illinois, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2018
Dec 2013

60000 mi

US $850
Engine light came on. Replaced O2 sensor, cleaned out fuel system. Toyota O2 sensors are a bit pricey! 
Nov 2017

98000 mi

US $230
Pipe welded 
Mar 2018

99000 mi

US $1200
New rotors, pads and calipers 
Toyota Matrix in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - May 2012
Mar 2011

80600 mi

C $400
wheel bearings replaced 
Toyota Matrix in Mississippi, United States
Aug 2015 - Jan 2018
Jan 2016

US $75
Relay for compressor failed, was replaced. 
Mar 2016

180000 mi

US $400
Old battery Starter failure 
Dec 2016

195000 mi

US $649
Radiator replaced Fuel rail replaced due to fuel leak at throttle body. 
Mar 2017

198655 mi

US $676
Rear wheel bearings replaced 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic AWD

Toyota Matrix in Maine, United States
Mar 2007 - Sep 2007
May 2007

78000 mi
check engine light. probably faulty sensor. will need to check again 
Sep 2007

80000 mi
Gas cover spring. 

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2003 Toyota Matrix 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota Matrix in Indiana, United States
Dec 2007 - Mar 2010
Feb 2008

68000 mi

US $600
Both front brake calipers seized. Calipers replaced, rotors machined and brake system serviced 

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