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2003 Toyota Matrix

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Fun and Functional
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By MichelleH
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2003 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I have had my matrix now for little over a month and I love driving it. Yes the pick up could be better and the engine more powerful but it gets me where I wanna be. It's fun to drive, super comfy and great on gas mileage and when you drive nearly 500 miles a week like me thats the best part.


Favorite Features

Folding seats, stereo system,


Suggested Improvements

More powerful engine.


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Great small car
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By Bob K
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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

The Matrix has a good combination of features going for it. It gets very good gas mileage for a automatic transmission. It is distinctive and pleasing in appearance. It handles well.That is why I have rated it well.


Favorite Features

Style and economy. And carrying abillity


Suggested Improvements

A more comfortable fabric for the seats such as a velour.


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My Trix What a car!
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By sibordelik
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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

The car looks and drives great! Gas is no subject to my matrix~! The car is all around perfect!~ 2 probs.. a little difficult to get used to looking out the back of the car.. and once in a while in the winter you may get a egg smell from the tailpipe from the over oxygenized gas in the colder weather.. that is due to all the envirmental protection devices in the car.. its a zippy great looking car. I have gotten tooooooo many compliements on it!


Favorite Features

Outside temp on dash... 2 mileage settings... 6 speakers...fold down seats.. I really like everything about this car!


Suggested Improvements

6 cylinder would be cool.. and anti lock brakes standard!!


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Worth The Money
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By ttocsffej
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2003 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

Although this is NOT a sports car, it is fairly peppy when prodded. The 4 spd autobox is smooth and gearing seems to work well with the 130hp engine. Frequently find myself going 10-15 mph over the speed limit, the sensation of speed is more like and SUV! Very versatile interior design, with plenty of room for 4 big adults. The ride is exceptional for a car this of size, and it is very quiet at cruising speed. The gas mileage so far is exceptional. Build quality, despite a few comments I've read here is quite good. Maybe a year of production has helped iron out the glitches.


Favorite Features

Optitron Gauges. Materials quality for the money.


Suggested Improvements

Upgrade dash plastics to "soft-touch" like other Toyota/Lexus products and offer better sound systems. The Delphi (GM sourced) stereos suck! Offer leather interiors.


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Stylin' Ride, but a few minor bugs
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By Malx
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2003 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I bought the automatic (wife insisted) so was expecting it to be sluggish, but it zipped along nicely. Well designed, but initial quality not great. The trash compartment under the gear shift would pop open with the slightest bump. Also the cover for the manual release button for the transmission was missing when I bought the car. I asked 3 sales people about the cover, they all said there was no cover. Also I just noticed the display panel is abraded in a circular pattern, like it was scrubbed. So nice little car, lots of features, but I was expecting better initial quality from Toyota.


Favorite Features

Red display panel Tie downs and cargo nets Lots of space inside, all seats folds flat, lots of storage compartments


Suggested Improvements

Better seat adjustment for the standard model (Not great for short people). Side door protector strips .


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