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Worth The Money
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By ttocsffej
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2003 Toyota Matrix Wagon 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.


Best Features

Optitron Gauges. Materials quality for the money.


Worst Features

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


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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!


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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


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Stylin' Ride, but a few minor bugs
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By Malx
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2003 Toyota Matrix Wagon 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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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


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A Good Overall Car
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By Mr. B
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2003 Toyota Matrix Wagon XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

The Toyota Matrix is a very well
thought out vehicle. The electronics
and comfort controls inside the vehicle
are easy to use and at easy reachand
see. The exteior styling is unique and
resembles nothing else forged by
Toyota. This car is fun to drive and
has given me no real problems. The only
downside to the vehicle is that it does
not perform extremely well in
accidents. I was involved in an
accident at less than 25 miles an hour
and the car did not respond as it
should have. All things considered,
this is a great car for any driver who
likes to have fun with a little dash of
function. Also I would recomend getting
the XRS model if at all possible.


Best Features

My favorite feature would have to be the flat folding seats. Carrying cargo for short, or long, trips is incredibly easy.


Worst Features

The only improvement that I can comment on is the rigidity of the frame. It needs to be a little stronger.


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48 hours later
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By tominutah
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2003 Toyota Matrix Wagon XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I went to the Toy/Honda dealer looking
for a more relaible car than the 300TE
Mercedes wagon we now drive. Already
have a SUV (Suburban) and sports car
(1955 190SL) and a highway cruiser
(Volvo 850 wagon). As soon as I pulled
into the dealer's parking lot and saw
the Matrix, I knew that was it.


Best Features

Styling is different but not UGLY like the Aztek, the BMW/Porsche/Volvo/Cadillac/Lincoln/etc. etc. SUVs look prety cheap. At least the Matrix is cheap. Decent radio, lots of room, good economy.


Worst Features

Wind noise around windshield. No map light, cheap sun visors, not make up light, not glove box light, no under dash lights, no rear courtesy lights, vital fluid containers under hood look pretty cheap.


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