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2004 Toyota Matrix Wagon


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Toyota Matrix Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/33 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2004 Toyota Matrix

  • Versatile and affordable, the Matrix is the best compact wagon for hauling people and cargo in this price class.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Versatile cargo area, good gas mileage, smooth ride, generous standard equipment list, available all-wheel drive.

  • Cons

    Modest torque output from engines, non-sporting driving experience.

  • What's New for 2004

    Introduced last year, the Matrix carries over unchanged into 2004.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (52 total reviews)

208,000, and still love it!

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

My goal is to make it past 300000 miles on this car. I bought it with 144k, and was told by the owner that he had the transmission rebuilt at 100k by Aamco (though they sometimes may stretch the truth with a vehicle's true repair needs). They said the Main drive bearing went out. I put in a new Catalytic converter around 145k, and i've been golden since then until now. It's time for more work on the tranny, but some are telling me its the clutch throw-out bearing (release bearing) and some tell me it's the same issue that this car had at 100k. Regardless, I have loved the car and wouldn't hesitate on getting another. As for now, I'll fix it and go another 100k, Lord willing!

Toyota does not stand by

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I have owned the car and it was a great fun car could ignore the minor problems such as a defective battery in the first week and minor fit and finish problems. After 3 years and 37k my clutch went and looking on the internet I found out that 03 and 04 Matrix have hundreds of reported problems with early failure of transmissions.BTW,many of those posts are on the Edmunds forums Toyota has refused to acknowledge there is a problem Now at 79K I find the clutch and transmission is going All my previous standards have gone over 100k

Surprised by the poor quality

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Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

This is the first Toyota I've ever owned. My husband and I bought this car because we wanted a small, fuel-efficient car to get us around town with the capability of expanding cargo space when needed. Unfortunately, I have been sorely disappointed in some of the features of the car. Within the last two years, both rear door handles have completely broken. The replacement cost for each door handle is $200. The rigid metallic coating of the interior door handles has loosened and actually cut my fingers. Various other compartments (while clever and convenient) have broken or become loose. The bumper pops loose easily and can drag.

Gas Mileage


  • 25
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  • 33
  • highway
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Full 2004 Toyota Matrix Review

What's New for 2004

Introduced last year, the Matrix carries over unchanged into 2004.

Talk About The 2004 Matrix

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