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!
all the Space in the car, my Thule roof rack, 33mpg hwy (29+mpg avg), 208k miles and the engine runs great and the body is still pretty sound!
Fix the Transmission!
People buy Manual Transmissions because they last longer, yet this one doesn't seem to!