2004 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
I purchased this car new with the intent of keeping it a long time with Toyota's reputation. This is the 5th brand new car I have purchased and my first Toyota. It is also my last Toyota. I have never had more problems or put more money into maintaining a car than this one. I just traded this car in with only 83,000 miles on it because I did not want to sink any more repair money into it. Unusual problem areas: neck to gas tank was rusting and would not allow gas cap to seal so car will not pass state emission tests - cost of total repair was over a thousand. Transmission failures after 80k on Matrix (cost over 3k).
The Matrix is fun to drive and offers flexible storage with great gas mileage.
Improved quality! Not only is there poor quality but Toyota refuses to back anything up.