by mocondo on Aug 2, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I have been a big fan of this car since I bought it new seven years ago.
I bought the 5-speed manual base line model.
And for the first 100K, the only thing I had to replace were the usual things - tires, battery, brake pads, clutch (in that order).
In fact, the clutch didn't start to go until I cleared 110K, and I do a lot of city driving.
In the last six months, the car has just started falling apart.
First the clutch, then the parking brake (twice), the struts, the suspension system, the air conditioner is leaking... I've put more money into this car in the last three months than I did the whole rest of the time I've owned it.
by ctmatrix on Apr 12, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Toyota 5 speed matrix owner--- this car is a great care and i will miss her.This toyota is going on her second transmission at 160k, one trans came with the car the second one came from toyata parts dept new.
Toyota says no know problems with 5/speed they must not look online,or why do they stock so many in the wharehouse if there is no problem.
I can see clutch problems from many driving styles but the trans imploding and the clutch and p plate and throwout bearing are still fine.
Toyota you are on your way to being GM---we
do not know anything about your problem.
The matrix is a great car buy the automatic--
Toyata will not stand behind the 5/speed
Car will go 300k or 3 5/speeds why
by threesa on Sep 1, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my 2005 Matrix new and have been pretty satisfied with it.
It's comfortable (even for passengers), spacious, reliable, and quite peppy.
This car is not 4-wheel drive but it easily climbs dirt roads in the mountains.
Probably the only fault with it is it doesn't handle inclement weather well at all (I live in the mountains so this posed a serious problem with the snow).
I eventually had to put some sandbags down on the passenger foot areas to provide additional weight.
Since my usual passengers are 3 dogs, this hasn't encumbered them but, for older children or adults sitting in the back, this would most likely be quite uncomfortable.
The Matrix receives a revised front bumper, taillights and grille to freshen up the exterior, along with a new audio head unit design, optional side curtain airbags and other minor interior changes. Stability control is also newly optional.