2005 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Great! Until 100K...
ADVERTISEMENT

2005 Toyota Matrix Wagon - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

181 Total Reviews

All Models

ADVERTISEMENT
Select a different vehicle  
Recently Viewed
There are no recently viewed vehicles to display
Performance
Comfort
Value
Fun-to-Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
1 of 6 people found this review helpful
Great! Until 100K...
By mocondo on

Vehicle

2005 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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. But. 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.

Favorite Features

Good gas mileage, higher seats than most cars of this class, decent backseat size, incredible cargo capacity, and just awfully dang cute.

Suggested Improvements

I would have put in a better sound system (the factory one is cheap), set the clutch lower (a mechanic can do this for you) and what is up with the hubcap locks? I lost a hubcap every time I hit a pot hole for the first year, at which point I chucked them all and replaced them with Camry ones. Also, the ride was never exceptional, although I never considered it a major issue.
Recommend (1) (5)
Report it
Comments (0) Post a Comment
ADVERTISEMENT
Post a Comment

You must be signed in to post a comment.

Register

Nearby Inventory Zip Code UPDATE
 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat*
Chat online with us
Email
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Phone*
Call us at 855-782-4711
SMS*
Text us at ED411