2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Mainly happy
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2005 Toyota Matrix - Consumer Review

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Mainly happy
By GMcGuire on

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

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I've been mainly happy, when you treat the thing like a motorcycle and bang off the redline at 6,000 rpm in 1st thru 3rd it works not too badly. Engine slow idle is a bit lumpy, and it lacks a bit of power with the a/c on. Absolutely must have 4 good snow tires installed, it's very light and it steps around quite a bit even on wet pavement. Great gas mileage, lots of room and functionality.

Favorite Features

Fun to drive, good gas mileage.

Suggested Improvements

30 second re-lock has to go; so does the moronic panic button on the back of the remote where I set if off at least once a week. Needs better stereo. Does have the "long crank" issue, sometimes it won't start - have to turn the key off and then try again.
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