2006 Toyota Matrix Wagon XR 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I have 45K on my Matrix, and I have done nothing but change the oil and repair curb collision damage. Nothing rattles, nothing wheezes. I'm going to have to take it in at 50K just out of discipline. What a car.
Take the freaking steering wheel arm out of the bottom. Let me put my hand at the bottom. Why do I have to take off the back seat headrests to put the seats down?
2006 Toyota Matrix Wagon XRS 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
I purchased this vehicle based on Toyota's reputation. Within 2 years of use I have spent around $3500 to fix repeat serpentine belts, 02 sensor, rotors, brakes (at 40,000 miles), 1 battery and whatever the other belts are for on this vehicle. This vehicle was purchased new and by an experienced, nonabusive driver. It now has 47000 miles mostly highway and I do not trust that I will not be stranded by this vehicle. I am waiting for the clutch / transmission to fail after reviewing other complaints filed by resentful consumers. I should have kept my jeep regardless of the high fuel cost.
I traded a Tundra for the Matrix. I thought I would miss the truck. Not at all. This car is amazingly roomy and comfortable. Great fuel economy and pep for a 4 cyl. I have owned Toyotas for over 30 years and will not buy anything else. While you might pay a "little" more than other vehicles, in the long run, you will come out way ahead.
Pep, fuel economy and roominess. I also like the tie down concept for hauling and the rear access.
My only complain is the rear window. Without a wiper blade the window tends to get dirty and during rain it can be a little difficult to see out of from the front rear view mirror. This can also cause some safety issues during heavy rain. My short term cure, use RainX it so it would stay clear.
2006 Toyota Matrix Wagon XR 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I bought my Matrix Certified Used from my local Toyota dealer almost a year ago and I am loving my Matrix! The cargo room is awesome (we like to fold down the back seats and sleep in there on camping trips) I have been so thankful to have the cargo room because I have needed it many times! The gas mileage is AMAZING! It has plenty of pep but as other reviewers mention a little more power would be nice at times. I think the new 2009 model is cool looking but after taking a look at the dealer I think I like my 2006 better, the new one seems like they got cheap with the materials a bit. The nice shiny gauge and stereo display are now a faux silver plastic, and overall it does not seem as solid
Gas mileage, appearance, fun to drive, reliable. The back hatch and the fact that I can open either just the glass or the whole door.
A little more pep in lower gears, better factory stereo, MP3 adapter. More cup holders (there are only 2)
I love this car. For a 4 cylinder this car is smashing!! For some reason this car just likes to go fast. Got a speeding ticket doing 97 mph :0 & no the paint did not peel off while I was re-entering the atmosphere. Steep upgrades not a problem just flip the OverDrive button and you're climbing!! I keep up with regular oil changes & maintenance to keep my baby running smooth.
The dash design!
The gas tank could be bigger and the noise reduction inside would be nice. Oh well just turn up the radio!!!