I bought this car because it looked cool, and I always had Toyotas.
I thought it would be fun to drive, and good on gas.
The car is ridiculously boring to drive.
At 49,000 miles, the paint is peeling off the hood and front bumper...should be rusting soon.
This car has the worst blind spot in auto history with the ridiculous pillar thing in the back rear.
The interior is cheap, and it drives like a tonka toy car.
Although the car will probably run forever, I would not buy this car again.
I traded it in at 49,000 miles for a 2007 Honda Accord.
Let me tell you....There is no comparison!
The Toyota Matrix is so boring to drive and is a waste of money unless you just want A to B
Mp3 input, hatch, and fold down seat
Get rid of that pillar thing (blind spot..accident waiting to happen)
More horsepower for uphill
Better quality paint
More comfortable interior
Less plastic in the interior....looks like it cost $4.99 to manufacture the whole front dash
Toyotas have gotten so cheaply manufactured.
My 2000 Camry was made so much better than this thing, and that was 9 years previous
I am having the exact same problems that you had.
The paint is chipping off on the front of my car and it has the worst blind spots ever!
I have almost hit people crossing the crosswalk, no joke.
I have had to stick my head out of the window to make sure no one is crossing.
My other complaint is that my lower back starts to hurt after driving for awhile.
My husband said the two front seats are so uncomfortable.
I don't know if this happened to you, but when the two back windows are open, it sounds like a helicopter it is so loud that the car practically vibrates.
I like the way it looks (dark metallic grey), but I should have bought a Honda.