2003 Toyota Matrix Consumer Review: Toyota is not reliable anymore

2003 Toyota Matrix - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Toyota is not reliable anymore!!!
By Julie on


2003 Toyota Matrix Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Fantastic for the first 3 years. Fits a bunch of stuff, comfy to drive long distance, stylish, and great fuel economy. After 3 years our driver's side window totally broke, not related to the recall. Fixable, but only with a new door. We are living without working window. Then at 95,000 miles our engine blew a rod and needs to be totally replaced. WHAT!?!? Warranty only went to 60,000 miles and despite the fact that we maintained the car properly Toyota refuses to take responsibility for the bad build - acting like it is normal for cars to die this young. We expected to drive this for 250,000 miles based on reputation. Well, Toyota is bunk in our book. Honda here we come.

Best Features

Air vents that you can turn 360 degrees to aim in any direction. Fuel economy. Spacious - great for hauling without the SUV size and price.

Worst Features

Put a decent engine in and support your customers! AC doesn't blow cold enough. Dash lights are bad. Driver's side window doesn't work.
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