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By pulledover3ice
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2004 Toyota Matrix Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

The exterior is great, sporty, yet classy (best looking economy hatchback) - that's something many modern models can't get right (even the new matrix). The interior is roomy and tasteful, the only problem is the low quality storage compartment under the shifter, it kept falling out. Auto on/off headlights are a must. Seats could be more comfortable ('01 elantra was very good). This car does not accelerate very fast and has a noisy ride. AWD shines on the snow. If you go over 75 mph, the car starts vibrating and otherwise complaining about the speed (although once you push it over 80 it can be smooth). Handling is fine, suspension too soft for sharp turns. High winds push it around at 75+


Best Features

auto on/off headlights, folding back seats, gauge cluster


Worst Features

more comfortable seats, replace the storage compartment under the shifter


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'04 Matrix XRS 150K Miles Review
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By OingoBo
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2004 Toyota Matrix Wagon XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


Review

I am a driver. The transmission is very well matched. Replaced clutch at 110K miles. Only normal maintenance required. I love the sound it makes at high revs.


Best Features

Powerful I4 engine. Fold flat trunk. Put the right tires on and the handling is exceptional. Longevity.


Worst Features

Driving position hurts on long trips.


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Matrix Headache
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Carsrus
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2004 Toyota Matrix Wagon XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


Review

I purchased this car new with the intent of keeping it a long time with Toyota's reputation. This is the 5th brand new car I have purchased and my first Toyota. It is also my last Toyota. I have never had more problems or put more money into maintaining a car than this one. I just traded this car in with only 83,000 miles on it because I did not want to sink any more repair money into it. Unusual problem areas: neck to gas tank was rusting and would not allow gas cap to seal so car will not pass state emission tests - cost of total repair was over a thousand. Transmission failures after 80k on Matrix (cost over 3k).


Best Features

The Matrix is fun to drive and offers flexible storage with great gas mileage.


Worst Features

Improved quality! Not only is there poor quality but Toyota refuses to back anything up.


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Best Toyota yet
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By Dennis
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2004 Toyota Matrix Wagon AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


Review

I purchased this car new. No major problems, only had to replace a battery and the headlamps after 5 years! Comfort is excellent on long trips, have driven 1K miles a day in it on trips. Gas mileage is also excellent. At 63 MPH have obtained better than 36 MPG, did 38.1 MPG once, no complaints here. The AWD is an excellent advantage in extreme rain drenched roads and snow. Never have been able to spin the tires. I am using Michelin Hydroedge tires, the car really handles quite well. Just keep the required maintenance up and this car will last a long time.


Best Features

The AWD with the right tire combination makes the car very road worthy and quite safe to drive where other cars would be questionable under the same circumstances.


Worst Features

Engine could be a bit quieter, but considering the performance so far, quite a fair trade off.


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Excellent car
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By greg
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2004 Toyota Matrix Wagon Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We bought this car new. It has not had any problems. We even pull a 10'X6' trailer around town three or four times a year. It has 106,000 miles on it. My kids have broken the back exterior door handles due to pulling down instead of just out (due to their height). Other than that - it is a great car and we consistently get 31 mpg. There is a funny noise it makes when it is 45 degrees or colder until it warms up.


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