2004 Toyota Matrix XRS Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
When the clutch system is at its best, the driving expericence is great. I like all the electronic hook up ports for my MP3, cell phone etc. The front control panel is easy to read and manipulate. The brake system is awesome.
1. The beeping sound that occurs when you are in reverse. 2. The let-down sets for large cargo. 3. The hatch back. 4. The general appearance.
1. More horse power. 2. Upgrade in the clutch system. 3. A warranty for the clutch system.
2004 Toyota Matrix XR AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I love my Matrix and it is fun to drive. My son who is 19 was really impressed with the way it looks and drives, which surprised me. I didn't think it would be sporty enough for him. Handles great in the snow and rain. Visibility could be better as sometimes it is difficult to see something that is at the front/side of the vehicle when driving. But overall It's great to drive. Reliaiblity is A1.
Love the AWD. A sunroof is a must. Lots of cargo room. Like how it's not as low as a car but not as high a an SUV.
Improve visibility on the drivers side. Can't get mist off the windows when rolling down. Could use a quieter ride in the back. (But who cares, I ride in the front).
2004 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
'Trixes are bomb-proof! I'm the kind of driver who doesn't go particularly fast, but doesn't brake for anything, either. This car has taken three years of continous punishment: every corner taken at the traction limit, hundreds of handbrake turns, about three months of serious gravel driving, 8in deep potholes every day, many track days, being half-sunk in waste water (this is Mexico City, you know)... all without a glitch. Minor rattles in the dash, the standard battery lacks capacity, and that's it. A very capable little car when pushed (can consistently beat Megane RSs in the hands of a good driver), even with an auto transmission. Overall, a great car.
-Seriously sturdy and reliable. -Great cargo capacity. -Factory Bridgestone Turanza ER30s are very, very grippy (treadwear 140!), help set some great track times.
-Ergonomic design is awful. If you adjust the seating position so you can correctly hold the wheel, you'll get sore shins in seconds. Needs wheel reach adjustment, and lumbar support. -Engine is just a bit underpowered. Tuning it for 10 extra HP would do wonders. -Folding mirrors!