2005 Toyota Matrix Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Toyota Matrix

2005 Toyota Matrix Problems

Bolts That Attach Front Window Glass to Window Regulator May Fail

The bolts attaching the front door window glass to the window regulator may come loose. This can cause the window regulator to become damaged and possibly causing the window glass to break. Some 2003 & 2004 models have been recalled for the issue.

Check Engine Light Due to Oxygen Sensor Failure

Oxygen sensor failure may occur, resulting in the illumination of the Check Engine Light.

 

 

Check Engine Light Due to EVAP System

The Check Engine Light may illuminate due to an evaporative emission (EVAP) system fault. Our technicians tell us these EVAP system faults can be difficult to diagnose but it is not uncommon to find a failed charcoal canister or a loose or worn gas cap.

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2005 Toyota Matrix Questions

2005 toyota matrix awd w/ 67,000 miles needs front axel boots. is this common? (1 answer)

the repair shop quoted me $795 to replace both axels and boots and they are planning to use after market parts. is this price fair and are after market parts safe to use? i'm planning to keep the car as long as possible, will the axels and boots need to be replaced again in another 67,000 m...

my lights dim when the air conditioner comes on. They dim and serge at times. (1 answer)

Could Squeaking in front wheels be something else other than brakes (1 answer)

I had my car checked at the garage they said the breaks were fine and They lubricated the callipers but the sound has now come back after a few weeks since doing this.
The sound happens when I am braking only

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2005 Toyota Matrix Recalls

Front Passenger Air Bag Defect

When deployed due to a crash, the passenger side air bag can deploy abnormally, or with excessive force. The inflator may come apart, causing debris and fragments to strike and injure occupants. The dealership will replace the passenger air bag assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

Front Airbag Inflator Module

This limited regional recall is for vehicles currently registered or first sold in southern Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. Upon deployment the passenger airbag inflator could rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator to correct this concern. If a replacement inflator is not available, as an interim measure, the dealer will disable the front passenger air bag and advise the customer not to use the front passenger seat until a replacement inflator is installed.

Toyota Recalls 2005-2008 Corolla and Matrix Models Due to Cracked ECM Ciruit Boards

Toyota is recalling certain 2005-2008 Corolla and Matrix models because a crack may develop on a circuit board inside the engine control module (ECM). Consequences associated with this defect include: illumination of the Check Engine Light and harsh transmission shifting. The engine may not start or it could stall while driving, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the ECM and replace as necessary.

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2005 Toyota Matrix Reviews

I bought my Matrix new in Jan. 2005. I have well over 200,000 miles on it and I've actually had very little trouble with it. On the downside, it seems like I have to have my brakes repaired a little more often then other cars that I've had, the air conditioning in my opinion is very poor, it doesn't keep it cool much at all in the front seat with the vents pointing right at me, I doubt it gets ...
We bought our 05 Matrix XR halfway through 2004. Wasn't my first choice of car, but couldnt trust VW reliability at the time. Car is very roomy for its size, and is peppier than the corolla sedan. Ride is rough, was stiff when new, just beats now. Gas has been ok, nothing really impressive, tank too small for long trips. My biggest gripe is the emissions, sensors. We have replaced tires too oft...
I have over 160,000 miles with no major problems. With the seat down in the back, I've amazed sales people, friends, family, etc., with how much I can haul. The front seats are comfortable with good lumbar support. It's a great family car! My daughter calls it "zippy" even now.

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