2012 Toyota Matrix Repair and Maintenance Costs
A guide to repairs, service, and maintenance costs for your 2012 Toyota Matrix
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2012 Toyota Matrix ProblemsRough Running Conditions and Smoke From Exhaust
The head gasket may fail due to a defect in manufacturing of the cylinder block.
On this vehicle, the head bolts are known to pull the threads out of the engine block, allowing the head to slightly lift, and causing head gasket failure. Symptoms may include:
- White smoke from exhaust
- Rough running conditions and/or inability to start or idle
- White or cream colored oil on dipstick
- Check engine light
- OBD Trouble Codes P2181, P0300
When the head gasket fails, the bolt holes for the head bolts must be repaired before the cylinder head can be remounted.
This issue is not always preventable, but to help avoid it, never run the engine if the engine temperature is ever above the normal range.
2012 Toyota Matrix RecallsPassenger Air Bag Inflator Ruptures During Deployment Spraying Metal Fragments
The passenger frontal air bag inflator may rupture on deployment, causing metal fragments to come through the air bag and injure occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator or air bag assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.