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Toyota Matrix Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

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.

Electrical & Lights -- lecaya_py

the light sensor the back door fails and I do not know where this sensor is to change. i write you from Asunción - Paraguay. i hope can you help me with trouble.

Toyota Matrix Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 27, 2010

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These vehicle were sold without the required load carrying captivity modification label. Dealers will mail the corrected label to vehicle owners. Owners have the option of requesting that the dealer install the label. This recall is expected to begin on May 27, 2010.

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Body, Interior & Misc., February 5, 2010

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Toyota is recalling 2005–2010 Avalon; 2007–2010 Camry, 2009–2010 Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and Rav4; 2010 Highlander; 2008–2010 Sequoia; and 2007–2010 Tundra models because the sliding surface of the friction lever may become smooth during operation, which can cause condensation. This may cause the accelerator pedal to become harder to depress, slower to return, or to become stuck in a partially depressed position, which can increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will install a reinforcement bar in the accelerator pedal so it will operate smoothly.

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Body, Interior & Misc., March 30, 2010

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Toyota is recalling certain 2008-2010 Highlander, and 2009-2010 Corolla, Venza, and Matrix models because an unsecured or incompatible floor mat may cause the accelerator pedal to get stuck in the wide open position. This can cause high vehicle speeds and may make the vehicle difficult to stop, which can lead to a crash. Toyota will modify or replace the accelerators on the affected vehicles.

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Body, Interior & Misc., April 16, 2008

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The bolts securing the driver and passenger front door glass may loosen and come off, causing the glass to separate from the window regulator. An abnormal noise may be noted when operating the windows. The window may bind and shatter during operation, causing the driver distraction and/or injury. Dealers will replace the driver and passenger front door glass bolts with newly designed bolts to correct this concern. The Toyota recall number is 80A. The General Motors recall number is 07273.

 

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Brakes, September 21, 2009

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In extremely low temperatures, condensation in the brake booster vacuum port may freeze, causing an increase in stopping distance, which can lead to a crash. Dealers will install a new intake air connector to relocate the brake vacuum port. The recall began on October 23, 2009. The GM recall number is 09199.

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Toyota Matrix Questions and Answers

wilbtrkn, 2003 Toyota Matrix, Marionville, MO

On the a/c if all fuses are good what could be the problem if a/c won't kick on? If you run a jumper from a hot wire direct it will kick in. what is the freon psi for this car?

tbrannan619, 2003 Toyota Matrix, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Wilmer, AL

heater only blows cold air, all the flaps seem to be working.

massiemom, 2003 Toyota Matrix, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Saint Joseph, MO

THe noise sounds like it is coming from the passenger rear tire area.

Visitor, 2003 Toyota Matrix, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Provo, UT

how can i get a smog check for CA if i am away at school in Utah? I tried getting a UT smog check and it got mailed back. Is there a printable form i can take to my mechanic?

Visitor, 2003 Toyota Matrix, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Lakewood, NJ

Code P0446 which says Evaporative Emission System Vent Control Circuit came up on my scanner. Searched online for code P0446 and found that most charcoal canisters were the problem. I took a look...

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Toyota Matrix Reviews

My heater control gear box went in my car. The dealer is saying it will cost $3000.00 to fix. I have only had the car for a year. Toyota is not living up to standards or their mission statements. I'm very disappointed in this purchase. I have a standard warranty however; this particular problem is not covered! I will be writing to the corporate office on this issue, its not fair that I have to pay for this default in the car, VERY DISAPPOINTED!!

Oil Cap plastic cover has been frozen on , mechanic broke his remover tool trying to get it off, can't change the filter , only oil! Now to go through the cost of getting it taken off some how with out breaking any thing! This is a bad design by Toyota , should not be made of plastic!Seems to a common problem , should be a recall before we have to by engines for clogged filters!

my matrix was given to me by my father, he bought it new and used it for his job. It just flipped 306,000 miles and runs like new. All the miles he put on it were all highway miles and he regularly changed oil, literally changing it bi-weekly. I absolutely love this car and drive it everywhere and plan to put another 300,000 on it. Only thing i dont like is that the odometer stopped at 299,999 miles and i have to go off the tripometer to record the cars mileage, not really a big deal just annoying. Another thing i like is that even though its a compact car, 5 adults fit very easily and comfortable in it. I'd definately by another one

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 often on the front, a new alternator at 90,000. cat converter, ox sensors, on its 3rd MAF sensor, and is getting read for new belts, and pulleys. Have 125,000 now, but have beware, this car has been drove decent, oil changed regularly, hasn't left me yet, but has not been cheap to maintain. Certainly not the indestructable Toyota that people say. I would say its not much better than many other cars I have owned from Olds, Nissan,Chevy, VW. I still hang on to it though, its a good commuter car.

8 years and 120,000 km and just had first non-routine repair - front break caliper seized. Mileage is excellent. Haul four big guys and golf clubs with ease. As it passed 100k km engine seemed less peppy than when new. Great car. Hope to see 200+k km.

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