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2006 Toyota Matrix
Pros: Gas mileage
Cons: Cheaply madeI waited a long time to be able to buy a Toyota and wanted one because they had the reputation of being built well and a dependable vehicle. The five years that I have had this vehicle have proven that idea wrong. Everything from the paint job to the hubcaps are made cheaply on this car. I have kept up the maintenance religiously on my vehicle and the last time I took the vehicle in for maintence I was told I had a $900.00 oil leak around the timing belt. Can't wait to get rid of it, my Hyundai was a much better vehicle, wish I would have kept it!
Pros: the seats
Cons: worthless warranty
Advice: buy a different kind of carI have a poor opinion of this vehicle because of its known tire wear problems, its flimsy construction (parts fall off), and the Toyota dealership will not honor the warranty. In conversation with corporate Toyota customer service, I learned that the dealer makes the decision about what is covered by a Toyota warranty. Because the dealer loses money when it has to do warranty work, they are unlikely to agree with the owner that a part or service should be covered. At 3,000 miles the (flimsy plastic) splash shield that forms the left front wheel-well of our Toyota Matrix came loose and was damaged by rubbing the tire. It had to be replaced. Despite the fact that the Toyota website says that 'all components other than normal wear and maintenance items' are covered, the dealer claimed that this part was not covered by the warranty, because they have to be replaced 'all of the time.' (If so, why does Toyota merit even a good repair record?) At 23,000 miles the same splash shield came loose, hit the tire, and was ripped off at highway speed, leaving a large piece of plastic on a busy road, endangering other drivers. When this splash shield fell off, it ripped away the ABS wiring harness, significantly increasing the cost of the repair. And, you guessed it, replacement and repair of none of this is covered by the warranty.
Cons: cant have two
Advice: test drive one and your hookedIts a corolla. For the price, its hard to beat. My car purs like a kitten. handles curves and for a 1.8 liter engine it mantians zip through all gears and gives me 42mpgs. looks good for a corolla. Id buy another.
Pros: Gas mileage
Cons: Everything else
Advice: Don't buy one.I purchased my Matrix new in July of 05. It has been the worst choice in cars I have ever made. I took it in after 18,000 miles and was told that the tire wear was from a bent frame and they could not align it. The car had never been in an accident. I took it to a reliable alignment shop and they realigned it which has helped. I do not feel I can trust the dealer to work on it if the staff cannot tell a bent frame from poor alignement. The finish is so fragile I touch it up almost every week. This week the silver Toyota emblem on the back cracked in half.I wonder what it will look like in another year.
Pros: gas milage
Cons: above issue
Advice: We have owned Toyotas for 30 years. Surely this is a fluke..I have a new automatic 4/4, 2006 Martix , purchased in December, 2005. In the four months I have owned the car, four separate random times the gears have slipped from automatic to second gear while driving nearly 50 mph. Because the condition cannot be replicated, the dealership is not interested..in fact I think they think I am nuts! My fear is that it will happen on a freeway and cause a serious accident. Obviously the car slows suddenly with no brake lights. Does anyone have any advice? Has this happened to others?
Pros: Interior size, exterior style
Cons: the horsepower (but is good for fuel economic)
Advice: Vibe just can not compare to this car, even they are the same in some how.With the problems that were found in 2003 matrix, the 2006 matix become much more reliable in the same class of class. I have tried with both the 2003 and 2006 matrix. The engine noise has been sigigicant reduced. With the new 700 pics of safety equipemts install, I would say this is must have car. It just good to have this car compare with the Mazda 5 or 3. Comparing to mazda 5, it has much more space and more realistic to the real world. I am a 5'10' tall person, when I seat on the Mazda 5, the back seat(2nd or 3rd row) could only fit for my kid, the third row of seat is useless. Compare to the matrix, NO problem at all.
Pros: Utility, I haul full 2x4 lumber with the back and front passenger seat down.
Cons: The many many problems
Advice: Do NOT purchase a 2003 model year, Hopefully they have resolved the problems by 2004I am leasing a 2003 XR and the automobile was great for the first 6 months. Then I started noticing some anoyaning features that just keep getting more annoying. for one thing all the plastic on and in the car is so cheap. The black on the radio control buttons are flaking off which looks bad. I was even looking online and I saw a used 2003 matrix that had the same problem. I knew what to look for. Look at the station presets in particular 1 through 6, they seem to flake first. The inside front pasanger door handle started to peal off on the inside where you don't see it, but it actually sliced two of my wifes fingers, Thankfully that was replaced under warranty. Also the Matrix emblem on the back of the car is pealing. The Dashboard does not match up where it meats the A piller, The passanger side headlight does not work sometimes, Turning off and on the car usually corrects it. And the most annoying part is at 37,500 miles the front drivers side break calaper stopped working right, it didn't release all the way and it overheated the roter warping it. Oh, yea and the hood does not seem to be able to support its self by the built in hood keeperupper... Every time I get the oil changed or anything the hood always has a slight bow in it right where it's held open. Thankfully the hood is so flimsy that I can bend it back into shape by just leaning on it. So I would DEFINATLY not reccomend for anyone to get the 2003 model, I can only hope that since this was the first model year they have resolved some or most of these problems later on. Thankfully my lease is up in two months and I can honestly say that my experience with this car is preventing me from getting another toyota for my next vechicle.