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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!
Best Vehicle I've owned so far!
Pros: The look
Cons: NoisyI drive 95% hwy to work, got 33MPG can't beat that!
Cons: noise levelvery rough ride on uneven surfaces somewhat noisy needs power drivers seat recommend standard 6cd changer
Can't beat this value
Pros: Great car, low cost.
Cons: I have no complaints.The Toyota Matrix is a car that's hard to beat for value. It is a reliable and highly utilitarian vehicle. I always reserve final judgment on a vehicle until I have at least a couple of hundred thousand miles on it. In my opinion a car only proves itself with long term reliability. I only have 100,000 miles on it, but have had literally no service issues with it. I had new front brake pads installed, a new battery, and that's it. It has very decent acceleration for this type of vehicle. The ride is pretty good considering its small size. I have hauled some relatively heavy loads. With the back seat and the front passenger seat folded down, it will hold a surprising amount of cargo. I have a long wheel base recumbent bike that fits nicely in the car without removing any tires. The gas mileage is very good. It is the cheapest car to operate that I have ever owned. It just keeps running and running. I put a little gas in it, change the oil every 3-4,000 miles, and drive it. The brakes are excellent. The handling is surprising for this type of car. It is responsive, fun and a great all around runabout. It is even good on the highway. We also own a Camry, which is an excellent car as well, but I prefer the Matrix. I am 60 years old and have owned quite a number of cars, but the Matrix is easily my fave. It puts my last two BMW's to shame.
Pros: 'Rubbermaid' liner in the cargo area with ample tie-dows
Cons: PerformanceReliable and useful are two words that don't exactly get your blood boiling. Maybe basic transportation is all you're looking for - in which case the Matrix may be a good choice for getting you through your commute and the occasional trip to the garden center on weekends. If you're looking for a little bit of salsa to add to your daily grind, look elsewhere.
Pros: The 'gangsta-chic' front grill with underbody spoilers. Excellent handling and responsive acceleration without a large fuel cost.
Cons: The over the right shoulder blind spot and rear backing up visibility (I got a back-up camera installed as part of my deal, which solved this).
Advice: Know that in the current market, they can't let you leave without buying, so be prepared to deal for 4 hours or so. Make the back-up camera part of the last thing to seal the deal. Have the cash to command their attention.I'm not quite understanding the one other review. I am very happy with my matrix. It is a blend of all my previous favorite cars. It has the edgy appearance and handling of the 2001 celica, the surprisingly roomy interior of the 2004 chevy hhr, and the winter traction of the 2007 rav4. Plus upto 32 mpg if you drive conservatively. 0-60 in 9 seconds, perfect headroom and easy to get in and out of. I took advantage of the current buyers market and paid approx. $18,000 cash.
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.