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Pros: Load capacity of liftback model
Cons: Headlights should turn off automatically when key removed.
Advice: Enjoy the price.Purchased Dec. 2006. Now has over 22,000 mi. Driven several times between San Diego and Indio, Ca. Hi-speed freeway driving, involving CA 60, with winding and hilly road, and a stretch of I-10 and gusty winds North of Palm Springs. Aerodynamic shape holds the road, and car is peppy. Radio gets occasional static, but since absolutely NO WARRANTY problems, this can be overlooked. Really wanted to see what a car UNDER $13,000.00 could offer. This does the job. Great drink holders, mileage o.k. (9 gal to fill, and close to 330 mi. range).
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: gas milage
Cons: all the defects.
Advice: don't buy a yaris. I'm pretty sure there are more saferI had the same thing happen to me. 3 mos after driving it off the lot my air conditioner started to fail. the dashboard would shake badly. I took it to the dealership and they charged me $400 because there was a piece of paper stuck somewhere in there. they said it was because i had paper in the glove compartment, and was sucked in there when i turned on the air. it really upset me, now my heater core is leaking water all over my passengers feet. Im afraid to take it in for they might fault me for their defected part.Im not a fan of my yaris.
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.
Pros: gas mileage
Cons: cloth seats
Advice: Don't wait...you don't know what you're missing!FANTASTIC!!! This is our second Prius and recommend it to everyone. Have taken trips to California, Florida, Ohio. So comfortable and roomy. Our 2005 was good, but didn't have leather so we traded up.
Pros: The miserly gas feature
Cons: Getting used to smaller car
Advice: Get used to a new experience of drivingI am still in the 'new car stage' but I can say that I really like this car so far. It takes a new mind set to get used to it, but I like the idea of driving a greener car. I have no complaints so far, only admiration for a truly uniqe automobile.
Pros: nothing !
Cons: the whole car !
Advice: Buy a Ford or Chevy.Total piece of junk! Do not buy! Buy a Ford or Chevy. Mine wore out after 550 miles.