Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Toyota Matrix is the mechanical twin of the Pontiac Vibe.

Both models were a joint GM-Toyota venture, manufactured together at a NUMMI production facility in Fremont, CA. Only the heating & A/C systems are different.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. have car repainted (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Matrix body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 172010

Matrix 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


We keep the car outside on the driveway . The whole top of the car and the windbreaker over back window is a mess.The car scratches easily and the dark blue shows every nick and scratch.We take the paint that matches the color to fill the scratches and it looks like we drew lines all over the car. Definatly time to repaint. We had a honda civic sitting in the driveway,same place{we keep our cars 12 years} and we traded it for the Matrix . It still looked new. But it was also white.I love the Matrix.Just a few problems. Mostly outside of the car. RB

- , Sunrise, FL, USA

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