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CarComplaints.com 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.

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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Toyota Matrix body / paint problems

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 112005

Matrix 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving driver noticed that the dashboard would become unreadable due to glare from the sun at any time. This causes poor visibility for the driver.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #5

Feb 192004

(reported on)

Matrix

  • miles
When the sun visor was pulled down it only came down half way. As a result the driver was blinded by the sun. The dashboard has chrome trim so when bright light hits the chrome it blinds the driver. The driver feels its a poor design.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 102003

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The consumer was unable to read the dashboard lights when the sun was extremely bright.

- Island Heights, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 032003

(reported on)

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When the sun light reflected onto the instrument panel it made the digital console unreadable. The consumer spent $180 to have the windows tinted in order to have a better view of the panel. Dealer was notified but refuse to fix.

- Jensen Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 262003

(reported on)

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was unable to read the instrument panel, in bright sunlight.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

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problem #1

Oct 082002

Matrix

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states the instrument panel has "red lights" and can not be seen in the sunlight. The consumer cannot view the odometer and other settings. The consumer also stated that the panel is recessed, making it even more difficult to view while driving. Mr the consumer stated that after they had taken possession of the vehicle, while driving on the highway in the bright sunlight, from the driver's seat, the numbers, dials, and the indicators on the instrument panel could not be seen. (and were blank as if the vehicle was in park) the consumer had taken the vehicle to the service manager and was told that the vehicle was operating properly, and that the entire vehicle would have to be re-engineered. Safety hazards exists on all 2003 Toyota Matrix.

- Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

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