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.


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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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 142003

Matrix 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I had a flat tire and changed it but when I took off the tire the brake drum came off with the rim. I put on the spare and the next day driving to discount tires in lynnwood on the freeway I had no brakes, the brake fluid had leaked out. I had the car towed to magic Toyota in edmonds and they said it was my fault because I should have known and that it " sometimes happens." I have never heard of it happening and not being a mechanic I had no idea, other mechanics I have talked to say it should not have happened. Toyota refused to cover brake repair under warranty.

- Mountlake Terrace, WA, USA

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