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:
Average Mileage:
36,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace clutch disc, pressure plate, and flywheel (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Matrix clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 112008

Matrix XRS 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,000 miles


Other owners with same model experienced same problem, look it up on Google. It's NOT the driver, it's the car. Only way to get a heavier clutch is to buy after market, and they are called "Racing" clutches. Don't let repair shops intimidate you, they will say the slipping and ultimate failure is caused from the driver bad driving habits. Put a train on the tracks with this stock clutch and you'll see its just too heavy and too much engine torque to grab it. It will slip, burning the clutch disc and eventually causing failure. Flywheel is "disposable", not meant to be turned at a machine shop, new must be installed at same time as clutch.

Update from Jun 11, 2014: clutch total failure at 39,000. Every car I have owned have been manual transmissions, but a stock clutch with a heavy car and letting people who haven't driven a clutch with a difficult shift pattern was the downfall.

- , Severna Park, MD, Afghanistan

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