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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,840 miles

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2003 Toyota Matrix fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 162005

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,550 miles


Check engine light came on. Took my Matrix to dealer the very next day(am).diagnosed as faulty charcoal fuel canister. Dealer informed me that the repairs would cost $430 and that the problem is caused when the gas tank is "topped-off" when being filled completely.since the vehicle is beyond the 36,000 mile warrantee, I'm expected to pay for the repair. I don't think that it's good or fair customer service. Especially, since it's illegal in the state of NJ to fuel your own vehicle, and then becomes a circumstance beyond my control.Toyota needs to make people aware of this problem or fix it! from reading on the internet, it's a very common problem in most of Toyota's product line.

- Haskell, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 292002

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,130 miles
While driving, consumer attempted to make turns and steering was very hard. Consumer visually noticed a fluid leaking from under vehicle. Dealer diagnosed that the power steering pump had failed. Ts the next day, consumer noticed more fluid leaking. Dealer replaced crankshaft and keyway. Dome lit inoperative. Bulb replaced. Check engine light was on. Dealer found evaporative system malfunctioned.

- Hayward, CA, USA

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