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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50 miles

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.

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2003 Toyota Matrix lights problems

lights problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 152002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


The daytime running lights turn on mysteriously at night while the car is turned off. Symptoms included a dead battery after not driving the car for three days, and the dashboard panel lights turning off whenever the turn signal is used. Dealership denied there was a problem.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 272002

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles
The auto headlight system that turns the headlights on and off does not function properly. It turns the headlights on at all times of the day, more often on bright sunny days when driving through shadows. This make it very difficult to read guages, speedometer etc.

- Jemez Springs, NM, USA

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