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:
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Average Mileage:
79,884 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

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2003 Toyota Matrix seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 052011

Matrix XRS 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 79,884 miles


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airbags did not deploy in accident airbags did not deploy in accident

Minor collision in rear, no airbags deployed, but over $10,000 in damages (at 2011 prices). Rear hatch area (floor) folded up like an accordion, it didn't take much of an accident to cause this much in damage costs. The car held it's value though, I'm walking away with $9400.00 (plus expenses) from an eight year old car that I paid $18,000.00 for in 2003. Thats still better than 50% after 8 years!!!!!! I'm glad collision wasn't worse though, would car have been my casket??? Search salvage cars for sale to see cars with damages. What happened to new cars being built to last and like a rock??? New cars are bumped, the plastic is broken and costs are too much to fix. The cars not worth fixing, so now it's totaled--throw it away and get another plastic car....isn't it supposed to be cheaper to repair than to replace??????

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