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:
125,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced transaxel, transmission and clutch (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Matrix transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 092009

Matrix XR 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 125,000 miles


I bought a 2003 Toyota Matrix on reputation alone. The car has a manual transmission, which went out completely after whining and grinding noises for about a month. I tried, like others, to have the fluid changed but, again like others, to no avail. A loud rattling sound occurred and it finally stopped cold, and I mean cold in November 2008. I could not afford to fix it until 2009. It cost $4500.00 for a new transaxel, transmission and clutch.

The #@*& thing is making that same noise again and that means more money for a reportedly dependable Toyota.

I'm done, I am trading the car before it falls completely apart on me. "Toyota, sales down, problems making profits, maybe if you admitted failure when it occurred you would have customers who remained loyal to you. So long and good bye.

- , Nashville, TN, USA

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