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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
150,062 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2003 Toyota Matrix transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 192015

Matrix XR 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,125 miles


Do not buy a Toyota Matrix!! I have only had the car for 4 years with one previous owner. I work at an automotive garage and have it serviced regularly as well as any other preventative maintenance. The only things we do not fix are trannys and clutches. I started hearing a rattle in my transmission a week ago and did a fluid change but it is getting louder. From what I've been hearing this is nothing new and any day now I will be carless. Shame on Toyota for not doing a recall on this issue. I just can't believe this is happening with less than 120k on the vehicle. I am not about to spend 3k on a tranny only to have that one fail too. I will never get another Toyota again. GYP!

- , Gypsum, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 012009

Matrix XR 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 181,000 miles

Bought this car used thinking a Toyota would be reliable. Previous owner maintained well. After noise began a quick internet search revealed this common problem. It seems that Toyota will not acknowledge the problem. Several owners describe replacing the transmission several times without a permanent fix. I guess I'm just waiting to be stranded.

- , Holland, MI, USA

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