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:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,504 miles

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2004 Toyota Matrix body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 252006

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 0 miles


2004 Toyota Matrix - windows, door handles and surging electric windows rattle, grind and pop. Dealer could not address problem. Eventually the window fell out. Engine surges while stopped at light or in traffic. Dealer could not address problem. The door handles have a "metallic" finish that peels away. Occupants have cut their fingers on the edge of metal/plastic that was coming away. Eventually got worse to where you could see the white plastic handle underneath so I peeled away the remaining sharp edges and caution occupants. Dealer offered to repair at my expense. Contacted the Toyota customer service experience center and was referred back to a dealer.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 202007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,009 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota matrix (na). The dealer informed the contact that a bike rack could be placed on his vehicle. While driving 60 mph, the bike rack pulled apart the back door metal and loosened the bolts. The dealer stated that Toyota corporation will decide whether or not to repair the door. The current mileage was 36,239 and failure mileage was 35,009.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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