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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,800 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Toyota Matrix clutch problems

clutch problem

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2004 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 282008

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,000 miles


Clutch slipping, worn out at only 52,000 miles.

- Elgin, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 082008

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 14,000 miles
Numerous clutch failures starting with #1 at 14K replaced at dealership in 04', four months after new purchase. Second replaced at 45K in 05'. third replaced at 96K in may of 07'. fourth installed tree months later with new fly wheel. Now syncro's are going. All problems with vehicle stem from transmission since new. No other "major" problems noted other than what would be expected as "normal" wear and tear.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 182008

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The 2004 Toyota Matrix XLS has only 50,000 miles on it. Complete clutch failure on interstate.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #2

Dec 142004

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Clutch failed after 20K miles. Non-warranty item.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

May 202004


  • Manual transmission
  • 13,000 miles
We have a 2004 Toyota Matrix xrs the clutch went out at 13,000 miles. Dealer said it was driver error. We have another car with a clutch that has 165,000 miles without any clutch problems. The clutch smells like it is buring again and the dealer said it is from the old clutch even though they replaced it.

- Golden, CO, USA

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