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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,000 miles

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2004 Toyota Matrix exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2004 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 062008


  • 87,000 miles


My 2004 Toyota Matrix at 87,000 now needs a new catalytic converter. The check engine light came on and I took it in to be diagnosed. P0420 was the code. Warranty for this part is for 80,000 miles. The cost to replace this part is $1300 by the dealer. A new Toyota replacement catalytic converter is being installed today. My mechanic states that this is a known problem with toytoa matrixes and that Toyota should be replacing these. I keep my cars for a really long time (last car 310,000 miles) and have never had to replace a catalytic converter. This is not a part that should need replacing at 87,000 miles. I am so disappointed in the so called reliability of Toyota's and really disappointed in their customer service. I called and submitted a complaint to toyotausa and was basically told that this was obviously not a problem or Toyota would have recalled these already. Obviously, Toyota does not keep track of their customer maintenance records and complaints or they would know that this is a chronic issue on 2003-2004 matrixes.

- Cary, NC, USA

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