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:
19,000 miles

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2005 Toyota Matrix body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 012005

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles


I was driving and discovered the A/C in my brand new 2005 Toyota (still under warranty) Matrix was blowing warm air instead of cold. I took it to a Toyota dealership. After looking over the vehicle, the dealership gave me a diagnosis and repair price. The dealership diagnosis was "a rock had bounced up into the engine and penetrated the condenser" dealership informed my part and labor wasn't covered by my warranty. I pointed out it was a design flaw because no protection (I.e. shield) to the A/C condenser. File complaint with Toyota of torrance ca and given a case number. Dealership continues to say warranty doesn't cover the repairs. I pointed out the lack of protection and design flaw.

- Davenport, FL, USA

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