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:
111,478 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.

2005 Toyota Matrix drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 222016


  • 100,000 miles


Reporting suspicious car behavior, in response to recent concern for car hacking and cyber attacks on cars.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #7

Aug 312014


  • 173,000 miles
Car moves forward smoothly but doesn't move in reverse gear.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #6

Dec 122013


  • 145,000 miles
I was driving to work one morning and I heard a loud grinding and whining sound coming from what sounded like the engine. I came to a red light and got out to see if I could see anything out of the ordinary but saw nothing. I then got back in and put it in gear to go and nothing I would let out the clutch and it wouldn't move. I tried to put it in reverse to move it out of the street and when I would let off the clutch it would pop out of gear it wouldn't stay in reverse. I had to get it towed and found out that it was my transmission. I did some research and found many people with the same problem. Evidently Toyota made a bad design with the 5 speed transmission and one of the bearings dose not get lubricated and burns out falling apart and ruining the entire transmission. Toyota claims that they know nothing about this and will not fix this.

- St Johns , FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 102011

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 99,823 miles


The differential and both rear wheel bearing failed at 99,823, the axial boots failed earlier at 92,55 miles. Total cost was $4,240. Car was driven into repair shop making loud noises.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #4

Oct 132011

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I went to the dealer a month ago reporting a loud noise coming from the engine area when in gear. Toyota dealer claimed nothing was wrong. Yesterday transmission gave up.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

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problem #3

Mar 252010


  • 94,000 miles
After reaching 94,000 miles mark like what some other Toyota Matrix owners experienced, there was a harsh in the transmission when you shift to reverse and the check engine light is on.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 172010


  • 118,000 miles
Transmission went out in 2005 Toyota Matrix.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #1

Nov 072008


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Matrix. While driving approximately 65 mph on normal road conditions, pressure was applied to the accelerator pedal followed by harsh shifting and excessive vibration. The check engine warning indicator illuminated intermittently on the instrument panel. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure and current mileages were 82,000.

- Rocky River, OH, USA

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