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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,696 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Toyota Matrix wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 222007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,087 miles


Today, the roads are slightly slippery, but while everyone around us stopped at a traffic light without problem, my wife and I were unable to stop, careening through a red light. Thankfully, there were no oncoming cars. The problem is, we discovered, our tires. Our Toyota Matrix xr 2wd 2005, and our oem Continental tires, has 29,078 miles. Yet our measurements indicate that all four oem tires have a tread of 2/16" (outer) and 3/16" (inner). This is premature wear. Our dealerships service center has said that they have found this to be a problem, yet they offer us no help or solution.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #2

Nov 012007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Continental tires were all cupped at 15,000 miles dealer replaced all tires with different brand new tires cupped again at 20,000+ miles dealer claims nothing is wrong with car.

- Greenville, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 232007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla matrix. The vehicle has Continental tires, size P205/55/R16. The contact stated that the tires look as if they have been cut down the middle. The manufacturer will not warranty the tires or provide a replacement set. The tire failure mileage and vehicle current and failure mileages were all 24,000.

- Vidor, TX, USA

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