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CarComplaints.com 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.

4.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,442 miles

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 092014

Matrix

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Purchased Bridgestone turanza serenity plus tires this week. I noticed that one of the tires doesn't have the utqg ratings on the side. I don't know if this is a issue from a legal standpoint since I have no idea what any ratings for the tire are. I was informed by Bridgestone that this is legal during the first production runs. Any information would be greatly appreciated. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 172010

Matrix

  • miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Matrix that was bought new. It now has 120,000 miles on it. I am in the process of searching for my fourth set of tires for it. Twice, I had the stock Continental brand and both times they had to be replaced, at my expense, at approximately 30,000 miles; sometimes less. An internet search reveals hundreds of similar complaints regarding tires for this model.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #9

Apr 012010

Matrix

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Matrix. The vehicle had Goodyear viva tires, size P215/70/R15. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for routine maintenance which consisted of an oil change. The mechanic detected that the four tires on the vehicle were defective and required replacement at the owner expense. The three tires exploded within a period of one year after the inspection. The mechanic stated the tires should be covered under the manufacturer warranty. The independent mechanic replaced the two tires at half the cost, and the third tire was charged at regular cost due to the air pressure level in the tire. The failure mileage was 79,000. The current mileage was 82,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 7/16/10 all three tires had the exact same damage. Updated 07/22/10

- Peotone, IL, USA

problem #8

Apr 282009

Matrix

  • 20,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle tire wear on Matrix xrs (2005). No matter what brand of tires, even with regular rotation and balancing/alignments, the tires wear from the inside out with severe cupping. I've had to replace my tires every 20K miles (I now have 130K miles on the car in just 4 years, I need tires to last!). each of the mechanics I've spoken to say there is nothing they can do and just to keep rotating them and that it is a problem in assembly at the factory level. I am fed up and will not be buying another Toyota.

- California City, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 182008

Matrix

  • miles
Excessive tire wear has forced us to buy multiple new tires on our 2005 Toyota Matrix.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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problem #6

Sep 172008

Matrix

  • 40,000 miles
I have to replace tires due to them wearing on the outside that the tire companies say is not a consequence of the tires but rather my car.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 142008

Matrix

  • 76,663 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1. tire purchased from sears blew-out due to tire valve stem failure. 4/2008 2. tire purchased from sears lost air due to defective tire valve stem. 6/2008.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 202008

Matrix

  • 17,200 miles
Severe cupping wear mainly on front tires on the inside edges.

- Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #3

Jul 092008

Matrix

  • 23,000 miles
My Toyota Matrix (2005) has a terrible alignment problem, that causes premature wear on the tires.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 302007

Matrix

  • miles
Toyota matrix 2005. Notice that auto noisy on the road. Other complain about it as I am used to it. At last oil change service staff say I need new tires and alignment as wearing. I am puzzled and check internet and come on sights that describe the same issues I am experiencing. I am very concerned - a friend was in a fatal auto accident 12 or so years ago that involved a small pick up truck and later find tire problems involved for other owners also. Vehicle rolled over!

- De Forest , WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 062007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated that all four kumho 20550R15 tires are experiencing uneven tire wear. The vehicle has not been diagnosed. The dot number, VIN, and engine size were unavailable. The current mileage is 28,000 and failure mileage was 24,000.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

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