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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,070 miles

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2005 Toyota Matrix wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 252005

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,070 miles


I have a 2005 Toyota Matrix xr with 16" alloy wheels. I hit a cobblestone sized rock in the rock with the left rear wheel at about 50 mph. The tire lost pressure because the alloy wheel split in half like a bagel sliced down the middle. Toyota would not fix this as a warranty item indicating there was no evidence of a manufacturing defect. However, none of the service personnel had ever seen a wheel split in half. I've contacted Toyota's customer experience center and reported the incident but they also indicate this is not a warranty issue and referred me to the dealer customer relations manager who gives the same explanation. I believe there may be a defect in these alloy wheels but have found no other reports of such damage on the NHTSA site. I want to make sure this incident is documented in case these wheels are found to be defective.

- Berne, NY, USA

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