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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,713 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.

2006 Toyota Matrix electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Dec 152008


  • 29,972 miles


While driving 25 mph the engine died. Power brakes and steering failed so stopping was difficult. The engine refused to start for about five minutes. Toyota replaced the electronic computer unit at no cost to me the next day.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012009


  • 98,562 miles
Normally sitting at stop light, when engine light came on. Car immediately started shifting very hard. The idle speed was erratic. Engine wanted too and did cut off at various times. Took car to rosner Toyota/stafford va and was topd that the ECU was defective and that rosner had been notified of a defect code that was prevalent in the corolla and Matrix models. Asked about a Toyota recall and was informed that there was not one at this time or in the foreseeable future. This part/ECU is very expensive and integral to the car's performance.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 072007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,393 miles
My Toyota Matrix engine stop running and had to replace engine control module at 5,393 miles.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 272007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,680 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Matrix. While driving 30 mph, the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle lost power. The engine would not go above 1,500 RPM. The contact pulled off the road and, approximately thirty seconds later, the vehicle shut off and would not restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the ECU was defective and would have to be replaced. The current mileage was 37,687 and failure mileage was 37,680.

- Ponchatoula, LA, USA

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