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:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,820 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #1

Jun 212006

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The car was operated by mother who was in a parking lot about to finalize a full parking of it. All of a sudden, her words were "it shot off like a bullet" and she did not know what was happening. It felt like it was going 100 mph and she did everything under her control not to hit another vehicle or 3 pedestrians. The pedestrians saw what was happening and ran, one was hit, not seriously. Police and rescue were called. The johnston, Rhode Island police department impounded the car. The car will be inspected probably on June 26 by the ri department of motor vehicles enforcement division. They will determine whether the car is "fit" to drive or "unfit" to drive. It was a scary situation. The car is brand new. I am the owner of it, I bought it in December 2005, it had not yet been delivered to the dealers lot. I picked it up a week after initiating my purchase. It's a 2006 Toyota Matrix, all wheel drive.

- Johnston, RI, USA

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