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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,512 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.

2003 Toyota Matrix brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 102015


  • miles


Takata recall: Many times over the past 2 1/2 years we have called Toyota of terre haute about performing this recall. Each time we get an excuse; the last time they claimed to have one of the parts necessary but not the other. They promised to call us back with and update and solution. That was last fall. (approx )

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #1

Feb 192010


  • 95,025 miles
I have a Toyota Matrix 2003. On February 19, 2010 I was driving North on highway 101 in California. I was driving at about 35 mph my distance from the car in front of me was about 1/2 a block. Suddenly the traffic slowed down and I immediately started slowing down, but the car would not stop and it felt like it was accelerating instead. I crash into the car in front of me with several damages to my car, total loss of the car in front of me and with body injuries to myself. This is not the first time it happened on a Toyota Matrix in 2006 I had another accident that put me out of work and with permanent disability problems. Both incidents due to similar circumstances. I will like to do farther investigation on this issue.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

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