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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,333 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 #3

Nov 302006

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


In 9/02 I was involved in an accident. While driving at 45 mph on wet a road, I applied the brakes hard and did not stop before hitting the vehicle in front of me. There was adequate stopping distance & I know that our Saturn wagon would have stopped on time. On 11/30/06, my husband was involved in an accident. While driving 65 mph on a dry road he applied the brakes hard and did not stop before hitting the vehicle in front of him. He also had adequate stopping distance and he states that our previous Saturn wagon or our Subaru wagon would have stopped in time. I have never hit a vehicle while braking hard in a vehicle w/ ABS until the Toyota Matrix. We got one of the early Matrix's in 7/2002. Now that this has happened to both of us, we wonder if the ABS was faulty on the early versions of the Matrix.

- Claymont, DE, USA

problem #2

Dec 142004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
When stepping on the brakes, the vehicle continued to move. The consumer had to hit the brakes real hard to stop the vehicle.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 252003

Matrix 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Went to dealer twice;complained about brakes pulling right; told they couldn't reproduce problem and the brakes were just "adjusting"; today, failure in steering and brake pull almost caused wreck.

- Goshen, KY, USA

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