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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,192 miles

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2003 Toyota Matrix clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 172004


  • 38,000 miles


While driving. Clutch failed at 38,000 miles. Contacted the dealer. However, the problem recurred.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 042004

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,575 miles
Numerous times I have been unable start the vehicle due to being unable to push the clutch in far enough. I have had to remove my shoes to be able to push the clutch in far enough for the switch to activate and start the vehicle. I also have had problems when in traffic and the 'self-adjusting' clutch fails and stalls the vehicle.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

problem #1

May 262004

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
My car has 30,000 miles and the clutch has burned out. The dealership is refusing to repair without charge to me. They want $1084. My car is only 2 years and I'm the original owner.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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