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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
64,950 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. change out rear differential (2 reports)
2003 Toyota Matrix drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 282010

Matrix XR

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,293 miles


Experienced a whining noise from the rear differential. Diagnosed by the dealership as TSB #00207 -- ABNORMAL NOISE FROM REAR DIFFERENTIAL. *KB (NHTSA ID #10022730, AUGUST 23 2007). This vehicle was purchased in 2002 when first released so conveniently, the TSB was issued once the car was outside of warranty coverage. Requested financial assistance from dealership and Toyota Canada which was declined. This car has always been serviced according to schedule. The car is essentially worthless already since the repair costs as much it's value. ($3500 CDN plus taxes). Very disappointed as I purchased a Toyota for their reputation for quality. I will never purchase from Toyota again.

- katiemegs, London, ON, Canada

problem #1

Jun 052008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,574 miles

just out of warranty, Toyota will not go good even though the car has been serviced by Toyota since we purchased it new, This is a 4 wheel drive vehicle, the rear differential needs to be changed with a cost of about $2000 with new parts.

Previously had a brake caliper failure with a cost of about $600 to repair

Also had a transmission seal leak with a cost of about $300 to repair

- tbrennan, Delta, BC, Canada

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