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.


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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 202004

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Toyota Matrix 2003 (also applies to Pontiac vibe 2003) as instruments are the same. Use of all "red" colored instruments, (speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, etc.) makes them difficult to read, reading trip meter requires removing sunglasses to read. Can become impossible to read in bright sun. Because speedometer is difficult to read, driver can easily be put in position of driving with excessive speed because speedometer is hard to read ot may require sunglasses to be removed to read speedometer. Personal experience tells me that by taking a few seconds to read instruments can put a driver in a potientallly dangerous situation when in some traffic situations. Could lead to accidents or death. "complaints" about this problem are noted in the reviews entered by individuals on the web site, specifically:*. please also see also car & driver 6/2002 page 62 in an article titled "comparison test: Boxes size small", which states in part: "...the red instruments are hard to read through sunglasses, and the dials seem peculiarly located down in dark tunnels...". please note that both Toyota and Pontiac corrected this in their 2004 models of the Toyota Matrix and Pontiac. Action requested: Require both Toyota and Pontiac to offer owners of the 2003 models the choice of updating their instrument panels to the 2004 model instruments.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

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