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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14 miles

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2003 Toyota Matrix steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 142002

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27 miles


After purchase, complained of having steering wander. And not only did the dealer not fix the problem, but returned the car with the power steering malfunctioning. After several more trips to the dealer, they finally replaced the steering rack admitting problems with some units. Upon being informed that this made no difference, and without further retesting, carmax and Toyota refuse to perform any more attempts at fixing either problem.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 142002


  • miles
Returned the new 2003 vehicle to carmax Toyota complaining of steering wander. Not only did they not fix the problem, but the vehicle was returned to me with the power steering malfunctioning and now requiring twice the effort. Power assist is minimal from stop to about 50 mph. Steering assist is increases as speed increases, exactly opposite of how it is supposed to work. Three more visits to carmax and they refuse to acknowledge the problem. Their actions are consistent with those where the maker and dealer know they have a recall problem looming and are trying to hide it.

- Columbia, MD, USA

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