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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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:
No data
Average Mileage:
150,100 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Toyota Matrix transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 192015

Matrix XR 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,125 miles


Do not buy a Toyota Matrix!! I have only had the car for 4 years with one previous owner. I work at an automotive garage and have it serviced regularly as well as any other preventative maintenance. The only things we do not fix are trannys and clutches. I started hearing a rattle in my transmission a week ago and did a fluid change but it is getting louder. From what I've been hearing this is nothing new and any day now I will be carless. Shame on Toyota for not doing a recall on this issue. I just can't believe this is happening with less than 120k on the vehicle. I am not about to spend 3k on a tranny only to have that one fail too. I will never get another Toyota again. GYP!

- coloradoweezy, Gypsum, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 012009

Matrix XR 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 181,000 miles

Bought this car used thinking a Toyota would be reliable. Previous owner maintained well. After noise began a quick internet search revealed this common problem. It seems that Toyota will not acknowledge the problem. Several owners describe replacing the transmission several times without a permanent fix. I guess I'm just waiting to be stranded.

- btpopper, Holland, MI, USA

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