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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 112016


  • 120,000 miles


The engine burns excessive amounts of oil and has now starting making what appears to be either faulty lifter or camshaft noises. The Matrix burns at least 1 quart of oil for every 1000 miles driven. I do regular maintenance and monitor the oil level weekly.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 042014

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 34,200 miles
I was leaving a parking lot on an incline when the car accelerated without stepping on gas pedal. I applied significant pressure to the brakes and immediately put car in neutral. The car returned to normal operation. This is the third incident of this type.

- Templeton, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 232014

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 34,300 miles
As I was leaving the highway via the exit, I stopped at the end of ramp leading to secondary highway. The vehicle's engine then unexpectedly accelerated while my foot was on the brake. The brakes seemed to barely keep it from propelling. I immediately put the car in neutral and the rpms returned to normal.

- Templeton, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 312013


  • 32,500 miles
I was leaving a supermarket parking lot on an incline. The speed was approximately less than 2 mph. The vehicle suddenly revved loudly, attempting to lunge forward. I immediately applied brakes with substantial force, barely stopping the vehicle. I then put the car in neutral. The engine returned to normal rpms. I placed the car in drive without problem, returning home.

- Templeton, MA, USA

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