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:
89,104 miles

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2004 Toyota Matrix transmission problems

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2004 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Feb 032009


  • 94,620 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Matrix. While driving approximately 65 mph on normal road conditions, the contact downshifted to fourth gear and heard a grinding and squealing noise. The noise occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing and it was discovered that the gear bearings were worn, which resulted in gear fluid leakage from the seals. The gear fluid was dispensed into the fluid reservoir. The technician recommended replacing the manual transmission and clutch. The vehicle is currently inoperative and has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 94,620.

- San Quentin, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 062009


  • 149,000 miles
Transmission failure on 2004 Toyota Matrix with manual transmission. The transmission is 4 years old and seems to have experience a bearing failure. Problem begins with loud rattling noise in the engine, which eventually leads to transmission failure as stated by similar owners. I discovered the chronic problem after reading a internet forum with 26 pages of the similar users with the same issues. Link is listed below: with my situation, the car is in the repair shop, not sure what action to take as problem will occur with undetermined amount of time.

- Burlingame, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 122008


  • 92,000 miles
2004 Toyota Matrix xrs transmission wear out in 6th gear. @ approx. 92,000 miles.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #4

Jun 032008

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 61,000 miles


Bought a 2004 Toyota Matrix xr with only 60,000 miles. Transmission went out due to a faulty bearing.... no recall and no fault according to Toyota.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 302008

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,432 miles
1.) putting car into fourth gear and heard a loud whining and grinding metal sound. No indication before that there was any issues with car. Continued hearing grinding sound when putting car into different gears. 2.) took to dealer and found that the transmission needed to be replaced. 3.) took to a transmission shop and is currently being investigated for extent of damage. Bad bearings for sure and possibly need a rebuild on transmission.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

problem #2

Nov 112004

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,266 miles
2004 Toyota Matrix xr, the vehicle has a problem with the steering, there was a noise coming from the steering yoke, consumer states the steering did not feel right, the consumer had taken the vehicle to the dealer to be repaired, the dealer told the consumer that the problem was because the splash guard was dragging, the dealer put two pins in the splash guard, because the pins were missing, the consumer took the vehicle to the dealership again to be repaired, the dealer told the consumer that the problem is with the steering yoke, previously the transmission had went out on the vehicle, the transmission seemed to have a loud noise coming from it. The consumer took it to the dealer. There was damage to the case and the dealership replaced the transmission because the vehicle was still under warranty. The vehicle is currently at the dealership waiting for a yoke replacement. The dealership told the consumer that it is on back order, all these problems occurred during normal driving conditions. According to the dealer the steering was not still under warranty the first time the consumer took it to the dealer. The vehicle is no longer under warranty now, the vehicle was purchased in May 2003. The clicking noise is still present when turning the wheel.

- Pawling, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 312004

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,100 miles
Clutch failure at 5100 miles; --- complete-- replaced by dealer at 8600 miles---- clutch failure. Dealer refuses to deal with warranty. Tells me that it is my fault, " I don't know how to drive a manual transmission". indicates that my wife and I are "riding" the clutch and perhaps "racing" mentioned vehicle. After a combined driving experience of nearly 3/4 of century on driving manual transmissions with zero problems, I seriously doubt that the cause of my clutch failures are my driving abilities or habits. Dealer service mentions that there is no evidence of history of complaints against this particular vehicle. Instead wishes to pass the "blame" and cause onto the customer.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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