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:
86,112 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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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 222016


  • 100,000 miles


Reporting suspicious car behavior, in response to recent concern for car hacking and cyber attacks on cars.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 072014


  • 121,946 miles
My air bag light and my check engine light came on and would not go out. A balise Toyota technician, West springfield, MA, diagnosed the problem as a faulty spiral coil assemby. Balise's assistant service manager, karl subklew, stated this was a safety issue. I contacted/notified Toyota; Toyota has recalled other Toyota makes and models for this safety issue, but refused to apply the recall to my 2005 Toyota Corolla matrix. They told me to notify my attorney general. The cost was significant to me to have the spiral coil replaced on 7/18/14. This Toyota defect in matrix and Pontiac vibe models needs to be investigated and included in the Toyota recall for this issue. I also feel Toyota should fully reimburse me for my cost to have this faulty safety item replaced.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Jul 252010


  • 42,000 miles
Toyota Matrix 2005 model purchased on Oct 2004 and exported to Canada on Feb 2009, about 42K miles. ECM problem. While the car is in motion, the engine check light turned on and kept on after then. The car "jerks" from time to time while moving. Sent to dealer, diagnosed as ECM problem, which is a manufacture defect.

- Winnipeg, 00, USA

problem #1

Sep 062009


  • 80,500 miles
ECM failure on 2005 Toyota Matrix. Caused lurching, acceleration changes during automatic gear shifting., causing unsafe driving by driver. Dealer said vehicle out of warranty and mileage too high (80,500) for them to replace at their cost.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

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