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:
121,050 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.

2005 Toyota Matrix brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 292016


  • 192,200 miles


I encountered a flat tire. I pulled the tire off and placed the spare on. The brake drum came off the car and remained housed in the wheel well. After placing the spare on, I drove about 30 miles to my mechanic with no brake drum. I encountered extensive damage to my break system. The vehicle was stationary when changing the tire and in motion when brake system damage was done.

- Manor, TX, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Jun 012015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Matrix. While driving 55 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the air bag sensor failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that while driving approximately 55 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the brakes failed causing the vehicle to drive into an intersection. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure but replaced the master brake cylinder however the failures persisted. The recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V285000 (air bags) was received in August 2015. After contacting the dealer on multiple occasions, the contact was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were still not available and no estimated time for receiving the parts could be given. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Elizabeth City , NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 032014


  • 92,000 miles
Air bag panel light has been coming on and off. The model year is 2005, but the car was made possibly in 2004. The dealer refused to inspect without charge then telling me that recall is for not this model year. The brake, when the ABS is on in snow conditions, car take too long to stop, keeps kidding. Also engine revs without driver input when stopped or idling. Toyota dealer denied, to be their problem.

- Prospects Heights , IL, USA

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