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:
51,150 miles

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2005 Toyota Matrix clutch problems

clutch problem

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 142004


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated that the clutch pedal was obstructed by the carpet and foot rest which made if difficult to shift gears. There also was not enough space between the foot and brake pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The contact has experienced the failure since the vehicle was purchased in 2004. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152004

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 300 miles
The clutch was difficult to depress/to engage the starter. The consumer stated that there was a problem when trying to work the clutch because there was not enough room in the floor area, and the wheel well made a hump in this area. Also, the vehicle was designed with a foot rest that the consumer had removed because it made it more difficult to drive. On several different occasions the vehicle stalled. Twice it put the consumer in dangerous situation although, there were no accidents. The first time was in August 2004. The second time was in September or October 2004. When the consumer took vehicle to a dealer they basically told him they could not find the stalling problem. When he contacted the manufacturer, they told him basically the same hing. The consumer stated he believed that the area problem was a design flaw.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

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