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:
71,170 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 #6

Dec 122014


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would stall as the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis, but the details of the diagnosis could not be provided. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Largo, MD, USA

problem #5

Dec 032015


  • miles
I had to replace my engine control module (ECM) because the engine would loose power and cut off while driving on street. This became noticeable after a rain storm. I was told because my vehicle was a matrix xrs, it was not included in a recall for the other matrix models; therefore I spent approx. $1000 in having the ECM replaced. I had all of the same cited symptoms. Please include my engine in the recall so I may be reimbursed. Thanks you.

- Moore, SC, USA

problem #4

Dec 072015


  • 160,000 miles
Car turns off while I'm driving and will not turn on right away, check engine light turns on and off, there's a lag when it is switching gears, feels very forced.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Nov 042014

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 20 miles
While driving the car stalls. Mainly the issue appears to happen when turning. Suddenly, and only occasionally, the car dies while turning. All lights are lost and power steering gives out. Since the lights on the car and the power steering give out, it is a scary issue. We have to put the car in neutral (since we're driving) and restart the engine. Back in 2010 we brought our car in for the 2010 recall where they replaced the part, although we never had a stalling issue then. Our car is still at the dealership being looked at but we were told by Toyota corporate that this isn't an issue related to the 2010 stalling recall, so it would not be covered even if the same part that was replaced during the recall is the one that needs to be replaced again. Additionally, the dealership is having trouble identifying the cause of the issue.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 132014

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The Matrix began having various electrical problems, including engine warning lights turning off and on, airbag warnings, clock and headlights/brakelights turning off and on. We have brought it in to several mechanics for checks and various repairs, to no avail. Most recently, a dealer shop diagnosed that the ECM is likely failing, and in looking at the records from another dealer shop noticed that the ECM was on back order in 2011 to install a new one after a recall, but that a new one was never installed. However, my service records show that the first dealer shop told me (fraudulently?) that it was in fact installed. The car may not be safe to drive, but I have not been successful to this point in getting it repaired. The second shop informed me that the first dealer shop is responsible.

- Portland, OR, USA

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