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.


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2005 Toyota Matrix lights problems

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 282006

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have been told by several people that after I start my 2005 matrix xr up at night and begin to drive away that my tail lights do not come on for approximately 30 seconds. I have noticed a delay in some of the dash lights coming on, but was unaware of the tail light situation until it was brought to my attention. This happens each time that the car is started. I have not taken it to a dealer to have it checked out.

- Fort Dodge, IA, USA

problem #1

May 012006

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2005 Toyota Matrix xrs(6 speed manual)...have had problems where the tail lights do not come on right away at night...this problem seems to be linked to the light(s) around fan switches...dashboard is lit up and headlights are on...a clicking noise is heard as the lights come far it has only happened at initial start up and drive..the longest it has taken to come on is after about a city block of far the dealer can find nothing wrong.

- Argenta, IL, USA

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