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:
65,000 miles

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2005 Toyota Matrix transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 152008


  • 65,000 miles


The car is a 2005 Toyota Matrix,5 speed manual transmission, the car is serviced by a tech at scheduled service times. The transmission locked up and needed to be replaced, the mechanic said there were rebuilds available but stated the Toyota replacement was the way to go, I agree. Toyota says there are no transmission problems however if you look on line one will see a rash of 5 speed Toyota Matrix transmission problems with a bearing always being blamed, I cannot believe this many people beat there 5 speeds to death in a 4 door station wagon. Also noted was Toyota had 15 transmission waiting when mine was ordered-- perhaps they know something about the transmission problem. No one will say if the new transmission has being improved over the old unit, because that would mean there was a problem to start with. Thanks to Toyota I have a car with a transmission that may have the same problem it started with at a cost of $3,400 more.

- Madison, CT, USA

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