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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,497 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.

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2006 Toyota Matrix brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 092010


  • 32,497 miles


I was driving my 2006 Toyota Matrix I purchased one month ago. I was driving on a very wet road less than 20-25 mph. Approximately 9:00A.M. coming home from local gym. I slowed to stop for construction work on slick two lane road. Brakes did not grab as I tried to slow down. I pushed brakes down harder, and as they started to work, the accelerator began to accelerate on its own, car began to feel like it was revving up. I put car immediately in park, and tires burned rubber (enough to smell) and car stopped completely. It all happened incredibly fast, and scared me to death. I have not had this problem previously (I have owned vehicle for 1 month) and car is not on recall list (clearly should be). I have called Toyota customer service center, and will call dealer where I purchased car next.

- Inverness, CA, USA

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