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:
26,793 miles

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2006 Toyota Matrix suspension problems

suspension problem

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2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 072011

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 67,378 miles


2006 Toyota Matrix xr. Tires where prematurally. 66,000 miles on car and third set of tires are cupping and starting to cause handling problem. Each set of tires (2 different brands) has lasted about 16,000-20,000 miles. Had regular alignments and tire rotation. Went as far as replacing shocks and struts all the way around (very expensive). Nothing seems to help.

- California, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 192007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Purchased 2006 Toyota Matrix on 14 April 2006 from younger Toyota, 1935 dual highway. Hagerstown, md. 27140. Within 12,000 to 13,000 miles vehicle had severe road noise. By 15,000 miles noticed severe inside cupping of all four tires. Tires were rotated every 5,000 miles at oil change. I thought I had bad tires and prior to purchasing new tires went to younger Toyota for an alignment on 19 July 2007 (17,410 miles on vehicle). The younger service advisor told me that the Matrix was a little out of alignment. I purchased new tires from discount tire direct on 3 August 2007 and had new tires installed (18,714 miles on vehicle). In October 2007 I came across several forums where several other people have had the same problem. I visited younger Toyota and talked to the service manager who acknowledged that he had met with other Matrix owners who had had the same problem that I had. His answer to me was that he had no service bulletins to correct the problem and that I should contact a customer representative at Toyota to resolve the problem. I contacted a customer rep at Toyota and got the same answer that the service manager gave me. No service bulletins and no fix for the problem. I filed for arbitration on 11 October 2007 ( case #200710110721).

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 122006

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
: the contact stated the front tires keep wearing out at 7000 miles. The front tires were worn on the inside portion. An independent mechanic expressed that there was something wrong with the alignment.

- Strafford, NH, USA

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