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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
63,650 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. body work (1 reports)
2009 Toyota Matrix body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 012013

Matrix 1.8L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Can't believe how bad it's rusting just on the one side. Took into dealership and they said it wouldn't be covered by warranty because it was over. I know toyota has had problems before with their vehicles rusting prematurely. They need to do something about this.

- Kathy K., Cold Spring, MN, US

problem #2

Sep 302018

Matrix L4 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 105,633 miles

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I have taken good care of my Matrix, but for the last year I haven't had the time to wash and polish my car all that often. Rust has started to eat at my doors and the wheel wells. Below the doors is a pain because it spills rust water on the skirt and it won't wash away.

- Guillaume G., St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, Canada

problem #1

Jul 262009

Matrix XRS 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,233 miles

I noticed rust spots appearing behind my gas tank's cover. Just behind the cover, there is a medal piece that holds the gas cap as you are filling up the gas, that's where the problems lies. Also, I noticed that the bolts holding up the factory's stock body kit are rusting from the inside. Even till now, no solutions have been made. They attempted to fix it, but the problem was still there when I got car back from the service center.

- rszeto, Honolulu, HI, US

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