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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,040 miles

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2009 Toyota Matrix steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 062011

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,040 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated that the power steering failed without warning immediately after the vehicle was started. The steering light illuminated and the steering wheel was very hard to turn to the left or right. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer; however, when he made a left or right turn, it was very difficult. The contact had to use the outer lane to safely make a turn. The dealer told the contact that the computerized power steering unit failed. The failure and current mileage was 18,040. Updated 05/05/11 the consumer stated on April 8, 2011 the same defective power steering unit was placed in the vehicle and failed. Updated 11/28/11

- Cedars Rapids, IA, USA

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