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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
28,450 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new brake pads, rotors (8 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2010 Toyota Matrix brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 122016

Matrix 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,800 miles


Complete brake repair at 44,430. Outrageous. The mechanic asked me if I drive in the city (Chicago). I live out in the boonies of DeKalb. He was surprised at the premature wear. Of course, when you call Toyota Customer Care, they refer you to the dealer. Something has to be done. No wonder Matrixes are no more. Great car except for the brake problem. Happy motoring!

- Tom Z., DeKalb, IL, US

problem #8

Jul 242012

Matrix 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,899 miles

Rear calipers seized, caused by uneven wear on pads and caused gouge in both rear brake discs.

Correction; Replaced rear brake calipers and rear brake pads and rotors.

Thank God it was covered under warranty.

Only 38,000 km........I am not impressed.

I was expecting more from Toyota.

- lamy, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

problem #7

Nov 112014

Matrix AWD 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,748 miles

Bought this car brand new in Spring 2010. I had it maintained at the dealership every 6 months.

Last Fall at 27,000km, I had to change the rear brake pad and rotor. This Fall at 35,000km, I have to change the front brake pad and rotor.

And the dealer told me that the rear brake are already at 80% after one year. I find unusual the brakes to worn so fast.

I like the car, and I like Toyota Services, I hope they improve the their parts, if not I guess I may considered another brand for my next car.

- reverso, Montreal, QC, canada

problem #6

Nov 032014

Matrix 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,667 miles


The same repairs I had done on July 2012.

The same problem using genuine Toyota parts and done by a certified Toyota mechanic.

The first time I had 38,400 km .This time around I only had 57,400 km.Do the math..that's only 19,000 km from the first repairs.

Toyota I am starting to see a pattern here. There should be a recall here because there is obviously a problem with the rear brakes.

- lamy, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

problem #5

Apr 152014

Matrix 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,069 miles

I see that 3 other members have complained about this already, all Canadians. I never owned a car whose brakes wear so fast (50000 Km or 31000 miles). I brought the car for scheduled maintenance this morning and my Toyota dealer calls me back to tell me that the car needs all 4 disk brakes changes, something worth nearly 500$.

I will seek second advice but I am affraid it's true: I was hearing brake noises lately.

- robrdufour, Montreal, QC, canada

problem #4

Nov 012013

Matrix Matrix

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,991 miles

I've been driving cars for over 50 years and NEVER had rear brakes replaced at 37,000 km (approx.22,000 m). This is a rental from Toyota except that brakes are not under warranty, so I was told from Toyota. I've had other Toyotas in the pass but never had this problem I think the 2010 Matrix has a glitch with the rear brakes but the company will not admit it. I can also say this, I'm not the type of driver that drives with one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator. My lease will be over next year and I don't think I will be renewing for another Toyota. I was extremely surprised and annoyed to have to spend this kind of money on an almost new car.

- Ed M., Montreal, Quebec, canada

problem #3

Oct 292013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,610 miles


Almost two years ago, I was told that my Matrix (back) brakes had to be replaced. these were covered under a warranty of some sort. I had only approx. 25,000 km on the car then. today I was told I had to have both front and back brakes replaced as well as the pads, rotors etc. and the mileage was only 55,699 km. This is absolutely ridiculous. I've driven Toyota cars for over 20 years and never had a problem like this before. My husband has another model car, has over 250K km on his car and has had the brakes changed every 75-80,000 km. 55,000 km (especially since the back brakes were changed approx. 30K km ago, is far too soon. I'm sending a letter of complaint to Toyota Canada.. If Toyota knows the brakes are faulty, I shouldn't have to pay for them at all.

- Marilynn M., Grand Valley, ON, canada

problem #2

Nov 212012

Matrix XR

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,670 miles

Brakes went out at 22K miles. I have never had brakes wear out so fast . were the rear brakes ajusted right? Is this a proplem on the matrix?

- Sean M., Chateauguay, Quebec, canada

problem #1

Jun 102014

Matrix S AWD 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,300 miles

Brakes were so worn, they were cutting into the rotors (had to buy two front rotors besides pads). Found a website saying this problem is a Toyota TSB and falls under Toyota Comprehensive Warranty (TCW). After more surfing of the web. Since I bought my car Certified Used, TCW does not apply to my car

Update from Jul 18, 2021: T-SB-0048-13 March 25, 2013 Uneven Rear Brake Pad Wear Service Category Brake Section Brake (rear) Market USA Applicability YEAR(S) MODEL(S) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 2009 – 2013 Corolla 2009 – 2013 Matrix Introduction Some 2009 – 2013 model year Corolla and Matrix vehicles may exhibit uneven brake pad wear on the rear disc brake pads. The vehicle may also exhibit a grinding or scraping noise due to the uneven brake pad wear. An updated rear disc brake pad kit has been developed to address this condition. Production Change Information This bulletin applies to vehicles produced BEFORE the Production Change Effective VINs shown below. MODEL PLANT DRIVETRAIN PRODUCTION CHANGE EFFECTIVE VIN Takaoka JTDBU4EE#DJ112296 Corolla TMMC 2T1BU4EE#DC028654 TMMMS 5YEBU4EE#DP143363 2T1KE4EE#DC051047 Matrix TMMC FWD 2T1KU4EE#DC037631 Warranty Information OP CODE DESCRIPTION TIME OFP T1 T2 473061 R & R Pad Kit 0.6 Combo A Opposite Side 0.3 04466-02210 87 19 APPLICABLE WARRANTY • This repair is covered under the Toyota Basic Warranty. This warranty is in effect for 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first, from the vehicle’s in-service date. • Warranty application is limited to occurrence of the specified condition described in this bulletin. © 2013 Page 1 of 3

T-SB-0048-13 March 25, 2013 Page 2 of 3 Uneven Rear Brake Pad Wear Parts Information PREVIOUS PART NUMBER CURRENT PART NUMBER PART NAME QTY 04466-02210 04466-02270 04466-02260 Pad Kit, Disc Brake, Rear 1 Required Tools & Equipment SPECIAL SERVICE TOOLS (SST) PART NUMBER QTY Variable Pin Wrench Set* 09960-10010 1 Rear Disc Brake Tool Set* 09719-14020 1 Companion Flange Holding Tool* 09330-00021 1 * Essential SST. NOTE Additional SSTs may be ordered by calling 1-800-933-8335. Repair Procedure 1. Remove the rear brake pads. Refer to the Technical Information System (TIS), applicable model and model year Repair Manual: • 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 Corolla: Brake – Brake (Rear) – “Brake (Rear): Rear Brake (for Disc Type): Removal” • 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 Matrix: Brake – Brake (Rear) – “Brake (Rear): Rear Brake (for Torsion Beam Type Suspension): Removal” 2. Inspect the rotor and pads. Refer to TIS, applicable model and model year Repair Manual: • 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 Corolla: Brake – Brake (Rear) – “Brake (Rear): Rear Brake (for Disc Type): Inspection” • 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 Matrix: Brake – Brake (Rear) – “Brake (Rear): Rear Brake (for Torsion Beam Type Suspension): Inspection” © 2013 Page 2 of 3 T-SB-0048-13 March 25, 2013 Page 3 of 3 Uneven Rear Brake Pad Wear Repair Procedure (Continued) 3. Install the NEW brake pads. Refer to TIS, applicable model and model year Repair Manual: • 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 Corolla: Brake – Brake (Rear) – “Brake (Rear): Rear Brake (for Disc Type): Installation” • 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 Matrix: Brake – Brake (Rear) – “Brake (Rear): Rear Brake (for Torsion Beam Type Suspension): Installation” © 2013

- matrix_master_g, West Springfield, MA, US

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