The Matrix offered a lot of room and many of the virtues of an SUV, such as a little higher driving position, easy access, and optional AWD. You'll find a compliant ride, fairly nimble handling, and effective brakes. Notable shortcomings are a flawed driving position and a noisy engine. Overall, the Matrix offered a good and practical alternative to a small SUV. The Pontiac Vibe is essentially the same car.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS, head protection and side air bags standard from 2009. ESC standard from 2010.
Road Test

The Matrix offered a lot of room and many of the virtues of an SUV, such as a little higher driving position, easy access, and optional AWD. You'll find a compliant ride, fairly nimble handling, and effective brakes. Notable shortcomings are a flawed driving position and a noisy engine. Overall, the Matrix offered a good and practical alternative to a small SUV. The Pontiac Vibe is essentially the same car.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD, Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (130 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (118 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Toyota Matrix owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Car runs great but had to replace converter due to check engine light"

Jim D., NC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace after 5 years at $1,200 for parts and $300 for labor"

George R., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed and had to be replaced"

R G., VA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed catalytic converter. The part alone would be $1000 to replace. Not worth it!"

Catherine L., MD (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Second time this problem occur on the car. Toyota OEM parts last 8x years, jobber parts ... 2x years"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"toxic odor"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Intake Manifold Gasket failed and replaced."

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"A small hole developed in the exhaust manifold that grew until the entire thing cracked. It was removed in two pieces"

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"My car is old! Lots of shields have rusted off. Some I replaced; some I didn't."

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"llost secure nuts holding shield"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"While I realize that this car is 12 years old the pipe and muffler failure was dramatic and cost $600 to fix. Technically it could have been driven, but a noise violation ticket was a possibility."

David L., ON (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusted out. The car is 13 yrs old. Other than this problem. NO MAJOR problems in the last 13yrs. I LOVE this car"

Cyndee W., PA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"second time this problem occur with the car; Toyota OEM parts last 8x years, jobber ... 2x years"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"airbag recall. never repaired because i need to travel 90 mi. for Toyota dealership."

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"toccata recall"

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side airbag warning light periodically staying on despite no airbag issues."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The light issue popped up about three years after purchase. It is intermittent and continues to this day."

Mark H., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent light on. Dealer unable to determine cause."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Kept on going on and off"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Light comes on in low temp (below 32F) and probably higher humidity situations. Intermittent fault, and I have previously taken car into dealer. I will take it in again, as the Takata airbag issue is a concern."

David L., ON (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This was all the hassle related to the Takata airbag ignitors. These recalls require interaction with the dealer network - always a complication."

Mark B., AB (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"When Takata air bags were changed, the light came on. The car dealer said that was the spiral or spring was damaged due to the change of air bags on the driver's side. Now I do not have good and functioning air bag in case of an accident. :("

Irmgard G., PR (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Taketa air bag issue"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has two air bag related problems that Toyota knows about 1) the airbag system gets it's power from the clock which has bad solder joints. I fixed mine by reheating all of the solder joints. 2) I've become good at replacing clock springs I buy them online and they last for a while then I replace them again. It's not that hard but Toyota should be ashamed, again, they know about the problem."

Ron M., IN (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Exhaust pipe system had corroded to point that electronic safeguards in ignition system would not allow car to start it run. Assume due to lack of back pressure. Had to tow vehicle to a shop to install new exhaust system. Utilized aftermarket garage to replace system. OEM (Toyota) estimate for job was in the $3000-$4000 range. Aftermarket was able to do job for less than $500. Aftermarket work was more than adequate."

Anonymous, KS (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"pipe weld rusted out close to the muffler. first serious exhaust problem i've had in 8 years though"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A couple of the exhaust pipe in the system have rusted through and broken and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Weld failed"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as muffler, rusted out as an older car. NO MAJOR problems with this car in my 13 yrs of ownership"

Cyndee W., PA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust pipe joint over the axle rusted and broke. Had to be replaced with aftermarket one"

Jordan J., WI (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Front exhaust pipe failed / rusted out"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The pipe rusted through rather suddenly and abruptly and created a loud noise. It was disappointing to learn it had to be replaced unexpectedly and at significant cost"

Anonymous, MB (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had lived in Maine until 2011 and the undercarriage was exposed to severe salt damage thus causing rust along the entire exhaust system. Perhaps coating this with some kind of protective shield to prevent this from happening"

Teresa W., NM (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to have the complete exhaust system removed from behind the catalytic convert to the tail pipe."

Martin H., NY (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"12V power plug on dash doesn't supply power. (Center console one is ok). Also, cover on 115VAC outlet on dash keeps falling open."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"The digital clock fades in and out it is too expensive to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"About 6 years ago the clock started to fade in its brightness and then completely disappeared about a year ago. I wanted a click that worked and was concerned maybe other lights were not illuminating when needed, such as warning and indicator lights. So I had the dealership troubleshoot, repair and replace the clock. And by doing so, I have noticed all the dash lights seem brighter and stronger."

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clock display fades or goes out completely. Just when I think it is totally broken it will suddenly come back on. And just as suddenly go out again"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The clock doesn't work"

Marsha K., MI (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clock works intermittently for the last two years. Seems to be a general problem with older Matrix cars"

Al M., NS (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Digital clock reading not appearing on dashboard. Fooled with fuzes and clocking reading came back for a while. Now having same problem again."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not work at all. Dealership said the cost to fix was very high due to problems in getting to it."

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clock display frequently fails, usually same time passenger airbag warning light comes on. Been this way for years"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"fades in & out"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The clock light comes and goes. This problem has been with the car for the last four years"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"you can see clock intermittently"

Ryan K., ID (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The clock light comes and goes. There must be a loose bulb or connection"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Often the gauges won't light up at night"

Marsha K., MI (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Had to replace bulbs several times because they kept burning out."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight on driver's side had to be replaced"

C D., AZ (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Extremely difficult to remove the headlight bulbs: insufficient access space for fingers, and old bulb seized into socket. Occurred on a chilly night in a remote area."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Passenger airbag warning light frequently on at which time clock display fails"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"airbag warning light sometimes lights but is usually OK. Dealer says this is a sensor problem and not a risk of malfunction problem."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Simple fix but dealership charged a lot to diagnose and then had to do 50% of the same labor to fix the problem at a later date so essentially doubled up on the cost"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Pieces of the trim - including interior wheel well covers - have been falling off this car for years"

Catherine L., MD (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Side trim kept coming loose and rattled at high speeds Drivers side fell off ( not at high speed) Body shop finally used screws to attach instead of plastic clips"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Wheel well liners, had to replace"

Stephen B., NJ (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Back bumper cracked and had to be removed"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"trim and running board is loose and falling off"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The area around the driver's side door lock was coming loose"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I'm constantly taking car to body shop to have trim reattached or replaced. Usually once a year I have to have the trim worked on"

Scott H., IL (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"moldings coming lose often"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"There is a strip on the hood where the paint apparently just peeled off. Nothing scratch it or anything that I know of, I noticed it one day about three years ago when washing the car. The area hasn't gotten much worse, about quarter inch wide and maybe 10 inches long. No dent in the metal either, so seemed that the paint apparently peeled free at some point, maybe when driving? No other areas of paint have peeled."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Outer film peels off the bumpers and nearby plastic areas. Looks like a person with a serious sunburn."

Anonymous, NH (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint under side windows all the way from front to back cracked and started to peal, developing rust. I think it is too soon and unusual"

Yuko Y., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracking, peeling of paint as a result of rust, as previously described ."

Anonymous, NS (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is chalking on roof in front of sunroof. Fading &cracking on hood."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"The area around the top of the front window is rusting out bad. This started in the 3rd year we owned the car. The dealership would not repair even though we had a rust warranty with Toyota. Also the door latches have rust around them. (year 2)"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver's side, back wheel housing: rust on the front rim of the wheel well."

Anonymous, NS (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The body is rusting badly around fenders and rocker panels."

Martin H., NY (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leaks into the vehicle. Some issue related to the sunroof. Seems to be a common problem with this model"

Anonymous, DC (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The weather stripping has deteriorated to the point there is a great amount of wind noise, especially at highway speeds"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"When driven over rough roads there is a rattle that sounds like it is coming from beneath the car"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There was noise coming from the right wheel/ axle. It was repaired by a mechanic this year"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The springs seem to squeak when you go over a rough spot or make a sharp turn"

Seth S., TX (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"engine, wind and interior noise is bad. Have to turn up the radio in order to hear it"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the noises are from loose stuff that fell off or is falling off. the door switch to lock/unlock door on passenger side popped off & fell inside the door & rattles around in there....just stuff like that"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"just rattles that occur from normal wear and tear"

Timothy H., SC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"The only negative about this model is that it is noisy, road noise and wind noise. If very windy conditions it is hard to hear people talking in the car and even the radio."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind noise and suspension problems that have to do with age"

Thomas M., PA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It sounds like wind is coming in from the right passenger area. I am unable to locate the source"

Jacqueline L., OR (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The wind noise is so bad you cannot hear the radio if you are gong more than 35 mph"

Seth S., TX (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a wind sound coming from the right rear side of the car."

Grace L., FL (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"After 200,000 miles the original clutch finally wore out"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"We have replaced the clutch three times since ownership"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Very low kms for a clutch change needed. Both drivers have long time experience using a manual transmission with no previous issues with any other vehicles. This car was always hard to shift, yet was told this was normal by dealer and garages."

David L., ON (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch replaced at 77000. It is again starting to slip. The clutch in this car is not up to standard. I have driven and own manual transmission cars all my life. This the first car I have owned where it is a definite problem"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"On its 3rd clutch replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem was actually about 2 years back. Before 100,000 was reached on the car. It is a weak clutch and many other owners according to the internet have had a problem. Toyota should provide a recall"

Adrian P., ON (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch slippage + having to press pedal hard into the floor to shift + car having > 150K miles caused husband to drive to his independent mechanic, who replaced the clutch. This is the first time the clutch was replaced on this car."

Donna L., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch wore out at roughly 185000 miles, had to be replaced, normal wear and tear, was able to be driven (carefully) to the mechanic without issue when wear got excessive."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Would no go in reverse"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem in transmission was causing gears to grind (shift sync problem, I believe). Required transmission replacement"

Anonymous, SC (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Multiple Check Engine light warnings related to transmission. Replaced solenoid and other parts but ended up replacing the entire transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise, like worn out bearing noise, increasing with time. Parts & labour to repair would cost the same (or more) and take more time than replacing the unit with a rebuilt one"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic said he has never seen a transmission fail like this one. He felt the gears were not heat treated properly"

Scott H., IL (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Driver's side seized up and was wearing pads too quickly"

Jordan J., WI (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Wore out much sooner than other Toyotas or vehicles"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"The brakes still worked but we're other as strong as before."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Every single Toyota product we have owed seems to have breaks that wear out fast"

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"only29000 front brake pads"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Unexplained loss of brakes on exiting freeway, mechanic could not find problem but said it appeared brake overheated causing brake fluid to vaporize"

Philip O., AZ (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"They go about 20000 miles and need turned or replaced"

Eldon S., OR (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"The brakes always squeak when I put the car in reverse, even after having the brakes worked on"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The original AC compressor on this 2005 model stopped working. I have not had it replaced yet."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Matrix Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"2005 Toyota Matrix uses an AC System Design for R12, but was filled with R134a (only half as efficient a freon). So the cool air output is only 45F at best, where other systems can get down to 33F. Therfore many complaints about the AC system in states where the climate gets hot, particularly in the US Southwest."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Does not cool vehicle. Dealership said there is no fix"

George R., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor starting being very noisy a couple of years ago and then last year it ceased working"

Michael C., NH (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Unreliable. Sometimes it cools, sometimes it doesn't. Tends to fall apart in hottest weather"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor is 15 years old and needs to be replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"The air conditioning does not cool sufficiently."

Grace L., FL (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"something blocked the cooling system and it cost about $ 1300 to remove it"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Front sway bar and control arm bushings badly worn at 100,000 miles. Not bad really , they dont last forever"

Kieran R., NY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Worn out replaced with monroe"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts worn out, needed replacement"

Peter C., AB (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts had to be replaced by a mechanic"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

"Needed when strutswere replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"My care is old! Bushings and wheel bearings had to be replaced."

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rear wheel bearings. neded to replac whole section"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"exterior door handles break in half"

Kim H., FL (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The trunk/back hatch latch is broken."

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"rear door will not stay up. Lifts failed"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"front passenger door window regulator broke last week"

Bob R., NY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Windows won't go back up if they are rolled down if the weather is too cold"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Window not going down all the way."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The driver's side front door window broke. I was able to get it fixed"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"Check engine light goes on when fuel cap is worn out, so then they charge you with diagnostic work and lots of time charges to replace an item that costs less than $10. Since this is a universal problem it should have its own warning light"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Triggers check engine light"

Mike C., FL (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Very expensive cost to replace $750 by independent mechanic vs over $1,000 by dealer"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel pump failed and the size I needed was not the standard one. Apparently they use different sizes depending on factory it comes out of"

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Had to replace both oxygen sensors this year"

Jim D., NC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light is always on due to an emissions sensor. It's expensive to correct/replace. The tech says to ignore the light as it's doing nothing that will hurt the car--and even replacing it, it will probably happen again"

Anonymous, KS (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced both oxygen sensors due to check engine light"

Jimmy D., NC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"sometimes, disc won't catch and play"

John M., MO (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It no longer works, neither does the clock. Estimated cost to repair both prohibitive"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Clock stopped working-part was replaced which also impacted air bag deployment"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"clock lights go dim most of the time and most often totally out for days or weeks at a time"

Wendy J., VT (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"clutch replaced at 77000k it is again needing replacement. The clutch in this car is not up to standards. I have driven manual transmissions all my life with never a problem. This is the first car I have owned that is not up to standard in that dept."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission slipping due to Toyota claiming that transmission fluid is "lifetime" instead of recommending regular fluid changes"

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"There is a very slow drip. I had a new seal put in the pan last year but this drip appears to come from the casing. It's not serious enough to go to the expense of tearing open the casing."

Anonymous, (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Car has had an unrepaired transmission problem for the last 18 months, tentatively diagnosed as either a solenoid problem needing repair,, or some other problem requiring replacement of the transmission. Value of the car is less than the cost of properly repairing the car."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Sepentine belt bracket failure"

Robin H., CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Intermittently failed to send spark signal. Very difficult to diagnose"

R G., VA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Timing belt bearing leaking. repaired that & replaced the water pump"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine oil pan leak. Gasket replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator was leaking and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Water pump

"preventative maintenance"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It was leaking and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Car developed a whine. Took to be checked and learned it was the right rear differential. I had it replaced for about $850"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Wheel bearing failed."

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"A/C sometimes works and sometimes it doesn't. Same with the clock."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Walmart battery purchased in the US failed. And may have caused the problem with the starter."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"coil had to be replaced on one cylinder"

Jim D., NC (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Suddenly would not start. It was sporadic and eventually did not start at all. Had to have it towed to a garage."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The timing belt broke while I was driving and this rendered the engine inoperable. I don't know details on the damage to the valves, but there was no compression to the engine at all. I had a used/salvage yard Toyota 2006 engine put into my car a few weeks ago. It had 130,000 miles on that engine (less than my old one). I am now driving the car again. It just needs a replacement on the fuel injector or spring in cylinder 1. The mechanic who put the engine in will replace it no charge, possibly w"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The oil detector broke and leaked out all the oil which caused the engine to self destruct"

Richard C., ON (2005 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
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