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 8 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

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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 (118 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (126 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (164 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Toyota Matrix owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Caliber seized - but as they are original equipment with lots of mileage, it is not surprising."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"caliper issue while driving on left front wheel and was replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"time to change"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out, needed to replace"

Jakob W., AB (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Particulate in fluid caused master cylinder to seize. This would cause the brakes to lock for at least a half hour. After replacing the master cylinder and flushing the fluid, no furthers issues were experienced."

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Particulate somehow entered the break system and caused the master cylinder to intermittently lock up the breaks"

Anonymous, OK (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"worn-out front pads and rear shoes"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"was just normal brake wear"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"original brake pads wore out so i replaced them for <$150"

Alan M., WI (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads were replaced during regular servicing"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"First time calipers have had to be replaced. Not an issue"

Jim K., ON (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"None now had them replaced"

Sam L., BC (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has 400,000 km. It is the first time the front brakes have been done"

Sheldon Q., AB (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads, rotors"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake always used when vehicle not moving. Parking brake became inoperative and Toyota dealer wanted $700. to repair. Needless to say, the repair was not made and now when vehicle stopped/parked only P on the transmission selector is utilized."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Had to get new brake and rotors only 60000 in"

Julie B., OH (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Brake fade under hilly highway conditions. Severe shuddering. New pads and rotors."

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Affected braking. Noisy."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"warped live on a mountain and they are exposed to eextream heat"

Sam L., BC (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"just needed replacing along with front braKE pads"

Rose I., MB (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out, needed to replace"

Jakob W., AB (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Check engine light activated intermitantly, until canstant. Catalytic converter needed replacement. Very costly."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the exhaust system for the second time since I bought the car. It is one piece from the manifold, so everything including the catalytic converter had to be replaced, and no aftermarket parts are available. The total cost was $2000."

Bill L., WV (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"REQUIRED REPLACEMENT AT 155,000KM OR 1 WEEK OVER 8 YEAR, 130,000KM GOVERNMENT SPECIFIED WARRANTY. TOYOTA COVERED 50%"

Anonymous, MB (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"The source of the problem is age and rust. The car has been exposed to New England winters and salt to treat the roads. Overall, the car has held up very well and been extremely reliable."

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Gas tank bracket for exhaust pipe failed."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked exhaust manifold"

Kimberly L., CA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Small crack in exhaust manifold requiring replacement of manifold. All other exhaust still original equipment"

Erik B., NS (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Rust caused the loose heat shield"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This shield was not, according to my Mechanic, providing any Real benefit, while its disintegration and rattling noises were quite a distraction, while driving. He removed it, and Guaranteed me that there was no Danger in not having it, whereas, replacing it would require a significant effort and cost"

Gerard R., PA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"almost annually this car requires some or all exhaust of the exhaust system replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Loud sound due to hole in muffler"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A hole in the muffler"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a previous problem with the original muffler. It was replaced by Midas. This muffler failed and was replaced under warranty by Midas"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe to muffler rusted through. Because of design, I had to pay for a entire new exhaust system including catalytic converter. Cost was about $1000"

Anonymous, WV (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"After buying this car brand new and owning it for 10 years, the muffler finally rusted through. The rest of the exhaust system seems fine. I live in a S.E. Alaska rain forest and the muffler is wet and cold every day. I am a retired auto mechanic and i have seen what happens to exhaust systems up here. Condensation inside the muffler creates an acidic distilled liquid that sits there and eats away at the metal when ever the engine is turned off. A muffler that lasts 10 years under these con"

David B., AK (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"airbag warning light is on. clockspring has failed. dealer wants $600 to repair. local doesnt want to work on it. after market is 150. i haven't done anything."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a recall on the passenger side airbag which was covered by Toyota."

Anonymous, QC (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Toyota was good at contacting us to get our airbag changed due to the recall ASAP at the dealer."

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Pipe was making a noise. Replaced under warranty by muffler company."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I was told by the dealership at the inspection that there was a leak in the exhaust pipe, which was obviously true. They quoted me 2500 to replace the whole system in a car with 190,000 miles on it at the time. I took it to the local Speedy place and they welded a sleeve over the hole for $150 and it has been fine since. I question the ethics of the original recommendation of the dealership."

Matt D., RI (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Hole due to rust"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"exhaust pipe broke"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Matrix 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

"rear wheel quarter panel section came loose. I had to screw it back on....with multiple screws of my own"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Trim below the bumper in the front detaches easily, has been replaced at least once and the clips have been replaced also several times."

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Side trim (rocker panel) came loose due to rust-proofing"

Diane P., ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The molding beneath the driver side loosened up due to broken tabs holding it on.,"

Terri B., MN (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"finder enter liner came loose"

Ted P., TX (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The trim under the hood fell off"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"dark paint faded and clear coat peeling"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint on front of car and hood pealing and chipping off"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint peels easily after slight damage, and rusts easily after scratching."

Anonymous, AK (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chipping from hood"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on eary/mid-00's Toyotas is a known issue. The clearcoat is almost gone."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint has a tendicy to ship, stain and scrach easily. I had a 1988 Toyota Supra for 27 years and the paint on that car did not have 3% of the chips or stains as the Matrix"

Donald C., CA (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the paint on the hood and top of the car is cracked and fading. It actually started a few years before and then got worse when we moved to Las Vegas"

Diane S., NV (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracking and chipping"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Major paint problems a few years after purchased new. The front hood paint cracked and peeled making the vehicle look very old"

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"A rim piece running the entire length of the passenger side came off and over time, rust has started to form."

Marty F., NY (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Spotty Rust around windshield has caused windshield to crack in lower left corner. In fairness a LOT of salt is used on our roads in the winter which defies the frequent washes the car gets. It is also possible that a stone hitting the windshield"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 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

"When using it with plug-in accessories, it often blows the fuse, which puts out whole dash lighting circuit"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Clock

"Clock would only intermittently light up Never fixed."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The clock has never worked since the warranty expired. The cost to fix it is too expensive to bother with. Should be a simple fix"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"When I set my cruise control it only runs for 5-20 minutes and then it quits. When I took the car in for an oil change, the dealer looked at the cruise but they didn't experience it. They suggested I bring it back for diagnosis"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"tail light out"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"driver side rear light cover filled up with water"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"the maintenance required message was the only problem with the gauges and we thought it was time for an oil change but it wasn't so we tried the tightening of the gas cap at refills, as repair garage suggested. Also, we replaced the drivers side hea"

Mary M., NY (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Both headlights went out at the same time and it cost $400 + to fix. The problem was under the dashboard a broken connection. How did that happen? It was frightening to suddenly have to drive in the dark"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Interior light would run battery down"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had problems with interior dash lights going out - often after 12V accessory use, but sometimes on its own. Toyota dealer could not repair but an independent garage changed fuses a few times and sorted out some of it. Some lights still out"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"a couple years ago the front passenger side door started not unlocking when using keyless entry, then the rear passenger side door, then the rear driver side door. Now none of the doors will unlock or lock when using the key fob or the lock/unlock button on the driver door control pad. would sometimes start working again during dry season but not any longer. repair is estimated to be $900 so have not gotten fixed because value of car is too low to be worthwhile."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"low pressure light does not go off when pressure is brought up to standard.checked with repair but feels i need a new monitr gauge.I declined purchase"

Wilma A., FL (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Guage says my tires are low all the time. Turns out, it was the spare creating the alarm. Toyota never figured the cause of the alert - a Jiffy Lube employee figured out what was going on"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"dashboard warning light comes on intermittently but service has been unable to determine the cause. they say i must bring it in when the light is on, but it can and does go out on my way there"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The warning light comes on and they have not been able to fix it. They say to ignore it. However, it is troubling because it comes on and off periodically. I have taken it at least 3 times"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"maintenance required light comes on - have it checked and the only thing they tell me to do is tighten the gas cap when filling but that doesn't always work"

Mary M., NY (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 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

"Replaced engine gasket as air was leaking causing the "Check engine light" to come on"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Wet on front passenger floor. Happens after serious rain. Cannot locate problem cause."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Drain from sun roof clogged and caused flooding in driver's side rear passenger floor. Took time to find and repair, but repair was inexpensive - only $81.00"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Mud wasps built houses in sunroof drains. Dealership said they could fix leak but wanted $700.00 to dry floormats. Body shop charged $75.00 to clean drains"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leak over passenger door, resulting from ice storm where ice on roof expanded, causing trim to loosen with subsequent leak"

Deborah T., SC (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Mouse chewed through lines"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Rust has eroded the panels that the seals and stripping are attached to. It's really just an age and rust issue."

Anonymous, VT (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaks around the sunroof, windows, weather stripping is falling apart"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Dash squeaks"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Dash rattles"

Anonymous, KS (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"the wind noise is very loud and comes from the left front side"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"door seals shrank and let a lot of wind noise in. Put weatherstripping alongside gaskets on doors. Much better, but not perfect"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 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

Shocks or struts

"The right front strut was leaking when serviced in May of 2019. I had both front struts replaced in April of 2020."

Anonymous, SC (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The front shocks or struts needed replacing probably due to road conditions in areas it was driven"

Donna W., CA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace 4 struts. Car did not seem to be handling properly. Vibration"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to replace all 4 struts at around $700"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Our (very trustworthy) alignment shop noted tire wear indicating poor damping, and recommended replacing the struts"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out due to distance driven"

Erik B., NS (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Loud noise when going over bumps"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel locks up and have to keep jerking before the car will start"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Rear wheel bearings on both sides needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"first one at 65K, both fronts at 180K, ;ast one at 190 K"

David V., NY (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to a noise in the rear of the car we had the wheel bearing replaced"

Brian H., NY (2006 Toyota Matrix 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

CV joint

"Boot over CV joint tore and had to be replaced. Cost was about $800"

Anonymous, WV (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced cracked boot"

Anonymous, CO (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"Rear differential was making loud noise and this was approximately one month after having it serviced as was recommended in the owner manual. It was over 100000 miles & I called main headquarters to see if it was covered & was told not covered after"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Bearing damage"

Gregg V., CA (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"The car was making a loud whirring noise when driving. Although it seemed to drive normally. It needed a new rear differential assembly and new seals."

Mary S., ON (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I didn't notice any problem but the service tech person identified the problem. Service replaced replaced 'coupling assembly' ; 2 radial ball , cv boots and boot kit; rear viscous coupler and both inner boots leaking; replaced coupler and boots"

Ralph K., MI (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front half shaft failed with no warning. Typically the CV boot is leaking as an indicator of this so it can be repaired before failure. Failed at a stop light"

Anonymous, IA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"The battery runs down a couple of times a year (and I am on my third battery.) The dealer repair shop states there are no electrical problems,that I don't drive it enough, and that I should get trickle charger. I am skeptical because although I don't drive many miles I do drive frequently, and I do turn off all accessories when I turn off the car."

Anonymous, AK (2006 Toyota Matrix Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"alternator died and took the battery with it"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transfer case

"Common problem - xfer case starts 'whining" soon you have vibration caused by the output shaft of xfer case"

Anonymous, CT (2006 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

Glass defects

"Windshield had to be replaced because of a crack from road debris."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This was the headlight lens. Both became very cloudy"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"See previous answer and current windshield is NOT the original Toyota windshield which was replaced due to stone Chips"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"Two of the exterior plastic door handles disintegrated and needed to be replaced."

Robert L., MD (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"3 of the 4 outside door handles have broken. They are plastic and became dry and brittle, breaking off while opening the doors."

Rob M., CA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"three exterior door handles have cracked and broke off at different times, dealer says it's because of the heat, very costly repair"

Richard L., FL (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"The windows leak and whistle in high winds."

Anonymous, AK (2006 Toyota Matrix Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The window became disconnected from the winding mechanism."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Original clutch replaced after 155,000 miles. It was routine maintenance and got way more miles from that clutch than expected."

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Repair was preventative. !50k miles"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch pedal needs pushing all the way to the floor and then extra pressure. Hydraulic cluch can not be adjusted. Results in a lot of stripping of gears and stalling with engine turning off."

Victor T., CA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed a new clutch which I consider reasonable given the mileage on the car and no previous problems with the clutch"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission fluid was too low and caused my engine light signal to come on. Had new transmission put in. Only major problem I've had with the car. Very reliable and if I buy a new car, it will be a reliable Toyota model, maybe an Avalon. I don't have to worry about reliability of a Toyota model."

Raymond C., GA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noticed a smell of oil while driving, and then noticed oil slick around axle at transmission. Faulty bearing was the blame. Transmission shop also discovered worn differential. Had that replaced as well as all bearings as a precaution. Guarantee of t"

Anonymous, QC (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A small part (I've been told a fork) got loose and should bring major damage to the transmission box"

Marcel L., QC (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"At 273,500 miles the transmission gears went out. Replaced with a new OEM transmission"

Michelle M., UT (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Replaced EVAC canister to correct Check Engine light"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"EVAP Canister. Did not disable vehicle but caused Check Engine light to remain on."

J R., TN (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light comes on; replaced oxygen sensor; check engine light still comes on in cool/cold weather. Just ignore it now"

Anonymous, KY (2006 Toyota Matrix 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"black box on gas tank that sends information to emission's is not working and has put check engine light on, cost 600.00, mechanic told me it gets moisture into it and stops working"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Fuel could not be pumped into tank. Tank fill not venting. Canister assembly had to be replaced"

J R., TN (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light came on, code was for running lean. I took it to the local mechanic who eventually diagnosed a rock hard air intake manifold gasket. Installed updated gasket set, and so far so good."

Anonymous, ME (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A simple replacement"

Gerard R., PA (2006 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

Rough shifting

"A defective ant-chatter clutch spring sometimes makes for less than smooth clutch engagement. Long term this may break an engine mount."

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch replaced to no avail. Problem has only deteriated although the car remains drivable; just waiting until the transmission completely fails."

Victor T., CA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This has started in the last 4 months shift into first is very rough"

Jon B., WA (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"This was related to the clutch problem. The clutch felt like it did not engage fast enough or that it slipped on occasion. Again, perfectly acceptable at this mileage"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This clutch only has 11,000 miles and seems like it is slipping more than it should be"

Jon B., WA (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"car will stay in first gear, we have to turn the car off and restart to get it to shift, dealer can not find the problem, thinks it is a sensor but the problem is intermittent"

Richard L., FL (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"While idling, the engine would rev on it's own. Driving was very rough."

Mary S., ON (2006 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

Engine computer

"Twice now a plethora of lights have come on in the dashboard. I brought it in and they were diagnosed as bad sensors of one type or another. And the engine still doesn't run very well. That said, the car has over 200,000 miles on it. It just seems to me the sensors are failing more than the things they are sensing."

Matt D., RI (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"electronic control module needed replaced. Replaced intake gasket also. power rear view mirror doesn't work - mirror broke off"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Timing chain cover gasket was leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil is leaking from the undercarriage"

Mark H., UT (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 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

Alternator

"Alternator bearing is singing and will need to be replaced soon."

Anonymous, MI (2006 Toyota Matrix Standard 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The alternator was replaced 3 times since the car was purchased new. I feel that this is either an engineering or manufacturing problem"

J Z., FL (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"The starter had to be replaced. The bad started left my wife stranded in the country. Luckily someone was available who knew cars was able to hit the starter with a hammer and it worked. I had her take the car to the dealer to get it fixed"

J Z., FL (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 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 a/c compressor fan fun's constantly. We had routine service to evacuate the system so it would cool the car. It did not fix the constant whirring of the fan."

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"System not cooling"

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The same problem exists with my 2006 Toyota Corolla. Pls refer to my comments about the Corolla"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

Display screen goes blank

"Electronics: clock, radio, etc. goes blank on a regular basis"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The cruse control knob broke/split. was just dangling until my husband ordered a new knob and fixed it himself"

Anonymous, CA (2006 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

Head gasket

"This car isn't being driven frequently anymore so problems can occur or be around for awhile. in this case the issue had likely been around for awhile before we noticed it. Given the miles we have on the car it is not surprising we are having this type of problem."

Jon B., WA (2006 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Transmission cooling line ruptured inside radiator. Discovered during routine maintenance. Had to bring it back the next day for the service to fix it."

Anonymous, (2006 Toyota Matrix XR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
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