1st Generation (2003—2008) Matrix Problems

This generations ranks 62nd out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (19%), transmission (13%), and the wheels (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Failure 11 complaints at an average of 113,605 miles in the 2003 Toyota Matrix.
  2. Transmission Stopped Working 4 complaints at an average of 141,452 miles in the 2003 Toyota Matrix.
  3. Unintended Acceleration 2 complaints at an average of 44,697 miles in the 2006 Toyota Matrix.

What Matrix Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2008 2 5 89 0.56
2007 9 5 85 4.14
2006 26 7 88 9.77
2005 24 5 103 8.62
2004 13 8 94 8.77
2003 41 8 102 23.76

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