About Toyota Matrix
Toyota Matrix, also called as Toyota Corolla Matrix, is a compact hatchback manufactured by Toyota from 2002 to 2014. The first Toyota Matrix was introduced in 2002 as a 2003 model. As the fruit of cooperation of Toyota and General Motors, it absorbed both companies' advantages. And it had been produced through two generations until it discontinued production since 2014.
The first generation Toyota Matrix (E130; 2003-2008) was introduced as a 2003 model in 2002. It was available in four submodels: Standard (2003-2008), XR(2003-2008), XRS(2003-2006) and M-Theory (2007). Those submodels were powered by either 1.8 L 123-130 hp inline 4-cylinder engine or 1.8 L 164 hp to 180 hp inline 4-cylinder engine fitted along with a 4-speed automatic transmission and 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions. On October 31, 2007, Toyota unveiled second generation Matrix (E140; 2009-2014) at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. There were only three trim levels available: Standard (Base), S, and XRS in US. While in Canada, it had Base, XR, AWD, and XRS. Also, it added a new 2.4 L 158 hp inline 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission was replaced by a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Matrix Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As accumulation of mileage, Toyota Matrix starts to show some problems. Actually, it is not rare in any car. After all, auto parts in Matrix will wear out eventually; as a result, symptoms would also come out. Listed below are the most common problems in it:
Most complained problem is the engine failure. This problem is an agony, especially for someone in a hurry. Because Toyota Matrix drivers have put forward engine would misfire, idle roughly, surge or hesitation, sometimes, the vehicle even cannot be started. Lack of acceleration, high fuel consumption and unusual engine sounds are the extra symptoms not to mention the shining Check Engine Light. They are actually warning you that your Matrix air filter, oil filter, spark plug, oxygen sensor or drive belt are failing.
Second, premature suspension and braking failure. Toyota Matrix owners feel annoyed about this problem as well. The suspension failure often shows as vehicle bottoming out, excessive noises from the front or rear end or grinding noises while turning. At the meanwhile, the front tires, brakes and suspension parts are damaged severely. Problems may lie in broken coil spring insulator, strut housing, wheel bearing, shock and strut mount or trailing arm bushing. As for braking failure, the brake disc, brake pad set, brake shoe set, brake drum and brake caliper are all fragile auto parts in your Matrix, check them first.
However, as a vehicle assembled by lots of different auto parts, Matrix needs you to do more. The function of seat belt should be always at prime condition so that your safety can be guaranteed while driving. Door handle as a tool to enter or exit from the vehicle, is also essential. As for wiper blade, headlight light bulb and fog light bulb, they all play important parts in providing bright and clear vision for drivers especially under adverse weather conditions.
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