Toyota Matrix owners have reported 15 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.
Took my car for check engine light, harsh shifting into reverse. I was told the ecm needed replacing. The ecm was replaced but the problems persist. When shifting into reverse the car lunges into gear after a few seconds. I am afraid of backing into someone in the parking lot.
See all problems of the 2005 Toyota Matrix.
Abs, brake, & service engine lights came on. Took it to midas, they replaced speed sensors. When I got car back it shifted gears (automatic) funny & hesitated significantly shifting from 2nd to 3rd. Immediately returned car to midas. They re-diagnosed & suggested I take it to Toyota dealer (john elway's crown Toyota). They said it was speedometer cluster & replaced it which did not resolve my problem so declined to pay & asked them to put back my old speedometer cluster. They didn't & didn't charge me for the new one. Had car towed back to midas. They disconnected speed sensors & told me it was drivable. Got on freeway next day & car wouldn't shift from 3rd to 4th gear, engine revved to 6000 rpms, got off freeway & called midas corporate to complain. They said they would have franchise owner call me. He called but did not identify himself as the person I originated dealt with at midas shop, I know this because I called the number they called from & it was the midas shop. Went to midas, today (8/27/10), they asked me to bring car in tomorrow & they would put back old speed sensors & see what happens. They think it's the car's computer but in the meantime I'm out a thousand dollars.
See all problems of the 2003 Toyota Matrix.
Our car has developed very harsh shift of the gears and has a check engine light. Went to car shop and they said it was error code p2716 and a known problem but only covered upto 80000 miles or 96 months. Our vehicle is 2005 with 94,000 miles. The ecm needs to be replaced - cost ~ 900 $ - our complaint is that since this is a mechanical problem with the vehicle itself and not the driver, we should not need to pay for this and should be replaced by Toyota - please help us.
My 2003 Toyota Matrix xr sometimes accelerates uncontrollably. Usually when I am cruising at highway speeds, when I let off of the gas pedal, the car's throttle still feels like it's in the open position, causing the car to speed up instead of slowing down. It almost feels like if the cruise control is turned on and the car is trying to maintain speed. My cruise control was turned off during each of these incidents, and there was no indication that they were turned on at the time of the incidents. This problem occurs once every few months and I usually don't pay attention to them. The car will accelerate for a few seconds then eventually the throttle will close and the car will slow down and then I will apply the brakes gently. I have informed my Toyota dealer of this but they usually just brush the complaint off and say they couldn't find any problems. I personally think it's an electronics issue where the cruise control system override the manual system without the input of the driver.
Transmission went bad before 100,000 miles.
I was pulling into a parking spot at an apt. Complex; I had my foot on the brake so as not to hit the curb; the car became airborne, jumped the curb and landed onto a children's playground stopping just short of hitting a tree. I still had my foot on the brake, now pressed to the floor. I asked my passenger to get out of the car, I then backed up over the curb and back onto the macadam.
Ecm failure on 2005 Toyota Matrix. Caused lurching,acceleration changes during automatic gear shifting. , causing unsafe driving by driver. Dealer said vehicle out of warranty and mileage too high (80,500) for them to replace at their cost.
Without warning my 2003 Toyota Matrix transmission locked up. I'm told I need a new one, and my car has only 60,560 miles.
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I had my '03 Toyota Matrix xrs serviced on 08/08/08 at a Toyota dealership in berkeley, CA. They told me everything was fine, and I have never had any problems with my car. The next day (today, as I write) I was driving on I-80 eastbound past reno, nv and my speed dropped 20mph for no reason. My car then began to smoke, and I pulled over to find a trail of transmission fluid behind my car and my engine service light on. After the tow back to reno, the Toyota dealer service station told me they weren't receiving any response from my transmission and that it would be upwards of $6,000 to repair. I have never had one, single problem with my car and have had it serviced regularly. It has 66,000 miles and was serviced yesterday. I find this outrageous, unsafe, and deceptive.
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated that the transmission would not allow the vehicle to freely move; it seemed as if the vehicle was in the neutral position while it was engaged. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer
where the dealer stated that all the models had the feature and there was nothing wrong with the transmission. The vehicle had not been repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance in the matter. The current mileage was 10,107. The failure mileage was approximately 400.
See all problems of the 2009 Toyota Matrix.
I had check engine light on and couldn't get inspection. Dealer said I need new transmission and had replace the transmission with the same problem and they replace engine control module again.
See all problems of the 2006 Toyota Matrix.
I had a check engine light on so I went to the dealer to get it fix. They told me I need a new transmission.
2003 Toyota Matrix, 64000 miles and the transmission went out, bought it used 10/2007 certified Toyota and thank goodness we bought the extended warranty. Just took it into the dealer and they stated the transmission fluid was dirty and had metal shavings in pan also hydraulic went out and had a faulty sensor in trans axle. Dealer will replace it but thank goodness we had the extended warranty and will we have the same problem with the replacement???? we purchased this car for our daughter because Toyota is suppose to be reliable, but we have never had a transmission go out in any of our other cars and we usually keep them for 10 years. . . . .
As I was driving to work on December 28, 6:50 am I gradually felt my car slowing down so I tried accelerating with no success! when I looked if I had forgotten to lower the safety brake, I checked my board and saw a check engine sign so I pulled of to the gas station (lucky there was one when this happened and no traffic). I called for a towing and turned of the car. When the towing guy came, he tried my vehicle and nothing seemed to be wrong except for the check engine sign that was still up. . . When I went to the garage, my car was scanned and the po607 error was found in the computer's history! there obviously is a problem with the accelerator on my Toyota Matrix 2006 and there is no recall for that problem which is not normal either! this is a car I bought on August 2010 from a popular dealer so its second hand and I'm pretty sure this is not the first time such a problem occurs with it.
While driving my car, it will start to miss out and then stall. Upon restarting, the engine light comes on. I took it to the dealer where they replaced the computer. That helped for about 6 months and then problem recurred. I took it back to the dealer and we then replaced the ignitors. Once that was complete the car ran fine for 2 months. Now it is happening again, and is very dangerous. It happened to me today for instance while I was in the middle of an interstection making a a turn. When the car stalls, I have limited steering. This also happens to me while I'm on the interstate. Clearly there is a severe problem with this car that goes beyond the computer and ignitors. It is very dangerous to drive, but I have no choice since it is the only car that I have.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Power Train problems||
|Manual Transmission problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Clutch Pedal/linkage problems||
|Noises During Shifting problems||
|Differential Unit problems||
|Power Train Driveline problems||