2003 Toyota Matrix XRS from North America
Good reliable car, great on gas
Battery died at 145k.
Changed timing belt at 150k.
Changed original brakes at 135k.
Changed rotors, and replaced brake pads with ceramic ones.
Rattling noise on the right side. I thought this was just me, but reading the reviews, it looks like a common problem.
Great gas mileage. Still runs smooth even at 193k Km.
I guess been lucky with my transmission (knock on wood); so far the 5 speed is still working fine. Lots of elbow room, and have been driving it out of town a lot with no issues so far.
I have a 16 inch winter tire set, as the all season just wouldn't cut it with a Canadian winter. Original all seasons lasted 5 years, which is the average, but got a winter tire set last year, and still using the all seasons in summer. Been rotating tires every 35k km.
All in all, it was a great buy for me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th August, 2011
13th Sep 2014, 06:08
The 2003 Matrix XRS never came with a 5 speed. You said so far the 5 speed was holding up. You sure you even have one?
You said the faults with the car were things like battery, brakes, and tires, which do need to be replaced from time to time. Just saying.
6th Jun 2015, 04:31
I don't remember the Matrix being equipped with a timing belt. I think it's a timing chain, which doesn't need replacement like rubber belts every 60K miles.