2003 Toyota Matrix 1.9 litre from North America
Good fuel economy, but the remaining aspects of the short lived ownership were disappointing.
Replaced the AM/FM/CD player three times in a 7 month duration due to various malfunctions with the CD player.
Had to replace "on board" computer to remedy frequent stalling episodes.
Interior trim is very "unforgiving" as the dash and door trim components are extremely susceptible to scratches. Additionally, the paint on a plastic component wore right off prematurely, and on an other component exhibited unexpected fading.
An unpleasant odor, not unlike the smell of burning rubber, was emmitted from engine during slightly extended periods of high rpm - such as when spinning tires in snow.
I was intrigued with the design concept of this vehicle, (sport utility/station wagon), but I should have heeded my own advice about avoiding the purchase of any vehicle in it's first model year.
Although Toyota has a fairly established record for manufacturing quality vehicles, I suspect that the vehicles built in Japan offer better quality and value.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th April, 2004
18th Sep 2004, 12:16
We have also had to deal with "design flaws", I guess you could call them. Basically, on all of the faux brushed steel plates on the dash and doors, the paint just peeled off! This occurred within 2 months of ownership. The paint on the outside also is chipping off on the hood, doors etc.
Our windows rattle in the doors and don't always roll up into the rubberized channel correctly.
Performance is good except for a weird,burning, sulpherish smell coming from the engine the first 2,000 miles or so.
We don't like the sports package that we got on the vehicle because it makes the car way too low.
Ultimately, we are searching for another car and after spending almost $26,000 on this one I feel ripped off with the resale value.