2004 Toyota Matrix XRS 1.8 VVTL-i from North America
Nothing. I have had my oil replaced with synthetic every 5000 km. Shifter was crunchy, replaced with TRD short throw and brass bushings; now much better.
This car is great. A very potent 1.8 liter that redlines at an incredible 8100 rpm springs to life over 6000 rpm. Under 6000 rpm, it's a quiet, fuel economical Toyota everyone expects. Shifter placement is great; right beside the steering wheel. Gages are very sporty. Cargo room is incredibly large. The 110v adaptor is a useful touch. I get an average of 28+ mpg (even with a lead foot).
The 6 speed is a nice transmission, however the gear spacing drops the car out of power band between 1st and 2nd.
For a wagon, its extremely nimble! It handles the corners with ease.
It's everything I wanted in a car. It comes alive when I want it to, its got space when I need it. The only thing that I don't like is it requires premium gas.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th January, 2005
20th Mar 2005, 20:12
I agree, but was told that gas grade does not matter. How ever it also has some power loss and response to clutch when you have the a/c all the way up.
28th Feb 2006, 12:01
I love my Matrix. It has everything I need and more in space, power, maneuverability and options. I agree with some of the comments with respect to the power band and shifting, but these are minor compared to everything else I get out of it.
The only recent concern is that I am having to replace the clutch of the 2004 Matrix XRS after 92,000 km. I am interested to know if there is anyone else out there with this issue.
18th Aug 2006, 11:48
Unfortunately, They put a lousy clutch in the XRS and won't own up to it. I not only lodged complaints with the dealer service manager, I also went as high up with Toyota America as I could. They were no help. My clutches last 100,000+ miles on all my cars. The Matrix went at 30,000 miles. This is unacceptable! The car is so great, I guess I'm going to tolerate it. The new one isn't much better. I'll go after market on the next one as I'm not expecting it to last much past 60,000 miles. All I can say is complain to Toyota, maybe if enough complaints go out, they will issue a recall or something.