The Matrix is a great, basic reliable car that won't cost you a fortune in repairs
Electronic Control Module was replaced just under 100,000 km (warranty).
Intake gasket leak at 150,000 km (replaced under extended warranty).
Overall this car is great value for the money. I bought it used (2 years old with just over 50,000 km) so I put Toyota's extended warranty on it. Other than regular maintenance and the 2 issues I listed, no problems with the vehicle.
The extra room you get in the back is great for a car this size. I brought a new dishwasher home as it slid easily in the back with the rear seats folded down. Plenty of room for the kids in the back seats, and no issues with space for adults in the front (I am 6').
The ride is a bit rough as far as suspension goes, but overall this is a great basic vehicle that should last you for years. If I don't give in to my temptation to buy a truck, I expect another 150K out of this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th November, 2012