2003 Matrix Owner Reviews (5)
AOL user 2009-08-29 14:54:10
My car is the 2003 4WD XRS and I love it. Never had a problem except for my mistake of the curbs but easy to fix on the axel. I ******* twice in the parking lots and it was a nice fix. I got the tires still from the orginial buy, they are still good. Winter is awesome, just add a sand bag or 2 since the back is light. Going camping is cool too for 2/3 people.
lots of car in a small package
Bigwavekid 2009-03-03 13:23:19
excellent handling and mileage and roomy and comfortable seating makes for a satisfying ownership experience.I purchased the car new in 2002, and have changed the oil every 5000 miles and the car is like new after 80,000 miles.Low ground clearance is my only negative.
Alternator shot. Poor Toyota support. Very poor traction in winter.
tztw0s9zusr 2009-01-13 13:31:43
Our 2003 Matrix, only 58,454 km. Alternator dead. Car is past the 5 year warranty period. However, alternators - especially on Toyotas - should last longer than 58,454 km. Toyota Canada says replacing alternator not covered, even at this low mileage. Toyota suggested I pay a Toyota dealer to check the system officially, but admitted they likely won't help us out on this anyway. Replace with a rebuilt - not new - alternator is over $500. The fact that we have 5 Toyotas in our family didn't seem to matter: the drone on the phone just kept reading from the policy manual. Toyota seems to have gone the route of American car manufacturers: no pride in their work or products, certainly no standing behind their products when there is a glitch. For sure we won't be buying another Toyota. P.S. Both our Matrix cars have terrible traction on snow and ice, even with front wheel drive and brand new Blizzak snow tires. The Matrix spun its wheels and got stuck when other cars could still go with no problem. For this reason I wouldn't buy a Matrix to drive in a Canadian winter. Also, gas mileage very disappointing.
I have the 2003 Matrix XR and I LOVE IT! I haven't had a problem with it since I got it a year ago. It is GREAT!
Review of 2003 Toyota Matrix