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2004 Toyota Matrix

2004 Toyota Matrix

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Loved my Matrix

by from Sacramento, CA on September 20, 2010

I owned my Matrix for 4 years, and put 100,000 miles on it. When I sold it, it was close to 180,000 and still going. I had no major maintenance problems with the vehicle, but was told I needed to rep...
I owned my Matrix for 4 years, and put 100,000 miles on it. When I sold it, it was close to 180,000 and still going. I had no major maintenance problems with the vehicle, but was told I needed to replace my catalytic converter, when I had trouble passing smog last year. Obviously the car still ran fine without. I love how much cargo space you can have in this car; it's like a mini-suv with the seats folded down. It's extremely fuel effecient; I averaged around 31mpg.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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excellent vehicle

by from lynn, in on November 6, 2008

I am 6 ft 4 in 220 lbs and play drums this vehicle will haul them all with no problems with room to spare 36 mpg at 70 plus mph dependable would have 4 if i could afford them and needed them
I am 6 ft 4 in 220 lbs and play drums this vehicle will haul them all with no problems with room to spare 36 mpg at 70 plus mph dependable would have 4 if i could afford them and needed them
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for To save gas

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Excellent Performer- reliable family car

by from Virginia on June 25, 2011

Had 7 years of trouble free service from this car (a Corolla with a SUV box. Using regular gas got at least 30 mph town/hwy combined. A vast amount of cargo space and so versatile with the 60/40 bench...
Had 7 years of trouble free service from this car (a Corolla with a SUV box. Using regular gas got at least 30 mph town/hwy combined. A vast amount of cargo space and so versatile with the 60/40 bench down. Parking is a breeze even in Manhattan, moved many family and friends alike. It can even handle a full sofa!! Once I loaded a lawn aerater and lawn mower- no prob. Matrix is by far the most reliable car on the road and very reasonable too.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

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Love this car

by from San Jose, CA on January 11, 2007

I love my 2004 Matrix. I bought it used with 20K on it. The interior noise level when driving on a freeway is bad, the tire noise on certain types of pavement is awful. But other than that, I reall...
I love my 2004 Matrix. I bought it used with 20K on it. The interior noise level when driving on a freeway is bad, the tire noise on certain types of pavement is awful. But other than that, I really love it. I have disk problems in my lower back, so I really appreciate a car that's easy to get in and out of, and this is it! Auto xmission, it gets 30mpg average. The higher the price of gas, the higher the price of buying these used.
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I Love It Despite the Noise

by from lewisburg, wv on December 23, 2006

and the relative underpoweredness of the engine. It handles in a reliable and definitive fashion. The interior is comfortable and accommodating. Lots of stash places and adjustables. Mine is all w...
and the relative underpoweredness of the engine. It handles in a reliable and definitive fashion. The interior is comfortable and accommodating. Lots of stash places and adjustables. Mine is all wheel, which is a plus for the dirt and winding WV roads I drive. On the down side, rear visibility is limited by the narrow window and intruding headrests, the intrument panel is deep set and difficult to see from some angles (twice now I've missed the empty on light!), the noisy, somewhat underpowered engines reminds you it ain't a Camry. It definitely feels like this vehicle has the Toyota dependability you expect, and you'll get compliments on the design if that matters to you. I am, overall, satisfied.
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GREAT XRS

by from 47025 on May 11, 2011

I GET GREAT GAS MILAGE AT 65MPH. I DO HAVE TO USE PREMIUM FUEL BUT ONLY USING 11 GALLONS OF GAS PER WEEK AMOUNTS TO $2.20 EXTRA. FOR 36 MPG THAT IS NOT BAD
I GET GREAT GAS MILAGE AT 65MPH. I DO HAVE TO USE PREMIUM FUEL BUT ONLY USING 11 GALLONS OF GAS PER WEEK AMOUNTS TO $2.20 EXTRA. FOR 36 MPG THAT IS NOT BAD
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Awesome For the Money

by from Salt Lake City, Utah on February 1, 2011

I bought my 2004 Matrix XR used, with about 35,000 miles on it and I loved it from day one. It is great on fuel, though I wish the tank were a bit bigger. It's a zippy little car and handles hills wit...
I bought my 2004 Matrix XR used, with about 35,000 miles on it and I loved it from day one. It is great on fuel, though I wish the tank were a bit bigger. It's a zippy little car and handles hills with ease. The cargo space is awesome. I was continually amazing how much "stuff" I was able to get in the back of that thing. I have a few minor "cosmetic" things happen, but nothing that wasn't fixable or enough to worry about. I was able to fit 3...yes 3 car seats in the back at once without any problems. It handles decently in snow, as long as your tires are good. No problems in the rain at all. On dry roads, it hands quite well. It's a bit stiff on bumps, though, which can get a tad annoying after a while. Once on the freeway, it was smooth sailing however. I was sad to give the car up as it was a fun, handy and good looking car. I got many complitments on it's looks (I added a few aftermarket touches- new rims and window tinting) but the ground effects that were included were great. If you need a good hauler that is good on the gas mileage and the wallet, then this is a great car for you!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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Love this little car

by from North Dakota on July 26, 2011

I purchased this car in 2006 and just paid it off. It had 35,000 miles on it and now has 160,000 and I have had no trouble and have only replaced the back window wiper. The hub caps did come off, but ...
I purchased this car in 2006 and just paid it off. It had 35,000 miles on it and now has 160,000 and I have had no trouble and have only replaced the back window wiper. The hub caps did come off, but we replaced them with rims. I have gotten as much as 42 MPG while driving 55-60mph. My grandchildren love to ride with me and there is so much cargo room. I love the clearance from the ground and not having to sit way down when getting in.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Excellent Inexpensive Reliable Car!!!

by from New Jersey on March 29, 2015

I bought my 2004 Matrix used with 55,000 mi. I drove it to 209,000 miles and it was still going. The only maintenance costs were at 155K miles, which was the brake calipers that locked up on both side...
I bought my 2004 Matrix used with 55,000 mi. I drove it to 209,000 miles and it was still going. The only maintenance costs were at 155K miles, which was the brake calipers that locked up on both sides. Other than that I only changed the oil, rotors, brake pads and tires. At 190K mi the catalytic converter, the air sensor, went bad, an engine oil leak started, and the car became louder while driving. At 209K mi. and looking at over $2K in needed repairs I traded in my faithful inexpensive Matrix. It was worth it! I used it as a commuter car, but it became my small utility van on the weekend for home projects. The fold down seats allows you to fit so much, people would look at me funny and stopped to see if my Matrix would actually fit all the stuff I used to haul away. Best inexpensive, commuter/utility/cargo hatchback ever!!! I will miss her.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Best car I have ever owned

by from Pennsylvania on April 20, 2008

Over all this is a great car for the money.It gets great fuel economy,handles well on the highway,and has lots of room inside. I purchased this car used to go to and from work,I wasn't sure how I woul...
Over all this is a great car for the money.It gets great fuel economy,handles well on the highway,and has lots of room inside. I purchased this car used to go to and from work,I wasn't sure how I would like it but now I would recomend it to anyone.
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