2005 Toyota MATRIX Electrical System problems & defects.

Toyota MATRIX Electrical System problems : 13.

I Am The Original Owner Of A 2005 toyota matrix With 88k Miles. The Ecm In The Vehicle(model 89661-01132) Died. The Dealer Says This Is A Common Problem With This Series Of Ecm Parts And They Will Install A New “updated” Version (model 89661-02k41) For A Mere $650. From Searching Online It Appears To Be A Fairly Widespread Problem Among toyota matrix Owners And Yet toyota Has Not Issued A Recall For These Faulty Ecms And The Dealer Is Refusing To Replace Ecm Outside Of The Federally Mandated Warranty Period. All Auto Manufacturers Are Required By The Epa To Warranty Ecms To 80k Miles But This Is Obviously A Huge Problem And toyota Is Failing To Take Responsibility For A Shoddy Batch Of Ecms. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 87000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR32EX5C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in CHULA VISTA, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 24, 2008

I Own A 2005 toyota matrix. On 10/29/09 They Had To Replace The Whole Computer System. Mechanic Said That They Had Trouble With Alot Of The matrixs And Corollas. Cost Me About $1000.00 To Replace. My Clock Has Been Coming On Every So Often,but Mostly Stays Off.the Doors Are Not Suppose To Lock If Key Is In Ignition Or Running. Three Times It Has Locked Me Out. The Dash Board Lights Are Medded Up Only Half Light Up,this Has Been This Way For Well Over A Year. When I Took It To The Dealer When I Had The Work Done They Never Fixed It. I Think That Someone Should Look Into This Matter Because If They Had To Replace The Computer On So Many Cars They Should Have A Recall. Also, My Pedal Got Stuck And Caused Me To Run Into A Snow Bank And Mess Up My Front Fender. *tr

Vehicle was involved in a crash. Mileage was 1000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR32E25C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in BALTIMORE, MD. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Oct 29, 2009

Letter From Senator On Behalf Of Constituent. Re Difficulties With Her 2005 toyota matrix. *kb The Consumer Stated The Brakes Were Defective Due To The Rotor Getting Caught In The Brake Pad. The Problem Continued After The Second Brake Repair. The Brakes Made An Audible Squeaking Noise When Depressed. There Was A Loud Noise Every Time The Vehicle Was Started And The Gears Were Engaged. The Abs Did Not Work On An Irregular Surface. A Defective Rear Axle Caused Damage To The Tires. The Lights Would Go Out By Themselves When It Was Dark.*jb

TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in SEATTLE, WA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20050301. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: TOYOTA OF SEATTLE .

Apr 14, 2010

2005 toyota matrix With Automatic Transmission Had Check Engine Light Come And Immediately Start Shifting Hard. No Prior Symptoms. Called toyota Service They Said It Was A Loose Gas Cap, I Asked Are You Sure It Has Nothing To Do With Transmission Because When The Light Is On It Shifts Harshly. No Pretty Sure It Is Gas Cap If It Comes Back On You Have To Pay $110 To Check It. After It Came Back On Drove For A Week To See If Problem Continued Then Took To Transmission Specialist Who Said It Had Pressure Control Solenoid Out. Took It For Second Opinion To Transmission Repair Shop And They Said It Is Common Problem With toyota matrix And Corolla Similar To Rav4 Problem That Ecm Is Bad And Causes Transmission Issues Which In This Case Cause Damage To Transmission. Called toyota And Pointed Out That toyota Service Bulletin Tc014-06 And Tc-015-07 State That If The Check Engine Light Comes On And There Is Harsh Shifting To Change The Ecm Out With A Different Part Number. They Agreed That If My Car Had Exhibited These Symptoms At Under 80,000 Miles They Would Have Replaced The Ecm Under Warranty Because It Has Been Improved To Not Do This. They Said The Unit Could Be Replace Now At 88,000 Miles At A Cost To Me And They Would Not Help Me With The Cost Of The Defective Unit Or The Transmission Damage It Caused. *tr

Mileage was 88713 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR32EX5C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in VENTURA, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

June 28, 2010

After Reaching 94,000 Miles Mark Like What Some Other toyota matrix Owners Experienced, There Was A Harsh In The Transmission When You Shift To Reverse And The Check Engine Light Is On. *tr

Mileage was 94000 miles. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in BURBANK, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph.

Mar 25, 2010

Air Bag Light Came On Repeatedly Over A Period Of Months. On 17mar2011 toyota Dealer Diagnosed Two Possible Causes… Computer Or Clock Assembly. Computer Was Replaced Under Extended Warranty. Problem Returned The Next Day. Clock Was Replaced On 30mar2011 Under Extended Warranty. Problem Seems To Be Solved As Of 12jul2011. *kb

Mileage was 92406 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR32E95C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 drive type:FWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 17, 2011

Clock Is Intermittent And Air Bag Warning Comes On Frequently .. Heater Control Lights Are Also Intermittent .. Have Asked Dealership To Fix These Items And They Have Not .. Gave Up After The Third Attempt. *tr

TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in SPOKANE, WA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Feb 01, 2011

I Already Turned In An Incident But Did Not Get An E-mail Or Any Reply Back So Am Doing It Again To Make Sure. My Air Bag Light Has Been Going On Intermittently For 1.5 Years. I Was Told By toyota That It Would Cost $180 To Diagnose The Problem And Was Never Told That When My Air Bag Light Was On That My Air Bag Would Not Go Off. I Recently Found This Out So Had It Checked Out. Turns Out It Is A Faulty Clock. toyota Has The Clock As An Integral Part Of Their Air Bags. I Can’t Believe That They Put My Family At Risk Because Of A Clock. It Cost Me $560 To Fix As Well. There Was Never Any Assistance On toyota‘s Part To Assist Me, Lower The Cost. My Clock By The Way Works Perfectly Fine And It Took Them 1.5 Hours To Diagnose The Problem. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 60000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR32E65C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in PLYMOUTH, MN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 18, 2013

The Air Bag Warning Light Remains On While The Car Is On. I Was Told The Air Bag Would Not Function Properly While The Warning Light Is On. The toyota Dealer Said The Air Bag Wiring Is Shorting In The Clock Mechanism And Clock Parts Need To Be Replaced For The Air Bag To Work. Why Do I Need To Fix The Clock For This Air Bag To Work?

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 61993 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR32E85C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in SCARSDALE, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Mar 27, 2014

Clock Has Been Fading In & Out Mostly Out Since Purchased

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 89000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR32E85C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in YORK, PA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Nov 18, 2013

The matrix Began Having Various electrical Problems, Including Engine Warning Lights Turning Off And On, Airbag Warnings, Clock And Headlights/brakelights Turning Off And On. We Have Brought It In To Several Mechanics For Checks And Various Repairs, To No Avail. Most Recently, A Dealer Shop Diagnosed That The Ecm Is Likely Failing, And In Looking At The Records From Another Dealer Shop Noticed That The Ecm Was On Back Order In 2011 To Install A New One After A Recall, But That A New One Was Never Installed. However, My Service Records Show That The First Dealer Shop Told Me (fraudulently?) That It Was In Fact Installed. The Car May Not Be Safe To Drive, But I Have Not Been Successful To This Point In Getting It Repaired. The Second Shop Informed Me That The First Dealer Shop Is Responsible.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 85000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR32E95C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in PORTLAND, OR. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Jan 13, 2014

Driver-side Air Bag Warning Indicator Is Intermittent Sometimes On , Sometimes Off. This Seemed To Start After The 3-yr Warranty Expired. Back Then, I Mentioned It To A Dealer While In For A Separate Recall Repair And The Dealer Suggested Maybe I Had Stuff Under Or On The Passenger Side Chair Which Could Trigger The Indicator. I Never Paid For Them To Check The Car. Indicator Goes On/off Regardless Of Passenger/objects On The Seat. Both Front Seats Do Not Have Stuff Beneath Them. More Recently, Clock Illumination Fades In And Out, Mostly Out. This Seemed To Start No More Than 3 Yrs Ago. Car Has Still Has Original Airbags And Clock. I’m Afraid That My Air Bags Won’t Deploy During An Accident. I’m Angry That My Car Wasn’t Included In The Recent Recalls.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR30E55C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in CUPERTINO, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Aug 01, 2010

Air Bag (srs) Started Going On And Off Intermittently, Then Clock Went On And Off Intermittently. Now Clock Rarely Comes On. The Ignition Must Be Turned On And Off Several Times To Get The Air Bag Light To Go Off. The Vehicle Was Taken To A toyota Carmax Dealer In Laurel, Md. The Rep Said There Was Probably Something Under The Seat, And Found An Empty Water Bottle. When The Car Was Turned On, The Light Was Gone, And He Pronounced The Car Fixed. Two Days Later It Came On Again And Has Continued To Come On And Off Randomly. The Item Under The Seat Story Is Bogus And Only Works Because The Ignition Is Turned On And Off, Not Because Items Are Under The Seat. This Is An Obvious Safety Issue That Needs To Be Fixed By toyota. I Am Now Reading Many Many Other People Have The Same Problem And toyota Will Not Recognize The Issue.

Mileage was 90000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2T1KR30E35C. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 problem was reported in UNKNOWN, DC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA MATRIX 2005 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: GAS. DEALER’S NAME: CARMAX . DEALER’S CITY: LAUREL . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MD.

July 03, 2014

2005 Toyota MATRIX problems and complaints, and up-to-date recall information. If you are researching a used Toyota MATRIX, driving a 2005 Toyota MATRIX, or if you are planning to purchase one, review owner-reported Electrical System problems and defects.

4 Responses

  1. Heather Thatcher September 22, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    I bought a brand new 2005 Toyota Matrix XR and took good care of it. A few months before I received the airbag recall letter, the airbag warning light was going off and on and the clock started fading in and out. About a year later the dealer was finally able to replace the airbag, as I live in a desert area (the airbag warning light had continued to appear intermittently). About a week after the installation the airbag warning light was back on. The dealer said it was because of the clock, the whole system was connected and would cost $400 to repair. The car then had a mileage of 80,712. I was driving at dusk when the dashboard lights went black. They came on the next day, then went off again. Afraid to drive at night, I went back to the dealer for a diagnostic. They called later and said all the lights were working and they could find nothing to repair. Next, I called the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. I was advised that my problem was an extreme safety issue and to call the Toyota Manufacturer, and tell them I was experiencing a manufacturing defect that was an extreme safety issue and I needed safe reliable transportation and a buyback. I was told the car was out of warranty and I would have to pay for my own repairs. I then called the Federal Trade Commission and filed a complaint. I was advised to call the California State attorney, and the California Bureau of Automotive Repair. After I do that I’ll probably get an attorney.

  2. Heather Thatcher September 22, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    2005 Toyota Matrix XR Received the airbag recall letter, Airbag warning light going off and on, clock intermittent. Year later dealer replaced airbag. Week later airbag warning light back on. Dealer said it’s because of the clock, whole system connected, cost $400 to repair. Mileage 80,712. Driving at dusk, dashboard lights went black. Back on next day, then off again. Back to dealer for diagnostic. Dealer said all lights working, could find nothing to repair. Next, called National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Advised that problem was extreme safety issue, – call the Toyota Manufacturer, tell them I was experiencing manufacturing defect that was an extreme safety issue and needed safe reliable transportation and buyback. Was told car was out of warranty, I would have to pay for my own repairs. Called the Federal Trade Commission, filed complaint. Advised to call California State attorney, & California Bureau of Automotive Repair. Next: get an attorney.

  3. Heather Thatcher September 22, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    2005 Toyota Matrix XR Airbag warning light off and on, clock intermittent. Year later dealer replaced airbag. Week later airbag warning light back on. Dealer said it’s because of the clock, whole system connected, cost $400 to repair. Mileage 80,712. Driving at dusk, dashboard lights went black. Back on next day, then off again. Back to dealer for diagnostic. Dealer could find nothing to repair. Called National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Advised problem extreme safety issue, – call Toyota Manufacturer, tell them experiencing manufacturing defect, extreme safety issue and needed safe reliable transportation and buyback. Was told car was out of warranty, would have to pay for my own repairs. Called the Federal Trade Commission, filed complaint. Called California State attorney, California Bureau of Automotive Repair. Next: get attorney.

    • Heather Thatcher September 22, 2016 / 10:59 pm

      2005 Toyota Matrix XR Airbag warning light off and on, clock intermittent. Year later dealer replaced airbag. Week later airbag warning light back on. Dealer said it’s because of the clock, whole system connected, cost $400 to repair. Mileage 80,712. Driving at dusk, dashboard lights went black. Back on next day, then off again. Back to dealer for diagnostic. Dealer could find nothing to repair. Called National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Advised problem extreme safety issue, – call Toyota Manufacturer, tell them experiencing manufacturing defect, extreme safety issue and needed safe reliable transportation and buyback. Was told car was out of warranty, would have to pay for my own repairs. Called the Federal Trade Commission, filed complaint. Called California State attorney, California Bureau of Automotive Repair. Next: get attorney.

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