Here’s Why I Hate My Toyota Matrix

Here’s Why I Hate My Toyota Matrix

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Jeff Ross what’s the worst thing about a Toyota Matrix well I love them but the
worst thing is they do have a somewhat rough ride that was their kind of sports
wagon it’s not a true SUV and the suspension is relatively rough now it’s
set up for going real fast I love and I put fancy shocks motorcycle design ones
on my wives and I love it it handles like a dream but truthfully take it on a
long-distance ride it’s a lot rougher than the lexus that we got it’s so much
smoother whenever we go more than 50 60 miles we’ll get in the lexus we’re not
gonna drive the matrix on long distances because they’ve got relatively rough
rides when you hit bumps and stuff, dog king says Scotty how can I soup up an 03
civic 220,000 highway miles I’m okay well if it’s really 220,000 highway
miles you realize highway mileage pure highway driving is equivalent to about
10 percent of where a stop-and-go City so that’s kind of lucky got a 22,000
miles city driving so it’s still got a lot of life in it there’s the thing
about souping up vehicles though three ways of going about one is rebuilding
the engines, Pistons bigger valves cost a fortune most guys aren’t gonna do
that on a civic the other two are either put a supercharger or a turbocharger on
if you want to spend that kind of money put a supercharger on it
it’s easier they run turbochargers on cars from the factory because the
turbochargers actually rated higher for gas mileage so they all do it but then
you got to modify the exhaust system and all kinds of stuff the supercharger you
can get bolt on supercharger kit and software so if you do want to spend the
kind of money put on a supercharger I don’t know if you want to spend that
kind of money though that’s not cheap, lamb 1996 I found an 08 volvo v50 with
66,000 miles for six point nine thousand dollars on Craigslist but it’s three
owners I’d be real leery about a car that’s already had three owners I just am, now
if they can actually positively prove it only has 66,000 miles those can be good cars
the older Volvo’s were good cars and 66,000 miles is nothing not one of those things
why have three people owned it and it’s only got 66,000 miles I would be worried
that was wrecked flooded or stolen I would want some serious research and proof and
the problem with proof is as I said many times things like Carfax
you can’t believe them I bet cuz they would bring me used cars an idiot could
see they’d been wrecked and Carfax says they’ve never been wrecked so you can’t
really believe that stuff but if you can get some kind of proof and find a guy
like me to test it for it before you buy it it could be a decent car just be real
leery about it having three previous owners hurdy-gurdy matt says I’m
thinking about buying a mercedes-benz 190e from the late eighties early
nineties my first car they made great cars back then I used to work on a lot
of 190s those things would run forever if you took care of the things I
would stick to the 80s some of the ninety ones had some serious problem if
it’s a project car great you know you can still get parts for them and it sure
it’s Mercedes but those old ones like that you can get from aftermarket parts
a lot of stuff for them but don’t pay much they have no resale value if you
can find one that’s still running decently go ahead have it as a toy just
don’t pay too much and stick to the 80s the 90s they started to get a bit bad
mr. Simms jr. says I got a
problem with my brake system I’m driving around and sometimes it just sinks to
the floor I pull up the wheel there’s no leaks I even changed the brake master
cylinder and it does the same exact thing what could be wrong well generally
it’s one of two things anything got a problem in your anti-lock brake system
or you got a problem in the brake booster now if you don’t have you got a
really old car it doesn’t have ABS change the booster and here’s how you
can test most boosters turn the car off step on the brake if it’s nice and hard
doesn’t sink then start it up and if start it up and then you stomp on
the brake with the engine running and it sinks you got a bad booster now
unfortunately with most cars these days having ABS and I brake systems yeah
brake system can make up sink too because it’s got a brake modulator
system that can open the valve so the ABS system works and if they stick open
it will sink like that then unfortunately you’re gonna have to pay
mechanic like me to put this big giant scan tool fool around with it because it
gets really complicated then, this year 524 says Scotty what are your
thoughts on a 1999 Toyota Camry with three hundred thousand miles for a
thousand bucks I’d pay less you’re getting a car with
a third of a million miles you get no guarantees lot of
let’s say it’s really clean and the seats aren’t torn and it runs good and
a/c still works ah you might as well pay the thousand
bucks if the guy won’t come down but I learned how to buy cars from my
grandfather he was also a mechanic and he was a horse trader when he was a kid
he grew up in a country and actually did trade horses and he taught me out about
cars you never pay the asking price your eyes off for less try to find things
that are wrong but if that’s what’s so clean that runs good a thousand bucks is
nothing these days but I try to pay 500 myself a customer just buy one for 500,
as says I’m thinking about buying a used electric car a Nissan Leaf I’m not
a big electric car fan but I have customers with a Nissan Leaf and they’ve
been happy with them and realize one thing about electric cars a pretty poor
resale value I just met a guy who bought a Tesla Model S the original owner paid
a hundred and twenty three thousand dollars for that car he had ten thousand
miles on and he paid forty four thousand dollars he paid like one third of what
the new one costs and it only had ten thousand miles there’s nothing wrong if
you do want an electric car and you buy used nissan leaf you’re gonna get it
cheaper there’s no ifs ands or but they’re bad resale values and they can last like
I said I got customers with the Leafs and they like them I’m not a fan myself
but if you want to get an electric car go ahead those are pretty well-built
ones realize they’re not that far but range make sure that you’re happy with
the range first of all don’t buy it and then find out oh man this thing only went
70 miles and ran out of power
so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to
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  2. Scotty, what’s your opinion on a 2002 4Runner? Considering using it for hauling a 16’ trailer for picking up furniture, hauling atv’s, etc…

  3. Hello Scotty, what do you think about Toyota Avensis Sedan 2008 1.6 L Manual 5 speed? Toyota Avensis 1.6 L 2008 or Opel Insignia 1.8 L 2010? What's the best Scotty? Thank you 🙂

  4. Scotty, I've been watching and enjoying your vídeos very much. I have never heard you say anything regarding Mitsubishi – good OR bad. Wondering what you think of them. Peace

  5. Hi Scotty, I have a 2004 Camry 4 cyl. recently cleaned my injectors, changed the air filter and checked the spark plugs and gap but my car still gets poor gas mileage and is sluggish especially going up hill. Do you have any suggestions please?

  6. Scotty, love the show, what are your thoughts about centric brake parts or anything else besides oem like Duralast?

  7. The Toyota Matrix is built on the Corolla design, so the ride – don't expect much. It is a basic, reliable car – nothing more, nothing less.

  8. Hey Scotty,

    I drive a 2006 A4 3.2 V6.

    So far I’ve owned it for a few months and paid $3500 (Canadian dollars) for it

    It’s been leaking like crazy and I’ve already put about $1400 into repairing it, and I’ve still got an engine light on

    Should I pull the plug on this thing?

  9. You can put lipstick on a pig! If a car already has a stiff and harsh ride, you might as well put lower profile summer tires and get the best handing possible! Rather than bother with dropping wheel sizes to gain sidewall height, when the suspension tuning is the issue!

  10. My only real complaint about our Matrix was that it was underpowered merging with Los Angeles freeway traffic

  11. Scotty did that video on purpose of course why? So all those people who telling him or asking if he gets paid by toyota to tell all good abt toyota only, Scotty is smart, he knows what he is doing, great work as always!

  12. I assume the Matrix has stiffer springs, than the Tercel, or whatever, car the engine and driveline was borrowed from. More cubic feet to haul a larger amount of stuff. Unloaded the car would ride rougher.

  13. Had a 2005 matrix. Best car I’ve ever had till my son wrecked it! Had 235,000 on it and was just a baby. Could have gone 200,000 more easily. But I’ll agree with a little rough ride. But if you can get over that awesome car.

  14. hi Scotty
    i have corolla and i am happy with it
    but i need another car
    a crossover for the family and Toyota don't sell any crossovers over here
    and i would like to get one with as little problems as possible
    so should i get Nissan Xtrail (rogue) / Skoda karoq (VW Tiguan ) or Mazda cx5

  15. Hey Scotty I'm looking for a 1997 Jeep Cherokee with a straight six. I found one four a grand but had some pretty bad damage on the rear driver door. I don't plan to pay much for it but I was thinking about just replacing it with a new or used door

  16. I figured the reason would be he can't wear those shades while driving the Matrix without someone calling him Morpheus.

  17. Rough ride ? I'm sold ! Rough ride means a strong suspension ! My Camry has a " rough ride". Well my Dad would have thought so, ( he loved that Prairie Schooner he had, Electra 225 )

  18. Scotty,thanks for another great video !!! What do you think about the 1990 geo storm gsi ???? Recently was given one that's been in storage for 10 yrs.want to make a rally car out of it..not familiar with the geo storm.your thoughts please.. i always trust your opinion.. thanks in advance. .

  19. Another thing to consider about electric cars is the cost to power them, take your monthly electric bill and triple it, that's what you should expect when charging these things

  20. So right about Carfax being a joke. A bought a 2 year old Lexus with a clean Carfax. Later found the paperwork in the owners manual where the hood, fender, grill, headlight and bumper had been replaced after an accident. One of the largest Lexus dealers in Florida did the work and did not report it.

  21. A while back…
    Scotty: "here's why the Toyota matrix is the best car ever made"
    Scotty: "Here's why I hate my Toyota matrix"

  22. well…say this to hiunday matrix owners that have to deal with strange and ugly gear stick 😅😂😟😢

  23. I literally just got my first car yesterday and it's a Black 2006 Toyota Matrix, Why do you do this to me.

  24. My Mom rented one & I dropped her off & then I tried to pull up on the grass to go right up to the door but the grass was saturated so I went about ten feet & it dropped like a stone. Yeah, not the cars fault~!!!

  25. Scotty i have a 2018 subaru legacy v6 R, it works on 87 gasoline, will i get better gas millages if i use 91 or 93, please let me know.

  26. Hey Scotty my name is frank119 and I’m looking at a 2009 Lincoln MKS or a 2007 Dodge Charger RT which vehicle should I choose

  27. 3 owners in 11 years? That's nothing, ive had many cars around that age with 6/7 owners…. there was nothing really wrong with any of them.

  28. just sold my family’s 2004 toyota matrix of 11-12 years had 220k miles my dad used it for work for the past 5 years. great car though

  29. For the dude looking to soup up the 03 civic, I have one myself and it’s not worth it fam. The D17A2 is butt and only puts out 127hp and has economical Vtec. I would just lower it on coils, give it some wheels and make it look nice. Also recommend upgrading the front brakes to drilled and slotted, helped me out a lot

  30. Scotty: why i hate toyota

    Me: but wait thats illegal

    Also scotty: actually i love them

    Also me: but WaIt ThaTs IlLegAL

  31. I thought you would say you hate the Toyota Matrix because it saves you too much money, more than you know what to do with it.

  32. Scotty, Ford says that each hour of idle time in park, on a Police Crown Victoria, is equal to 33 miles of driving for the engine and exhaust. What do you think of this estimate? They do have an hour meter on them.

  33. I was given a Toyota Matrix with a 183000 on it because it leaked oil so bad $4 timing tensioner seal from the Toyota dealership solve that

  34. I have an 06 Matrix, and my commute includes 2 of the worst streets in Canada in terms of potholes. It isnt a smooth ride but it doesnt bother me.

  35. I got a 2005 Pontiac vibe the same as a Toyota matrix it's got 26800 miles still got the factory clutch it's been a good a to b car. Love driving it. I surprised I lot of people about how bit will run

  36. I like to pack up the Hash Pipe with Rocky and get all schmoked up while watching the Scotty Kilmers videos.

  37. 03 Matrix. Oils leaks but got them fixed. And windshield leaks water when it rains. Lots of black silicone around it and stops the leak. These are common problems with the 03 – 09 Corolla, Vibe, and Matrix. Rough riding but it's paid off and works perfectly.

  38. The problem with the Leaf is the battery isn't heated or cooled, the battery will deteriorate because of this. Lithium Ion batteries don't like it too hot or too cold.

  39. Won't the supercharger cause the engine to explode? Well then again they do have a turbo I4 in a Silverado 🤔

    Flood the market with turbo civics!
    Every used civic should be turbo'd!
    It's just good business!

    Every Toyota ive ever purchased has left me stranded. Has nothing to do with the car, had everything to do with previous owners, but its hard to look past really negative experiences like that.

  41. Im at my second hatchback car and i believe they are all rattlebox. Still worth it over a sedan for me

  42. Paid the asking price on a 2001 Dodge ram 1500, 4×4, v8, clean, 168,00 miles last year. Runs flawless,cold ac, cracked dash, had a cover on it, ripped drivers seat where you get in and out, body great, paint, ok.Glad I found it for that price.

  43. I bought a brand new 2005 XR AWD Matrix for my wife. We out 125000 miles on it and it's still going without any major issues. I'll be buying a new RAV4 for her soon. Toyotas are great cars. I don't want anything else.

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