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#1 Old 01-31-2005, 11:48 AM
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Angry 2003 Matrix XRS Clutch Issue

I am trying to sell my 2003 XRS with only 26000 miles. I had the clutch replaced at 10K and again at 26K and don't trust it again. I have driven standard Toyotas all my life (I am 45 years old) and the dealer is adament that this our fault and won't cover another clutch even with a 75K extended warranty. They replaced the second clutch under duress and it is still smelling, to the point it has potential buyers concerned. Any suggestions?
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#2 Old 01-31-2005, 12:39 PM
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Did you replace it with an OEM clutch both times? A stronger aftermarket would have cured that the first time. It's unfortunate how weak the stock clutch is for this car. I can only see two things happening at this point which is both not in your favor...
1. sell at a lower asking price
2. swap out the clutch for a stronger aftermarket clutch and sell for the price you're asking for but not w/o dishing out more $ for parts/labor just to sell the darn thing.

Run a 'search. We've discussed this dreaded clutch a few times already.

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what's a good reliable aftermarket clutch to get?

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How can I get back up information on the fact that there are indeed "weak stock" clutches? The delaer refuses to admit that there is a problem on there end...just our driving technique.
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Here's a previous discussion about it - http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t62658.html

Get them to read this...all 8 pages of it. They can't deny there isn't anything wrong.
http://www.matrixowners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23157

A lot of us are like you...mature drivers with plenty of manual driving under our belts.

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what's a good reliable aftermarket clutch to get?
Mistamatrix has the RSP, I'm not sure what kind but here's the web site anyway http://www.turboclutch.com/sport_toyot.html hopefully when he sees this he'll chime in .


Shea Dog, go read that web site mistamatrix posted up, the dealer should replace it under warranty; I know a guy in my area has his replaced under warranty...good luck with everything .

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I have the RPS Sport Series clutch w/ street disc

http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t39325.html

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I had a 03 Matrix XRS 6 spd and I replaced the clutch at 25,000 miles with an ACT Heavy Duty Clutch w/ and ACT street disc. Worked like a charm. It worked so great that whenever i buy another manual vehicle I might just have to put in an ACT clutch before I drive.

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hmm interesting is this problem only with the 03's or did they fix it for the 04's??
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Some 04's are on that list!

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...Get them to read this...all 8 pages of it. They can't deny there isn't anything wrong.
http://www.matrixowners.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23157
Up to 9 pages now. At least it seems like the service-reps are beginning to recognize that there IS a problem.

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We have over 36,000 miles on our 2003 XRs and have not had one bit of problems with the clutch. I am going to read through the other post just in case we do have problems down the road and I want the dealer to cover it. We do have the 75,000 mile extended warranty on the car.
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It only on the XRS.........yes they are weak My 05 XRS does the same thing.......Im a toyota tech that has never driven any thing but a Manual tranny car as my daily driver and I dont like the Clutch ...smells at times.....I have 13 years Exp at Toyota

You can Quote me on this One " The Cluthes on the XRS are Too SOFT!!!!"

put a ACT clutch in it and Keep it!!!Dont sell you love it now

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Next Mod RPS but for now my replaced stock with stock is doing OK so it will have to do for now.

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I have been reading quite a bit about the clutch problems. I am looking to buy a Matrix in the near future and am wondering if I should stay away from the '03 or if it is the XRS that is the problem not the year. Any insite?
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