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?
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.
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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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.
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
Last edited by mikes_matrix; 04-03-2005 at 12:10 AM.
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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