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Toyota Matrix Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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edited June 2014 in Toyota
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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
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  • hudraheadhudrahead Posts: 169
    First off, I am driving a VIBE & not a Matrix. I tried but ugly Toyota "attitude" reared it's ugly head and I quickly headed to the VIBE store.

    Was considering both cars and I really leaned toward the Matrix because my wife preferred the looks of the Toyota over the VIBE.

    Stopped @ the Toyota place first knowing full well about the SET, Toyogard, pack the price till the customer screams polocy they are so fond of. Walked around a car on the demo floor for about 10 minutes before anyone even noticed I was there as the sales staff was on break (smoke AND coffee ugh)and I guess since it was,gee, almost 10AM on a Monday morn they probably had sold their entire quota for the whole month already and there was a whole mob of people breaking down the front door with fists full of money begging to buy a Camry or some such other over rated product they sell.

    Long story short: I told the sales rep I was considering both a VIBE and a Matrix. His eyes narrowed in a kind of menacing stare from across his desk. So help me here's waht he said. "go buy the VIBE, I can't compete with their rebates and discounts plus you look like you probably have a bunch of GM card points" with that he slammed his inventory book closed (big deal they only had three in stock LOL )got up and walked away !! So, I did just what he told me to do, I bought a VIBE. End of story.

    HUD :):)
  • capitanocapitano Posts: 509
    I used the internet to request a quote on a Matrix XRS. The quote I received was invoice pricing plus doc fee & TTL, but they didn't have the car I wanted. So for an additional $100, I got the car I wanted through a dealer trade. This was an 04 Matrix XRS, which may not be as much in demand because of the 6 speed manual. It came with the option package 1 which includes mats, rear bumper protector, 17" wheels, cargo mat, nets, and the weather package. With destination charge and ad fee, invoice was $18,406. I got it for $18,506 because of the dealer trade.

    My dealer was very pleasant to deal with. The internet person who provided the quote was nice and very up front with the pricing information. In contrast, another dealer from which I requested information never gave me an concrete info and failed to answer my questions about the vehicles they had in stock.

    At the dealership, price never came up. The floor salesman was nice. The only hitch in the whole process was the girl who looked upset because I turned down the mop and glo. The F&I guy was able to get me a better rate than the peoplefirst rate that I walked in with. Overall I was very pleased with the transaction.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    we don't have all that toyoguard crap, thank goodness.

    Bought mine back when they were still pretty new, and there were hardly ever any on the lots, at least around here. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was too cute not to have one, so I let them them talk me into $500 under sticker. At least they added an alarm for free.

    If I were buying today, I would insist on paying $1500 less than I paid back then...

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • nippon:Don't know if you read my post awhile back about the arrogant sales weasel @ Toyota when I was looking to buy my wife a new set of wheels. She fell in love with the Trix, no problem, but just try to deal with the local dealer. Bad, bad scene. He basically threw me out of the place because I had the gall to suggest that he knock at least a little off MSRP especially since we DO have the Toyoguard crap to contend with here in Fla.

    Had they just gave in a little I would have gotten the Trix. But alas it was not to be. When I told him I was looking @ a Vibe he blew a gasket @ me AND GM ,stating those blankety blank so and sos discounting the hell out of their version and how he could not begin to compete with that level of gutter sales tactics. Imagine, "gutter sales tactics" coming from a Toy dealer when describing Pontiacs marketing stratagy. LOL !! Anyway, I literally drove across the street and they spotted me a new Vibe. I made a special trip back by the Toy dealer to return the sales rep's business card. I told him that it may help hold down his overhead.

    The GM got wind of the whole thing and called me later to apologize. What he didn't know was that not only did they lose the Trix sale but also close to 100K in new pickup trucks that I gave to Ford instead. Too bad too sad !!

    HUD :):)
  • derosaderosa Posts: 10
    Just bought 04 Solar Yellow Matrix XR; $18,000

    -all weather guard
    -anti-lock brakes
    -premium am/fm w/6 cd changer
    -extra value package #2 (wheels, tilt, moonroof, day and night inner mirror, cruise, fog lights, front and rear underbody spoiler)
    -floor mats
    -reat mats
    -rear bumper protector

    Nice ride!
  • just bought an '04 matrix xr, $18,500

    -abs(anti-lock brakes)
    -extra value package #2
    -premium stereo w/6 speaker-6disc changer
    -4wd(four wheel drive)
    -floor mats
    -cargo mat
    -rear bumper protector
    -cargo cover

    I think it was a good deal.
  • I am presently driving a 2002 toyo highlander. I am considering the Matrix XRS. I test drove one and I was highly impressed with the space and the 115 V. I plan to get one in the next few weeks.
  • "djumblebee", I also own a 2002 Highlander and am looking at a 2004 Matrix. Does your Highlander have AWD? And are you considering AWD in a Matrix? (Presumably not, since the XRS does not come in an AWD version....)

    And what is your reason for switching from Highlander to Matrix?

  • I just got mine last Friday 12/19/03. I got an xr in solar yellow for $17,250. Mine came with-
    Premium sound with 6cd changer
    all floor and cargo mats, pads, ties, etc.
    Extra value package #2
    all weather guard package
    and abs
    Think I did pretty good? I went through fleet and haggled them down a little from there. Brought with the edmunds true market value sheet. They didn't like that too much. =)
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    2004 XRS, Lunar mist, 6-speed, had to go to KC to find an XRS, 6cd, moonroof, 17's, weather thing??, MSRP was about $20,500.

    I paid $19,500 for it and got about $600 more for my trade than I could get elsewhere. Not a steal, but not too bad. I qualified for the 2.9% for 60 mos. financing even w/o a down payment.

    I made my purchase November 14th, 2003.
  • I bought my 2004 Cosmic Blue Matrix XR through an online website that connected me with Toyota dealers in the greater Sacramento, Ca. area and I purchased my car at Auburn Toyota. I did the whole deal over the phone. Paid $17,400.for the following:

    Extra value package #2
    ABS brake system
    Premium AM/FM w/ 6-CD changer
    All mats

    Got 2.9% financing w/ no money down and they paid off loan (2 years left) on my 2000 Ford Focus wagon. The experience was the easiest and most enjoyable car-buying experience I've ever had. Everyone I dealt with at the dealership was laid-back, no pressure, and very accomadating. I have had Toyotas before and am relieved to let go of my was a disappointment. The Matrix is a solid, comfortable, good quality, fun-to-drive car
  • mpb4mpb4 Posts: 1
    The Toyota deal in my area is currently offering 1,000 below invoice. I just picked up my 2004 Matrix FWD XR for 15,818 plus taxes and freight. This included extra value package #1 (cruise control, front fog and driving lamps, front and rear underbody spoiler), ABS, all weather package, floor mats. They were also offering 2.9%/60 mo. financing with no money down.
  • tommyg12tommyg12 Posts: 158
    Lunar Mist XR/awd with Option package #2, premium sound, side airbags, and floor/cargo mats. MSRP was $20,443. My deal was $18,700. Took forever to find this option combo without having to pay for Toyoguard. Great car.
  • I am considering the '04 Matrix XR 5speed and was wondering if any Canadian Drivers can share their prices and expericances
  • Starting to look around at new cars and I am considering the Toyota Matrix. Could someone explain to me what Toyoguard is?
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    never heard of it myself. Frankly, if I had it to do all over again, I would have never bought my XRS. It's just too sloppy at putting those 173 ponies to the pavement and the shifter / clutch is just plain awful. I don't now if it is the FWD or the crappy tires or both but I am very underwhelmed by my Matrix.

    It has also proved to be somewhat useless for my hauling needs as well. The best part is that it doesn't seem to share the "legendary" resale value of other Toyotas so I'll be buried in it for some time...I miss my RWD Miata / F150 combo. I thought that the Matrix was able to mix the attributes of both into one pachage...I was wrong. Man I hate being such a fool!
  • capitanocapitano Posts: 509
    I think toyoguard is one of the regional packaging things that some areas have. I have heard, for instance, that in Florida all cars come with it automatically and there is no option not to get it. I think it is a combination of the various mop and glo products: undercoating, fabric protection, paint sealant etc.


    Sorry you don't like your XRS. I'm enjoying mine. I like the shifter just fine and think the clutch is good too. The peakiness of the engine makes for some awkward moments in stop and go traffic but it fine otherwise.
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    I think my Miata has spoiled me for high-powered FWD manual shift cars.
  • capitanocapitano Posts: 509
    I was gonna say something about a big change in feel from your Miata. The car I was driving before I got the XRS was a Buick Regal. I was not driving it by choice, but necessity. My wife drives a Civic, so I have been used to FWD for a while now.

    How many miles you got on it now?
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    I've got a bit over 3,000 miles. I am really displeased with the lack of grip of the Potenza RE 92's. They're just awful in the rain....just spinning and spinning. Spinning in the Miata was fun because you could fishtail a bit if you wanted to but in the FWD Matrix its just annoying.

    My wife also has a Civic with an automatic. I don't mind that car at all, I actually prefer it to my Matrix. I really hoped that the Matrix would be a good combo of my F150 (hauling stuff)and Miata (having fun)....instead, the Matrix lacks the fun factor and the hauling ability has already failed me several times.

    Stuff just slides all over the place in the back. I was hauling some MDF from Lowes a few weeks ago (cut into smaller pieces of course) and folded both passenger side seats down. Some of the pieces were over 6 feet long. Some idiot slammed to a stop in front of me and, of course, the MDF comes crashing forward into my dash and my right arm (I tried to "catch" it so it would totally destroy me dash). Everytime I look at the two large scratches on my passenger side air bag and the large scar on my right forearm I really wish I had my pickup.

    It then got even more annoying when I could not fit the finished product into the puny cargo area to get the project out of my shop. To be fair, it also could not fit into a Chevy Tahoe either (too long at about 75 inches), but I could've fit it into a pickup no problem.
  • capitanocapitano Posts: 509
    I've noticed a little slippage in the wet too. New tires could change that dramatically though.

    I got my trix because I simply could allow myself to get what I really wanted: the RSX type S. I needed more space so the XRS is my compromise car. My wife likes riding in it. She thinks it rides better than her Civic, but she admits that might be only because she can't see the speedo from the passenger seat.

    I'm getting ready to move to Miami. I plan putting the cargo space in the trix to good use for the 950 mile trip.

    Something like what you describe happened to me in my old pathfinder (RIP) when I carried some lawn furniture. Stuff slid around in the back of it too.

    Did you get the cargo mat?
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    no cargo mat, but I'm considering getting one. I looked at tires for the Matrix just out of curiosity when I first bought it. At I found a few but they were pretty expensive.

    Wife and i agree, the Matrix does ride a lot better than the Civic on the long hiway trips. The Matrix does have comfy seats, but it is too quiet for me. Leg room also impreoved in the Matrix by a whole lot when I removed the foot rest.
  • I was at the Toyota Website and I selected their link for "Buy a Toyota". After I put in my zip code, the page asked me which trim, transmission I wanted. I chose XR FWD with Manual. I then went to a new page that showed one option package "Option Combination A". This consisted of 16" Wheels, All Weather Guard, Extra Value #1, and Premium AM/FM/Cassette/CD. So I either get those 4 Options, or nothing at all? It seems like Toyota is making only one set of options available in my area. When I went back and put in a different zip code, it gave me a different set of options. I understand that they try to package different options together, but that seems a little restrictive. If I chose an Auto, I have a lot more choices of available options. I mean, at least let me configure the vehicle the way I want and search the entire state to see if there is at least one of them. There are some Options I could either give or take, but others that I refuse to budge on. For example, I want a Manual with the ABS. The Toyota website does not even let me search in my state to see if one exists. Have other people found very restrictive options packages at dealerships? I stopped at a dealership and they had a total of 8 Matrixes, all of the Auto. Maybe I have to go to a dealer and have him search surrounding states for different option packages?
  • thelthel Posts: 767
    they package their cars differently for different areas. I don't know why...there are few who do. but you're not doing anything wrong, its jsut Toyota being Toyota....
  • footiefootie Posts: 636
    My understanding is that when Toyota was first developing its distribution in the US it arranged for distribution in the Southeastern U.S. with Southeastern Toyota and in the Texas - Louisiana area with Gulf States Toyota.

    Both are privately owned 'family' companies. Southeastern Toyota is owned by the JMFamily. see

    They are one of the largest privately owned companies in the US.

    JM controls what kinds of cars the dealers in their area gets from their 'port' in Jacksonville. This is where all of the useless Toyoguard 1970's fabric protector etc. get put on for $660. They also two-tone many cars.

    Gulf States is similar though not as dominating as SET is in their area. Fortunately in many areas like the Central Atlantic, New England and Midwest, it is much more competitive than the SET zone.
  • I paid $19,287.15 in cash for a 2004 Matrix XR with AWD, taxes, registration, new plates, the whole nine yards.

    This was at Woburn Foreign Motors in Woburn, MA.

    I am absolutely crazy about this car. Wonderful.
  • This past Monday I got a base, standard transmission Matrix with the weather guard and power packages for $14,500 including freight. Only taxes and tags were extra. I thought that was pretty good, slightly below invoice. This was at Jerry's Toyota in Baltimore. They quoted it on the phone, and I expected to hear a whole different story when I got there, but it went very smoothly and exactly what they quoted. Just in time for the 1.9% financing. I'm real pleased with the car and with the dealer.

  • thelthel Posts: 767
    Toyota ads are saying they are offering 2.9% financing in addition to any rebates that are available. Additional proof that Toyota is in fact one of the new Big 3 LOL.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    I didn't know you could get the power package on the base model. Is this new?
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