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Toyota Matrix Brake Questions



  • I have a 2002 Matrix and have the same intermittant. Did you ever find out what was causing this?
  • coronadopecoronadope Posts: 1
    edited June 2013
    I just bought a used Matrix today. 2006 38K miles. Brakes seem fine but I have been reading about the warped rotor syndrome mentioned in MANY of the posts here. I have a 1999 Jeep Cherokee that did the same thing. It was common for that vehicle. It is a problem with the aluminum materials used to manufacture the rotors. The aluminum rotors heat up with normal driving, braking, or both and the problem occurs when you drive through cold puddles, ice and snow, or both with the hot rotors. Instant warp. I replaced the rotors in my Jeep MANY times before my mechanic decided to try cast iron rotors made in China. Problem solved. Haven't had the problem in over 6 years now. If my Matrix acquires the problem, I will immediately go with the cheaper cast iron rotors. Hope this helps.
  • zs735zs735 OntarioPosts: 3

    between 2008 corolla vs 2008 matrix (base); i find matrix brakes are not sharp at all compared to corolla which is just perfect and sharp.
    any suggestions what can be done to improve braking?

  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,243

    I haven't had brake problems with my '04 Vibe and I assume they are the same as the Matrix. Just replaced rotors this year -- at 10 years old and 105,000 miles that seems reasonable. I may have had them replaced earlier, but again, in line with what one expects from today's brakes.

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