The defective transmission bearing on the Toyota Matrix necessitates the transmission needing to be replaced prematurely. It is important to notify Matrix owners about this problem before their life is endangered when the car breaks down without warning on a 70 mile-per-hour highway. This is what happened to me.
The average cost of replacing the transmission is $3,100 with no compensation from Toyota. I sent a certified letter to the president of Toyota Motor Corporation North America and was told nothing would be done because there is no recall.
There are numerous reports of Toyota Matrix 5-speed transmission failures due to a defective transmission bearing. I don't believe a manual transmission on a Toyota should need to be replaced at 98,000 miles which is when this happened to me. Some owners have had it happen at less mileage. The regional manager of the repair shop I took it to said he has seen this problem before, and he believes there will be a recall. At this time, Toyota will not compensate Matrix owners for this very expensive defect.