Tag Archives: Toyota Matrix XRS

Rental Review: 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5

On average, I don’t have the greatest luck with rental cars. Part of this could be I don’t travel as much as my TTS colleague, and so I don’t accumulate enough examples to dilute the sample set, swinging it my way. No, as of Thanksgiving, my hit rate on crapwagons is running at least even with the gems. Continue reading

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Fleet Update: Just Let It Go

2004 Matrix XRS

When I first started this missive, I was waiting for a call from a local independent repair shop to let me know Trinity, our 2004 Toyota Matrix XRS-6, could come home from her sleepover. She had a night away while waiting for gaskets and seals to stem the oil flow from her timing chain case. Said flow left a damp spot on the garage floor through which my four-year-old son could not possibly miss tromping on his way to climbing into my Mercedes.

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Fleet Update – Let There Be Light! And Leaks!

This weekend several little things got done on half the fleet.

Trinity, the 2004 Toyota Matrix XRS, received five quarts of fresh Mobil 1 and a filter. Nothing particularly interesting there except to note it now appears all four of my cars leak oil. Yay, me.

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