Originally Posted by raddar
I am considering a 2009 Matrix. I have concerns that it could have problems and I will also acquire a payment. The Matrix is rated to tow 1500 lbs.
I am rebuilding my Compact Jr.
I have a 2005 Pontiac Vibe which is a twin of the Matrix. (They were both built in the same Fremont, California factory on parallel assembly lines) My owner's manual says it also has a 1500 pound towing limit. I would like to tow the Compact Jr. with the Vibe. Before I stripped it down I weighed the trailer at a public scale and the printout says 1420 pounds. The 1st thing I have done is to order a new 2200 pound axle
(the smallest available) with 7" electric brakes
I would not even consider towing with such a small car without trailer brakes
I won't install the hitch receiver on the Vibe until I have a weight
report on the completed frame-off rebuild. If it winds up over 1300 pounds then I'll abandon the idea of towing it with the Vibe.