Eight days after the 05-08 Matrix/Corolla ECU recall was announced, my wife's 06 Matrix did not start when she was leaving work. I stopped by to take a quick look. The engine cranked fine, but no ignition. The relays under the dash were clicking as the engine turned over.. After about 20 tries, the engine started,but the CEL was lit and the throttle response was near zero. Fully depressing the gas pedal would only raise the idle by ~500 RPM. Assuming a low fuel pressure situation, since the tank was removed by the dealer a week earlier to replace a heat shield mounting strap, we decided to go home and have it towed in the morning.
I brought a code reader the following morning, and read a P0607 -- "ECU Performance" Oh, crap! The recall!
The dealer confirmed the code and said the ECU has failed and needs to be replaced at a cost of ~$1,000. Knowing that this was one of the failure modes of the recall, I asked the dealership if Toyota will be covering this. The dealership said it will not be covered yet because Toyota has not issued them instructions for the recall! At best they recommended paying for the repair and asking Toyota for reimbursement later. After I called BS on that during the second phone call, they offered to see what they can work out with Toyota corporate after the holiday weekend. AND THE SAGA BEGINS...