So a friend’s daughter nearly done with college had a run of bad luck with her 2003 Matrix. It was rear ended (no fault by her) which collapsed part of the tailgate and part of the adjacent body.
Then it overheated and the engine was cooked. Donation and off to the junkyard seems likely.
The friend was asking around for ideas and one was to get another Matrix and possibly move parts (like the reasonably good tires) from the 2003 to that car.
Question is whether other parts should be stripped and kept ‘just in case’ – maybe the alternator? Wires and wire harness?