2006 Pontiac Vibe Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2006 Pontiac Vibe

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Problems

Check Engine Light and Harsh Shifting

The 2005-2008 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L I4 models have issues with the circuit board in the electronic control module (ECM) cracking. There is no advanced warning for the issue, and when it occurs drivers will experience:

  • Harsh shifting
  • Possible check engine light
  • Engine stalling while driving

Replacement of the ECU is the only solution if this problem occurs. 

Excessive Oil Consumption

The 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe may develop an excessive oil consumption condition between oil changes, even to the extent of the engine oil warning light displayed on the multi-function display.

This issue is known to be caused by infrequent oil changes causing engine sludge, or worn piston rings. 

The engine should be cleaned of oil sludge, and if oil consumption remains excessive, the engine may need new piston rings, or other internal components replaced. 

To avoid this issue, change the engine oil and filter every 3,000 miles, and ensure the proper grade of oil is used. 

Check Engine Light Due to Gas Cap Issue

Illumination of the Check Engine Light can be caused by a loose or worn gas cap.

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Questions

What can of o2 sensor do i buy? (1 answer)

Ihave replace my oxygen sensors and mask air flow sensor. check engine still on.code p0031

My odometer miles are adding up quicker than I use them. (1 answer)

I know how many miles I go to and from work but my odometer is adding at almost double that rate.

How do I set the clock? (1 answer)

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Recalls

Front Passenger Air Bag Defect

When deployed due to a crash, the passenger side air bag can deploy abnormally, or with excessive force. The inflator may come apart, causing debris and fragments to strike and injure occupants. The dealership will replace the passenger air bag assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

Engine Control Module Faulty

The engine control module (ECM) may have been improperly manufactured, resulting in a board internally cracking. Dealers will inspect and replace affected ECM's free of charge to resolve the concern.

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Rated
based on 2 customer reviews
Dome Light switch problem. Replaced. Engine pick up is lacking. Cannot use cruise control going up hill. It with go into passing gear. Evap Canistor went out at 16,000 miles. Steering problems pulls to right or left. Was told not to rotate tires, it was a tire problem. Car had less than 1,000 miles. Pontiac refused to replace tires. A/C does not cool car down as quickly as I would lik...
This is a great, reliable car for the money. We have the 1.8 litre engine and get 32-35 mpg although it doesn't have much power. A good trade for us. The only disappointment has been the lack of the roof rack cross members. GM is charging $140 for something that should have come with the car!

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