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Pontiac Vibe Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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

Brakes -- Verified

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians often recommend replacement of the front rotors and brake pads as the best option to correct this condition.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The bolts attaching the front door window glass to the window regulator may come loose. This can cause the window regulator to become damaged and possibly causing the window glass to break. Some 2003 & 2004 models have been recalled for the issue.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Chazbo

Part that opens and closes the outside fresh air vent was stuck in the recirculate position. Dealer replaced the part under warranty which was just about to expire. Only other problem is the front brakes are starting to squeak a bit. Pads are original ones. Probably time for a change. No other problems to report

Pontiac Vibe Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., July 20, 2010

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A poorly fitting driver's side floor mat may cause the gas pedal to stick at wide open throttle, causing uncontrolled acceleration. A stuck gas pedal can result in very high vehicle speeds, which may lead to a crash. General Motors will notify owners when there is a remedy for this concern. Owners are advised to remove the floor mat and place it in the trunk until the recall remedy is ready. GM recommends that no other floor mat be installed in the interim. The GM recall number is 10038.

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Body, Interior & Misc., February 16, 2010

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The accelerator pedal may become increasingly difficult to depress. Moisture may get into the sliding surface of the pedal lever, and the lever may deteriorate and bind. A sticking or difficult to operate accelerator causes an increased risk of a collision. Dealers will install a reinforcement bar in the accelerator pedal that will allow the pedal to operate smoothly. This recall began in early February 2010.

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Body, Interior & Misc., April 16, 2008

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The bolts securing the driver and passenger front door glass may loosen and come off, causing the glass to separate from the window regulator. An abnormal noise may be noted when operating the windows. The window may bind and shatter during operation, causing the driver distraction and/or injury. Dealers will replace the driver and passenger front door glass bolts with newly designed bolts to correct this concern. The Toyota recall number is 80A. The General Motors recall number is 07273.


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Brakes, October 23, 2009

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In extremely low temperatures, condensation in the brake booster vacuum port may freeze, causing an increase in stopping distance, which can lead to a crash. Dealers will modify the brake vacuum line free of charge. The recall began on October 23, 2009. The GM recall number is 09199.

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Drive Train, March 12, 2002

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The attaching bolts for one or both rear hub assemblies may not have been tightened to specification during the vehicle assembly process. One or more of the four bolts could come loose, causing an abnormal noise from the rear axle area. In the event that all four bolts loosen, the hub assembly could separate from the rear axle, which could lead to loss of vehicle control. Dealers will properly tighten the affected bolts to correct this concern.

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Pontiac Vibe Questions and Answers

Markthegrea, 2003 Pontiac Vibe, Tremont, IL

Occasionally the cruise control on my Vibe shuts off. When it shuts off, the "Cruise" light flickers off. Sometimes it works fine. When it shuts off, I can reset it to speed, but it us...

cafep, 2003 Pontiac Vibe, De Graff, OH

My "Check Engine" light just came on. My Vibe has 172k miles. Just bought from a dealer "As is". They did warn me about this coming on due to possible catalitic converter proble...

Visitor, 2003 Pontiac Vibe, Buffalo, NY

What mileage should the timing belt be changed?

Visitor, 2003 Pontiac Vibe, Belle Vernon, PA

Is there a relay in the circuit to allow the A/C compressor to turn on? Doesn't click on, light on button lights, fuse good.

Visitor, 2003 Pontiac Vibe, Kissimmee, FL

what kine off oil i use for this car

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Pontiac Vibe Reviews

My 04 Vibe has 270,000 miles. I do have the high rpm issues on cold mornings. I have changes the breaks, belt,both oxygen sensers ( computer still says the sensers are bad) not sure about that? Driver window makes noise when going down or up.Gas milage is less. Over all low maintanence and very dependable car. AC went out on me over the summer.

I have a power window problem, and a transmission problem with my 2004 Vibe. Power window sounds like it's about to shatter, and the transmission seeems to shift slowly and jam up, while shifting in reverse. I am stuggling to get Pontiac to authorize repairs. They will not acknowledge any responsibility, and have left me with a situation that is currently unresolved. Also, occasional rotten egg smell from the emission system. I would not buy another Pontiac Vibe.

I replace a 2005 base Vibe with a 2009 GT. The suspension is far superior. The independent rear suspension corners much better.
They equipped mine with On Star and XM radio from the factory. I blew a tire on a mountain road. There was no cell service up there. I reached On Star and the service truck came up and had me going in about forty-five minutes.
Love our Pontiacs. We'll miss you.

2004 vibe, 160,000 miles. FANTASTIC VEHICLE!!!!!! wish I wldve bought a few extra vibes...have two teens. If I had a garage I wldve had an awesome paint job still....wore a lil, from snow, rain, heat, sleet, etc. Just AWESOME!!!!!!!! Headlights are worn and need replaced....but...

love this car 130000 miles and i have done front brakes,turned rear drums. i have changed oil every 3000 miles and of coarse tires every 500000 or so.
car is awd and rear axle seals are starting to seep. but i really wish i had bought two and put 1 away. even though i plan to see 250000 miles with this one. very happy vibe owner.

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