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Pontiac Vibe Engine Problems and Repair Histories

497 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Pontiac Vibe. 98 of these members (19.7%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 82 engine repairs to Pontiac Vibes--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Pontiac Vibe problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Pontiac Vibe problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Pontiac Vibe problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Pontiac Vibe repairs by problem area

30% of the Pontiac Vibe repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 10% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 271 repairs.

Pontiac Vibe engine repair cost distribution

Of the Pontiac Vibe engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 38% cost less than $100, 41% between $100 and $499, 13% between $500 and $999, 7% between $1000 and $2499, and 1% more than $2500.

Chart based on 87 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 12000    
31000 0 The check engine light was on and the dealer said the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve had to be replaced. 
66000  
Pontiac Vibe in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 11000    
26000 0 Check engine light came on although car ran OK. Dealer diagnosed and ordered an Oxygen sensor, which was backordered. I will have to take the car back when the part comes in. 
27000 0 Check engine light came on in December (previously reported here). Dealer had to order an oxygen sensor. The sensor was successfully installed in January. 
27000 0 Check engine light came on. The dealer said an intake gasket was "sucking air", causing dirty air to make the check engine light come on. They replaced the gasket under the factory warranty. 
51000 0 Check engine light came on. Dealer said they need to replace the PCM (Powertrain Control Module). They said it could also be a transmission problem (the code indicated that.) They replaced the PCM as a first step and said to monitor it. 
76000  
Pontiac Vibe in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 5000    
17000 0 SES Light stayed on. Trans was banging into gear esp. Reverse. Checked codes P2716 stored and current. PIP4154A States to replace PCM if ckts check ok. Checked PC Solenoid ckts - ok. Replaced PCM and programmed. CODE FDFD4 (under warranty). 
27000 250 During routine inspection and 30,000 mile maintenance, mechanic spotted an oil leak which led to needing a new oil pan gasket. 
42000  
Pontiac Vibe in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 11160    
17980 0 Engine not heating properly on cold winter days (-15C or below). Looks like a weak thermostat to me as the temp gauge hovers for several miles / minutes before finally reaching normal operating temp. Dealer tested on a warm winter day and said "no probl 
 
Pontiac Vibe in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 12000    
24500 0 Bad PCM (Powertrain Control Module). Module was replaced under warranty by a Pontiac dealer. 
 

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2005 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2007 19000    
19000 0 Engine has a "hot start" clatter when sitting for 15-25 min. Dealer could not duplicate because they didn't let it sit for the 15-25 Min. time reguired. 
 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 62000    
68000 0 No cabin heat just blew cold air!! Blowers & a/c ok. Coolant low-added 3cps & some heat. Hard to check coolant lvl (no dipstick).Shop back flushed it twice. Tried everything. Mystery difficulty getting air out of engine had to burp itůmaybe air bubble?? 
95500 0 Check Engine Light warninglight came on. Mechanic said code was emission related oxygen sensors so I drove it for a few days and the light did not come back on. Still I had it replaced less than $100. No problems since. 
100000 0 Check Engine light alert. Mechanic read code as emission item "oxygen sensor circuit slow response bank 1 sensor 1". Decided to clear code & take no action. No charge to read code since I get oil changed there. Light stayed off since. 
102000  

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Pontiac Vibe in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 27000    
28000 882 Broken tailpipe at joint to muffler. 
28000 1100 The exhaust pipe sheared flush with the muffler clamp that holds the ball joint. This should be a $175 repair maximum on any car I've ever owned(as well as on the FWD Vibes). If you live where you need AWD prepare to pay $3K for exhausts by 100K 
 

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2003 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2007 75000    
95000 141 Steady check engine light for last year and a half, ran great, good mileage, not critical. I work at a GM dealer, had it scanned at work, #2 O2 sensor, replaced - light out for emission inspection.  Light back on a week later, evap. problem, won't fix now. 
 

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