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Pontiac Vibe repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 433 repairs.

Pontiac Vibe engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (43%)

< $100 (31%)

Chart based on 115 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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2006 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

31000 mi The check engine light was on and the dealer said the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve had to be replaced. 
26000 mi 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 mi 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 mi 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 mi 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. 
17000 mi 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 mi

US $250
During routine inspection and 30,000 mile maintenance, mechanic spotted an oil leak which led to needing a new oil pan gasket. 
17980 mi 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 
23068 mi 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

19000 mi 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

68000 mi 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 mi 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 mi 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. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

28000 mi

US $882
Broken tailpipe at joint to muffler. 
27274 mi

US $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

95000 mi

US $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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