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2004 Pontiac Vibe Engine Problems

73 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. 9 of these members (12.3%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 15 engine repairs to 2004 Pontiac Vibes--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 53 repairs.

2004 Pontiac Vibe engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 19 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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2004 Pontiac Vibe

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127100 mi C $500 O2 sensor pre-catalytic converter 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

180-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

154000 mi US $1500 Head gasket went bad. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

121820 mi C $150 small leak. Small part replaced. Will see if leak continues on next oil change. 
35960   Replace O2 sensor under warranty. 
78120   Every winter since I've had this vehicle, the engine light comes on when it gets to below -10C outside. It it always the same code (O2 sensor slow response). When spring comes, I reset the engine light and I'm good to go until next yr. 
127000   NOT WARRANTY -- Replaced upper & lower radiator hoses;  replaced PCV valve. 
48980 C $160 check engine light came on - problem seemed to be associated with gas cap - now non existant 
68000   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   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   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. 
471180 US $136 Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) malfunctioned. Purchased new part for $135.67, including MI sales tax. Part installed myself. 

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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   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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