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2004 Pontiac Vibe repairs by problem area

Chart based on 64 repairs.

2004 Pontiac Vibe engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 21 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

Engine not specified

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

35960 mi Replace O2 sensor under warranty. 
78120 mi 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. 
84940 mi

C $10
Replace intake manifold gasket to hopefully resolve check engine light coming on in cold weather. Issue has been happening intermittently since 2006 when the dealer replace the o2 sensor. 
127000 mi NOT WARRANTY -- Replaced upper & lower radiator hoses;  replaced PCV valve. 
121820 mi

C $150
small leak. Small part replaced. Will see if leak continues on next oil change. 
108000 mi

US $26
Timing chain tensioner leaking 
48980 mi

C $160
check engine light came on - problem seemed to be associated with gas cap - now non existant 
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. 
471180 mi

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 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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2004 Pontiac Vibe Engine Problems

81 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. 13 of these members (16%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 21 engine repairs to 2004 Pontiac Vibes--an average of 0.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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