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2006 Pontiac Vibe Reviews at TrueDelta: This car is the best kept secret in America. I have 175k miles on mine and it runs like new. by BMPONY

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Reviewed: 2006 Pontiac Vibe

4dr Hatch 126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

2006 Pontiac Vibe Love Letter

Decent looking, not a head turner but not embarrasing. Looks good waxed and shined

Conclusion

Very reliable, low cost maint., can do alot yourself, great mpg, very comfortable on 18+ hr trips, handles great, surprising room inside way more than it looks, Im looking for another 1 but not many for sale, people i talk 2 r like me, going 2 drive it till it dies, interior quality way better than all GM's ive been in, hatchback is awesome and ive carried 8ft 2x4 & 4x4 & deck bds ect, used thick sleeping bags 2 protect interior from dmg. I LOVE THIS CAR, I LOOOVVVVEEEE THIS CAR. GET 1IF U FIND A DEAL, ITS A TOYOTA.

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Response from nasowas

11:29 am April 14, 2016

No doubt, there is a lot to love about the Pontiac Vibe. However, I do not agree with calling it comfortable. In fact the ride is harsh in particular at lower speeds in town. It transmits every small bump to the driver and passengers. That is really a shame because it is an awesome city car in all other aspects.

On smooth highways the suspension is comfortable enough. However, the ergonomics are tiring because it is impossible to rest the hands on the thighs. There is also a complete lack of lumbar support on all seats. A young healthy person will have fewer issues with that than an older person.

I like to add that there is a very supportive enthusiast group on the interwebs: GenVibe.com

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Response from BMPONY

2:43 am April 16, 2016

Had a bumpy loud ride myself. A set of Yokohoma touring tires took care of all of it. Its never going to ride like a lux vehicle but i didnt pay $40k+ for it either. Im 58 yrs old and drove nonstop 2 Naples Florida, back, butt arms and all were great. I have nrver driven with my hands on my thighs so i cant speak for that but a lumbar and or seat cushion may help u. Thx for the forum link, i will ck it out.

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Response from nasowas

5:08 pm April 16, 2016

Indeed, good touring tires help a lot. I have Michelin Defender on mine. Next step is replacing the struts with Monroe Quickstruts.

I took care of my lower back by adding a piece of foam under the original seat cover. In addition I shimmed the front mounts of the driver's seat by about 10 mm and that made a huge difference for relaxed driving.

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Response from BMPONY

6:11 pm June 2, 2016

Thx for the tips. I will be replacing struts soon so monroe tip helps. Anybody with road noise reduction upgrades I would love some options. I know kids do something to their rat rods but I cant remember what

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Response from nasowas

10:52 am June 3, 2016

You are welcome.

Meanwhile I did replace the original struts with Monroe Quick Struts. It did make a difference but not as much as I would have liked. It improved from bone jarring hard to plain hard.

Audiophile teenagers will tear out the interor completely and cover every square inch of steel with Dynamat or they use some brush -on sound deadener. Don't expect miracles, though.


Go here: http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=30

There a quite a few modified vehicles. "Vibrologist" is my handle. I suggest you register, even for just a few pieces of information.

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