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Pontiac Vibe repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (14%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

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

Other (7%)

Chart based on 452 repairs.

Pontiac Vibe other repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (33%)

< $100 (51%)

Chart based on 69 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

158-horsepower 2.4L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

32000 mi Automobile gas pedal is tight and results in surging when pressed on other than very carefully. Especially dangerous when backing. Dealer said "there was nothing they could do, they all did that." 
13260 mi Part of Toyota recall: Shim/sleeve added to accelerator pedal & removal of driver side floor mats. NOTE: Have not experienced any unintended acceleration or intrusion by floor mats. I have had a second floor mat since Nov 2008 when I initially got the car 
17000 mi Right side tire kept leaking (slow) air. They took off tire & found corrosion on wheel. They cleaned wheel, sealed rim & remounted. 

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2009 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

132-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

31000 mi Big plastic shield under motor, under car, keeps coming loose and dragging on the road. 
19000 mi fix dead spot in accelerator pedal operation, partially successful. 

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2009 Pontiac Vibe 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

53000 mi

US $182
hood release broke and could not open hood. Dealer said grill would have to be broken to access and fix. While waiting for parts hood released. Repair not as much as quoted, but broke again within a week. 

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2008 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

68820 mi Windshield wiper arm sheared. Removed arm, cleaned grooves on bracket and reinstalled arm. 

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2007 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

36000 mi Hatchback liftgate shock tubes were replaced due to inability to hold up open liftgate. 
85000 mi Several of the cowling pieces under the car have broken free, causing noises. Most have been reattached but one is requires an expensive part to replace it. So we jury rigged something temporarily. At least some failed entirely due to age / FL heat. 

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2006 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

5571 mi

C $24
Slow leak in LR tire repaired by dealer 
37200 mi

C $100
Replaced the front passenger door door check assembly - it had developed an awful snapping sound. 
40300 mi

C $70
Driver's side power window shuddered going down. Mechanic lubed the internal "scissors" and checked bolts etc. Works fine now. 
48360 mi Rear windshield wiper motor stopped working. Checked fuse. Fuse fine. I took wiper motor gearbox apart, lubed wiper arm shaft that had been corroded due to road salt. Re-assembled, tested, good as new. This car is a DIY dream! 
51020 mi

C $225
Passenger side windshield wiper swung free - windshield wiper link mechanism replaced as nylon bearing/pivots not available as separate parts for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe. Likely due to snow/ice falling off roof hitting wipers in past winters. 
55300 mi

US $200
Hood release cable became unattached. Battery died and could not be jump started because hood was stuck shut. Car towed to repair shop, hood release cable reattached, and battery replaced. 

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2005 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

91000 mi

US $28
Passenger side wiper arm came loose and stripped out. Replaced with used wiper arm from eBay. 
93000 mi

US $80
Struts for rear hatch lost charge, so they had difficulty holding hatch open 

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2005 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

32000 mi Rear wiper would not operate correctly. The connection between the wiper arm and wiper motor had to be tightened. This issue may have started when ice and snow slid off the roof and down onto the wiper arm causing it to be dislocated. Dealer successfully 
77000 mi

US $25
Resecured heat shield over exhaust near the rear of the car. Mechanics suggest that it came loose when we hit something. Do not remember hitting anything 

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2005 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

118-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

68 mi

C $411
Rear driver's side wheel bearing was very noisy. Replaced by an independent service centre. 
2072 mi

US $600
Installed Dunlop Wintersport M3 Snow Tires. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

22320 mi

C $50
Hose to rear windshield washer had split, causing the fluid reservoir to drain. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

138000 mi

US $100
alignment of driver's side window off 
78000 mi

US $227
Driver side door not closing properly. Examined and discovered that 2 of 3 screws holding door to strike plate were MISSING (fallen off?). Ordered screws from dealer and replaced myself. Other three doors remained fine. 
114000 mi Door check interfered with drivers power window, adjusted door check mechanism. 

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2003 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

180-horsepower 1.8L I4 6-speed manual FWD

53000 mi

US $50
Door opening handle broke. 

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2003 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

93000 mi

US $982
Driver window regulator broken - replace glass. Power locks/windows elec. issues - replace cable & fix wiring.  Driver exterior door handle broken - replace w/ new. 

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2003 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

199000 mi

US $100
Took car in for window pin replacement recall. Got it back and it was worse than when it went in. Ended up replacing window track rollers and lubing window mechanism on all four windows. 
20000 mi

US $25
Replaced rear view mirror unit that includes map lights as one of the light switches would not work properly. Bought part on eBay for $25 - replaced it myself. Part at dealer about $65. 
71300 mi Noise when lowering window 

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Pontiac Vibe Other Problems

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