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Pontiac Vibe Problems and Repair Histories

497 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Pontiac Vibe. 171 of these members (34.4%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 267 repairs to Pontiac Vibes--an average of 0.5 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Pontiac Vibe problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Pontiac Vibe problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Pontiac Vibe problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Pontiac Vibe repairs by problem area

30% of the Pontiac Vibe repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 10% to the suspension, 24% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 9% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 267 repairs.

Pontiac Vibe repair cost distribution

Of the Pontiac Vibe repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 25% cost less than $100, 56% between $100 and $499, 13% between $500 and $999, 6% between $1000 and $2499, and 1% more than $2500.

Chart based on 144 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Pontiac Vibe problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 11160    
17980 0 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 
 
Pontiac Vibe in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 12000    
24500 0 Bad PCM (Powertrain Control Module). Module was replaced under warranty by a Pontiac dealer. 
 

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2006 Pontiac Vibe 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Pontiac Vibe in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2007 16000    
17000 0 issues with transmission, and MAF sensor, cleaned air sensor myself 
23000 0 Had another shop check the transmission, although the fluid was somewhat of a darker color, it was signs of normal city/highway use versus what the dealer informed me of. So the transmission didn't need a fluid change as of yet. I will probably have this 
45000 0 I replaced my Car Radio from the stock to a Sony because of a burnt out display and audio issues with the already replaced stock radio from 2008. And i know that others have had past issues with the stock head units. 
 

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2005 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

126-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Oregon, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 31000    
32000 0 Driver's window seal was warped and possibly leaking. 
 
Pontiac Vibe in New Hampshire, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 25000    
32000 0 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 
41000 280 Tie rod end was found to have too much play in it when the shop attempted to align the front end after installing new tires 
73000 80 Airbag light on dash remained on after start. Diagnosed by dealer as faulty clock spring. Part will be ordered. Cost to replace estimated at $310. 
77000 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 
79000  
Pontiac Vibe in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2007 19000    
19000 0 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. 
 
Pontiac Vibe in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 24000    
32000 15 New cover to the a/c plug (it wobbled loose). 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 18600    
22320 50 Hose to rear windshield washer had split, causing the fluid reservoir to drain. 
 

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2003 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Pontiac Vibe in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 89000    
90000 450 Brake pads needed replacing, rotors needed resurfacing. Blower fan motor needed replacing. 
 
Pontiac Vibe in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2007 53000    
56000 230 Grinding noise in front-end on sharp left-hand turns. Diagnosed by service department as worn brake pads needing replacement. Loud clicking noise from front brakes when applying light pressure to brake pedal (as when slowing in city traffic). Service department re-surfaced rotors (2nd time in a week) and lubricated 'slides'. Noise returned again within a week. 
64000 300 Rattle in front suspension diagnosed as worn stabilizer bar mounts. Replaced. Rattle cured. 
105500 0 A/C cooling was greatly diminished. Dealer checked for leaks, none found, added refrigerant. 
108000 280 Starter failed, and was replaced. 
110000 80 A/C refrigerant had all escaped since the August, 2012 repair for the same problem. No leak was found then. A dye was added this time, to help diagnose where the leak might be. 
111000 880 AC condenser was leaking refrigerant and beyond repair, so condenser and seals were replaced. 
115000  

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