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2004 Pontiac Vibe repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (37%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 87 repairs.
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2004 Pontiac Vibe repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (63%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 48 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

Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Dec 2009

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

Pontiac Vibe in New York, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2016
Mar 2011

38000 mi

US $250
Front left caliper failed...leaked. Replaced myself and bled brakes. Brake bleeding took longer than the caliper replacement, it is difficult to get all the bubbles out of the system on this car. 
Jan 2013

53700 mi
Both front windows developed a loud rattle when operated. I found a recall addressing the issue and the dealership replaced defective bolts in the window regulators free of charge. The dealership broke a plastic bezel, had to come back. 
Feb 2013

54300 mi

US $70
Rear brake pads wear unevenly. The outside pad down to metal while the inside had 50%+ on it. Seems to be a design flaw. Replaced pads and rotors myself, the job was very easy. 
Dec 2015

74000 mi

US $200
Front passenger wheel bearing had play. Took off the spindle/knuckle assembly, had a machine shop press in a new bearing and hub I got from Amazon. Performed DIY alignment. 
Mar 2016

75000 mi

US $200
Front driver side wheel bearing had play, replaced. Aligned front end with string method. Noticed frozen sliding pins on brake caliper, replaced and lubed. Brake rotors were warped causing vibrations under braking. Replaced both front rotors. 
Aug 2016

80000 mi

US $150
Weak AC, system leaking refrigerant fast. Tested components, replaced seals, orings, dryer. Evacuated system with vacuum pump, added pag oil and recharged with R134a. AC is still icecold 1 week later. 
Pontiac Vibe in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

82000 mi

US $200
refrigerant added (recharged) -- returning in 2 weeks to see if there are any leaks 
Pontiac Vibe in Ohio, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2013
Mar 2013

154000 mi

US $1500
Head gasket went bad. 
Pontiac Vibe in Maryland, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2016
Oct 2012

140000 mi

US $1400
Replaced clutch and flywheel 
Nov 2016

205000 mi

US $420
Straightened bent pins in fuse box that caused radiator fan to stop functioning.  Replaced blower motor for heat/ac which had stopped working. 
Pontiac Vibe in Michigan, United States
Nov 2014 - Jun 2016
Sep 2015

81000 mi

US $50
Upgraded front and rear brake pads while calipers were off for other repair. Rears were low. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Washington, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

91000 mi
Leak at transmission/cv joint, Knocking noise at low speed turns. 
Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada
May 2007 - Apr 2015
Dec 2007

22320 mi

C $50
Hose to rear windshield washer had split, causing the fluid reservoir to drain. 
Feb 2014

79360 mi
Check engine light comes on during cold weather -10C, code "engine lean". Light will clear itself if car is operated in +5C weather. Could be the O2 sensor, but I suspect an engine vacuum leak. Check out the Toyota TSB #04507. 
Mar 2015

89900 mi

C $700
Front driver wheel bearing failure 
Apr 2015

89900 mi
Clicking noise during low pressure braking. Seems to only occur after brakes have been used for a while. 
Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

177940 mi

C $125
Starter solenoid failed, replaced whole starter. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2007 - Dec 2016
Jan 2007

35960 mi
Replace O2 sensor under warranty. 
Mar 2014

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. 
Jan 2015

83900 mi

C $50
Interior fan will only work on high speed. Blower motor resistor replaced. 
Jun 2015

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. 
Jan 2016

87620 mi
Ticking noise started coming from dash (pass. side). Forum search says it is air inlet door actuator. Removed part, rotated stripped plastic gear, reinstalled. Seems to be working. A real PIA location to work in. 
Pontiac Vibe in Arizona, United States
Mar 2014 - Dec 2014
Jun 2014

127000 mi
NOT WARRANTY -- Replaced upper & lower radiator hoses;  replaced PCV valve. 
Pontiac Vibe in Michigan, United States
May 2011 - Jan 2015
Dec 2014

188000 mi

US $500
Muffler disconnected from engine Blower Fan Died 
Pontiac Vibe in North Carolina, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2016
Feb 2016

175700 mi

US $500
Starter was replaced 
Pontiac Vibe in Ohio, United States
Mar 2016 - Dec 2016
Mar 2016

147000 mi

US $70
Error Code P0446, advised it could be canister assembly, vacuum switch and or PCM update. Replaced gas cap against advice... problem has not reoccurred in 90 miles and passed emissions check. 
Jul 2016

153700 mi

US $20
Check engine light came back on with the P0446 code after ~900 miles of driving. Bought a reader and the following codes are currently displaying: P0446, P0442, P0441. Have not decided on a fix yet. 
Nov 2016

160000 mi

US $838
Engine check light for P0442 & P0446. Replaced Diaphragm on canister vent solenoid and cracked vacuum lines. Replaced EVAP CANISTER. Due to engine smell when using heat, repaired hole in resonator pipe behind catalytic converter. 
Pontiac Vibe in Ohio, United States
Feb 2015 - Jul 2016
Dec 2015

130948 mi

US $271
Replaced HVAC door actuator. 
Feb 2016

133567 mi

US $320
Replaced intake manifold gasket due to persistent error codes and check engine lights. Flushed cooling system. This trip also included oil change and tire rotation. 
Apr 2016

139000 mi

US $200
Left stabilizer bar control link broke. Replaced both. 
Jun 2016

142000 mi

US $750
P0496 code. Replaced fuel tank cap on my own. The code reappeared in 2 days. Mechanic tested on the "smoke machine" and replaced valve and charcoal cylinder. 
Pontiac Vibe in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2015 - Jan 2017
Sep 2015

143000 mi
Airbag warning light on--sensor problem not yet repaired-- 
Jan 2016

148700 mi

US $265
Gasket to exhaust manifold replaced 
Jun 2016

154000 mi

US $125
Replaced battery 
Jan 2017

158000 mi

US $455
Airbag light was on. After trying to get it covered by GM, forced to replace coil in steering wheel i order to pass inspection. 
Pontiac Vibe in Illinois, United States
Oct 2014 - Jan 2015
Dec 2014

108000 mi

US $26
Timing chain tensioner leaking 
Pontiac Vibe in Washington, United States
May 2012 - Jul 2015
Jul 2012

69300 mi

US $70
AC stopped working. Took it into the shop to understand the issue. Full diagnostic tests were performed (Dyed coolant). It was determined that the compressor seemed to have seized up. Estimated repairs of $1300. 
Jul 2015

111000 mi
A/C never repaired. 
Pontiac Vibe in Colorado, United States
Nov 2009 - Feb 2010
Jan 2010

116000 mi

US $285
CD player was not working so I had to get a new head unit, also the right tweeter was bad so that is on order and will require additional install cost. 
Pontiac Vibe in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jan 2017
Jul 2012

109500 mi
AC recharge, pollen cabin filter change, oil and lube, wiper replacment, rock chip repairs 
Jul 2013

121820 mi

C $150
small leak. Small part replaced. Will see if leak continues on next oil change. 
Sep 2013

124620 mi
changed fuse for cigarette lighter adapter. 
Aug 2014

137260 mi

C $200
Internal air fan not working. External working only. 
Pontiac Vibe in Michigan, United States
Oct 2008 - Jan 2016
Jan 2009

86200 mi

US $250
Replaced front wheel calipers and disks 
Nov 2009

88000 mi

US $150
Replaced rotors and pads. 
Apr 2012

137300 mi

US $480
No air conditioning. Shop replaced air conditioning condenser as it was leaking. 
Nov 2015

204000 mi

US $150
Front driver wheel bearing replaced 
Pontiac Vibe in Michigan, United States
Aug 2008 - Jan 2012
Jan 2008

264500 mi

US $110
Blower Motor: HVAC blower motor stopped working - no heat, A/C, or defrost. Installed motor myself. Cost includes MI sales tax. 
Sep 2008

316770 mi

US $70
Instrument Panel: '04 Vibe odometer stops working at 299,999. Bought used panel with 16,770 miles in June. Used tripometer on old panel to track miles June-Sept. to match up actual mileage (300k + odometer = actual mileage) 
Jul 2009

364373 mi

US $208
Wheel Bearings (front): Replaced "pressed in" type wheel bearings on both sides. The parts cost $58.00 and the labor cost $150.00. 
Feb 2010

405130 mi

US $284
Alternator: Re-manufactured alternator installed. Cost includes part, labor and MI sales tax. 
Sep 2010

434836 mi

US $130
Front right wheel bearing: $29.95 for genuine OEM part from dealer, $100.00 for labor/installation. 
Jan 2011

459683 mi

US $37
Replaced OEM starter. Replacement part purchased at salvage yard. Cost includes MI sales tax. 
Mar 2011

471180 mi

US $136
Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) malfunctioned. Purchased new part for $135.67, including MI sales tax. Part installed myself. 
Pontiac Vibe in Virginia, United States
Feb 2008 - Nov 2014
Oct 2008

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?? 
Jun 2010

78000 mi

US $227
Knocking sound coming from passenger side dash when Air Cond & Recirculator fan were on. Had to remove dash to work. Reecirculator door activator (part #88970277 $86.00 + lbr). Plastic gear teeth broke. Should be made of metal not plastic 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. 
May 2012

90500 mi

US $160
Needed set of front brake pads (rear were still ok). Discovered during annual, state mandated, inspection. Chose 
Feb 2013

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. 
Nov 2013

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. 
Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

52080 mi

C $685
A/C condenser had to be replaced. Had leak and freon had leaked out. Got freon charged last summer and was advised to replace condenser 
Pontiac Vibe in Illinois, United States
May 2010 - Sep 2013
Jun 2010

114000 mi
Door check interfered with drivers power window, adjusted door check mechanism. 
Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - Dec 2016
Jun 2011

48980 mi

C $160
check engine light came on - problem seemed to be associated with gas cap - now non existant 
Apr 2013

57820 mi

C $250
a/c not cold - no leaks detected - recharged 
Pontiac Vibe in Michigan, United States
Jul 2010 - Apr 2013
Sep 2011

106000 mi

US $430
Parking brake was malfunctioning due to use and age. Very expensive fix but the wife will not live without it. Great shop and very reasonable on most everything else. 
Dec 2012

131000 mi

US $150
Right wheel bearing was getting bad, (making a little noise). 
Pontiac Vibe in Texas, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

138000 mi

US $100
alignment of driver's side window off 
Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Dec 2013
Dec 2010

82460 mi

C $580
Vibration from front end severe while braking and noticable while driving. Dealder inspected replaced pads and rotors, they were origional so 130,000km is pretty good. Problem is fixed 
Sep 2011

91140 mi

C $100
Resistor for A/C /heater fan failed only had High speed for fan. Dealer replaced all is well now. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

Pontiac Vibe in Virginia, United States
May 2007 - Nov 2011
May 2008

30000 mi
Defective CD Player. Replaced under warranty. 
Pontiac Vibe in Utah, United States
Jun 2010 - Dec 2016
Jan 2015

124800 mi

US $5
Replaced intake manifold gasket. 
Pontiac Vibe in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2011 - Sep 2014
May 2014

60100 mi
a/c does not work 
Pontiac Vibe in New York, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

28000 mi

US $882
Broken tailpipe at joint to muffler. 
Jul 2009

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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