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2004 Pontiac Vibe repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (35%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 71 repairs.

2004 Pontiac Vibe repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (61%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 36 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

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

130-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Pontiac Vibe in Michigan, United States
Oct 2008 - Dec 2015
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 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 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 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 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 Illinois, United States
May 2010 - Sep 2013
Jun 2010

114000 mi
Door check interfered with drivers power window, adjusted door check mechanism. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe 4dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 4-speed automatic AWD

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

30000 mi
Defective CD Player. Replaced under warranty. 

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Repair Histories

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