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Pontiac Vibe 2009+



  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    My only other suggestion is to try EBay...type in Pontiac Vibe accessories and see if there are any available.Several suppliers advertise on that site and usually there are bug deflectors, window deflectors, etc. available. Perhaps some are availabe for the 2009 Vibe????? I know the Matrix and Vibe are supposedly "TWINS' so maybe the Matrix bug deflector might fit if available?????
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Trying a Toyota parts counter really makes sense. All Vibe and Matrix vehicles are North American, though one is Californian and the other Canadian.
  • what kind of MPG are you guys getting on broken in, 2009 vibes? I am wondering how it compares to my 2007 with the smaller engine, auto tranny.
  • I have a 2009 GT with a 2.4L DOHC engine. It's getting 29-30 mpg on the highway, driving up to 9 mph over the speed limit. City driving is generally around 23-25 mpg, far better than the EPA-rated 21 on the sticker. However, I work at home and do not commute, so there is little, if any, stop and go, bumper to bumper driving.
  • I have a 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT. In April, two days after I purchased it, I drove to Durham, NC and back to Buffalo, NY and averaged 29.97 miles to the gallon. Last week I drove to Baltimore, MD and back to Buffalo, NY and averaged 31.20 miles to the gallon. Most of both trips were on the highway, although I did drive in the cities as well. My previous vehicle was a 2005 Vibe AWD and it didn't do as well as my current vibe.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    2009 Vibe: Mine matches the window sticker, pretty much. I just crossed the 1000 mile mark.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060 is now working.
  • goateegoatee Posts: 51
    Does anyone know if the new 2.4 liter engine for the Vibe is made or designed by GM or Toyota? I am interested in the new AWD and would like to make an informed decision. Thanks.
  • I was told by the dealer that the engine and transmission of my GT (equipped with the 2.4L) are made by Toyota. Also, the "Pontiac Vibe" Wikipedia entry about the latest generation Vibe has a note from an automotive blogger that the 2.4L is the same engine used on the Camry. Great engine. My GT (a non-AWD vehicle) regularly gets 23-25 mpg in the city, and the high 20s/low 30s on the highway. (depending on speed and conditions). At the same time, this engine is not shy when I need (or want) a burst of power. It is beyond me why American ingenuity cannot come up with such a great balance of economy and performance. Hope this helps.
  • Both the 1.8 and 2.4 engines are made by Toyota. The 1.8 engine is used in the Corolla except for the Corolla XRS which gets the 2.4 engine, as well as the Camry. I too have the 2009 GT Vibe, and my gas mileage is about the same as smokiescat. I love the performance of the 2.4 engine (I previously owned a 2005 Vibe AWD with the 1.8 engine and was displeased with the pep and mileage, although I never had one problem with the car). Remember that you will lose about 3 MPG if you purchase the AWD model. Good luck with whatever you chose and you won't be sorry that you buy a Vibe....
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Just a plug for the Corolla engine: I have both the 03 and 09 versions. The 09 version is a slightly modified version of the 03-08 Corolla engine. I am getting 29 mpg in town (90% city/10% highway) in my 2009 WITH AUTOMATIC transmission. If you need more pep, go with the Camry engine. I prefer the gas mileage. Both are 200,000 mile proven engines. You won't go wrong with either one.
  • goateegoatee Posts: 51
    Thank you for the information on the engine(s). I will be picking up my new 09 Vibe AWD on Monday. Midnight blue - prefered package, Sun & Sound, fog lights, 17" chrome clad and cargo cover. Couldn't pass up the deal.
  • goateegoatee Posts: 51
    I have purchased 2 sets of color coordinated body side moldings for my other 2 care from No doubt my new Vibe will also be wearing a set soon. The quality is great and the color match is spot on. Easy to install with enclosed directions. I have received many compliments on them.
  • jollanzajollanza Posts: 1
    This 05 I got is a play toy. Sun and sound package. I wanted the Inferno Red. I wound up with the darker red, the old man red. But let me tell you I used that turtle wax "ICE" product and forgetta boud it! It looks great. had side moldings and pin stripes. Theses cars are an engineering touch down. The 1.8 automatic "ZIPS" when it should, And "STOPS" when it knows it should. Not as good on gas as my other car, With 72000 miles it gets around 30mpg. My other car I had to give up to my wife. With 5500 miles it gets up to 52mpg. But after all, it's a bright red Toyota Prius Hybrid. I'd rather drive the 05 Vibe. I am on my way the junk yard to find the floor matts that came with it. And maybe they came with a rear cargo mat? Any body know? Any body know if 16 are better that 17 inch tires on the vibe? :confuse: Thanks folks. zip zip zip
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    If you are concerned about gas mileage, probably the last thing you want to do is to go to the 17 inch tire. Stick with the stock 16 inch, and get some Michelin Pilot Exaltos or Michelin Primacy MXV4s. Both will help you corner with confidence. The first generation Vibes don't corner as well as the current generation, so the H rated Michelins will help offset that a bit.
  • leed1leed1 Posts: 7
    anyone having any issues with a hard down shift on the 09 automatic 2.4L? can hear it drop into the lower gear and feel the car shake.
    when i took it in after owning the car for 2 days i was told there was a computer upgrade on the car that would address the problem. it did not help. now i have been told by GM that it is the shift adapter in the transmission and it would "go away" after 5000-7000Kms. i find that hard to believe and am wondering if anyone else has been experiencing this issue and what was done if anything?
  • leasterleaster Posts: 4
    I assume you are talking about the 5 speed auto. I had to have mine replaced the second day I had the car. Lost all forward drive. Since then (40,000 MILES) it will shift hard from 2nd to third and down shift noticeably into 2nd or first. I have not had mine checked as it is out of warranty. Just hope it does not get worse.
  • leasterleaster Posts: 4
    I have 40,000 miles on my 2009 Vibe GT (2.4). Lately it has a tendency to stall as the throttle is closed. This is more apt to happen when it is cold and backing out of the drive or at the first few intersections. The other day it happened as I suddenly changed lanes and then let off the gas. I have no engine lights. Anybody got any ideas?
  • lgerkinlgerkin Posts: 1
    Hi---I recently purchased a 2005 Pontiac Vibe, which looked good as far as the paint/body when I purchased it. However, I just washed it and noticed lots of little marks where the paint appears to be scratched off. I used a scratch remover product but this didn't seem to help. Does anyone have any suggestions for another product or method of removing these marks? They are deep enough that there is a definite indentation you can feel with your fingernails, so I don't think they're just surface scratches.

    Thanks for any advice!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,055
    Hi leaster,

    I'm sorry to hear that you may be having issues with your engine stalling in your Vibe. Have you had the chance to get into a dealership to have this issue diagnosed? If you would like for us to do more research on your concerns, please feel free to email us at [attn Amber]. Please include your VIN, contact information and dealership.


    Amber N.
    GM Customer Care
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