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Pontiac Vibe 2009+



  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    I agree with you that the oil change should come every 3K. It's just a little assurance thing to keep one from being sorry later, you might say. :shades:

    I only have 400 miles on my 09 AWD 2.4--
  • zzsignupzzsignup Posts: 6
    I could be mistaken, but I seem to recall the very first oil change should be around 3000 due to engine break-in.

    I usually do the normal oil-change at 5000-7000, since I do mostly highway miles.
  • mywreckmywreck Posts: 5
    Thank heavens for that! I find it very annoying when someone locks their car and the horn honks.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    The honking can be slightly startling, but it has a value for reassurance of locking, and also in locating the car. In addition, some game-playing for amusement... :P
  • morristrmmorristrm Posts: 1
    Annoying. Rude. Crude. Uncivil. Should be outlawed.
  • gary_ggary_g Posts: 13
    "I could be mistaken, but I seem to recall the very first oil change should be around 3000 due to engine break-in."

    - My manual does indeed say every 5000 miles for an '08.

    I will make the 1st oil change at 5000 miles, after that I'll do evey 7000 miles.

    Take care.
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    "Annoying. Rude. Crude. Uncivil. Should be outlawed."

    And I'll take a dozen now, thanks! ;)
  • kasjunkasjun Posts: 4
    although i prefer the locking to be silent many vehicles have the option of either silent or horn sounding. it can't be too hard to include that.
    on another note i would like to let anyone out there interested in the chrome clad 17 inch wheels to know they are actually not chrome but only a plastic wrapped wheel that chips easily. our vibe started peeling off after only 1500 miles and pontiac will do nothing about it. just thought i would warn anyone interested in those wheels. i don't know how they figure these are worth 650 dollars extra for plastic.
  • At less than 4,000 miles and none of it on what one would call a rugged road, I have pinholes on the front spoiler (air dam). At first, I thought the pits were bugs. Upon close inspection, they are irregularly shaped specks of silver ("liquid platinum"?) paint, each with a small hinge to reveal the black elastomeric spoiler. The coating should be more resilient. I still love my Vibe GT but am disappointed.
  • rob52rob52 Posts: 2
  • wtd44wtd44 Posts: 1,211
    Did you change the oil filter as well? Whether you did or didn't could make a difference in the oil required to reach the mark on the dipstick. I haven't changed the oil and filter yet on my 2009 Vibe AWD, so I don't have a pat answer. :confuse:
  • bones8bones8 Posts: 2
    Pontiac refers to the Vibe auto trans option as; 5 speed automatic with Driver Shift Control. What does Driver Shift Conrol mean. How is it different from the automatics I have driving? thanks
  • bikerscumbikerscum Posts: 9
    The shifter is electronic. Pull it down into drive & it shifts as normal. Move the shifter to the left from there & it becomes a tap shifter... bump it forward to upshift, backward to downshift. It does not give you full manual control.... you can force a downshift, but not an upshift if the trans would not shift into that gear at that speed. In other words, you can't tap it forward 4 times & start out in fifth.
  • bones8bones8 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the repsonse and understandable explanation.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Can anyone tell me if they have discovered where the cannister is on the 1.8 liter engine? I have been told it requires a "special tool" to remove the lid, but this could be nothing more than a phillips head screwdriver for all I know. I don't want to buy this car if I can't change the oil myself. Thanks.
  • repoman1repoman1 Posts: 64
    If / when anyone knows where to get a hood deflector for a 2009 please post it here. Pontiac parts department does not have anything. I searched the web and could not find anything.
  • nortsr1nortsr1 Posts: 1,060
    Go to They have real good bug deflectors and EASY to Install...usually fits into existing underhood holes with no drilling. No, I don't work for them....but...they really do have excellent products.
  • repoman1repoman1 Posts: 64
    The weathertech stuff looks nice, exactly what I am looking for. Unfortunately they do not have a hood deflector for the 2009 Vibe yet. The only option that I can find right now is putting 3M Scotchgard or Invsi-Mask film on the hood.
  • I just bought a 2009 Vibe in liquid platinum with the 1.8 and auto trans. I have the hubcaps in 16" and was wishing I could have got aluminum wheels but I couldn't with that package combo. Anyway, I've been searching for accessories and noticed someone on e-bay selling body moldings for a VIBE 09.
  • 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....
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