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Pontiac Vibe



  • is the board. The message board has Vibe info about anything you want to know.
  • tkelltkell Posts: 3
    The sound from my 2003 Pontiac Vibe stereo has really deteriorated. Very little bass response and not much volume. I have replaced the amp under the seat and the stereo with used units. Installed a secondary ground wire to the stereo, tried different speakers but they don’t sound any better. Cleaned every plug connector I can find. Anyone have other ideas?
  • shoe5771shoe5771 Posts: 1
    I had the same problem happen the other night with my headlights both not working. I checked all the fuses and relay switch etc but nothing has worked. I tried the emergency brake and the tail fuse also. i was told it could be the switch in the arm to turn the lights on. What do you think? Thanks for any help.
  • Anybody have trouble getting the caps replaced? My local dealer and GM now claimed to be unable to find the service bulletin. Were they purged after Pontiac went out of business?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    I am from GM Customer Service. Please email me at so I can more information from you. Thank you,
    Mariah GM Customer Service
  • I just bought a 2005 Vibe with the Base 1.8L engine. I have about 1 week left on the used car warranty and the engine light has been coming on. I showed this to the dealer and he said he will have is mechanic take care of it. ODB readings are as follows: P0441, P0453, P0441, P02420. These codes seem to be related to the evaporative emissions system.

    I just want some idea of what needs to be done so I will know if the dealers mechanic took care of the whole problem and doesn't leave me with a repair job next month. Any ideas? :mad:
  • miked33miked33 Posts: 2
    Might be a little late for this answer, but it is under the passengers seat. Move the seat all the way forward to expose the system and to load cd's
  • miked33miked33 Posts: 2
    Nav. screen just decided to 'black' out. I also cannot eject the nav. cd. Radio plays as well as cd's. Power to the nav unit issue??? Any suggestions?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    I would encourage you to take your vehicle to your local dealership to have the navigation system looked at. Please keep us posted when the issue has been taken care of.

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • periperi Posts: 3
    We are a GM family, have bought 3 in the last 18mos new, from the same dealer. Our vibe had the clutch go out last week, and after towing it in, the dealer is saying we owe $1600 because it "had been abused". Our 20 y/o son drives this car, as do my husband and I, he has driven a clutch for over 5 yrs and we have never had a problem with any other clutch. They said the clutch was out and the flywheel overheated because of the clutch and the flywheel cracked. We have 25000 miles on this car and have an extended warranty. It seems it is their word against ours, and we are stuck- if this is how "the new GM works" this will be our last GM car- does anyone have any thoughts on what we need to do here? We feel abandoned by our dealer who says GM will back them up.
  • lubeexpertlubeexpert Posts: 16
    I'd say they're just trying to get out of a warranty repair. The burden of proof for the alleged "abuse" is on them. Suggest you contact GM Headquarters & REPORT that dealership!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    I would like to set up a case with GM Customer Assistance however I am unable to guarantee cost assistance. In order to start the process I will your complete contact information (including full name, mailing address and phone number), VIN, current mileage and the involved dealership sent to me in an email. Also, could you please provide a brief description of the problems you are experiencing?

    Thank you,
    Caron, GM Customer Service
  • LOL! I LOVE my Vibe. My husband and my 15 year old son accompanied me yard saleing one Saturday. We bought my husband a bike and 3 bar stools. All of which fit in the car with us. my son DID ride home with the front wheel of the bike in his face, but it did fit. I like to call my car a grocery getter with style.
  • I have a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. Tonight both headlights went out. I checked the parking brake (it is all the way down), in the fuse box under the drivers side I checked the tail fuse and it is ok. Under the hood I checked both headlight fuses plus the relay and they both seem to be ok. The high beams work fine and when I turn the nob for the lights it is tights and clicks. Any ideas?
  • Did you figure out the problem with the headlights? My 03 vibe just did the same thing.
  • Well, believe it or not, BOTH headlights burnt out at the same time. I really didn't think that scenario probable although numerous people urged me to check. I did and they work!
  • Mine too. I checked fuse. It was fine. Since I was due for oil change I took it in and asked them to replace bulbs. Sure enough that was it!!
  • electricdesignelectricdesign Posts: 681
    edited July 2012
    I am driving an 05 Base Vibe FWD Auto with 1.8L 4 Cyl Toyota engine & drivetrain, that I bought in Feb 2010 with 73K miles on it. It now has 95K miles on it, and it has proven to be the best car that I have ever owned. Several reasons for this, smooth and reliable, good gas mileage (24 around town, 35 on the road), the most exceptional utility vehicle of any vehicle I have ever owned. It drives perfect, ice cold air, peppy performance, low maintainance, high reliability. It fits my needs perfectly. I am almost 65, and have owned all types of vehicles thoughout my life, Fords, Chevys, Dodges, Wagons, Pickup Trucks, SUV's and in the 90's I owned 4 Ford Explorers, a Chevy Blazer, and this Vibe blows them all away as far as utility & reliability & mileage is concerned. I work part time using a lot of equipment, tools and ladders, and it is amazing all that I can carry in the Vibe. I use my Vibe like an SUV, The back seats are folded forward, to create a large cargo space, that can hold up to 11 standard size milk cartons. In the back, I have 10 milk cartons full of tools and equipment, and a 5 gallon bucket that is loaded with Electrical tools that I can carry into the job. Along the sides of the cargo space I store a lot ot stuff like drop cord light, several extension cords, several boxes of stock and parts, small shovel, some wood boards, ropes, chains, bungee cords, rubber boots, raincoats, helmets, toolboxes, ect. Then on the floorboard in front and underneath the rear seats, I store drill bits, saw blades, umbrella, first aid kit, spotlight, etc. Then I have removed the headrest from the front passenger seat and I can slide an 8 foot step ladder in the the rear opening of the flip up rear hatch glass, the 8 foot ladder will slide completely into the Vibe, and then I can slide a 6 foot step ladder on top of the 8 foot ladder and close the back flip up glass. This flip up rear glass has added so much usefulness and utilitiy to this vehicle. Then I use the floor board space in front of the front passenger seat, I place a Wet/Dry Vac (uses a 5 gal plastic bucket) on the front Floorboard, and I place another 5 gal plastic bucket full of HVAC tools in the front of the front passenger seat. In lieu of the 2 step ladders, I can carry a 20' folding extension ladder if I need to get on Rooftops. When fully loaded, the Vibe becomes a 1 passenger SUV with amazing capabilities and utility. I have never had the need to try to carry anything on top of the car, because I can carrry so much inside the Vibe! I would never own another vehicle that does not have the flip up rear glass, It is more useful than you can imagine!
    No doubt, this is hands down the most useful vehicle that I have ever owned.
    Good Day,
    E.D. in Sunny Florida
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Anyone have the one second metal on metal screech sound at cold start-up related to the failing timing gear? GM has a bulletin out on this as does Toyota. Mine occurs about once a month and when the car has not been started for two days or on very cold mornings. Suggestions?
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    What model year is your Vibe, maxx4m3? I would be happy to check my resources to see if I can help troubleshoot in any way.

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Thanks Sarah. I have a 2009 Vibe with 1.8 liter engine. I posted a note on the Matrix page as well since they are having the same issues. I originally got the bulletin from Toyota. Once I showed it to my GM dealer, they found the equivalent bulletin. My service writer also said that the camshaft timing gear is also likely to be responsible for the valve tappet I have been experiencing. I have 62,000 miles on the car. Again, I greatly appreciate your interest Sarah.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    Hello maxx4me,

    I checked and was unable to find any troubleshooting tips in the resources I have available to me - sorry about that! Are you planning on working with your dealership to resolve this or take an alternative approach? If the former, we're happy to check in with the dealership on your behalf and work with you until this is resolved. Please email us at (include your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, a summary of the situation, and the name of your dealership).

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    I'll send it right now. Sorry; I did not mean to omit the notice/bulletin number:

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