The Pontiac Vibe offers a lot of room and many SUV virtues, such as a slightly higher driving position, easy access, and optional AWD. You'll find a compliant ride, fairly nimble handling, and effective brakes. Notable shortcomings are a flawed driving position and a noisy engine. Overall, the Vibe is a good practical alternatives to a small SUV.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Pontiac Vibe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Cooling system didn't work after the winter. Problem was insufficient Freon although leak detector didn't show any leaks."

Keith O., IL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor slowly failed and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioning did not work and AC compressor needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"needed recharge"

Anonymous, NH (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor replaced and flurium added"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"1st time was covered under extended warranty which owner purchased. After about a yr & a half, compressor failed again. But due to mileage??, was no longer covered under warranty. Since we reside in Rochester, figured for 6 weeks of summer could liv"

Elaine E., NY (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"wore out and started leakngi"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower stopped working, which meant that I couldn't use the defroster, a/c, or heat. But the repair was straightforward for my mechanic."

Anonymous, CT (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The whole climate system would just shut off. finally it wouldn't even turn back on. i got it fixed."

Anonymous, (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The motor quit and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy, doesn't work at all speeds"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The fan only works on high, and when it does come on it very noisy"

Dominick C., CT (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Motor sometimes won't start. Can be restarted by a kick behind the glove compartment"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Only worked on high setting. Had motor replaced. $250"

Douglas L., IL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The blower motor failed in the car and had to be replaced. This made a noise and meant that the air conditioning would not work properly until it was replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Condenser leaked - required replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Wiring failed. had to replace several interconnects"

Trent H., TX (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Expansion valve failing, buried under dash, costly removal, $1400"

David F., TX (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Worn out"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Service engine light stays on"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Gasket between the catalytic converter and the header was leaking"

David R., MB (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Heat shield fell down causing minor muffler damage which was repaired. A new heat shield was installed"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"While on the highway had the rattling noise. The heat shield was loose because of a corroded bolt. Easily fixed back home"

Keith O., IL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Screws holding shield in place rusted thru .Drilled new holes and installed stainless screws"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"A new muffler install"

Charles T., MI (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Manufacturers recall"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"All original pipes had to be replaced but not the muffler"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusted out joint fitting"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rusted"

Anonymous, NY (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Flex pipe between segments developed leak. Garage welded in a new flex pipe."

Anonymous, MA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace exhaust system under car due to rusting."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Because of the age of the car, the exhaust pipes developed holes. I had to have half of the exhaust system replaced. I consider this normal wear."

Dale O., IN (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The Pontiac Vibe is a rebranded Toyota Matrix. I once heard that Toyotas eat through exhaust systems. I'm inclined to agree. About every 2 years or so I need to have a piece of the exhaust pipe replaced. I've NOT needed to replace the muffler or catalytic converter. It's the pipes that seem to have the issue. Fortunately I've found that Ralph's Muffler in Avon, IN is able to custom repair my exhaust pipes."

Anonymous, IN (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The pipe over the rear suspension.Cost $40.00 to repair"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"PIPES RUSTED BEFORE MUFFLER"

William W., PA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Developed hole near V pipe"

Anonymous, MD (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Lower driver's side door panel is slightly loose"

David L., NY (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Plastic pieces and rubber moldings just came loose for no reason"

Anonymous, (2005 Pontiac Vibe Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The fender linings under the car became ripped. Made of cheap fiber plastic. $400 to repair at a body shop"

George W., NJ (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Clear Coat peeling from front bumper, fenders, and good"

Anonymous, IA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The previous owner lived on a dirt road and the paint was pitted and worn when I bought this car. It’s not the best looking thing on the road but it’s reliable and fun car."

Charles B., MI (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling on top of car causing rusting issues."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint pocks easily from random stones, etc. Light rusting as a result"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It appears that the car is rusting all over the roof"

Anonymous, (2005 Pontiac Vibe Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Faded red paint on car required repainting the roof and tailgate. Car is kept outside"

Charles T., CA (2005 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on roof is cracked and white; despite being parked most of the time in carport. Small areas of the hood also have serious paint deterioriation.... cannot be buffed out or waxed away"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat finish started peeling on the rear lift hatch, then spread to roof, then to the hood, and finally the body clearcoat os starting to peel away"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the roof started fading and chalking first. The hood has now started to fade and chalk as well"

Benjamin P., FL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"some pittng and paint fadng due to Florida sun exposureii"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat peeling,red color fading on rear"

David F., TX (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"rust through just below glass on tailgate"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the roof has faded and given way to rust. The entire roof is now covered in rust"

Benjamin P., FL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"-Rust on the top just above the windshield -Rust under the door handles on the rear doors"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The sunroof has drain ports that get clogged, causing it to drip rainwater into the cabin on the passenger side"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"water comes in sometimes from top driver's side headliner molding by windshield"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"water leaks at front upper side pillar of passenger seat.side"

Frank M., ON (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"water leaking into cabin when air conditioning used"

Olivia B., VA (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"weather striping is failing, old, needs replaced. No water leaks just air, not a full seal"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"window noise from drivers side, existed purchased used vehicle. I have not had the seals replaced. It is most likely an easy fix."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I don't know when it started, the car odometer actually stopped at 299,999 miles, it has over 300,000 miles on it now, the door seals could/should be replaced. The solenoid that controls the heat/vent mixer box continually clicks, too expensive to replace, for value of car. It's cheap, reliable transportation, my work equipment fits well with back seats folded forward. I know what needs to be fixed/replaced, unwilling to spend the necessary money to do all of that, I may replace the shocks."

Anonymous, MN (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Seal around moon roof failed"

Russell B., PA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"just in general more squeaks and rattles"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Some muffled knocking noises coming from the back wheels -- mechanic assures me it's not an issue -- and also something vibrating/rattling inside the door post between driver door and rear passenger door"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust panel Heat protection b?ne loose. fixes with tie rap"

Anonymous, QC (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle in dash. Unable to resolve"

Anonymous, SK (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"wind thru drivers side window, I purchased it used with this problem. I believe if I purchased a new seal, it would solve the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The wind noise is probably due to door seals all around, I have a roof rack that holds my large roof box, the front clamps go above the glass on the front doors."

Anonymous, MN (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"drivers side door sounds like not sealed, noise from wind loud"

Olivia B., VA (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light came on though the car ran normally. Had the problem fixed ($300+) and the light went off, but I'm not sure exactly what was wrong"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"oxygen sensor"

Anonymous, KY (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine was on and had diagnostics run by a repair shop. About $800 to repair"

Anonymous, OH (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"It leaked"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"It appears some valves in fuel system are sticking, giving a false CEL P0456 code"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"gas emission cannister valve"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Both catalytic converters have needed replacing."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Every time weather turns cold, I get a CEL P0171 code"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Emissions light comes on but the dealer does not know why"

John R., AB (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light came on, code indicated O2 sensor not working. Both were replaced but engine light stayed on. ECC replaced, but light still stays on. Mileage has been reduced as a result and engine tends to be rough as it idles too slowly (<500 rpm)"

Anonymous, SK (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

"One of the lights behind the clock is out"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The tail lights sometimes don't come on right away. They sometime take up to an hour to come on after you switch them on. When they don't come on some of the dash lights also don't come on. When the dash lights come on the tail lights also come on"

Dominick C., CT (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"There was a recall for faulty ECU on these cars that result in strange electronic behavior and the engine randomly dying when slowing down with the clutch in, however this can somehow does not qualify even though it has this problem. Yes, I will be driving and the car will die, loosing the power steering and everything else... super dangerous, yet not covered because its S/N is not eligible. Also, the headlights in the car are somehow shorting out the battery and will drain enough energy to prevent the car starting if the headlights are plugged in, so I leave the left headlight unplugged. Finally, the windows break off of their rolling mechanisms (another recall that somehow the S/N doesn't qualify for) so some of the windows can't be used now."

Anonymous, (2005 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"problem in general with lights and all electrical systems - various"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the front right headlight"

Anonymous, HI (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights need to be replaced with a relatively high frequency"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Front roof light doesn't work"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the dash lights have been intermittent even after 2 repairs by dealer"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure monitor light doesn't ever go out, despite air pressure. Sensor must be bad"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"failed/shorted out from moisture"

Jeffery T., MI (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"There is a sensor problem with the ABS system, and parts are not available from GM, so I cannot find a replacement."

Scott W., CO (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"one caliper was sticking. also, had to replace the tie rods on one side due to siezure/rust"

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"grinding noise indicated lining(s) worn down"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the brake pads, even though they were not completely worn due to vibration form non dealer provided product"

Greg C., NS (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"repacing brake pads"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Parking brake was ineffective"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Replaced rotors while completing a complete front brake service for vibration"

Greg C., NS (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Uneven wear resulting in vibration upon heavy application of brakes"

Roy A., CO (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Cd player started reacting erratically, making noise Cd became locked in the player and would not eject the CD-CD player is now in operable"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"hard to see in direct sunlight"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"no USble info displayed, replaced with after market unit"

Anonymous, TX (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio display plus time of day when blank"

John R., AB (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Display does not work - guessing game as to radio freqency"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The radio stopped bringing in stations unless they were very close. Ultimately the problem was diagnosed as a failed antenna cable"

Anonymous, NC (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Display not working"

Stanley K., MD (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Window track sometimes get misaligned. Door swings out when opening... driver's door retention spring broke"

Anonymous, NM (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Glass defects

"crack in windshield started small grew until whole windsheild was ctacked-replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"passenger side window glass separated from elevator."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"See other response. Despite an official recall for faulty windows, ours have broken yet the S/N is somehow not eligible for the recall..."

Anonymous, (2005 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"power window switch failed -replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Not an easy repair."

Patrick L., CA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Required replacement at about 130000 miles"

Stan S., FL (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch slipping need replacement"

Anonymous, CT (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Wore out, started slipping, was replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Not sure if the battery or the alternator had the problem first, only that one killed the other driving from TX to Chicago. Had to jump it to start, a few hours later we slowed down on the freeway and all the lights turned off and the car was dead"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Battery cables

"In TX weather the cable attached to the battery would build up with acid and lost contact with the battery. We had to saw it off to replace it with a new one. I think TX weather was a factor"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"It had an engine control module recall. Took it to the dealer and he replaced the module. 20,000 miles later it was diagnosed as defective. I called the Gm dealer and his statement was that he would replace it for $450.00. I had an independent mechan"

Bill W., GA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter motor failed and car had to be towed to the shop for replacement. The gasket problem was minor by comparison but needed to be fixed."

Keith O., IL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

"Problem just occurred due to excessive vibration in steering wheel that does not appear to be a tire balance issue. I am having this checked tomorrow"

Anonymous, RI (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"A hollow knocking sound was getting worse and worse, and my mechanic was able to quickly diagnose it, putting the car on a lift and showing me that the tie rod bushings were nearly completely worn. The repair took a few hours and cost me around $500. Worth it."

Anonymous, CT (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Right front wheel bearing had been noisy for several years. Thought it was a tire problem until the tires were changed and the noise remained"

Anonymous, AL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"PCM failed. Unit was recalled and fixed for free by dealer"

Derek C., MN (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Pressure control solenoid shorted out and had to be replaced for about $500"

Derek C., MN (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"bought used @ about 70K miles - there was metal chucks and sludge in the oil"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"described in previous box. was actually a manifold gasket."

Keith O., IL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"The cooling fan needed to be replaced. Oddly, it was cheaper (and easier) to replace the whole assembly, rather than just the fan motor itself"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"The differential failed, and GM has stopped making parts available for the 2005 Pontiac Vibe, so the only option is to find one from a totaled vehicle."

Scott W., CO (2005 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Seals around the timing belt had to be replaced. $750"

Joseph G., OH (2005 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS
Aug 28, 2019
An improperly inflated air bag increases the risk of injury during a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2003-2008 Corolla, 2005-2008 Corolla Matrix, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles equipped with a front passenger air bag assembly replaced under a prior recall. The air bag may not unfold as designed during inflation under high temperature conditions, possibly resulting in the air bag not inflating properly.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify their owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. Dealers will replace the front passenger air bag assembly or sub-assembly, free of charge. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's numbers for this recall are K1Q and K0Q. Pontiac owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-762-2737. GM's number for this recall is N192273760.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V627000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 229460
AIR BAGS
Dec 12, 2018
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2002-2005 Lexus SC and Toyota Sequoia, 2003-2005 Toyota Corolla and Tundra, and 2003-2007 Pontiac Vibe vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify the Toyota and Lexus owners. General Motors will notify the Pontiac Vibe owners. Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, or replace the air bag assembly that includes an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 23, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371, Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987 or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. Toyota's numbers for these recalls are J0A (Zone A Toyota), J0B (Zone B Toyota), J0C (Zone C Toyota), JLI (Zone A Lexus), JLJ (Zone B Lexus), and JLK (Zone C Lexus). Note: This recall includes vehicles that have had their air bag previously replaced under an earlier air bag campaign.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V883000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 168993
AIR BAGS
May 13, 2015
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) notified the agency on May 13, 2015, that they are recalling 2005-2007 Lexus SC, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sequoia, and Pontiac Vibe, and 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra vehicles that were originally sold, or ever registered, in Florida, along the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. On June 16, 2015 Toyota expanded the recall to cover an additional 769,055 vehicles, including certain model year 2002-2004 Lexus SC, Toyota Sequoia, 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla Matrix, Toyota Corolla, Pontiac Vibe, and Toyota Tundra vehicles, as well the vehicles covered by the May 13, 2015 notification in the portions of Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas that were not previously included. The inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify their owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. Dealers will replace the passenger side front air bag, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota began the recall on July 13, 2015. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 1-800-762-2737. GM began the recall on June 29, 2015. NOTE: This recacll supersedes recall 14V-655 in its entirety. For vehicles located in the U.S. states not listed above, please see Toyota recall 15V-285 which covers all other U.S. states.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V286000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1069055
AIR BAGS
May 13, 2015
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) notified the agency on May 13, 2015 that they are recalling certain model year 2004 Sequoia vehicles manufactured August 18, 2003, to August 19, 2004, and 2003-2004 Tundra vehicles manufactured March 18, 2003, to August 25, 2004. On June 16, 2015, Toyota expanded the recall to include an additional 1,270,468 vehicles, including model year 2002-2003 and 2005-2007 Sequoia, 2005-2006 Tundra, 2003-2007 Corolla, 2003-2007 Corolla Matrix, 2003-2007 Pontiac Vibe and 2002-2007 Lexus SC vehicles. This is to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag inflator which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify their owners. Pontiac Vibe owners will be notified by GM. Dealers will replace the front passenger air bag. The recall began on July 13, 2015. Toyota owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac owners may call 1-800-762-2737. NOTE: This recall supersedes recall 14V-312 in its entirety.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V285000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1973468
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Aug 26, 2010
THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WARNINGS AND CONSEQUENCES ASSOCIATED WITH THE DEFECT. THE ENGINE WARNING LAMP COULD BE ILLUMINATED, HARSH SHIFTING COULD RESULT, THE ENGINE MAY NOT START, OR THE ENGINE COULD SHUT OFF WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN. AN ENGINE SHUTOFF WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN INCREASES THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
GM IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2005-2008 PONTIAC VIBE VEHICLES. THE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE (ECM) FOR THE SUBJECT MODELS EQUIPPED WITH THE 1ZZ-FE (LV6) ENGINE AND TWO-WHEEL DRIVE MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY MANUFACTURED. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT A CRACK MAY DEVELOP AT CERTAIN SOLDER POINTS OR ON VARISTORS ON THE CIRCUIT BOARD.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE PRODUCTION NUMBER OF THE ECM AND REPLACE THE ECM IF NECESSARY. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 8, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT GM AT 1-800-620-7668.
For more information:
GM'S SAFETY RECALL NO. IS 10282.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V387000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 161754
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