The Pontiac Vibe's compact dimensions, versatile interior, and good fuel economy make it a handy, nimble, economical runabout. However, a flawed driving position and a boomy engine detract.
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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 2006 Pontiac Vibe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The catalytic converter last 222000 miles in a region that see alot of road salt. I would say I got alot of mileage from it, especially when I hear other people are lucky to get 120000 from theirs"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light came on. repair shop said cat. converter needed replaced. Confirmed by dealer"

Jim R., OH (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"The exhaust system rusted out and was replace from front to back completely"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Road salt has eaten away at parts of the exhaust pipe system. Typical problem for a car driven in the northeastern US during the winter."

J P., NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"The engine noise started getting loud. Then I started to smell exhaust in the car when idling at lights. Got to the point of having to drive with the windows open until I could get it fixed. The repair people said it was a cracked manifold. They replaced it and the problem was gone."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"The heat shield becoming loose and rattling has been a recurring problem. I was told that rust makes it difficult for it to stay securely in place."

Anonymous, OH (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"fastened down by the technician at the time"

Anonymous, (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"this was a replacement muffler from monro muffler that did not last too long"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The resonator also had to be replaced. it was very load. Considering the vehicle is 14 yrs old and the exhaust system lasted that long I can not complain."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Muffler that had issue was a replacement muffler from a muffler shop. Not original equipment"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"After more than 240,000 km, we've noticed a hole in our exhaust. all in all, the number of issues we've had with this car are much better than expected with a car this age. I'm still fully comfortable with the reliability of this car."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"pipe wore out and we replaced a section"

Anonymous, (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The pipes were not original equipment they were from a muffler shop. They failed because I never had the correct pipes installed by the muffler shop."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The stainless pipes rusted out, and with western NY winters and the roads salt cover more than half the year, thats what happens. The car had 200,000 miles on it at the time"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe failure between engine and muffler"

David B., NH (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light comes on and have tried to address issue which seems to be related to the upper and downstream O2 sensors. Other than that, car runs fine"

Jo F., TX (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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

"A/C stopped working suddenly about 9 months ago. Told at dealer that it needed a new compressor, which I then had them install. A/C has worked fine since"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Compressor stopped working and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The AC has broken twice. It's inconvenient because Virginia is very hot in the summer. Both fixes were relatively simple, but cost a few hundred dollars"

Thomas T., VA (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Air compressor failed, which seemed early given the low mileage"

Anonymous, NM (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped working, compressor stopped turning"

Benson H., BC (2006 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower motor stopped functioning and was required to be replaced. Happened during cold conditions and made it hard to operate with the windows frosting on the inside."

Anonymous, IL (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the blower motor stopped working last fall. we took the car to Jeromes and they replaced the fan motor. works great now."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"blower comes on depending on the location of the airflow... makes a small banging noise, the is annoying... does not make the noise in all airflow positions on the dial"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"the resistor network for the blower control failed"

Mark P., IL (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"heat didn't work; had to get heater core replaced."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Cannot turn off recycle air system"

Everett W., CA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"had the refrigerant charged, and a few months later, it is like I never recharged it"

Goran L., CA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak....so no a/c for me. Not worth trying to fix it. Otherwise car is dependable."

Anonymous, (2006 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

Calipers

"The caliper in the left front wheel began to stick a couple of weeks ago. I replaced it myself with a rebuilt caliper from AutoZone. This was the first time I had to spend money for anything other than maintenance; at nearly 124K miles!"

Harry P., PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Discovered during safety inspection."

Anonymous, (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Issue most likely due to the fact that the vehicle Was not used for long periods of time throughout the winter"

Daniel M., PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"1 caliper started sticking, I bought one at a parts store and replaced it."

Harry P., PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper failed causing uneven and sudden wear of pads requiring new calipers and rotors"

Michael F., CA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Rear brake pads & rotors replaced. Ebrake cable needed to be adjusted."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"OVER 15000KM ON ORIGIONAL BRAKES, AND I JUST REPLACED THE ORIGIONAL BATTERY AS A PRECAUTION LAST YEAR. IT DOES NOT GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS!"

Anonymous, MB (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Original brakes with 135000 miles, just wore out"

Anonymous, (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"FRONT BRAKE PADS JUST WORE OUT. Alternator belt was cracked from old age."

Lawrence S., (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"Cable rusted causing left rear brake shoes to rub on the drum"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"See explanation of other brake issue"

Jerald W., MI (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Caused by Downtown Vancouver driving"

Fred D., BC (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"IT WAS COST EFFECTIVE TO REPLACE THE ROTORS WITH THE BRAKE PADS. I PAID ABOUT $25 MORE FOR NEW ROTORS OVER MACHINING THE OLD ONES."

Anonymous, MB (2006 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

"The logo has fallen off, and I had to glue it back on, but the car was previously wrecked"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"plastic rivets on door trim breaks and leads to trim catching on high curbs"

Jo F., TX (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Started a year ago, paint peeling off the roof, now mostly all paint gone and rusting on the roof like there was no primer applied Plan to repaint that area only, rest of paint on body OK"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"just a patch of clear coat needs to be redone"

Linda B., NV (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Where the air flows over surface of car the paint is chipping off. I think the primer is failing. Taking to dealer"

Barry Z., TX (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint missing because of rust above windshield"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"paint began peeling off around the bumper and front nose piece"

Brady S., AB (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat is cracking and pealing on drivers side"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Some paint is peeling"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on roof fading due to exposure"

Jo F., TX (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust forms quickly under the rear window on lid."

Stan S., WI (2006 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is chipping off on hood and rest of car. I think the primer is failing, it just started in last 6 mo's. The hood is rusting where paint chipped off"

Barry Z., TX (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Starting rust in several areas just above windshield and sun roof"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 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)

"replaced right front cv shaft & front catalytic converter assembly"

Lisa G., NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"the check engine light has come on and stays on all the time. The car runs good but the gas mileage has gone down. it looks like i will need a new catalyic converter to fix the problem."

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light has been on forever, unit needs a new "charcoal canister" which costs $300. Not sure if this causes any problem to vehicle and have not addressed it"

Steven B., IA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"fuel cap needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Intake manifold gasket needs replacing. Check engine light comes on due to poor seal. Well known problem with these engines. $7.00 part that requires 2 hours of my time to replace. Trouble code P71 as I recall."

Anonymous, WI (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Caused check engine light to come on , lean fuel . Drives and runs ok so I left it unfixed. The third sensor so I said to leave it unfixed"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"2 oxygen sensors were replaced for emission inspection."

Francis W., PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Dealer told me the sensor was faulty and replaced it"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on and required replacement of several sensors"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"downstream o2 sensor wiring corroded at sensor under car"

Larry C., NS (2006 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

"Display for clock/radio went out"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Backlights in radio fail making it difficult to read the clock and radio during the day"

Steven B., IA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"lighting on gauges, radio, clock and dash controls comes and goes. getting any of it repaired seems to be beyond the ability of the local service departments"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The lighting for the climate control has failed. The backlighting for the radio has failed."

Anonymous, (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Tach-o-meter was bouncing up and down and not reading the rpm's correctly. Would correct it self after bumping accelerator. Correction was made by replacing a pcm UNIT."

Travis G., IL (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"We seem to need to replace headlights often"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"radio clock dash lights have not worked the last 50000km to costly to fix. the speed odometer quit at 299000km"

Fred D., BC (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Dashboard lights failed. Needed to replace the entire display panel to remedy the problem"

Anonymous, (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior light would go on from time to time."

Anonymous, SK (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Motor seized."

Daniel G., ON (2006 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

"It skips. But this is the first year it's done that so I can't complain"

Robert G., IN (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Unable to play a CD for longer than a year"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The CD player gradually has become more sensitive to uneven roads, to the point where I cannot play it when the car is moving."

Harry P., PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"Only fix for this is to replace the head unit entirely"

James M., ON (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"It bothers me that I have no clock radio dash display and to have it fixed is costly as I was told The dash has to be taken apart to put in new lights display"

Fred D., BC (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"It's just irritating. The clock went dark. I know I've had it forever, but it's not replaceable at any kind of reasonable cost. There's a YouTube hack because it's a common problem, but I'm too old and too tired to even attempt that. I'll stick a cheapie digital clock on the dash before I'd do that"

Robert G., IN (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The lights surrounding the air control go on and off randomly with the temperature control light off most often. The light on the clock no longer works at all."

Anonymous, PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"it worked well but then the radio kept scanning and would not stop..there is static on the radio that makes it hard to understand"

Robert D., NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"LEDs in radio display are a weak spot on this model."

Ronney B., TN (2006 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Alternator belt cracked from old age"

Lawrence S., (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, SK (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced .Recall 10282-PCM"

Martin S., ON (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealer says we need a part, but they can't get it in"

Anonymous, MI (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Loses about a quart every 1500 miles"

Patrick M., OK (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil forwarding unit completely failed draining all oil out of engine. Engine was not lost though, amazingly, and have since this event driven it across country."

Alex F., MN (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Timing chain housing leaking where it mounts to front of engine"

Anonymous, IL (2006 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

"The driver's side door check broke, in half, twice. First replacement found at a wrecking yard. It's still broken"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"There is an actuator motor that controls the fresh air intake that is well known problem. Shops charge 300 to fix. I did it without removing the dash and took apart the actuator and rotated the gear 90 degrees to fix. Common failure"

Travis G., IL (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"passenger seat up and back control was stuck and had to be taken apart and cleaned up"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Window regulator an motor had to be replaced. Very common problem reported. Understood before I purchased"

Travis G., IL (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers window sounds like metal is hitting it when it is opening.It sounds like it will break, but it hasn't yet"

Anonymous, MI (2006 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

Shocks or struts

"Were worn and needed to be replaced, which is expected given the vehicle's mileage and age"

Anonymous, TN (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rubber boot was starting to leak fluid"

Brady S., AB (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the front shock broke. I changed both front shocks"

Jocelin G., QC (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearing noise after ~ 195000 kms. Bearing replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front wheel bering failed prematurely"

Earl F., CT (2006 Pontiac Vibe 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

"We swapped out the alternator as a precaution for a recurring dead battery. Even with new one, problem of dead battery persists, so it's in the shop right now being checked out"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery mysteriously keeps going dead. Replaced battery, but same issue. Replaced alternator, same issue. Currently at the shop getting looked at. Other than that, no complaints - love this car!"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"the wrong spark plugs were put in the car causing a check engine light. the wrong heat range caused the check engine light"

Robert D., NY (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"First thing I've had to change since owning it. Not bad for a 12 year old car at 152,000 miles."

Alex F., MN (2006 Pontiac Vibe 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

Rough shifting

"Rough shifting is part of the P0977 error issue"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This could be a result of the P0977 code. could be the solenoid, the wiring, or the power control module."

Anonymous, WA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"There's a P0977 error, but every time it goes into the shop they cant actively diagnose it. So the check engine light goes on, 75% of the time. It's been going on for several years"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"P0977 is the error code that has been happening 4 years, along with improper shifting more recently. The problem is never actively happening when it goes to the shop, so they can't verify which part is causing the problem... so it has not been fixed."

Anonymous, WA (2006 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

"I've had a slight water leak by the front passenger seat. It's not a ton of water--just a slight drip, but it's noticeable and needs to be fixed"

Thomas T., VA (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Sunroof leak, drainage hose connection was loose and came off causing an interior leak"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Front right of dash has been a rattle from day one. Known issue and no one has found a fix apparently"

James M., ON (2006 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

CV joint

"I was replacing brake pads and rotors and noticed that the outer boot for the right CV joint was ripped all the way around. I thought about it an realized that I am hearing a clicking sound from that area on a sharp turn. I am in the process of seeking the best price for replacing the right shaft assembly."

Harry P., PA (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Left CV joint clicks on turning at slow speed. Needs replacing."

Anonymous, ON (2006 Pontiac Vibe 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"Oil leak"

Anonymous, SK (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch gave out completely while on a cross country trip; left from the west coast and broke down in Iowa"

Michael L., ON (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"A few months ago on a 2.5 hour highway trip I had the cruise control on and it has always seemed to gun it when going up inclines. On the way back home the same day (another 2.5 hour trip) the engine light came on. I noticed that the RPM's seemed to be a little higher than usual after the light came on. I drove to the next exit (maybe 5 miles) and then searched and found an autozone. They plugged their computer thing into the car and said it was a code for the torque converter. He said it would probably be okay to drive home just drive slow and carefully, and get it checked by a mechanic asap. I drove it another 2 hours carefully. The next day I took it to my mechanic. He said it was the death code and that it was probably going to cost as much to fix it as the car was worth, said I could prob get another 10k miles on it. I've been driving it ever since with no problems, in town. Not sure what's left but I'm going to drive it until the wheels fall off. Otherwise, it's been a great car, no problems whatsoever. I'd buy another one."

Anonymous, FL (2006 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

Cylinder head

"Valve tappets require adjustment which can only be done at a dealer"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
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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