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.
Alerts
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2006, standard from 2009.
Road Test

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.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (126 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Pontiac Vibe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"Replaced pads and rotors - no complaints since have gone well past 299999 km which is all the odometer will record"

Tom L., ON (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Aftermarket pads replaced after 1 year of service due to glazing not wear"

Mike A., ON (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The brake system was starting to wear down. A representative from a local dealership advised me that repairs would be needed. New breaks were installed and the problem was nixed"

Joseph K., MI (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"there is a design flaw with the rotors. They warp after about 10-15 thoUSnd miles or so. Because they warp they begin to pulsate and vibrate upon stopping, to the point where the entire car begins to shimmy or vibrate. I've changed the rotors at lea"

Ron T., OR (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake rotors worn to service limit"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors warp after about 10 thoUSnd miles. The auto shop suggested we take it to a dealer, as there may have been a TSB. The dealer did the latest repair and it's too soon to tell if that solved the problem"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Original rotors replaced in Oct 2013 with genuine GM parts. Then changed again in May 2014 & April 2015 with aftermarket parts. All due to warping"

Mike A., ON (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Left rear break swelled when peddle pressed. A slight adjustment needed"

Allan A., NB (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were getting old. Had to replace"

Thomas T., IL (2007 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

"undercarriage guard coming loose"

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"On tire rims the paint is peeling/flaking off. It looks terrible. Neither the dealer or manufacturer would do anything. We live in IL. We bought the car in IL. It should be able to stand up to road salt and weather"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat is separating from the paint and bubbling up in places"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Just small rust picks from rocks along the top of the windshield. I had the roof painted"

Candice D., NS (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Three 'small' rust spots forming. Not addressed at this time. Each is less than 1/2" diameter. Two on roof near front passenger door. Third spot on hood of car - passenger side. Will fix myself this year"

Anonymous, NC (2007 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

Fuel pump

"It was leaking and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"engine light goes on if we don't put premium gas in or if we let the tank get too empty. we had it checked out and all was fine"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I can't explain what the teck told me, leaking anti freeze near intake manifold, replaced sensor, new gasket on intake and exhaust manifolds"

Anonymous, IL (2007 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

"Sunroof leaks water"

David C., PA (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Sunroof leaks"

David C., PA (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"An actuator motor in the blower system failed and has caused an annoying clicking in the dashboard. The cost to repair is prohibitive, since it has no effect on performance"

George P., PA (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Poorly insulated against noise just like the Matrix"

Anonymous, TX (2007 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

"AC compressor failed, was replaced with a refurbed unit"

Jayne S., VT (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Stopped working on all but highest speed. A bit annoying but overall car has been very reliable"

Tom L., ON (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The blower fan quit working. I bought a new one and replaced it myself"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"hole in condenser caused by stone on road"

Ted M., NY (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"The heat shield started to rattle. I took the vehicle to an exhaust specialist and the problem was fixed in no time"

Joseph K., MI (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"pipe rusted between muffler and converter"

Robert F., PA (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Hole, breakage, exact location and cost not determined yet as I haven't taken the car to my mechanic"

Milton H., ON (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Manual Transmission Clutch failed replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"developed leak and clutch failed"

Anonymous, MI (2007 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

Driveline vibration

"Drive belt tightner failed"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"CV joint/wheel bearing failure. Replaced failed one and replaced opposite at same time"

Larry M., BC (2007 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

Head gasket

"Head gasket leaks, check engine light comes on, only in extremely cold weather, less than 15 degrees or so. Then have the light reset, have not remedied the situation as of yet"

Fred K., NY (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Catastrophic failure relating to pistons, required total engine replacement"

Brett S., WA (2007 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

"intermittent charging failure"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Would not start with heat soak on engine"

Anonymous, WA (2007 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

Radio

"Display "burned out" so nothing was visible"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"After 6 years, we replaced the radio. It worked finne EXCEPT the backlight burned out on the right half so we could see time, station, CD track, etc. It was SOOOO expensive to replace it with a comparable GM radio, we went aftermarket"

Anonymous, BC (2007 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

"We've had to replace the headlight WAY MORE often than normal AND because the factory lights give a completely inadequate amount of light to drive safely, we've gone aftermarket with brighter lights. Unfortunately, they too seem to burn out much too"

Anonymous, BC (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The Daytime Running Lights sensor/control module needed to be replaced"

George P., PA (2007 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 linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering rack was severely worn causing play in the steering and had to be replaced"

Gary M., BC (2007 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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Serpentine belt broke"

Michel G., NB (2007 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Transmission not engaging properly when upshifting to 3rd. Hear grinding sound when shifting"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

"he electric motor of the fan burned out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PR (2007 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.

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