• (4.9) 29 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,583–$7,003
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 28-32
  • Engine: 123-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2004 Pontiac Vibe

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 Pontiac Vibe

What We Don't Like

  • Instrument layout
  • Resale value
  • Engine noise

Notable Features

  • Three four-cylinder choices
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sport-wagon body style
  • Youthful orientation
  • AWD

2004 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Pontiac launched its entry-level Vibe hatchback wagon as an early 2003 model. Styled by Pontiac, the Vibe was engineered by Toyota and is produced at New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a Toyota/General Motors joint-venture facility in Fremont, Calif.

Like other small crossover models that are entering the automotive scene, the Vibe combines the features of a sports car, a sport wagon and a sport utility vehicle. That may sound like a lot of sport, but the Vibe leans in that direction because Pontiac has long been the sportiest member of the GM manufacturing divisions.

Aimed at youthful buyers, the Vibe is available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions, as well as a GT edition. Because of its basic, practical configuration, cars.com classifies the hard-to-categorize Vibe — and the related Toyota Matrix — as a wagon.

XM Satellite Radio is available in 2004 models, which can be painted Fusion Orange and equipped with 17-inch tires. For extra performance, an accessory supercharger is available for the base model.

Available in a more appealing package than some GM designs of the past, the Vibe’s basic styling cues suggest a midsize SUV and recent Pontiac themes. There is a slight resemblance to the company’s controversial Aztek, but the Vibe is considerably less radical. Pontiac has called the Vibe’s design “purposeful and athletic,” as well as “smooth, sculpted and muscular.”

The Vibe’s tapering side window lines are reminiscent of the Ford Focus Wagon. The distinctive roofline has an integrated roof rack that the automaker says creates a fastback shape. Bold Pontiac-based features include a vented front fascia with a twin-port grille and recessed fog lamps. Multilayer taillights flank the rear liftgate and glass opening.

With a 102.4-inch wheelbase, the Vibe measures 171.9 inches long overall and stands 62.2 inches tall. Standard tires measure 16 inches in diameter, but the base and GT models may be equipped with 17-inch tires.

The Vibe seats five people. This model was developed to yield a spacious interior within a compact frame. Both the front passenger seat and the 60/40-split rear seat fold flat, and that creates a level load floor. When the backseat is folded down, cargo space behind the driver totals 54.1 cubic feet.

Chrome-trimmed gauges in the driver-oriented cockpit feature the traditional red Pontiac display. Chrome tie-downs allow for the easy transport of bicycles and other loose items. A CD player is standard, and an in-dash six-CD changer and a DVD-based navigation system are offered as optional equipment.

Under the Hood
The base 130-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine teams with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. That engine produces 123 hp when the vehicle is equipped with all-wheel drive; these models come only with the automatic gearbox. The Vibe GT holds a 173-hp version of the 1.8-liter engine, which features variable valve timing; this engine teams with a six-speed-manual transmission. Premium fuel is recommended for the GT.

Antilock brakes are standard on all-wheel-drive and GT models and are offered as optional equipment on the base Vibe. The Vibe GT gets all-disc brakes, while the base model halts with a front-disc/rear-drum setup. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are optional.


Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 11/5/03

Consumer Reviews


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Great little car

by Daisy from Fort Myers, Florida on November 8, 2017

Great car for traveling! Great on the gas for long and short distance driving . Plus has a bit of a sporty look to it, and has the feel and nice interior.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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