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2004 Pontiac Vibe

$1,784 — $7,028 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
28-32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Appealing style
  • Performance with 173-hp engine
  • Kinship to Toyota Matrix

The Bad

  • Instrument layout
  • Resale value
  • Engine noise

What to Know

about the 2004 Pontiac Vibe
  • Three four-cylinder choices
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sport-wagon body style
  • Youthful orientation
  • AWD

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
34 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

G.M should still sell the Pontiac line

by Anthony A from Mesa, Az on August 2, 2018

This car is a little modern miracle, thanks to a joint G.M andToyota venture. I have known of these cars for years, and now I have the chance to own one, and couldnt be more happy. 14 years old, and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great little hatchback, reliable and economical.

by GothameXpat from Ithaca, New York on July 18, 2018

I bought my 2004 Vibe in 2006 with 20K miles on it, and sold it in July 2018 with 140K. Nobody could accuse this car of spectacular styling; people bought it because it was a cute but roomy little ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Pontiac Vibe currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2004 Pontiac Vibe Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Vibe received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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