2004 Pontiac Vibe Consumer Reviews

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2004 Pontiac Vibe
5.0
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214,000 miles . . . and counting!

by from Clarks Summit, PA on May 25, 2009

What a shame that GM is killing off the Pontiac name. Hopefully the Vibe will continue on under a new badge, such as Chevy. The Pontiac Vibe is based on the Toyota Corolla and it's sister car is the ...
What a shame that GM is killing off the Pontiac name. Hopefully the Vibe will continue on under a new badge, such as Chevy. The Pontiac Vibe is based on the Toyota Corolla and it's sister car is the Toyota Matrix. This car can be defined with a single word . . . reliable! I've had mine for over 214,000 miles and it has yet to go in the shop for anything other than routine maintenance. Keep the maintenance up to date, and this car will keep you on the road. There are a couple of MINOR issues though. The rubber trim around the interior driver's door jamb rubs thin, and you must rotate your tires on a semi-regular basis . . . otherwise they WILL cup. The interior is a bit on the cheap side, especially the carpeting. The interior has a much bigger feel to it than its outside appearance would show. There is no lack of headroom in this car! Gas mileage is outstanding, and I still routinely get around 32mpg (sometimes as high as 35mpg)on the highway . . . even after all those miles. I used this car for a few years as a work vehicle, and it can hold a 6' step ladder, and plenty of other equipment inside, and still have room to take a passenger (or two) or use of the front seat for a laptop, paperwork, etc. The amount of "stuff" you can squeeze inside is unbelieveable, especially if you get creative. The back seats fold flat with the rear storage area and it has a hard plastic "floor" when the back seats fold down. The passenger seat folds flat, with a plastic backing as well, but it sits a few inches higher than the rear "work" area. Now that I used the car for commuting, I can still get in plenty of family things (such as my wife, two kids, two large dogs, and weekend luggage), without feeling like the walls are closing in. If you are looking for a reliable car, grab yours before they are gone!
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Nice everyday transportation

by from Detroit, MI on April 25, 2008

I bought my bright orange Vibe in August of 2003 as an 04 model. Recently passed 50,000 miles and not a single problem so far. Regularly perform oil changes and other recommended maintenance. Very nic...
I bought my bright orange Vibe in August of 2003 as an 04 model. Recently passed 50,000 miles and not a single problem so far. Regularly perform oil changes and other recommended maintenance. Very nice little car but don't let the size full you. I can put more stuff in this vehicle than in a Jeep. Rear seats fold forward flat as well as front passenger seat allowing for a long items to be hauled without problems. I am averaging about 27mpg in the city and about 31mpg on the hwy. Max mileage I was able to achieve was 34mpg on a non-stop drive to Toronto. Very nice considering today's gas prices. Exterior is very appealing. Entry and exit is very easy. Driving position is higher than a car and lower than an SUV but does provide a better commanding view of the road. Interior is laid out very nicely, very functional and all the buttons are within easy reach. Cloth seats are supportive and comfortable. Even on the long trips, I never felt tired. Engine is a bit noisy but that is expected from a 4 cylinder car. It doesn't bother me. It is a front wheel drive and it handles OK on the snow. Turning radius is great. Parking is a breeze since it is a relatively small car (shorter than in Civic in length). If you are looking for a dependable, roomy, and economical car, you can't go wrong with a Pontiac Vibe.
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Just the Best

by from Marlow, OK on July 28, 2009

Bought 2 brand new Vibes at the same time, one for me and one for my wife. They are absolutely the 2 best and funnest cars I've ever owned. Both equipped w/5 speed, and Moon and Tunes package. Use bot...
Bought 2 brand new Vibes at the same time, one for me and one for my wife. They are absolutely the 2 best and funnest cars I've ever owned. Both equipped w/5 speed, and Moon and Tunes package. Use both for vacations, commuting and hauling things; great run around vehicle for errands in town, as well highway cruising at 75 MPH. Plenty of room for our 2 young kids and luggage for 4 fits easily in the rear cargo area. The best part of the car is the 110 volt converter built into the dash...able to charge cell phones, run the navigation and video games in the rear for the kids. This car is so versatile and I'm not afraid to admit this, but have spent many a night sleeping comfortably in this car after folding all the seats down and spreading out a sleeping mat. Consistently above 30 MPG and the 1.8 liter engine gives you all the power you need. My Vibe has over 100K and wife's has about 60K; replaced tires and kept up w/routine maintenance. Can't say enough. Even went so far as to test drive an '09 w/a 5 speed and the 2.4 liter engine, but think I'll keep these 2 for a very long time. Great job Pontiac/Toyota...made in America, as well.
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2004 Pontisac Vibe

by from NY Nassau County on January 28, 2010

Bought it for my daughter it gets over 32MPG on the Highway & it 28MPG around town. Best front seat ever !! 1.8L VVTi engine is a dream ( Made by Toyota *****). Suspension is great nice & tight. NO TI...
Bought it for my daughter it gets over 32MPG on the Highway & it 28MPG around town. Best front seat ever !! 1.8L VVTi engine is a dream ( Made by Toyota *****). Suspension is great nice & tight. NO TIMING BELT TO CHANGE !!!!!. You will need snow tires if you have snowy winters car is light. Find on with a Sunroof. Inside has a few sqeeks & rattles when it gets really cold out. PS it's a Toyota Matrix that look better and it about $2000 less IT'S THE SAME CAR PEOPLE !!!!!!!
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Great car

by from New Albany, IN on July 13, 2009

I bought this car used with 56000 on it, and i have fallen in love with it. It gets great gas mileage, plenty of room, like a mini SUV, plenty of power, great handling and very nice interior and huge ...
I bought this car used with 56000 on it, and i have fallen in love with it. It gets great gas mileage, plenty of room, like a mini SUV, plenty of power, great handling and very nice interior and huge space for almost anything. Overall this is a winner.
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Exceeded my expectations

by from Poland, Ohio on September 9, 2012

I bought the car used, was a lease car had 12,000 miles. Was rated at 29 city 36 highway. My wife drives the ccar, we have had it to North Carolina and back to Ohio, we got 38MPG on the trip and we ha...
I bought the car used, was a lease car had 12,000 miles. Was rated at 29 city 36 highway. My wife drives the ccar, we have had it to North Carolina and back to Ohio, we got 38MPG on the trip and we have got never less than 32 MPG in the city. Only problem we ever had was the power windows, the clip broke off and by desigh you have to replace the entire window. Over all the best car I have ever owned as far as economy and reliability. Easy to drive in snow, never got stuck or unable top get through any conditions of weather, regular all season radials. Still looks as good as the day purchased, 60,000 miles later. Too bad they do not make them anymore.
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wonderful ride

by from miami florida on March 28, 2016

I bought my 2004 Pontiac vibe in July 2003, now 150+ thousand miles on it. I have driven it since then and have no regrets about it. for 13 years it has been a real blessing. No major issues and best ...
I bought my 2004 Pontiac vibe in July 2003, now 150+ thousand miles on it. I have driven it since then and have no regrets about it. for 13 years it has been a real blessing. No major issues and best of all it is easy to take care of. If I can find another one for sale, I will buy it. Hands down, the Pontiac Vibe is better then any new vehicle on the road today.
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great car

by from New Albany, IN on November 28, 2011

I've had my car 2 years with minimum repairs and problems, very reliable. Mileage better than average, 25-32, very fast and nimble. Also, has major storage and cargo carrying room. Mine came with roof...
I've had my car 2 years with minimum repairs and problems, very reliable. Mileage better than average, 25-32, very fast and nimble. Also, has major storage and cargo carrying room. Mine came with roof racks for added storage and sun roof. It has both 12v and 115v outlets and a very smooth 6 speed tranny. This is an ideal all-round car with plenty of room for a small car. Like other small cars there is lots of road noise.
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A great used car

by from Chicago, IL on July 2, 2012

I love this car. It handles like a go-cart and the car gets good milage. The side trim protects the body panels and the chassis is tight. It's obvious the Toyota designers gave this car a lot of thoug...
I love this car. It handles like a go-cart and the car gets good milage. The side trim protects the body panels and the chassis is tight. It's obvious the Toyota designers gave this car a lot of thought. This is the same car as the Toyota Matrix.
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Best Vehicle Ever

by from Plaistow, NH on November 22, 2016

I have a 2004 Pontiac Vibe and it has 328,000 miles on it and it is still going. I have had a couple of issues lately and it is starting to eat some oil but other than that I am still driving it. Unfo...
I have a 2004 Pontiac Vibe and it has 328,000 miles on it and it is still going. I have had a couple of issues lately and it is starting to eat some oil but other than that I am still driving it. Unfortunately they don't make Pontiac Vibes anymore. If they did I would buy 2 of them. This is the most reliable car I ever had and I feel really safe in it. Why did they stop making these?
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