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2005 Pontiac Vibe

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$1,546 — $6,238 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
28-33 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance with 170-hp engine
  • Kinship to Toyota Matrix
  • Newly available side-curtain airbags
  • Available StabiliTrak stability control
  • Crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Instrument layout
  • Engine noise

What to Know

about the 2005 Pontiac Vibe
  • 123- , 130- or 170-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Sport wagon body style
  • Youthful orientation
  • Available AWD

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Pontiac launched its entry-level Vibe hatchback wagon as an early 2003 model. Styled by Pontiac and engineered by Toyota, the Vibe is produced at a Toyota/General Motors joint-venture facility in Fremont, Calif. The Vibe is related to the Toyota Matrix.

Like other small “crossover” models, the Vibe combines features of a sports car, a sport wagon and a sport utility vehicle. That sounds like a lot of sport, and the Vibe leans in that direction because Pontiac has long been portrayed as the sportiest member of the GM divisions.

The grille and front fascia have been restyled for 2005. Leather seating, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are available. A tire-pressure monitor is included on GT and all-wheel-drive models, and GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is available. GM’s OnStar communication system is optional, and a new Moon & Tunes package includes a subwoofer.

The Vibe was designed to target youthful buyers and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive.

Exterior
Exhibiting a sleek wedge profile and short overhangs, the Vibe has basic styling cues that suggest an SUV. A slight resemblance to the company’s controversial Aztek may be noted, but the Vibe is considerably less radical.

Tapering side window lines are reminiscent of the Ford Focus Wagon. The distinctive roofline has an integrated roof rack. Bold features include a vented front fascia with a twin-port grille and recessed fog ...

Vehicle Overview
Pontiac launched its entry-level Vibe hatchback wagon as an early 2003 model. Styled by Pontiac and engineered by Toyota, the Vibe is produced at a Toyota/General Motors joint-venture facility in Fremont, Calif. The Vibe is related to the Toyota Matrix.

Like other small “crossover” models, the Vibe combines features of a sports car, a sport wagon and a sport utility vehicle. That sounds like a lot of sport, and the Vibe leans in that direction because Pontiac has long been portrayed as the sportiest member of the GM divisions.

The grille and front fascia have been restyled for 2005. Leather seating, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are available. A tire-pressure monitor is included on GT and all-wheel-drive models, and GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is available. GM’s OnStar communication system is optional, and a new Moon & Tunes package includes a subwoofer.

The Vibe was designed to target youthful buyers and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive.

Exterior
Exhibiting a sleek wedge profile and short overhangs, the Vibe has basic styling cues that suggest an SUV. A slight resemblance to the company’s controversial Aztek may be noted, but the Vibe is considerably less radical.

Tapering side window lines are reminiscent of the Ford Focus Wagon. The distinctive roofline has an integrated roof rack. Bold features include a vented front fascia with a twin-port grille and recessed fog lamps.

The Vibe measures 171.9 inches long, stands 62.2 inches tall and has a 102.4-inch wheelbase. Standard tires are 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inchers are available. All-wheel-drive Vibes have an independent rear suspension.

Interior
The Vibe can seat five occupants; it 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, creating a level load floor for cargo up to 8 feet long. When the backseat is folded down, cargo space behind the front row totals 54.1 cubic feet. The front passenger seat can fold into a worktable.

Chrome-trimmed gauges in the driver-oriented cockpit feature the traditional red Pontiac backlighting. Chrome tie-downs allow easy transport of bicycles and other loose items. A CD player is standard. An in-dash six-CD changer, DVD-based navigation system and XM Satellite Radio are optional.

Under the Hood
The base 130-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder teams with a standard five-speed-manual transmission or an optional four-speed automatic. That engine produces 123 hp with all-wheel drive and works only with the automatic. The Vibe GT holds a 170-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that teams with a six-speed-manual gearbox. Premium fuel is recommended for the GT. For extra performance, an accessory supercharger is available for the base model.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on all-wheel-drive and GT models and optional on the base front-drive Vibe. The Vibe GT gets all-disc brakes, while others use a front-disc/rear-drum setup. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are available.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
49 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Most reliable car I've ever OWNED!

by Dylan from Montrose on November 10, 2019

It met all of my needs and expectations I'm in love with this car! So far this old girl is the most reliable vehicle I've ever bought. Read full review

(5.0)

Now on my 2nd Vibe!

by Eric from Los Angeles on April 1, 2019

I had a 2004 Vibe almost 10 years and only ever had to perform minimal maintenance on it. After a wreck last year, I decided to replace it with another Vibe, as the first one had proven so reliable. I... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Pontiac Vibe currently has 4 recalls


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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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