2005 Pontiac Vibe

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Pontiac Vibe. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-33 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    130-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2005 Pontiac Vibe

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

2005 Pontiac Vibe Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 measu...
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.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best car I ever owned

by Wonder Woman from Reading Michigan on August 1, 2018

I loved it. Met all my needs. Very reliable. Wish they still made them, I would definitely buy another. Mine has over 130,000 miles and no major repairs. Just normal maintenance Read full review

(5.0)

Love this car!!

by Mommalor from Morris, NY on July 9, 2018

I had an 03 Vibe and lived it, when my husband thought I should ?upgrade?, I told him I wanted another one. We searched and searched, but they all had way more miles than mine did. Finally this 05 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Pontiac Vibe currently has 3 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2005 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
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
3 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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