2005 Pontiac Vibe

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$17,130

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2005 Pontiac Vibe

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

2 trims

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Notable features

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

2005 Pontiac Vibe review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

Toyota reliability at a Pontiac price!

This is a Toyota Matrix in a GM body. Came from a rare joint partnership. Family car for for almost 15-years. Almost 200k miles in Minnesota winters and it's never had needs beyond typical maintenance - tires, brakes, etc. Great car. Would recommend to anyone!

5.0

Very, Very Dependable car.

The only maintenance I have done is at 125,000 you change the serpertine belt and spark plugs. Did my self for $39. Parts from Auto Zone. I change the oil every 10,000 miles with synthetic oil. I see 2005 Vibes with over 300,000 miles with no problems. Take care of this car and it will last a long time. At 15 years my white car still looks like new. No dents. Put seat covers on seats when car was brand new. I highly recommend this dependable car.

4.4

in 2019, I bought a vibe with just under 300 kms

A year later (nearly), the odometer sits at about 313,000 kms. I've had a no-start issue in that year, which was caused by a grounded wire that wasn't supposed to be. It was a bit of a tough find for the tech to pin-point but easy enough to fix. The Vibe has the exact same power plant as a corolla. So, essentially it's a Toyota, rebadged. (you'll notice the Toyota style steering wheel.) The 1.8l is a far cry from any 5L, let's say, but for what it is it does just fine! Wish I had the AWD and manual trans, but i'll settle. It'll definitely take a thrashing. Just keep your oil level topped, preventative maintenance up to parr and you should be able to get beyond 350 kms with the Toyota 1.8L. Canadian winters demand studded winter tires, and with such, you'll have trouble getting stuck!

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