2005 Pontiac Vibe
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284,000 miles and still reliable

by on September 10, 2017

This has been the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned. We bought new in 2005 and it is still driven daily at 284,000 miles. Only problems were the gears in rearend for AWD went out at 120,000 mil...
This has been the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned. We bought new in 2005 and it is still driven daily at 284,000 miles. Only problems were the gears in rearend for AWD went out at 120,000 miles and then recall on the airbags. Otherwise nothing but normal maintainence. Moon and tune package was well worth the extra money. I don't know what i could get nowadays to replace it with that kind reliability.
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Absolute best motor vehicle I have ever owned!!!

by from Wichita, KS on September 7, 2017

Purchased used in 2010 with 73K miles and now have 201k. Discovered after purchase that it was a rental car early on but doesn't matter for the quality of the vehicle. Vibe has needed no major repai...
Purchased used in 2010 with 73K miles and now have 201k. Discovered after purchase that it was a rental car early on but doesn't matter for the quality of the vehicle. Vibe has needed no major repairs or had problems other than routine maintenance procedures/items including O2 sensor, spark plugs, mass air flow sensor, brakes and one rotor. I have changed the oil regularly and it does not burn oil between changes. Recently had mechanic check it over to see if it needed anything done and he said no. Struts and suspension are still good as well. Stereo display illumination has burned out so I am going to replace it but wanted to upgrade to something better for a long time anyway. Gas mileage is excellent - don't specifically keep track of it but know that it plus 30 mpg easily on highway. Not a particularly fast car but I value reliability and utility over speed. Love the cargo area and have hauled bikes/gear/stuff galore and even slept back there on camping trips. If I could repurchase the car again with 73K again I would definitely do it!!!! Shame that it stopped production.
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Love this car!

by from Glasgow, KY on August 20, 2017

It has great heat and air, 15V wall plug built in, lots of cargo space and great gas mileage. Love!!
It has great heat and air, 15V wall plug built in, lots of cargo space and great gas mileage. Love!!
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I miss this car!! Loved owning it

by from Raleigh, NC on August 7, 2017

I bought this car used at just under 100k miles. Unfortunately I was in an accident after two years, but despite the damage done to my car, the interior frame remained intact and did what it was suppo...
I bought this car used at just under 100k miles. Unfortunately I was in an accident after two years, but despite the damage done to my car, the interior frame remained intact and did what it was supposed to do: save my life. I literally walked away with one bruise. I'm thankful and can attest to the safety of this vehicle. Other than that, I really loved owning this car. It was my plan to drive this car into the ground. In the two years I owned it, the only "issues" I experienced were needing new tires and brakes (inevitable) and strangely, one time during the winter, my windows (except for my drivers side) stopped working. I was in college though so I put off fixing that until I had more money set aside, then when the weather warmed back up a few months later, the issue resolved itself. I'm not sure what caused it or if that's common, but even so it wouldn't have been very expensive to repair. My favorite thing about this car was the folding split seats because the backs of them were covered by hard plastic, making it very easy to load things in and out. Even the mpg was good, I think I averaged about 26-28mpg, sometimes even averaging 30 mpg. I don't think there's anything really bad I can say about this car. The only things I would change are the radio (I installed a bluetooth/aux radio) and the roof rack (might be an issue since it doesn't span the whole length of the roof). I'm considering buying this car again, but I'd like to try owning something different for a while just for a change of scenery honestly.
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Most reliable car

by from Dallas, TX on July 14, 2017

I purchased this car 7 years ago. The Pontiac Vibe is the twin to the Toyota Matrix, actually is a Toyota underneath it all. Little surprise there that it is a very reliable car. It never left me stra...
I purchased this car 7 years ago. The Pontiac Vibe is the twin to the Toyota Matrix, actually is a Toyota underneath it all. Little surprise there that it is a very reliable car. It never left me stranded and I never had any major repairs. When backseats are folded in the car provides very generous cargo space. We were able to fit in a regular size dishwasher, a wall oven, and a stove top.....all at the same time.....into the car. Bottom line is: this car is very reliable, decent on gas ( 21mpg in town; 28mpg highway), very spacious. I will never sell it, I love this Toyota Matrix twin!
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Great on gas

by from Nebraska on June 30, 2017

I love this car, it gets great gas mileage, has tons of room in the back. I have a cleaning business and i can get a vacuum, steam mop several,buckets and still have room. this vehicle also has the ab...
I love this car, it gets great gas mileage, has tons of room in the back. I have a cleaning business and i can get a vacuum, steam mop several,buckets and still have room. this vehicle also has the ability to plug in 110v
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An excellent value for money.

by from Fort Pierce, Fl on June 29, 2017

My parents bought this car new back in 2005 with all the options including the AWD system and "sport exhaust" which makes it a rare find in todays world. The Pontiac vibe shares the same platform and ...
My parents bought this car new back in 2005 with all the options including the AWD system and "sport exhaust" which makes it a rare find in todays world. The Pontiac vibe shares the same platform and drive train as the Toyota matrix and the 1.8 litre DOCH 1zz with AWD essentially makes the car a Corolla in hatchback form. I grew up and learned to drive on this car and with 192,000 on the ODO it still runs like it did when my dad bought the car. Other than general services only the front hub bearing needed to be replaced but I also changed the valve cover gasket, serpentine belt, and spark plugs at 180,000 as preventative maintenance. The car handles the snow and wet roads like nothing else out there in its class. I come from Northern WV and this car can take a beating in the snow with good tires. It refuses to kick the back end out in an icy parking lot unless you actively force it to. The gas mileage is in the high twenties in town and on the highway between 75 and 80mph. The interior has held up over years of abuse enough that it still is presentable in 2017. The dash controls may seem Spartan, but they get the job done and they are very easy to manipulate without looking at them. The only downfalls with this car is the power- or lack of it. You won't win any races in this car and you have to really tax the engine for anything over 80 but it can tow a john boat and this car has taken my family and I across the country numerous times, and I have my faith in this car to last me another 5 to 6 years and well beyond 250,000. A good source of information for these cars can be found on the Genvibe community forums for anything you could possibly need to know about these cars. Also since the car shares many parts with the Toyota Matrix any Toyota dealership should be able to fix any major mechanical issues if they do arise (This is where our hub bearing was fixed). All in all I would recommend this car to someone who is looking for a reliable starter car or secondary vehicle, but always check for service records and get a pre vehicle purchase inspection since these vehicles are approaching 15 years old in the coming years.
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Will Drive untill the Wheels fall off!

by from Milton, Florida on June 20, 2017

The most Reliable car I have ever had. Plenty of leg and headroom, 120V power outlet. Fun to drive great get up and go.
The most Reliable car I have ever had. Plenty of leg and headroom, 120V power outlet. Fun to drive great get up and go.
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Most reliable car I owned

by from ca on June 11, 2017

I bought it used with 55k five years ago. Now it has 107k and runs as good as it was when I bought it. Very reliable car, a real gas saver, perfect for commuting. Most major parts (engine, transmissio...
I bought it used with 55k five years ago. Now it has 107k and runs as good as it was when I bought it. Very reliable car, a real gas saver, perfect for commuting. Most major parts (engine, transmission, ECU, switches) made by Toyota. Excellent value for money!
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Great car for a beginner driver or college student

by from Illinois on June 10, 2017

This car is great for a beginner driver, college student, or someone a bit down on their luck. The powertrain of the vehicle will probably outlive the body as long as it is maintained. It is technical...
This car is great for a beginner driver, college student, or someone a bit down on their luck. The powertrain of the vehicle will probably outlive the body as long as it is maintained. It is technically a Toyota powertrain, so it's pretty good. The sound system in it is really top-notch. I will definitely miss that part when I get rid of it. It is relatively easy and cheap to work on, and parts are readily available. The vehicle also has plenty of room for activities. I've loaded up boards, had 2 bikes in the back, tossed in 8 bags of concrete, you name it I've probably done it. In all the car is good and reliable. The biggest downfall to the car, though, is how light it is. It's weight is what is drawing me away from it - the gas mileage is VERY affected by wind, it is pretty hard to handle in even a breeze (such as going over a lake or field), and forget getting it stuck behind a semi. It's definitely something someone looking for a low-cost car can get used to, but it has been something that drove me to a new purchase.
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