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2005 Pontiac Vibe Consumer Reviews

4.7
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Love 'em Both

by from Sunny South Shore of Lake Erie on May 12, 2010

Wife bought first one new in March 2005. Now has 0ver 50k. Has logged as high as 36 mpg at 70 mph through N and SC. Only repairs were a warranty brake booster replacement at 15K and thanks to road deb...
Wife bought first one new in March 2005. Now has 0ver 50k. Has logged as high as 36 mpg at 70 mph through N and SC. Only repairs were a warranty brake booster replacement at 15K and thanks to road debris, a set of tires at 42 K. Replaced the original battery in Jan. 2010 at 49 K. Bought second one in June 2009, used. Price was almost the same as the first. Only cost to date, at 71k, is the regular oil change and tire rotation (basically, just like the first). Also have changed engine and cabin air filters on both. Both have the standard engine with the overdrive equipped automatic. As someone who has almost 40 years in the automotive industry, as mechanic, assembly line, engineering, Class A CDL with tank, tandem, and Hazmat certs, and nearly 2 decades of test driving, I am very happy with the package(s). Dependibility, heater in Northern Winters, AC in Southern Summers, room for myself, wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grandaughter. Fully adequate highway speed (regularly over 85 mph in traffic in a couple locations, never been over 94), good acceleration for passing and merging, even in the W VA hills, and handling and manueverability in traffic and for parking. Rear and side mirrors give great coverage, minimizing blind spots. Neither Vibe has ever tried diving for the berm or ditches when passing or being passed by heavy trucks on highways like some Imports I've driven. One of the most stable cars I've ever owned in heavy crosswinds. Very comfortable in a 600+ mile each way trip I take several times per year. With the back seat folded down, carrying capacity is up with some station wagons I've had. Love being able to fold down the passenger seat as well for carrying up to 8' boards. Some day I might look into getting the tow hitch installed to try the 1500 lb tow rating. I know neither Vibe seemed to notice up to 600 lb loads of topsoil and fertilizer in the back. Only (admittedly minor) irritations are that the red on black instruments a bit hard to read in daylight for me, and the location of the radio antenna, centered between the roof rack brackets, makes using the roof rack a bit awkward. I think I'll keep them both, for a long time.
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Loved this car years before I bought it

by from Niskayuna, NY on July 27, 2010

I fell in love with this car the minute it came on the Market. At the time I still needed a bigger car for Carpooling etc..however, the minute I could, I bought the 2005 used in 2009 and aside from so...
I fell in love with this car the minute it came on the Market. At the time I still needed a bigger car for Carpooling etc..however, the minute I could, I bought the 2005 used in 2009 and aside from some AC repairs this past summer, the car is a dream. I make frequent trips up to Montreal (4 hours) and to My sons' college (1.5 hours) and this car is a dream to drive. Of course, the gas mileage is a big plus. I have a 36 mile roundtrip commute each day. I think GM made a big mistake not transfering this car to another line, I pass at least 15- 20 of them each day! Of all of the cars I have owned, this one is my favourite!!!
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Great in a roll over accident

by from Parker, CO on December 27, 2008

I must say I loved my car from the first moment I seen her, and still love her now that she's totaled. I had a 2005, Black Pontiac GT standard transmission, alloy wheels, CD player, just really enjoy...
I must say I loved my car from the first moment I seen her, and still love her now that she's totaled. I had a 2005, Black Pontiac GT standard transmission, alloy wheels, CD player, just really enjoyed every moment. The car drove excellent, smooth, had comfortable seats in front and back, great car for hauling many types of items. Overall I plan on getting another one. This car handled very well in a roll over that rolled 3 times and slide, spun and landed on the driver's side(this happened on a dirt/ sandy road) No injuries, incurred. The car was pretty crumpled around the body and the frame stayed intact, only came down a few inches. Was still able to open all doors, buckled the roof of the car, front windshield smashed but intact. This accident was in the 40mph range, so I can't completely vouge for over that speed.
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Best Bang for the Buck

by from Martinsville, Indiana on March 11, 2010

I love this little car! Its got a Toyota engine and transmission so its reliable, but it costs much less! The mpg is good at 26/30 mpg highway. You can pack almost anything in this car. I moved an ent...
I love this little car! Its got a Toyota engine and transmission so its reliable, but it costs much less! The mpg is good at 26/30 mpg highway. You can pack almost anything in this car. I moved an entire bedroom full of stuff, minus the bed, in one trip. With the seats that fold down its ideal for pet owners as well. I would recommend this car to anyone.
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I Love this car

by from Lewisburg, PA on March 25, 2011

When I read the reviews of this car, I thought can this car really be this good? Then I test drove it. First off, I am 6'1", and I have so much room inside this car. And the biggest shocker for me, wa...
When I read the reviews of this car, I thought can this car really be this good? Then I test drove it. First off, I am 6'1", and I have so much room inside this car. And the biggest shocker for me, was a adult had plenty of leg roon in the back seat, with the seat all the way back. The handling of this car is fantastic...tight steering. So it hugs the road. The best part, is the gas mileage that it is rated. Well after i purchased the car, I found that i was getting 29-30mpg around town, and 40mpg on the highway. I am thrilled that I bought this car, especially with the price of gas going up. I even fit a recliner in the back of it, with the seats laying down. I am sad that they stopped making this car in GM. However, I am told that the Toyota Matrix is the same car. I never looked at one....and dont plan to for a long time...I am keeping my VIBE!!!!!!!
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Very fun but short lived

by from Marshall, TX on May 27, 2010

I bought this car in the spring because my old car was in bad shape. I absolutely loved the styling of this car and I was very comfortable in it. It was fun to drive and very quick on its feet so to s...
I bought this car in the spring because my old car was in bad shape. I absolutely loved the styling of this car and I was very comfortable in it. It was fun to drive and very quick on its feet so to speak. I had base model vibe with a sunroof and loved it. I had the car for about three and a half weeks whenever I was rear ended at a red-light and the car was declared totaled. I am definitely disappointed but I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
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Best Car for the $$

by from Clarksville TN on March 28, 2009

I bought the Vibe in 06 after doing considerable research. It is fuel efficient topping 42mpg Hiway at 60-65mph. Steering is crisp. Cargo compartment is generous. Accessing the driving compartment is ...
I bought the Vibe in 06 after doing considerable research. It is fuel efficient topping 42mpg Hiway at 60-65mph. Steering is crisp. Cargo compartment is generous. Accessing the driving compartment is easy. I must say that this is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I liked it so much I bought another one just like it in 09.
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Good basic car

by from Vermont, yet bought in Texas and drove home on April 13, 2012

We selected a Vibe because our son has a Toyota Matrix. The Vibe and Matrix are identical cars, built in the same plant from what our mechanic says. Our son has had 3 cross country trips for the army ...
We selected a Vibe because our son has a Toyota Matrix. The Vibe and Matrix are identical cars, built in the same plant from what our mechanic says. Our son has had 3 cross country trips for the army in his 2006 Matrix without any problems. So far the Vibe has performed well. Nothing too fancy, but reliable.
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cheapest car to run I've ever owned

by from Marion, MA on July 7, 2012

I could no longer afford the fuel bill on my Honda Pilot, but still wanted the features of an SUV (i.e. seats which fold down), and a roofrack so I can transport kayaks. This car does it all, at almos...
I could no longer afford the fuel bill on my Honda Pilot, but still wanted the features of an SUV (i.e. seats which fold down), and a roofrack so I can transport kayaks. This car does it all, at almost 1/3 the fuel cost! The hardest adjustment has been to manual windows and no automatic lock (so each door must be locked manually...) Otherwise it is perfect for my needs - which are many! I drive around all day long for work, then have two children and a dog, and a lot of sports activities. This car handles it all very well. A sports car it is not, but it is fun to drive, reliable and versatile.
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Most Reliable and Fun car I've ever Owned

by from Cincinnati, OH on August 17, 2006

The Vibe's styling in and out is fresh. However, the best part is the fuel economy. It gets approximately 31 miles to the gallon, which is great because daily my "cruise" speed is 70+ mph and the di...
The Vibe's styling in and out is fresh. However, the best part is the fuel economy. It gets approximately 31 miles to the gallon, which is great because daily my "cruise" speed is 70+ mph and the distance is 43 miles one way. Additionally, its 4-cylinder Toyota VVTi packs an unexpected punch & is a joy to drive. The moon and tunes package is a fun add on & will not disappoint; the subwoofer is relatively powerful for what it's worth. If you're looking for space to pack in all of your junk or pals, you'll find it. The back seat comfortably holds my 6'1" husky husband, or easily accommodates three adults. The car easily accelerates, corners well, and rides pretty smooth. There is a little more road noise than I would like, but is no louder than other GM/Pontiac vehicles in this price range. The Vibe also travels well over longer distances, and is comfortable enough to nap in. There are striking similarities to the Toyota Maxtrix, but the Vibe has a much sportier exterior than its cousin. The gauges are typical Pontiac, but still flows well with the interior of the car. Overall, the Vibe is very fun and reliable.
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