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2006 Pontiac Vibe consumer reviews

$16,430–$20,105 MSRP range
side view of 2006 Vibe Pontiac
93% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.4
  • Reliability 4.8
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5.0

Best, most trouble free vehicle I’ve ever owned

Bought a 2006 Pontiac Vibe fwd, automatic new. It has ~ 350,000 miles on it (speedometer will only register 299999 miles). We keep up with the miles using the trip odometer. Have maintained consistent and regular 3,000 mile interval oil changes. Engine uses NO OIL (Valvoline 5w30) and tranny has given no problems. Replaced valve cover gasket & O2 sensor at ~ 330,000 miles; struts @ ~ 340,000 miles (yes, they were overdue!). Needs catalytic converter. Nose of hood is a rock magnet (the car has never been wrecked or had any body repairs or paint). Paint is beginning to show its age (I hate base coat/clear coat; give me acrylic enamel any day). Headlight lense covers are weathering (originals). Have replaced fog lights a couple of times (road debris takes them out). All accessories - power windows, door locks, AC, electronics, lights - work. It is still our daily driver plus it does double duty as our towed vehicle behind our motorhome. As such, I’ve taken it places in the mountains on steep (and I mean STEEP), narrow loose rock roads (most recently in Big Bend National Park and surrounding areas). To sum it up, if they were still made, I’d buy a new one today. One solid, reliable car. If I could improve it, I would add more ground clearance and selective four wheel drive with a conventional transfer case so I could flat tow it behind my motorhome. (As for use, we use it for “commuting, transporting family, and having fun”; can’t pick just one).

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a New car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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5.0

A Car That Keeps You Safe

I was in a wreck and had I not been in this absolute tank of a car, I would not be here today. I love this car with all of my heart; I have a 2006 Pontiac Vibe and despite the wreck, it runs like a dream. It has over 200k miles on it and I drive it up a mountain nearly daily. It is my first car and I have never had any problems with it.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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5.0

Most reliable car on the planet

Stealthy Toyota Matrix. This car has Toyota Matrix/Corolla guts. The 1.8 VVT motor is good for 300K miles. The 4 speed automatic is really a 5 speed. Top overdrive gear has a direct drive locking feature that kicks in on flat terrain. Mine has AWD and I have gotten 36 MPG on long easy trips. I seldom get less than 30MPG on a tankful. Front seats are comfy. Rear seats will fit 3 average adults. Sporty handling, good brakes, good visibility, solid and reliable. My one and only complaint is it’s a bit noisy.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Transporting family
  • Does recommend this car
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5.0

Best car ever

The car was an all time best value for both money and time. Coming for someone in west African country Abuja Nigeria. With the bad road network my vibe 2006 with stood all pot holes and gallops you can find. And I will go for it again if I get a second chance. It’s highly recommended for both ladies and gents. Very economical.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Having fun
  • Does recommend this car
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5.0

The best vehicle I've ever owned!

I bought this car used and it never failed me. I have put almost 300,000 miles on it and stayed up to date on everything oil changes, tires, etc... The only expensive thing I had to get fixed was some issues with my tires but that was because of whoever put them on messed up with the lugnuts bad. I have taken this vehicle up mountain roads that were beyond sketchy. I do not recommended doing that but the little pontiac did handle it well for anyone wondering.. If you are looking for reliable, this is your car. I will forever recommended this to anyone. I also find it super comfortable. I have a son and it fit the carseat just fine for me. I am short though so if you're tall and have to push the seat back it's not ideal for a carseat to be behind you. This car is all wheel drive which has its benefits but it also has cons. When I popped a tire they had to replace all 4 tires, because they said it would offset it if I didn't, since it was all wheel drive. But if you find a reliable mechanic none of the things I got fixed on this vehicle ever exceeded $1000. I think my highest bill was maybe $400. I hope this helps 😊

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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5.0

Reliable

Very Reliable vehicle, outside of Tires, brakes and batteries have not had any repairs. Very practical small vehicle, with adequate cargo space for such a small car

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior 3.0
  • Performance 3.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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4.0

Rides well, gas usage great

General maintenance and careful driving can get you and this car go a long way without problems. Can charge 2 devices inside, sunroof nice during summer, cruise control nice

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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5.0

Best car I could ever have!

Got mine in 2016 at 128K miles, now has 193K and still going strong! This car has taken me across the country and back several times over. At the beginning of my career I had to move several times chasing seasonal jobs before I landed a long-term position. Now that I have more time staying in one place I take it on a lot of weekend adventures to nearby natural areas, although it doesn't have high enough clearance to handle much more than an well-maintained gravel road and has a little trouble getting up long hills at highway speed. I absolutely adore the sporty look of the exterior and the way the back seats fold down flush with the rest of the cargo space; whether moving cross-country or buying a piece of furniture, it makes hauling a breeze. I'm 5'9" and can sleep solo diagonally in the back with the seats folded down and was able to squeeze three in the back on one occasion. The hatch glass makes it possible to haul longer things like 10' boards and possibly even a sit-on-top kayak if you choose not to put it up on the rack. I haven't bought any cargo accessories for the rack, so I couldn't say how sturdy it is, although it appears insubstantial enough that I wouldn't trust it with something big on top. I've seen other Vibe owners use the rack, but it looks less practical and more like a stylish afterthought.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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4.0

This car meets our needs

Runs well appearance is acceptable this my husband favorite color I would recommend this car to anyone the reliablity is wonderful. The car is roomy and able to hold our large dog comfortably

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Transporting family
  • Does recommend this car
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4.0

Has NEVER let me down

this car gets great gas mileage and has never let me down. upkeep is cheap and the MPG is amazing. I have driven this car all over the eastern seaboard. If my family had stayed small i would never tried to sell it.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 3.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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