2006 Pontiac Vibe Consumer Reviews

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2006 Pontiac Vibe
4.4
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Excellent car

by from Vicksburg, MS on January 14, 2011

We bought our 2006 Vibe new. We added side air bags, cd player, cargo area carpet, and cigarette lighter (otherwise no 12V outlet). The 120V outlet is handy as a pocket on a shirt. I faithfully change...
We bought our 2006 Vibe new. We added side air bags, cd player, cargo area carpet, and cigarette lighter (otherwise no 12V outlet). The 120V outlet is handy as a pocket on a shirt. I faithfully change the oil an filter every 3,000 miles (Valvoline 5W30; AC or Fram filter). Uses absolutely no oil (for what it's worth, I do give it a Slick 50 treatment at the recommened interval; the Buick Century I traded in on it had 290,000 miles, used no oil, and I'd used the same Valvoline Oil and Slick 50 in it). Changed transmission fluid every 50,000 miles. Now have 117,498 miles and have to do my first repair -I have to replace a headlight bulb. Am on my third set of tires (be sure and keep the front end alignment set to "0"). No other repairs at all. Still has the original disc pads/brake shoes. Gets about 25 -26 mpg city/hwy combined and gets up to ~ 31 mpg hwy IF I keep it to 65 mph. Top end about 110 mph. We use this vehicle for commuting, traveling, camping, hauling horse feed, some off road - in short, whatever we think it will do. Have not pulled any trailers with it. It has been one of the most trouble free vehicles I've ever owned. I just wish GM had not phased Pontiac and the Vibe out of production. I highy recommend this vehicle, but - as for all used vehicles - maintenance records are vitally important.
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GREAT Car!

by from n.canton, OH on December 14, 2011

I have owned this car for 5.5 years, 132,000 miles. Normal maintenanace items only. Extrememly reliable and 34 mpg. Best car I have ever owned. Pros: Good mpg; comfortable, upright seating position; ...
I have owned this car for 5.5 years, 132,000 miles. Normal maintenanace items only. Extrememly reliable and 34 mpg. Best car I have ever owned. Pros: Good mpg; comfortable, upright seating position; can get out of it's own way with the 5 speed; carry a lot of stuff when needed; RELIABLE; and aging very well. Cons: What do I replace it with???
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Great First Car

by from Sacramento, CA on June 27, 2011

I bought a Vibe for my daughter, a new driver. My focus was on safety and reliability. Consumer reviews on many sites gave this car high ratings in many areas. The Vibe has a great exterior look; spor...
I bought a Vibe for my daughter, a new driver. My focus was on safety and reliability. Consumer reviews on many sites gave this car high ratings in many areas. The Vibe has a great exterior look; sporty but not flashy. Solid construction with no "tinny" parts. Interior is well-designed. Adequate head- and foot-room, with tons of cubbies and compartments for sunglasses, CDs, etc. The car has adequate power and handles well. Turning radius and manueverability is also good. Seems like a solid car. After a few months of driving, have not noticed any performance issues or annoying features.
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~ Great Ride ~

by from Las Vegas, NV on May 13, 2010

I bought this car used and found it to be fun and reliable and GREAT on gas. I use it to toodle around town. I did find it was a noisy ride, but the sound system usually buried it. There is not a lot ...
I bought this car used and found it to be fun and reliable and GREAT on gas. I use it to toodle around town. I did find it was a noisy ride, but the sound system usually buried it. There is not a lot of console space for stuff. Other than that, it's a good deal. My car was hit from behind, very hard, from a drunk driver and it took the impact fantastic. The car was totalled and am thinking of getting a new one.
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Excellent commuter vehicle

by from Davidson, NC on June 22, 2007

The 2006 Vibe is a very comfortable car with excellent gas mileage. I average 30.5 in mixed driving. On the highway I average 35. I have gotten as much as 39.6 on the highway. The seats are soft and s...
The 2006 Vibe is a very comfortable car with excellent gas mileage. I average 30.5 in mixed driving. On the highway I average 35. I have gotten as much as 39.6 on the highway. The seats are soft and supportive. The engine which is used in the Matrix and Toyota Corolla sounds sporty in this car. I highly recommend this car for commuting or for small families. With the luggage space and the fold flat seats, you can't go wrong.
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Solid car for the money

by from Minneapolis on August 21, 2010

It's the Toyota Matrix only under a different name (meaning you save money). Sharp looking, reliable vehicle. I love mine.
It's the Toyota Matrix only under a different name (meaning you save money). Sharp looking, reliable vehicle. I love mine.
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Great MPG

by from Atlanta, Ga on July 20, 2006

Test drive a 5-speed manual, and you'll be sold. The manual has plenty of power.Fit and finish are excellent, and interior is roomy. The armrest is too low for comfort, but is easy to replace.Everyth...
Test drive a 5-speed manual, and you'll be sold. The manual has plenty of power.Fit and finish are excellent, and interior is roomy. The armrest is too low for comfort, but is easy to replace.Everything else is great. Close to 40mpg on Hwy! I LOVE this car..
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No problems

by from Houston, TX on April 14, 2012

I bought my base model vibe in 2006 new. After having the car for 6 years and putting 112,000 mi on it I had only one issue with the on board computer which was under warranty. The storing capacity wa...
I bought my base model vibe in 2006 new. After having the car for 6 years and putting 112,000 mi on it I had only one issue with the on board computer which was under warranty. The storing capacity was great and I loved that the whole back row of seats folded down for extra room. I loved my vibe. It was reliable and great on gas. I would recommend this car to anyone.
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The best car I've owned!

by from Columbia Tn on October 25, 2009

I bought my 2006 Vibe used 15 months ago. I love all the room and cargo space. I moved to another town using this car for all but the biggest stuff.The front and back seats have plenty of head and leg...
I bought my 2006 Vibe used 15 months ago. I love all the room and cargo space. I moved to another town using this car for all but the biggest stuff.The front and back seats have plenty of head and leg room and it is a very comfortable ride. I feel confident with the Toyota engine.I had a slight computer problem a couple of months ago but it was covered under warranty. The cup holders and all the gadgets are convieniently located. I would definately buy another one!
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2006 Pontiac Vibe AWD Poor Handling

by from Nebraska on December 30, 2007

I purchased a certified used 2006 Pontiac Vibe AWD. Overall I would say the car is fun to drive, has thoughtful appointments and good fit and finish. The upgraded stereo and power features give it a n...
I purchased a certified used 2006 Pontiac Vibe AWD. Overall I would say the car is fun to drive, has thoughtful appointments and good fit and finish. The upgraded stereo and power features give it a nice touch. I have owned at least a dozen 4WD SUVs and pickups so I was expecting a stable and secure drive. This little vehicle either has something terribly wrong with it or I just don't understand what AWD stands for. We swapped out the fairly worn tires for a new set of premium all season radials. No improvement. The car fishtails severely in even the slightest slush or small ice patches. Having a lifetime of experience driving FWD and 4WD vehicles in snow and ice I thought certainly the new tires would solve the problem. Because of the poor winter driving performance of the 2006 Vibe AWD, I have to give a significantly poor rating. It is just not delivering what it should.
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