2009 Pontiac Vibe
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Best Car I've Ever Owned!

by from KS on November 17, 2010

I recently traded in my 2006 Chevy Cobalt SS for a more practical Pontiac Vibe GT. I needed an economical 4-door car and liked the idea of a hatchback, similar styling of an SUV without the higher gas...
I recently traded in my 2006 Chevy Cobalt SS for a more practical Pontiac Vibe GT. I needed an economical 4-door car and liked the idea of a hatchback, similar styling of an SUV without the higher gas consumption! The Vibe seemed to be the perfect fit for me. My best friend owns an 06 and my mom recently bought an 09. I loved both of theirs and I found the perfect used 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT, beautiful blue metallic, all the features I wanted and styling. It gets up and goes faster than my Cobalt, barely have to step on the peddle. Very quick and nimble on highway. Love it! Love the aux. input, stereo sounds great. Great overall value for the money I'd say. Having a Toyota powertrain should make it last a long time. It has a quiet interior, engine is quiet too, and doesn't get blown around too much on windy days. I think the utility of it with the hatchback and all the storage, especially when you put down the back seats makes it a very functional car. My Cobalt's trunk opening was so narrow, it was very difficult sometimes to fit a box or things of that sort when you would of thought it'd fit in easily. On average for me it gets about 26-28 mpg combined highway and city driving. I think the Vibe has been the smartest car purchase I've made, price was good, car is even better. Too bad they are gone, unless you get a Toyota Matrix which is basically the same, but I think the exterior styling of the Vibe looks better, more sporty.
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2009 Vibe

by from Vancouver WA on December 13, 2010

Saw this car in a parking lot of a store, and thought..mmm.. cute car.. went home, looked on line to see what it was and how much, then searched in my home town... and there was one on the lot just wa...
Saw this car in a parking lot of a store, and thought..mmm.. cute car.. went home, looked on line to see what it was and how much, then searched in my home town... and there was one on the lot just waiting for me! Bought it in the middle of a snow storm. Great handling on the slick roads. LOVE this car. Roomy, affordable, and easy to drive and see out of. Lots of windows and storage space. For a mini SUV, it gets great gas mileage, 30 MPG!
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GLC - Great Little Car for a 6' 5" Guy

by from Indianapolis, IN on February 6, 2011

Have owned this Vibe since August 2004. Still runs and looks great after 85K miles. Drive mix of city and highway each day to work and get almost 27 MPG. Have only changed brake pads once and no other...
Have owned this Vibe since August 2004. Still runs and looks great after 85K miles. Drive mix of city and highway each day to work and get almost 27 MPG. Have only changed brake pads once and no other major repairs. Would like to buy a newer version, but nothing is wrong wiht this one. One satisfied owner. Best joint venture model between GM and Toyota. I was skepital after the GEO Prizm and Chevy Nova from years gone by. I will probably drive this baby for another three or four years. BTW - I am six foot five inches and fit in this car better than my wife's Saturn Aura which is much larger car.
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Best car built in USA on road

by from Wayne, NE on July 1, 2011

I purchased a used 2009 Pontiac Vibe in March, 2011. It had 21,000 miles on it. I have driven it on several 300 plus mile journeys. It is a joy to drive. I get over 30 mpg on rural roads ( 60mph ) and...
I purchased a used 2009 Pontiac Vibe in March, 2011. It had 21,000 miles on it. I have driven it on several 300 plus mile journeys. It is a joy to drive. I get over 30 mpg on rural roads ( 60mph ) and around 28 when cruising down the freeway at 70+. I have the 2.4 liter engine with a manual transmission. The car looks nice. People look at it wondering what it is. It looks different than anything else out there. I value the anti-lock breaks and the electronic stability control. They have helped me out of a couple sticky situations when I found myself traveling a little too fast in the snow. I know this car is nearly the same as a Toyota Matrix. It was built by a partnership between GM and Toyota in California. So I get Toyota realiability, built by fellow US citizens, with the GM network of dealerships for support, if needed. It seems like a win for all to me.
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Jack of all trades!

by from Florida on May 20, 2015

This is my second Vibe, first was a 2003. The car is truly a jack of all trades. While not particularly great at any one thing, I can't think of another car that can do all the things the Vibe can (ex...
This is my second Vibe, first was a 2003. The car is truly a jack of all trades. While not particularly great at any one thing, I can't think of another car that can do all the things the Vibe can (except for the Toyota Matrix of course, but it loses a few points in the exterior styling department). This car is my cargo van, pickup truck, recreational vehicle, commuter car, reliable transportation, and tow vehicle, all rolled into one. One day, I need to make a service call for my business, I load up two ladders on the roof, fold the back seats and front passenger seat flat, fill it up with tools, tie them down with the built-in heavy duty tie downs, and go! The next day, gotta make a sales call out of town, put the seats back up, take the ladders down, and now I have a respectable looking car that I can drive 60 miles without burning too much fuel. Later that night, maybe dinner out with the wife. Next day, throw the mountain bikes in the back and head for the hills. Day after that, hitch up my 16' fiberglass boat and go fishing. And then maybe some kayaking later on, kayak on the roof. Gotta pick up a new washing machine on the way home, big screen TV, no problem! Can you think of another car that can do all of this SO WELL, and still look good doing it?? Reliability is phenomenal, parts are cheap and readily available from Toyota if the local Pontiac dealer doesn't exist anymore! Don't get me wrong, the car is not perfect. The 1.8L version is SLOW (I have the 2.4 this time around, much better for darting in and out of traffic). Fuel tank is tiny (especially on the AWD model), so lots of gas station stops, but the fillups are cheap. Fun to drive, but it's definitely not a sports car. Comfortable, but definitely not a luxury car. Fuel economy is better than a truck or van, but not up to par to similar sized 4 cylinder cars. But hey, for this kind of money, again I can't think of a vehicle that can replace so many others and still look good doing it. And it even has a 110v household AC outlet in the dash! I prefer the Vibe over the Matrix simply due to the styling. The Vibe looks like an adult could drive it, while the Matrix looks like it was designed for either a 16 year old wannabe street racer (09 and newer), or a 95 year old widow (08 and older). Interior and everything else about the car is virtually identical, so to each his own. Either way, if you need a truck, van, and a small fuel efficient family car at the same time, but can only afford one car, there aren't many choices on the market. This is one to strongly consider. Drive the 1.8 AND the 2.4 before buying, and stay away from AWD unless you REALLY need it (like you live in Alaska or up state NY or something), as the reduced size fuel tank, reduced fuel economy, and increased repair and maintenance costs aren't worth it for 1 or 2 snow days a year. (And unfortunately cars.com didn't have an option for "ALL OF THE ABOVE" under "Primary use of this car", I just picked one at random. The real answer is all of the above, which is really the best reason to buy a Vibe)
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What a Ride!

by from Oklahoma City, OK on October 15, 2010

These cars are roomy, comfortable and pretty quick too. Mine gets an average of 25.87 in 50-50 driving and 31 on the highway. As with any smaller vehicle, it does have a little road noise...but not en...
These cars are roomy, comfortable and pretty quick too. Mine gets an average of 25.87 in 50-50 driving and 31 on the highway. As with any smaller vehicle, it does have a little road noise...but not enough to keep you from enjoying the ride. The dash is the very best! There is no time, brightest day or darkest night when you cannot plainly see all your gauges and lights. The vents are also the best. They are round and can be directionalized to suit any driver. All controls are easy to access. I added an after-market body side molding (Brandwing Sport) and it made a great difference in the appearance. These cars have the finest Toyota drive train every produced, so they can be counted on for a long time to come. And they are cute too!
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Great car for both Mom and Son!

by from Rochester, NY on January 13, 2014

GM needs to somehow bring this car back. I was first introduced to Vibes a couple of years ago when renting them on business trips. They were comfortable, and easy to manuver. I was searching for a ca...
GM needs to somehow bring this car back. I was first introduced to Vibes a couple of years ago when renting them on business trips. They were comfortable, and easy to manuver. I was searching for a car that I felt was safe for my teenage son, that he and I were both willing to drive -- and the Vibe was the car. He needed a car that he could haul guitars and amps in, and I needed a car that I could easily haul 50 -pound bags of animal feed. He wanted a Subaru until he drove the Vibe -- then he understood how comfortable it was -- much more comfortable than a Subaru. The hatchback is perfect. This car is heavier than most small cars, and therefore has less road noise than other cars its size. There is ample room in the backseat to comfortably seat two passengers, and not have your legs rammed up against the front seat. It has better excelaration than other cars its size, but it also has a larger engine. It has stability/traction control, and seven airbags. We purchased the model with low-profile tires, and I would not recommend that style of rim -- at least where were are located in upstate, NY. The car has handled well in the snow, but we did not purchase an AWD model. The car also came with PRETREATED undercoat -- which is necessary given all of our road salt and harsh winters. I have absolutely no complaints, except the low-profile tires/rims. I would recommend this car to any parent looking for a safe car to share with their kids. Great heat! Good luck finding a used Vibe with low miles. A friend of mine has over 200,000 on his, and many of the Vibes listed were 150,000+ miles.
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Best All-Around Car I've Owned

by from Cincinnati, Ohio on December 6, 2009

Bought this 2009 Vibe as a dealer demo and now has 11,000 miles on it. It is the AWD model with moonroof. We have owned (we still have one Accord)Hondas for years and also have a Jaguar sedan for fun....
Bought this 2009 Vibe as a dealer demo and now has 11,000 miles on it. It is the AWD model with moonroof. We have owned (we still have one Accord)Hondas for years and also have a Jaguar sedan for fun. We were a bit nervous going domestic but any fears were immediately put to bed. We needed a versatile car for work and play, including trips & room for the dog;this is it and more! It's a fun, reliable, safe, comfortable car with a ton of well-thought out features & great warrenty. The Toyota connection doesn't hurt either. Too bad GM's troubles killed this gem- it should be Car of the Year! Guess it will have to live on as the Toyota Matrix but that car doesn't look as good as the Vibe!
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Great Car, Better Price

by from Ankeny, IA on March 4, 2012

My 2009 Vibe has 42,000 miles. Bought it used a year ago -- most advertised seem to be rentals but this was a local individual's car. The GT model has good but somewhat noisy accelleration, but it has...
My 2009 Vibe has 42,000 miles. Bought it used a year ago -- most advertised seem to be rentals but this was a local individual's car. The GT model has good but somewhat noisy accelleration, but it has helped me steer out of a couple of tight spots on interstates, getting around semis with ease. The interior is very comfortable with controls in easy reach. I've never cared about sunroofs but the Vibe's is very smooth. MPG is about the same as with my old Chevy Prizm for a vehicle that has many more features. The Toyota Matrix is a twin and still being built. Vibes were redesigned in 2009-10 with a lot of standard safety features like stability and traction control. I would certainly seek these out first. Since it has a Pontiac badge, the resale price doesn't seem great. I got my mine for less than the minimum blue book price. It remains a solid vehicle and a pleasure for me to drive. Its cargo space is huge and very useful. The only caution is be very aware that it has thick pillars that eat up a lot of the rear-view mirror's view. Get used to using your side mirrors and you will be OK. Reliability is reported as top notch and I have had no issues.
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Best Deal for your money

by from New Orleans,LA. on February 3, 2011

After owning numerous cars over 40yrs,I find this GT Vibe one of the most fun cars to drive.It has a sports car feel and plenty of power if needed, the 5sp trans,drops RPM down at crusing speed giving...
After owning numerous cars over 40yrs,I find this GT Vibe one of the most fun cars to drive.It has a sports car feel and plenty of power if needed, the 5sp trans,drops RPM down at crusing speed giving me over 30 MPG.Brakes have excellent stopping power and very smooth feel.The best radio system too.You dont have to worry about changing the timing belt,since this toyota 2.4 engine uses a timing chain.Plus plenty of interior room for my 3 dogs and gear.Priced lower than other cars in the same class & I like the Cool body Style, go for the GT.
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