2009 Pontiac Vibe consumer reviews

$16,100–$20,475 MSRP range
side view of 2009 Vibe Pontiac
90% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6
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Just keeps going.

I've owned my Vibe for 2 1/2 years when I bought it with 60k miles. Changed the transmission fluid at 60k, which is the recommended interval. Transmission "clunks" when downshifting to 2nd, but still up and down shifts perfectly fine. Shifts so smoothly, sometimes the only way to tell it shifted is to look at the tach. Ride is average, little stiff sometimes. It just refuses to break down if you do the regular maintenance. If you're a gentle driver, the standard 1.8 engine will be just fine for you, stay away from the 2.4 from 2004 to 2009, as they were well known to be oil burners. Little trick - when starting, just flick the key, release, and the starter will automatically release when the engine fires up. If you use the remote to unlock the car, and you don't open a door within 30 seconds, it will automatically re-lock.


Test drive and it was shaking . The said the had

I think that the car has some problems in regards to this one that I looked at decided not to purchase. I did like the interior.



I have had my vibe for 5 years. Not a single mechanical issue yet! Gets decent gas mileage and there is lots of room. With the seats folded down I able to fit larger items. Everyone I know that has a vibe has over 300,xxx miles on it. These cars were made to run a long time!


Vibe GT

Good reliable car with easy step in height. Toyota engine and transmission with low cost parts availability. GT version has the 2.4 158hp engine that makes it really quick. Performance tires on GT version can be noisy on certain roads.


Nope. Just, nope. Desperate at the time of purchas

My engine seized before 128,000 miles & the oil was changed regularly. I do not recommend this car to anyone. If you own one, get rid of it.


Thinking of buying !

I've been a matrix owner x2 over 15 yrs (2003 was new/ 11 yrs later got 2005) now want to upgrade . Test drove 2009 Vibe /52,000 last wk Yes it's the sister to my matrix! Love the Matrix and my dog does too roomy enough for crate etc Reviews have helped me decide this is a good decision, mileage and price can't be beat! Thanks


Toyota reliability with GT performance

The Pontiac Vibe GT has the reliability of a Toyota Matrix, with a bit more personality and performance. It handles well and is fun to drive, yet the vibe with its flat-folding rear seats is still very utilitarian.


I've owned 3 of these. Yes, they are THAT good

Well they have a Toyota engine and fold down rear seats with plastic backing make for phenomenal cargo space. Only down side is radio volume control knobs dont work well.


great car good on gas

this car met all my needs great price everything I was looking for.would recommend this car for anyone that's needs a good car to travel in


Very reliable car.

Has been an excellent car. Bought it new in 2009. Nice to drive and handy, minimal repairs. Toyota powertrain in it is great, 2.4 engine. Would recommend.