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A station wagon produced by Pontiac.  New for the 2003 model year, redesigned for the 2009 model year, production ended in August 2009 with the last models being of the 2010 model year.  Available in base model, AWD, and GT.

The Vibe was co-developed with Toyota as a station wagon version of the Corolla and based on the Corolla's "E-platform".  The Toyota version of the Vibe is the Toyota Corolla Matrix, as the window sticker read, usually just referred to as the Toyota Matrix.  Toyota sold a right-hand drive version of the Vibe in the Japanese market as the Toyota Voltz from 2002-2004.  Manufactured by the joint Toyota-General Motors venture New United Motor Manufacturing Corporation (NUMMI) in Freeport, California until the venture and the Pontiac brand were discontinued in General Motors' bankruptcy proceedings. The final Pontiac Vibe was manufactured 17 August 2009, rolling off of the assembly line at 6:51 PM PDT.

The Pontiac Vibe is the subject of the forum GenVibe.com with over a half million posts as of the beginning of 2012.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Pontiac Vibe page on 29 August 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Pontiac Vibe was an SUV automobile that was sold by Pontiac from 2002 to 2010. It was jointly developed by General Motors along with Toyota, who manufactures the mechanically similar Toyota Matrix. Manufactured by the Toyota-GM joint venture NUMMI in Fremont, California, the Vibe succeeded the Chevrolet Prizm in production at NUMMI and like the Prizm, it was derived from the Toyota Corolla.

From 2002 to 2004, a rebadged right-hand drive variant of the Vibe was exported as the Toyota Voltz to the Japanese domestic market. The Voltz was not popular in Japan and discontinued after two model years.

Production of the Vibe ended in 2010 with the discontinuation of the Pontiac brand and the closing of NUMMI under the General Motors Chapter 11 reorganization. Its twin, the Toyota Matrix, was in production for another three years for the American market and four years for the Canadian market, as the Matrix was manufactured by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada in Cambridge, Ontario, and was unaffected by NUMMI closing down operation.

First generation (2002–2008)

The 2003-2006 Vibe was available in an economical base trim, an all-wheel drive mid-trim, or a sporty GT with more power.

Powertrains available for this car are a Toyota-built 1.8 L straight-4 16-valve engine producing 126 hp (94 kW) on the base model (manual or automatic transmission), 118 hp on the all-wheel drive model (automatic only), or a version with VVTL-i producing 164 hp (122 kW) for the GT (manual 6-speed only). The Vibe was at one time the most fuel efficient vehicle sold by GM in North America, but ceased to be the case with the revised United States Environmental Protection Agency testing procedures in 2008.

Although the Vibe and Matrix are similar designs, the two brands actually use several different components, which are brand-specific, for their heating and air conditioning systems. These components include the air conditioning compressor and related hoses, the heater hoses, the heater core, and the serpentine belt.

There have been some minor changes between model years. The Vibe was first produced in 2002 and went on sale as a 2003 model. Power ratings for the first three model years were slightly higher, with the GT up to 180 hp (134 kW), the base model rated at 130 hp (97 kW), and the all-wheel drive model rated at 123 hp (92 kW). Engine power claims were decreased for 2006 as a result of Toyota's re-testing of its engines for the new Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) ratings standard. The 2007 model year no longer offered a GT or all-wheel-drive option due to poor sales and new federal emissions standards.

The front fascia was freshened in the 2005 model year. In an attempt to 'converge' the Pontiac look, the front grille was restyled to resemble the look of the Pontiac Solstice, also adopted by other vehicles in the Pontiac line. The 2003-2004 Vibes had a front grille more closely resembling the discontinued Pontiac Aztek.

Toyota Voltz

The Vibe was made the right-hand drive and exported to the Japanese market as the Toyota Voltz from 2002 to 2004.

Second generation (2009–2010)

The Vibe was redesigned, along with the Matrix, for the 2009 model year, and debuted at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. "The new Vibe's design is sporty yet completely functional," according to Ron Aselton, chief designer. "Clean lines, minimal overhangs and wheels pushed to the corners give the vehicle a muscular stance." The GT trim and AWD options return, and two new inline-four engines (Toyota's 2.4 litre 2AZ-FE as also used on the Camry for the AWD and GT trims as well as optional on the base trim, and a new 1.8 litre 2ZR-FE standard on the base trim) are offered. This was also Pontiac's last new model and remained as the brand's only remaining car for the 2010 model year.

Second Generation FWD Vibes also offer computerized traction-control and anti-lock brakes. Rear disc brakes are standard on all models. Luggage racks are no longer standard order. Power outputs of the two engines are 132 hp (98 kW) and 158 hp (118 kW) respectively.

The Vibe offers 91.4 cubic feet (2.59 m3) of passenger volume (all seats up) and 20.1 cubic feet (0.57 m3) of cargo volume, for a total of 111.5 cubic feet (3.16 m3) with rear seats that fold completely flat. The cargo area is 30 inches (760 mm) high and 40 inches (1,000 mm) wide, which is large enough to accommodate a standard-sized, American washing machine or clothes dryer with enough extra room for an appliance dolly.

First deliveries to dealerships were posted on GM's Website in April 2008, with comments that initial sales were brisk. The first units were delivered to buyers in early March.

Discontinuation

On April 27, 2009, GM announced the discontinuation of Vibe production, as well as all other Pontiac models, by the end of 2010. It was later announced that Vibe production would end in August 2009, and the last Vibe left the assembly line on August 17, 2009, according to a source at genvibe.com. This left Toyota with a major problem as they had to scramble to relocate some of the tooling that was jointly used to produce the Matrix in another factory.

GM has yet to produce another compact hatchback in North America to succeed the Pontiac Vibe, choosing initially to bracket it with the Chevrolet Sonic hatchback and Buick Encore small crossover. In Canada, GM followed the Vibe with the larger Chevrolet Orlando compact MPV, which replaced the Chevrolet HHR. Chevrolet is expected to introduce a hatchback version of the Chevrolet Cruze to North America in 2016.

Recalls

In January 2010, Autoblog.com reported that the 2009 and 2010 model year Pontiac Vibes are also included in the 2009–2010 Toyota vehicle recalls related to unintended acceleration due to shared components with the Toyota Matrix. Another recall for the Vibe was issued in the Fall of 2009 due to floormat interference with the accelerator pedals. This is also part of the Toyota recall.

On August 26, 2010, another recall was issued for 2005 to 2008 model year Vibes, equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine and two-wheel drive. The recall notices states that an improperly manufactured Engine Control Module (ECM) can develop a crack in its circuitry, potentially causing the "Check Engine" light to illuminate, harsh shifting, and stalling and/or failure of the engine to start.

In Mid October 2014 the Vibe along with the Saab 9-2x was recalled due to the faulty Takata airbags supplied from the large airbag supplier company. It is undetermined how many Vibes have been recalled.


Multimedia

19 August 2011
2005 Pontiac Vibe
Duration: 2:18
This one owner 2005 Pontiac Vibe with 69,000 low miles on it is certified by CARFAX to have a clean vehicle history report. This low mileage wagon comes equipped with a remote keyless entry, power windows, power door locks, ABS and a Pontiac factory sunroof. Prior to leaving our dealership this vehicle is serviced and it comes with a warranty.
By Salit Auto Sales
This video is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) License
Download 2005 Pontiac Vibe in Flash Video format - 11.6MB
12 March 2012
2004 Pontiac vibe accelerating 0-60 (eventually)
Duration: 0:24
This video is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) License
Download 2004 Pontiac vibe accelerating 0-60 (eventually) in Flash Video format - 2.1MB
27 February 2012
Ian's Pontiac Vibe Flexxin
Duration: 0:59
(2) Sundown Sa15s on an AQ2200 @ 2 ohms
Note from Bill: Lower your computer's volume before playing this video!!!
This video is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) License
Download Ian's Pontiac Vibe Flexxin in Flash Video format - 5.8MB


Photographs

Pontiac Vibe Photo courtesy Wesha
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Pontiac Vibe Photo courtesy Wesha
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Pontiac Vibe Photo courtesy Wesha
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe Side Badge 2003-2004 Emblem
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Pointe Claire, Quebec, Canada.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe photographed in College Park, Maryland, USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe GT 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe GT photographed in USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe GT 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe GT photographed in USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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Modified 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at Gibeau Orange Julep.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe - Honeywell Honeywell
2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2005 Pontiac Vibe 2005
2005 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, Canada.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2005-2006 Pontiac Vibe 2005-2006 Pontiac Vibe photographed in USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2006 Pontiac Vibe 2006
Photo by Derek Jensen
April 2, 2006
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2005-2007 Pontiac Vibe 2005-2007 Pontiac Vibe photographed in USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2009 Pontiac Vibe 2007
Photo courtesy NHTSA
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2005-2008 Pontiac Vibe Taxi 2005-2008 Pontiac Vibe (Taxi) photographed in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe - Educazoo Educazoo
2005-2008 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Laval, Quebec, Canada at Centropolis Laval.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe 2005-2008 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Ste. Anne De Bellevue, Quebec, Canada at the 2010 Ste. Anne De Bellevue Veteran's Hospital Auto Show.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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Hurricane Katrina - Pontiac Vibe New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: Houses and car in formerly flooded residential area along Napoleon Avenue, with lines of long standing floodwaters visible.
Photo courtesy Infrogmation
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Pontiac Vibe Installing 3rd Brake Light Overlay Installing 3rd Brake Light Overlay
By Blanco Diablo for GenVibe.com
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2009 Pontiac Vibe 2009
2009 Pontiac Vibe photographed at the Montreal Auto Show.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2009 Pontiac Vibe 2009
2009 Pontiac Vibe photographed at the 2009 Washington DC Auto Show.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2009 Pontiac Vibe 2009
2009 Pontiac Vibe photographed at the 2008 New York Auto Show.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2009 Pontiac Vibe 2009
2009 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2009 Pontiac Vibe 2009
2009 Pontiac Vibe photographed in College Park, Maryland, USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD 2009 AWD
2009 Pontiac Vibe photographed in College Park, Maryland, USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2009 Pontiac Vibe 2009
2009 Pontiac Vibe photographed in College Park, Maryland, USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2009 Pontiac Vibe 2009
2009 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo courtesy Bull-Doser
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2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD 2009 AWD
2009 Pontiac Vibe photographed in College Park, Maryland, USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Washington, D.C., USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe photographed in Washington, D.C., USA.
Photo courtesy IFCAR
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Pontiac Vibe Original Featured Car Image, _____-September 2012
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
12 December 2002Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201U: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2003 Pontiac Vibe 4-Door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.6MB - 168 pages
29 August 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2003 Pontiac Vibe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 774KB - 73 pages
December 2006Not-in-Traffic Surveillance Calspan Remote Power Window Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 2007 Pontiac Vibe
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,414KB - 19 pages
2010SAFETY RECALL NOTICE
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 33KB - 4 pages
25 August 2010Upcoming Safety Recall 10282 Engine Stall Due to PCM Failure
GM Service and Parts Operations
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 30KB - 2 pages
26 August 20102005-2008 Toyota Corolla/Matrix Part 573, Defect Information Report
From: Chris Santucci, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
To: Daniel C. Smith, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 271KB - 4 pages
26 August 2010NHTSA Recall 10V387000
2005-2008 Pontiac Vibe
Engine and Engine Cooling
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
31 August 2010Engine Stalling
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Carmen Benavides, General Motors Corporation
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 32KB - 4 pages
September 2010Representative Letter
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 pages
27 September 201010282 - Safety Recall – Special Advisory Letter Engine Stall Due to PCM Failure
From: GM Customer Care and Aftersales
To: All GM Dealers (Except Saturn and HUMMER)
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 102KB - 2 pages
27 September 201010282 - Safety Recall – Special Advisory Letter Engine Stall Due to PCM Failure
From: Joy M. Hotchkiss, GM Customer Care and Aftersales
To: All GM Dealers (Except Saturn and HUMMER)
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 47KB - 3 pages
3 December 201010282 – Safety Recall Engine Stall Due to PCM Failure Parts Availability Update
From: GM Customer Care and Aftersales
To: All GM Dealers
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 104KB - 2 pages
25 January 201110V-387 - 10282 - Safety Recall - Engine Stall Due to PCM Failure

From: Joy M. Hotchkiss, General Motors
To: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 15KB - 1 page
February 2011Harsh Transmission Shift, Engine Stall, Engine May Not Start, MIL or Service Engine Soon Lamp
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- KB - 7 pages
February 2011Representative Letter
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 81KB - 2 pages
February 2011Representative Letter
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 81KB - 2 pages
1 February 201110282 – Safety Recall Engine Stall Due to PCM Failure Release of 2005 Model Year Vehicles
From: GM Customer Care and Aftersales
To: All GM Dealers
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 18KB - 1 page
March 2011Harsh Transmission Shift, Engine Stall, Engine May Not Start, MIL or Service Engine Soon Lamp
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 121KB - 7 pages
22 March 201110282B - Safety Recall Harsh Transmission Shift, Engine Stall, Engine May Not Start, MIL or SES Lamp Revised Service Procedure
From: GM Customer Care and Aftersales
To: All GM Dealers
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 95KB - 1 page
April 2011Harsh Transmission Shift, Engine Stall, Engine May Not Start, MIL or Service Engine Soon Lamp
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 121KB - 7 pages
April 2011Representative Letter
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 81KB - 2 pages
26 April 2011Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 133KB - 4 pages
June 2011Representative Letter
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 81KB - 2 pages
27 July 2011Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 165KB - 4 pages
25 October 2011Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 75KB - 4 pages
25 January 2012Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 59KB - 4 pages
24 April 2012Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 67KB - 4 pages
24 July 2012Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 87KB - 4 pages
24 October 2012Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 147KB - 4 pages
January 2013Harsh Transmission Shift, Engine Stall, Engine May Not Start, MIL or Service Engine Soon Lamp
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 245KB - 8 pages
January 2013Representative Letter
General Motors
NHTSA Recall 10V387000

PDF
- 155KB - 2 pages


2003 Specifications

GT
Engine TypeI4I4
Engine VIN Code8L
Engine Displacement1.8L1.8L
Engine Oil Capacity (with filter)3.9 quarts4.8 quarts
Spark Plug Gap0.043"/1.1mm0.043"/1.1mm
Manufacturer Recommended Shift Speed, 1-215 mph15 mph
Manufacturer Recommended Shift Speed, 2-325 mph25 mph
Manufacturer Recommended Shift Speed, 3-440 mph40 mph
Manufacturer Recommended Shift Speed, 4-545 mph45 mph
Manufacturer Recommended Shift Speed, 5-650 mph
Manual Transaxle Fluid Capacity2.0 quarts2.4 quarts
Automatic Transaxle FluidAC Delco T-IVAC Delco T-IV
Transfer Case Fluid Capacity0.8 quarts
Rear Differential Fluid Capacity0.5 quarts
Power Steering FluidDEXRON-III Automatic Transmission FluidDEXRON-III Automatic Transmission Fluid
Brake FluidDOT-3DOT-3
Air Conditioning RefrigerantR134aR134a
Air Conditioning Refrigerant Capacity1.4 lbs.1.4 lbs.
Lug Nut Torque76 lb-ft76 lb-ft
Fuel Capacity12 gallons with AWD/13 gallons without AWD13 gallons


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Matchbox 97669-0718Pontiac VibeHero City Collection, small scale, silver


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
8 January 2010Dream Cars: Rambler InterstateBill Crittenden
12 May 2011Dream Cars: 1968 Pontiac VibeBill Crittenden
3 October 2011Car and Rig accident beteen Mansfield and Covington Pa Lonny Frost
26 March 2012Car Memories: 2003 Pontiac VibeBill Crittenden




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