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Nickname: Serenity, "The Beast"

Newlyweds Bill Crittenden and Heidi Walczak, married just over half a year, bought a 2003 Pontiac Vibe brand-new in April 2003 to have a car that we could put a car seat in before we started having children and long before The Crittenden Automotive Library was founded. We brought Eli home from the hospital in it and owned it through our family's struggles in the Great Recession. On August 4, 2017 a component broke in the left rear that could not be fixed at home, and we did not want to sink that much money into the vehicle when it had so many other problems. 202,968 was our final mileage. It was a trusted member of the family that never left me stranded, even in its final broken state.

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DateArticleAuthor/Source
26 March 2012Car Memories: 2003 Pontiac VibeBill Crittenden
30 March 2015Serenity and the Busted VentureBill Crittenden


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12 March 2012
2003 Pontiac Vibe in Snow
Video ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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17 February 2014
2003 Pontiac Vibe in Snow
Video ©2014 Bill Crittenden
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Photographs

2003 Pontiac Vibe 2003
Photo by Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe 2003
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2003 Pontiac Vibe 111111 Miles 2003 with 111,111 miles
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2003 Pontiac Vibe 111111 Miles 2003 with 111,111 miles
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2003 Pontiac Vibe AWD Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Spare Tire 2003 with Spare Tire
Bill:  The little ol' spare tire on my Vibe lasted from January through April, almost 50 miles a day commuting full time.  Absolutely fantastic, but not even close to the battery, which is still the original.
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
February 16, 2011
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Spare Tire 2003 with Thunderstorm in Background
There were reports of a tornado over northern McHenry County on the afternoon of May 12, 2011. Having a camera and nothing but dark clouds from my vantage point, I took a picture of my car against the clouds.
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Top 2003
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Damaged right front brakes

Photo by Bill Crittenden
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Fram Air Filter CA9482 Air Filter for 2003
Fram CA9482

Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
May 16, 2010
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Modified Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Modified Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Modified Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Modified One of 3 cars to show up to a canceled (for rain) car show at the Huntley, Illinois Walmart

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2003 Pontiac Vibe 2003
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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Modified 2003 Pontiac Vibe Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
Pizza House Cruise Night:  May 16, 2012
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2003 Pontiac Vibe By the Old McHenry County Courthouse
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe By the Old McHenry County Courthouse
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe By the Woodstock Square
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Note from Bill:  With 159,983 miles in 111-degree heat, and still running strong!
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Interior Modified 2003 Interior
Note from Bill: The most recent version of the car interior, in Crittenden Library inspired green. The steering wheel is wrapped in electrical tape, not because I thought it'd be cool, but because the steering wheel is starting to disintegrate in my hands as I drive. I rearranged the switch plates below the mirror controls and the green switch on the left is for the additional driving lights.
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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Cub Scout Pack 367 Car Wash Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 Cub Scout Pack 367 Car Wash
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Cub Scout Pack 367 Car Wash Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 Cub Scout Pack 367 Car Wash
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Cub Scout Pack 367 Car Wash Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 Cub Scout Pack 367 Car Wash
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2003 Pontiac Vibe Photo ©2014 Bill Crittenden
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2015 Father's Day Card by Eli Walczak 2003 Pontiac Vibe 2015 Father's Day Card by Eli Walczak
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2003 Pontiac Vibe AWD 202,959 miles, finally having to call for help
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe AWD 202,968 miles, final odometer at trade-in
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe AWD Black Wheels Final photo, first one showing the black wheels
Photo ©2017 Bill Crittenden
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2003 Pontiac Vibe AWD Saying Goodbye
Photo ©2017 Heidi Walczak
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