About Pontiac Vibe
Pontiac Vibe is a compact hatchback automobile manufactured by General Motor from 2002 to 2010. The first Pontiac Vibe was produced in 2002 and went on sale as a 2003 model. It has not a very long lifespan and it was only produced through two generations.
The first generation Pontiac Vibe (2002-2008) offered three trim levels: economical base trim, all-wheel drive mid-trim and sporty GT. Available powertrain included 1.8 L 1ZZ-FE (LY6) inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine and 1.8 L 2ZZ-GE (LNK) inline 4-cylinder engine with 5-speed and 6-spedd manual transmission and 4-speed automatic transmission. What's more, a right-hand drive model of Pontiac Vibe called Toyota Voltz was sold in Japanese market. The second and the last generation Pontiac Vibe (2009-2010) was unveiled at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show. Base trim, all-wheel drive mid-trim and sporty GT were still available. Engine options included 1.8 L 2ZR-FE inline 4-cylinder engine for base trim and 2.4 L 2AZ-FE inline 4-cylinder engine for all-wheel drive mid-trim and sporty GT and optional for base trim. Transmissions were 5-speed manual and automatic transmission and 4-speed automatic transmission.
Pontiac Vibe Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Maybe it has a reason that General Motors announced to end the production of Pontiac Vibe, after all, in using, it does have exposed some problems. According to Pontiac Vibe vehicle owners, listed below two problems are the most common:
First, unbearable strange noise. Based on Pontiac Vibe vehicle owners' descriptions of grinding, roaring from the tire area with abnormal tire wear and vibration in the steering wheel, additional play in the wheel; of clunking noises and excessive vibration from the front, starting steering to the right or left unintentionally, we can conclude that it is most likely there is a problem with the wheel bearing or steering knuckle.
Second, cooling system problem. Leaking coolant can be found at the front-center of the car, water pump pulley became loose, engine kept overheated, steam kept coming from the radiator, these symptoms are also common in Pontiac Vibe. If you have also met, you probably need to check your water pump or your whole cooling system.
A hood latch is a very important component in your Pontiac Vibe especially when you want to check your car thoroughly. To avoid the unsafety while checking, you must make sure the hood latch is working properly as when it is failing, the hood may close on its own slowly or suddenly or the hood does not stay up at all, if these conditions are found, please replace the hood latch immediately. Door handle actually has similar function in keeping occupants safe, it should not be neglected as well.
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