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#2876 of 2977 Re: who has problems w/the pontiac vibe? [pontiac9]
Jan 23, 2009 (8:19 am)
I have a 2008 that I got new in April,and I started noticing a burnt smell,kind of like a cross between when a radiator gets hot and electrical.There are no leaks or any gauges going off.I only have 6000 miles on it so I am sure I am going to get the complete 36 months of warranty,so that gives me time to see if its just breaking in or what? All of my fluid levels are good,and the oil has been changed 2x.
#2877 of 2977 Re: FWD Vibe in the snow [cfilkins]
Jan 23, 2009 (1:18 pm)
I have a 2003 vibe with AWD that I purchased last spring. I had it all wheel alligned and the camber on the right rear could not be totally put within specs though the best allignment guy in the area told me it was ok. On slippery roads the rear end feels loose all the time.I replaced the Eagles with Pirelli p5's which are suppose to be great all weather tires. While it was better on slippery roads it was still very unnerving. My mechanic said it may be the car and advised to put some weight in the back. I put 100 lbs of salt and it now seems better though I'm waiting for the conditions when it's been bad. If this works I plan to remove the rear seat and put sandbags under it so I don't have to anchor the weight in the back for fear of flying heavy bags in an accident
#2878 of 2977 Re: FWD Vibe in the snow [mdelmariani]
Jan 24, 2009 (7:34 am)
I have the base FWD '04 Vibe. We have not had any problems in snow. I put Firestone Firehawks on it last year. We have a winding, steep driveway that has been snow-covered now for about a month, and there has not been one day that we haven't been able to make it up the driveway. I'm very pleased with our Vibe. We bought it used about a year and a half ago and it has been a terrific runabout for us.
#2879 of 2977 Re: Center wheel disc [raythegerman]
Jan 28, 2009 (11:27 am)
"However he discovered there was a service bulletin that just came out in which Pontiac is coming out with a revised wheel disc and once they come in, he will replace each one with the new type. This is to be done at Pontiac's cost... "
The NHTSA website http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/tsbs/ does not list any service bulletins for a 2009 Vibe. Raythegerman if you could get the number from the service rep and post it we would all appreciate it.
#2880 of 2977 Re: Center wheel disc [repoman1]
Jan 28, 2009 (1:42 pm)
From Generation Vibe website: They have released a service bulletin concerning the center caps falling off the '09 Vibes.
08-03-10-011: Loose orMissing Wheel Cap Repair Procedure - (Aug 22, 2008)
#2881 of 2977 Transmission fluid color
Jan 28, 2009 (3:53 pm)
I just recently had the tranny fluid changed on my 05 Vibe at 60K mi. At the last oil change (66K) the mechanic (a different garage) noted that the tranny fluid was dark and should be changed. When I said, "it just was" he said to take it back and have them do it again. I checked with the original garage who then said that the "Toyota" tranny fluid is darker than the normal GM or Ford stuff. My question to the forum is, "is this true". Are Toyota fluids generally darker than others?
#2882 of 2977 Re: Transmission fluid color [mjb56]
Jan 28, 2009 (7:40 pm)
At the shop I've been going to this last decade and more, they told me that Toyota transmission fluid darkens very quickly. As in "you could have a factory transmission put in your car and ten thousand miles later, it'll look dark and burnt. That's just the way it is."
Because I had the same issue some thousand miles after the change. I've now got 103k on the vehicle ('03 Sienna, 4sp auto) and it's absolutely fine.
On my Vibe, it's a non-issue 'cuz it's a stick... like everyone should get when it's available ;->
#2883 of 2977 Re: Center wheel disc [repoman1]
Jan 29, 2009 (9:44 am)
I checked the work order on my car and it lists bulletin 08-03-10-011A and that is for the revised new caps that replace all your caps (lost or still on the vehicle)....Hope this helps.....
#2884 of 2977 Re: FWD Vibe in the snow [suydam]
Jan 31, 2009 (12:11 am)
Thanks for you input to my post Suydam. I had my alignment rechecked by the same reportedly reputable garage. They found they had used the wrong specifications when doing the allignment. They seem to have used the front wheel drive specs. They realligned for free using the correct specifications and the car performs on ice and snow terrifically. I just wanted to post this to alert other all wheel drive Vibe owners that mis-alignment can cause serious fishtailing problems, even on slightly slippery roads, to the point of being extremely dangerous. I suggest anyone experiencing fishtailing problems have the alignment checked before purchasing new tires. Clearly my alignment was the issue and not my tires.
#2885 of 2977 Viscous Coupling Outrageous Part Cost
Feb 06, 2009 (8:44 pm)
I just purchased a used 2003 Vibe AWD for $6000. Afterwards I noticed a noise that is caused by the Viscous Coupling that attaches to the differencial and drive shaft. The cost to purchase this part is a whopping $2,800. I am not really interested in spending this much money for this small part so I am wondering if the car can operate with the VC and drive shaft can be removed from the vehicle?