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Pontiac Vibe, Wagon
#2928 of 2977 Re: What will happen [laserblue]
Jul 20, 2009 (5:01 pm)
yep, no worries; drive with confidence. The Vibe is a Matrix which is a Corolla. Toyota is destined to stop production of the Corolla in the year 2242. You'll have parts for a long time. If you get an AWD version, it is the Rav 4's AWD system. If you need body panels, you'll have to do the junk yard thing after a while, but that will be a long while. The 2010 model is the last year, and I for one (owning two Vibes right now) plan on buying a 2010 used model in the near future.
#2929 of 2977 Re: Pontiac Line in face of GM troubles [venn]
Jul 22, 2009 (4:54 am)
I work for a GM Tier-1 supplier and we are contractually obligated to maintain a supply of service parts for 15 years after the vehicle stops production. Even if we go bankrupt GM owns the tools that make the parts so they can start-up a new supplier. No worries.
Jul 23, 2009 (6:47 pm)
I went to my dealer tonight and saw two 2009 Vibes.
One with a 1.8 L. engine 132 h/p with 4 speed automatic transmission and one with a 2.4 L. engine 158 h/p with 5 speed automatic transmission with manual mode.
What bothers me is that manual mode thing.
What is it and really and how does it work?
Is it really good or useful?
If I decide on the automatic with manual mode can I only drive it like an ordinary automatic transmission?
#2931 of 2977 Looked at 1.8L Manual and AWD
Jul 23, 2009 (8:51 pm)
The two vehicles I was interested in are the 1.8 L Manual and the 2.4 L four speed AWD.
Since 1974 I have been driving manuals. So I considered the base 1.8 L manual, it would have as much power an speed if shifted properly as my 2.4 L AWD, but and would get far better fuel economy.
But I wanted to use it on snow for cross country skiing, and on gravel for the Navajo Nation, and also to sleep in at a trail head. The base model front passenger seat did not fold flat. Reading information from others the AWD would be better with a five speed auto, but someone came out with info the AWD may not have been able to fit the five speed auto.
Have tested the ABS (Automotive Braking System) it worked smoothly, the electronic steering adjustment system has work both on gravel and snow, and the AWD kicks in automatically something unique to smaller vehicle. The 2 wheel drive Vibe/Matrix is compared with a AWD Subaru in April 2009 Consumer reports.
Though in the past when a Toyota is sister to a GM vehicle the Toyota is preferred, but in Consumer Reports it is the Vibe people are happier with over the Matrix.
I hope this helps.
#2932 of 2977 Re: Need help [laserblue]
Jul 23, 2009 (9:15 pm)
Yes. I have a 2009 2.4 automatic and that's the way I drive. The slap-shift or whatever it's called is there if you want to use it, but you don't have to touch it at all if you don't want to. I love this Vibe, by the way.
#2933 of 2977 Re: Need help [houstonmi]
Jul 24, 2009 (4:40 am)
Thank you for your reply "houstonmi" I appreciate it.
I was more interested in the 2.4 L. than the 1.8 L. being afraid that it wouldn't be powerful enough.
Since you told me that I could drive it like a regular automatic transmission it will probably be a 2.4 L.
#2934 of 2977 Re: Need help [laserblue]
Jul 24, 2009 (8:59 am)
I first had a 2003 Vibe with the 1.8 and loved it. I wanted a little more power, though, so prior to getting this 2009, drove both the 2009 Vibe 1.8 with the 4 speed automatic and the 2.4 with the 5 speed automatic. I preferred the 2.4, because it is quieter, the shifting points were smoother, and it's much quicker.
As mentioned by someone else, the GenVibe.com site is a great board for getting any info you want about Pontiac Vibes of all years.
Aug 07, 2009 (7:17 am)
03 Base, 105K, auto.
Recently my Vibe emitted a squeek/chirping moving from a stop with the A/C on. With the AC off there was a less noticable and very slight rumble. At a stop in neutral, there was nothing to hear or feel when reving the engine. When moving at any speed over 10 mph, everything smoothed out and went away. With the engine off, the belt felt tight and belt dressing did nothing.
Dealer said probably belt tensioner, though A/C compressor going bad was the second choice. Anyway replaced the tensioner and belt. All noise and rumble went away..
Tech told me the belt tensioner has a little shock absorber that was failing and with the engine under load moving from a stop allowed the belt to slip.
#2936 of 2977 Re: Belt Tensioner [Chuckles37]
Aug 07, 2009 (2:14 pm)
thanks for the report Chuckles. Love the name. I'll keep an eye on my 03 as well.
#2937 of 2977 What's going on.
Aug 07, 2009 (6:39 pm)
Pontiac is supposed to have stop the production of all their cars?
Last week 1 dealer near my place had no Vibes on his lot and today I saw 23 Vibes there, couldn't believe my eyes and also across town another dealer had 3 Vibes last week and tonight 16 Vibes are parked side by side. These are all 2010's.
Is the 2010 Vibe still in production?
I was thinking of buying a 2010 Vibe next year (may or june).
Are these the leftovers or they're still coming out of the manufacture?
What are my chances of getting one in May or June 2010?