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Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix, Wagon
#9 of 18 Show me the $$$ ;-)
Jun 08, 2003 (6:32 pm)
I'll admit that I like the Matrix' looks and it's resale potential compared to the Vibe. However, the Vibe is very nice and the rebates swayed me. I bought an '03 base, Neptune Blue (mono), automatic, Moon/Tunes, Power, Wheels. I've added splash guards and have a K&N filter ordered.
Sticker was $19,975.
Rebates: $2,000 advertised, plus $750 military, plus $2,513 GM Card, plus 3.44% financing. I also got $1,400 more for my trade than expected. One of the easiest and best deals that I've ever received.
I'm very happy with the deal. The Vibe is a joy to own and to drive. I put 950 miles on it in the first week and will place about 600 business miles on it this week.
My other vehicles are an '02 Toyota Highlander and an 02 Toyota Tundra SR5 4WD. The Vibe is Toyota quality.
Jun 09, 2003 (12:09 pm)
The Vibe does indeed seem like true Toyota quality. I told a friend that if my Ford 626 craps out before the Malibu Maxx debuts in January, I would go out and buy a $1500 clunker Neon or Escort just to tie me over until January. If I decide I don't like the Maxx, I'll head right over to the Pontiac dealer and buy another Vibe. The Maxx is looking awfully sweet however.
#11 of 18 the front end of the Maxx
Jun 09, 2003 (1:21 pm)
looks really great, but the other angles on the car look to me like they took a Matrix and "GM-icized it".
If I could have two Matrix, the other one would be an XRS for fun on weekends!
#13 of 18 Cruise control
Jun 16, 2003 (6:59 pm)
Still considering buying a Vibe and had a question about the cruise control. I don't remember seeing it on the one I test drove, but the car had every other feature so I assume the CC was on one of the steering wheel stalks. If so, how does this work? Do you current owners like it? I'm used to having the CC control on the steering wheel itself, which is super convenient.
Jun 16, 2003 (8:13 pm)
Yep cruise is on a stalk at about 4 o'clock on the Vibe/Matrix. I like it, better than the GM standard on the stalk with wipers, turn and every thing else.
#15 of 18 Toyota cruise is great
Jun 17, 2003 (5:19 am)
The Toyota cruise is way better than the GM. The Pontiac cruise I find is sometimes hard to engage when resuming, tiny slider is fumble prone. The four action Toyota, Up (resume, accelerate), down (set,coast), and back (cancel) and end button (on/off) is very easy and confusion free.
I have both types of vehicle.
#16 of 18 Just to clarify...
Jun 17, 2003 (7:56 pm)
Is the Toyota cruise control found in the Vibe, since Toyota makes the internal parts? Or did Pontiac put in the GM cruise control?
Jun 18, 2003 (6:30 am)
It is the Toyota Cruise Control, that is why it drove so many or the first Vibe purchasers nuts. The Toyota system losses its memory below a certain speed, where a GM system will retain the speed in memory until shut off. Was very confusing on the boards last year.
Jun 23, 2003 (6:05 pm)
Differences are cosmetic, some practical operating differences, resale, insurance cost and annual maintenance expenses are also issues. Vibe is less expensive, Matrix is better head turner. Bottom line - what do you want out of this vehicle? Yet, if you're looking for a good deal on a good car, shouldn't you be looking at a low mileage 2-3 year old set of wheels within this price range?