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Pontiac Vibe, Hatchback, Wagon
#184 of 399 Re: Going to buy? a 05 VIBE, need help [jfranks]
Dec 28, 2005 (5:28 pm)
Sounds like you have found a dealer who is hungry for a sale; driving over 400 miles roundtrip. If you have $3,000 in addition to the deal you mentionned, you have the deal of the century!! You have moved from the category of very good deal to incredible deal. I did not anticipate buying a GM car and stopped using my card very much a few years ago and collected Continental FF miles instead.
BTW, I do not think GM will be going bankrupt any time soon (although anything is possible), but they are in for some hard times for sure. Uncle Sam will not let them go South, is my guess, but their days as #1 are short lived; Toyota is about to take the crown from them.
Picked up the Vibe as I indicated and so far, so good. Found out that the cross sections for the "roof rack" are $149 each (there are two, so it is about $316 for both) and they are only associated with the 2004 Vibe in the database. "Should" fit the 2005/2006, but no assurances (and they are not returnable). This came from the parts dept. of the Pontiac Dealer. He recommended using Thule cross sections, which cost about the same, but are more sturdy. I think I will wait a bit before I buy anything.
Does anyone out there have any experience with extended warranties? The Vibe should be very reliable (according to Consumer Reports and other online sources), but I am intersted in potentially getting one anyway. I only drive about 6,000 miles a year (work is real close) and in the three year GM Warranty period, I will be well under the 36,00 miles allotted. I am interested in 6 or 7 years coverage and 60-75,000 miles. This seems to run about $900-$1100 based upon an hours surfing. I have done a little research and Warranty Direct (http://www.warrantydirect.com/) seems to be a good deal, but I have no referrals other than their website, Edmunds and a few others (and I do not believe everything I read). So I would appreciate any input as I know there are more than a few poor companies out there (and the GM warranty was around $1600 and they did not have a formal warranty contract for me to review at the time I bought...and it was "buy it now or never").
Anyway, enjoy whatever you decide to buy and be sure to let the Forum know. Happy 2006 (soon)!
#185 of 399 Re: Going to buy? a 05 VIBE, need help [lonewolf2]
Dec 29, 2005 (4:50 am)
I dealt directly with the owner. He agreed to take off an additional $200 yesterday after I bounced another offer off of him from another dealer close by.
I agreed to the $17,500 offer and they are driving it right to my home next week.
End of year is what did it including last year model. I do think I got a sweet deal. This years' model (2006) is easily $2000 more under the best of negotiations as far as I can tell. AND the models are identical in standard features.
By the way, I found through research, that the right arm rest is too low making it uncomfortable for some people. I found where a new higher one can be obtained for 1/3rd the price that Pontiac wants and it's a direct replacement I am told.
#186 of 399 Re: Going to buy? a 05 VIBE, need help [jfranks]
Dec 29, 2005 (11:46 am)
You definitely got a sweet deal, best of luck. I am in my second day of driving the Vibe and really enjhoy the way it handles (it is raining hard at times today, so it is a pretty good test for the car).
Where do you see the replacement armrest? Was it on a specific website? I do agree that the one provided is too low for practical use and would be interested in a reasonably priced higher on.
Let us know how things work out after you get your new Vibe. Enjoy the highway!!!
#187 of 399 Re: Going to buy? a 05 VIBE, need help [jfranks]
Dec 29, 2005 (12:19 pm)
I purchased my Vibe back at the end of September.
The sticker was 20,885 purchased for 15,685. Then I had $1000 off for GM Card and also additional off from another Credit Card. I am thinking if its not too late they should be able to do more for you on the pricing. The 06's are out there and plentiful now and I considered mine 1.5 years old when I purchased in in September. Look into it a little further and perhaps check out the 06's? Good luck! And bottom line is as long as you are happy with the deal then its a good one!
#188 of 399 Re: Going to buy? a 05 VIBE, need help [jfranks]
Dec 29, 2005 (12:22 pm)
Good luck with your purchase I really like mine. Can you post the information regarding the arm rest as I agree with your research but not willing to pay big bucks to purchase. Thanks!
#190 of 399 06 GMS question
Dec 29, 2005 (3:39 pm)
I'm wondering does GMS price vary between dealers ?
for 06 Vibe with
SUN AND SOUND PACKAGE
4-SPEED AUTO TRANSMISSION
17685.15 + tax and fees etc.
I have never used the discount before
#191 of 399 Re: Going to buy? a 05 VIBE, -ARMREST INFO.
Dec 31, 2005 (8:38 am)
Here are the details for the Tall style armrest. What it is is a higher lid
that uses the same two screws that hold on the original lid for mounting.
It comes in charcoal grey.
This is listed as for a 2003 Toyota Matrix but it fits exactly and will
solve the problem of the low armrest. I have already ordered mine!
It can be found at Mechanicsville Toyota in Mechanicsville, VA. Can't post the phone number but it is in the 804 area code.
The part number is 58905-02210-B1.
Order it by phone, not on their website because you will pay more on the
web. I paid $76.74 including shipping.
This is by far cheaper than you will find anywhere else as it sells for an
average price of over $220.00 everywhere else I have been to.
p.s. Mine listed for $20,995.00 so I still am happy with the deal. Not worried that it is last years model as I will be keeping it for a long time. I believe I saved about $1000 over this years model in all with the features I got.
#192 of 399 Re: Going to buy? a 05 VIBE, -ARMREST INFO. [jfranks]
Dec 31, 2005 (9:19 am)
Thats great and thanks for the information. I am hoping to keep mine for a long time as well.
#193 of 399 Re: Going to buy? a 05 VIBE, -ARMREST INFO. [jfranks]
Jan 11, 2006 (5:47 pm)
Thanks again for the info on the armrest. Got it today from toyotaparts.com for $76.83 including shipping and it took all of 2 minutes to install. Definitely is MUCH more comfortable and functional as an armrest and adds another storage compartment. Wonder why Pontiac did not utilize it (unless they were saving a few bucks or wanted money in the aftermarket)? My only human factors complaint now is the fact that the steering column does not telescope (only tilts). Guess you cannot have everything! I have had the Vibe for two weeks now and I must say it is a nice little car. It handles well and is fun to drive.