Last post on Nov 12, 2010 at 7:29 PM
You are in the Toyota Matrix
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Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix, Wagon
#276 of 285 Re: Dodge Caliber [pdrake]
Aug 03, 2007 (3:52 pm)
I finally got my Vibe Gt back last Friday. I drove the Dodge Caliber rental for 5 weeks.In all fairness I want to point out that the Caliber didnt have many options and my Vibe has almost every option. Good things about the Caliber are - looks :alot of people like it - good power:the engine is pretty strong and delivers great gas milage the automatic transmision shifts at strange rpm ranges though. The interior space is less than a Vibe. I like the steering wheel arangement of the Caliber also. I think the Vibe should be offered with a bigger engine like the Caliber (2.4L I think)
By the way my Vibe probably should have been totaled as the final price to fix it came to around $14,0000. The body shop waited for some of the parts from GM for over a month and they finally called the Toyota dealership and recieved the parts they needed in 1 day! To me this just reinforces the idea that the Vibe is mostly a Toyota and not much of a GM product at all.
#277 of 285 Re: Vibe: First Impressions [beater]
Oct 21, 2007 (4:53 pm)
A made to fit existing welded nut holes trailer hitch is available on eBay for about $100 plus about $15 shipping.
#278 of 285 Self permission to buy
Jun 14, 2008 (4:24 pm)
I do not recall what first caused me to be interested in the Vibe/Matrix, but when the near by Pontiac dealer had some 2009 AWD models arrive, I decided to check them out. Here in the Rocky Mountains, all wheel drive is a very valuable asset. I compared the Vibe and Matrix AWD "twins", and analyzed the deal available on each in my vicinity. The Vibe simply had the upper hand when all factors of interest to me were considered. I bought a white one after a lot of negotiating involving trading in my 2004 Jeep GC. It all worked out, and the Pontiac dealer wanted my business more than did the Toyota dealer. Done deal.
#279 of 285 2007 Vibe rusting problem
Jun 15, 2008 (5:59 am)
I got my new vibe last July. I found lots rusting dots around the rim of the car.
Did anyone have this problem before? Would the warranty cover it?
Also, my vibe's brake is very heavy, I mean I need to push it very hard to make a rapid stop.
I am satisfactory with this car other than these problems.
#280 of 285 Re: 2007 Vibe rusting problem [chz939]
Jun 15, 2008 (7:05 am)
I am pretty sure the rusting is covered under warranty.As for the brakes take it to a brake shop and find out.If its the master cylinder,its probably covered.If its the pads,shoes or wear and tear items then probably not.
#282 of 285 Re: 2007 Vibe rusting problem [renatel]
Jun 17, 2008 (2:32 pm)
Actually they are stains like rusts. I already scratch most of the stains with my nails.
The brake is fine now. I had it checked today. The technician suggested that it might be due to the extra pad.
#283 of 285 Both cars built by Toyota
Oct 06, 2010 (1:01 am)
The Vibe is supossed to be a cheaper version to the Matrix. They have the same engine as does Corolla. Where I'm from, the Vibe is actually a Toyota Voltz and is priced a little less than the Matrix. I think the matrix looks better, but both are very reliable cars of course. As we all know Toyota is tops for reliability....
#284 of 285 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Oct 13, 2010 (5:14 pm)
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#285 of 285 Re: 2007 Vibe rusting problem [chz939]
Nov 12, 2010 (7:29 pm)
The rust around the sides of the car/rims is caused by brake dust sticking to the side of the car/ rims. This is a minor problem just take it to your dealership and they will buff the marks off.