Last post on Nov 12, 2010 at 7:29 PM
You are in the Pontiac Vibe
What is this discussion about?
Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Matrix, Wagon
#31 of 285 nippononly
May 10, 2002 (5:10 am)
Your comments are far from accurate. The warranties on the 2 cars are the same, and the GM / Toyota plant used to make Corolla and Prism and is a very high quality plant. By your user name I'm guessing you are biased against anything domestic.
May 10, 2002 (7:16 am)
What will "nippononly" say when he finds out that it is the Vibe that is exported to Japan, not the Matrix.
#33 of 285 Matrix vs. the Vibe under the skin
May 10, 2002 (7:49 am)
My wife and I are trying to decide between the Matrix and the Vibe. The Pontiac dealer says that both cars are the same under the skin. The Toyota dealer says that the Matrix has a different drive train and other engine parts.
Since both cars that we are looking at were made in Ca., who is right?
#34 of 285 nippononly
May 10, 2002 (8:12 am)
I work in the auto industry in Detroit. Vibe and Matrix share the same parts FROM THE SAME SUPPLIER if they are used in both vehicles. One example is to look at the underside of the rear plastic wiper arm. It says Toyota even on the Vibe. This practice reduce tooling cost and translates into lower piece price. If GM is to use a different supplier for the same part, cost will undoubtly be high. The NUMMI plant is a joint venture between GM and Toyota utilizing the TPS so quality is top notch.
May 10, 2002 (8:22 am)
Toyota guy is either ignorant or is lying. The cars are mechanically identical.
May 10, 2002 (9:03 am)
Vibe is made in CAlifornia, the Matrix is made in CAnada. Dindak is right as usual.
#37 of 285 Re: Matrix vs. the Vibe under the skin
May 10, 2002 (10:53 am)
Matrix has a longer warranty than Vibe because it's a Toyota -- 5yrs/60K vs. 3yrs/36K, I believe. Although both cars should have quality levels up to Toyota standards, the Cambridge plant has won more quality awards in the past.
#38 of 285 1matrix
May 10, 2002 (11:58 am)
Vibe has the same warranty. GM upped their standard one to match the Matrix warranty.
Really it's only a question of what look you like more.
May 10, 2002 (12:31 pm)
GM has 3/36 roadside assistance. Does Toyota has one?
May 10, 2002 (3:18 pm)
In the US, 3/36 is still the GM warranty. From the Pontiac website:
Vibe's 3-year/36,000-mile (whichever comes first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty covers repairs, including labor and parts, to correct any defects in material or workmanship occurring during the warranty period. The vehicle is covered, except for adjustments and normal maintenance.