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#7 of 13 Test drove a 2006
Jul 09, 2006 (7:58 pm)
I finally test frove a 2006 Vibe, and I must say I was duly impressed. I thought the car accelerated well, handled pretty good, braked well, and was not that noisy. I mean it is a four cylinder. Very impressed, and will probably purchase a 2007 model.
#8 of 13 How is 2WD on ICE and SNOW
Dec 09, 2006 (4:17 pm)
I am seriously contemplating purchasing a Vibe. I would like the improved HP and fuel economy of a 2WD; however, I drive over a mountain pass to work and it at times ice and snow can be a factor.
I would really like feedback on how the Vibe performs in winter weather.
#9 of 13 Re: How is 2WD on ICE and SNOW [zoobaru]
Dec 09, 2006 (6:38 pm)
I was faced with the same dilemma. The Vibe is underpowered to begin with so I didn't want the reduced HP of AWD engine. Also adding to that would be a little more weight, reduced mpg, higher initial cost, and a smaller gas tank. What I finally decided on is a FWD with StabilTrac which traction control is part of. Every winter I mount my 4 Michelin X-Ice tires, any good dedicated winter tires will work here. I think this combo provides a better winter solution than AWD. Check out StabilTrac, it's awesome.
#10 of 13 Re: How is 2WD on ICE and SNOW [mikey00]
Dec 09, 2006 (11:37 pm)
Thank You Mickey00. Looking in the used market I haven't run across any with StabilTrac listed as an option. What year did StabilTrac become an option?
Good info though. My only other option is to opt for the Subaru again.
#11 of 13 Re: How is 2WD on ICE and SNOW [zoobaru]
Dec 10, 2006 (8:21 am)
I am not sure what year Stabiltrac became an option. Mine is an 05. A FWD without StabilTrac will still be a pretty good snow car as long as you put a good set of dedicated winter tires on it. You can find some more info on snow cababilities over at genvibe.
#12 of 13 I LOVE MY AWD Pontiac VIBE
Jul 16, 2007 (11:05 am)
I just found out that GM dropped the AWD model of the Vibe. I can not believe it. I know it's old news but it's new to me. I planned on buying AWD Vibes for the rest of my life, and had recommended this vehicle to many others, 2 others in my family bought one and love theirs, 2 of my friends loved mine so much that they went to buy one each and couldn't get the AWD , they bought the FWD and don't love it as much as they do mine. My AWD Vibe goes through any Michigan back road in winter, and handles like a the solid little bear it is. I WANT GM TO make AWD Vibes again. Come on, they finally had a real winner and then dropped it!!! That is insane. At least offer that as a special order!!Bring back the AWD Vibe. My brother went to replace is AWD Vibe last month and found out it was no longer made, so he bought a Dodge Caliber!! GM, wake up and give us back our AWD Vibes!
#13 of 13 Re: I LOVE MY AWD Pontiac VIBE [krazyfroglady]
Jul 28, 2008 (6:04 pm)
It's back ....2009 AWD !!!!!!!!