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#47 of 56 Vibe 09 Quiet Tires ???
Jan 10, 2009 (8:23 pm)
I currently own a 2003 Vibe. It has been a very dependable car. I would like to move up to a 2009 BUT I have promised myself I will get a quieter car. My 03 has terrrible wind noise (starts at 40 mph) and tire roar. I do not want to buy the same problems. Last week I test drove a 2.4l with Goodyear RS-A tires. Am I wrong or are these tires LOUD on coarse pavement? Maybe even louder than my 03 tires. Wind noise did seem somewhat better... but still there. Bottomline: Will I be making the same mistake all over again??? My other choices are going to be a Malibu, Mazda3 5door, or Mazda5. I want quiet !!!
Feb 28, 2009 (5:23 pm)
We had an 04 Vibe and had a LOT of trouble keeping the tires from cupping starting about 25,000 miles. Happened with the original Goodyears as well as replacement tires. They howled like a banshee on the highway when they were cupped. Balance and alignment from a reputable shop did not help. After wrecking that one at 105,000, we bought an 09 Vibe (base model) with Goodyear RSA. So far, this car is quiet and we like it a lot.
#49 of 56 Re: RE 09 Quiet Tires [newvibebuyer]
Feb 28, 2009 (7:50 pm)
09 Vibe is definitely quieter than 03.
I might try a wind deflector for my 03 moonroof to see if that helps.
I was surprised you found the RS-As quiet.
I drove an 09 and thought the tires roared...
My guess is the tires do better on some pavements...
worse on other pavements.
My next car will likely be a Certified CR-V...
We now own 2 "orphaned" brands... Olds & Pontiac!
Feb 28, 2009 (9:39 pm)
Why do you say that Pontiac is orphaned? I haven't heard anything about GM not making Pontiacs unless you are assuming GM is going under.
On the '09 you drove - was it the base model (1.8 L) or one of the upper models with wider tires?
#51 of 56 Re: RE tires [newvibebuyer]
Mar 02, 2009 (8:49 pm)
time to wake up and smell the exaust fumes...with the way the exec's at "general malfunction" run things,and IF they survive this slower market-pontiac,and especially the "collage" of parts that come together to make a really nice car that the VIBE is,with it's toyota driveline and g.m. body..
-while the final product is a pretty good one,and allowing the "buy american" croud the ability to get the dependability of a toyota,while wearing a "made in america,well-final assembly in america" badge,pontiac ain't got mutch left to distinguish itself from buick or chevy..rember the toy-let??-80's model sold under the chevy brand,as a "nova" a 4 door econo-box with a 1.5 or 2 liter toyota motor..they ran good,just not verry exciting-unlike the vibe..
--vibe gt,with some tweaking,COULD run with subaru's wrx..,but i dunno..gm's treading water right now..i'd like to see the vibe platform survive with a hybrid ,or hydrogen cell, or SOMETHING more future-thinking,rather than regressing to the same stuff they've been shoving down our throats for the last twenty-some years..give us something NEW to get excited about,and american car buyers might start buying again!!
Mar 03, 2009 (1:36 pm)
I was wondering... How do I get to the rear wheel bearings so I can check them and grease them?
#53 of 56 Re: Tire pressure question 32lbs ? [hal517]
Oct 10, 2012 (4:57 pm)
What is the tire pressure for a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. Thank you!
#54 of 56 Re: Tire pressure question 32lbs ? [lorena59]
Oct 10, 2012 (9:46 pm)
There is a sticker in the door jamb or the glove box door that should tell you what the folks who built it recommended.. 32is probably right
#55 of 56 Re: Tire pressure question 32lbs ? [lorena59]
Oct 11, 2012 (7:04 am)
Good morning lorena59,
A Tire and Loading Information label is attached to the vehicle’s center pillar (B-pillar), below the driver’s door latch. This label shows your vehicle’s original equipment tires and the correct inflation pressures for your tires when they are cold. The recommended cold tire inflation pressure, shown on the label, is the minimum amount of air pressure needed to support your vehicle’s maximum load carrying capacity. For additional information regarding how much weight your vehicle can carry, and an example of the tire and loading information label, see Loading Your Vehicle on page 4-31.
Sarah, GM Customer Service
#56 of 56 Re: Tire pressure question 32 lbs
Oct 11, 2012 (8:34 am)
I've had 2 Vibes (one currently) and have always run 35 lbs. Tire wear is as expected - no extra wear on the center of the tread that would indicate over-inflation. Some gas mileage increase is noted from the slightly higher pressure. The small tires on a Vibe go around a lot of times in a mile, so I cannot say I'm over exited about the miles I get before they wear out!
Too bad Chevrolet did not take over the partnership with Toyota after the demise of Pontiac to keep the Vibe available. Maybe it could have been a revival of the Chevette nameplate!!