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#112 of 169 Re: '07 pontiac vibe power train control module [hardcharger43]
Aug 07, 2009 (2:12 pm)
sorry for your troubles. It was my understanding that the first gen Vibe is all Corolla except for the radio and sheet metal. I was not aware that Delco furnished anything else. I'd be suprised if you ran into other problems. Consumer Reports and members of genvibe report few problems with versions other than the 2003.
#113 of 169 Re: 09 transmission problem [leed1]
Aug 11, 2009 (1:32 pm)
I took my 2009 Vibe GT into dealers today, we purchased it two months ago, downshifting is bumpy and car jumps when coming to stop or shifting up. This is what worries me an accident waiting to happen. They are saying it is a Toyota problem and they are aware of this issue, Toyota's engineers are working on it. This is the second time we have had the car in the shop, mentioning the shifting problem before, but of course when the mechanic test drives it nothing happens. He did notice the bumpy shifting.
I called the toll free number to GM Contact Center to register this complaint, and they told me they will stay on top of it and maybe have to call in a Toyota Engineer to service our car.
I was polite to tell them that if after this problem is reported and an accident happens I will gladly sue.
Anyone have any luck getting this problem fixed? I can't seem to find any information on the surging??!? Seems to be getting worse with time.
#114 of 169 Re: 09 transmission problem [trysh]
Aug 11, 2009 (1:46 pm)
trysh, check out the post maxx4me put up regarding a bulleting pulled off the GenVibe website. i think you need the upgrade done and its free of charge. copy the bulleting and take it in to your dealer. it might not fix the problem but it should lessen it until a more permanent solution is found.
i received a call from GM today regarding my complaint and they are convinced the issue will resolve itself after 5000-7000 kms. in my case if it still pursists after that i will get some type of resolve....whatever that means.
anyway i'm taking this conversation to GenVibe as there may be more hits on the issue.
maxx thanks eh.
#115 of 169 Re: 09 transmission problem [leed1]
Aug 11, 2009 (4:43 pm)
when I took my Corolla Vibe in for the downshift problem, the dealer naturally said that they could not replicate the issue and also said that the TSB only applied to the Camry Vibe with the 5 speed tranny. I laughed and said: then why does my 4 speed tranny do the same thing as thousands of others that have posted the same problem?? At least now I have it on record. I'm at 12,000 miles and I don't see any possibility that the "issue will resolve itself."
What I most want to know from all of you is: does anyone's Corolla Vibe (1.8 liter, 4 speed tranny) downshift from 4th to 3rd when going down a hill when you just tap the brake? It acts like a brake assist feature, which to my knowledge, does not exist. With all due respect to genvibe, they are pretty much asleep at the switch over there. We need more discussion on this issue. At genvibe, they seem more interested in saying hello to new members vice discussing serious issues.
Any thoughts from you 1.8 liter 09 or 2010 Vibe owners would be greatly appreciated. I don't hold out any hope that my tranny is still "learning my driving habits" and the downshift issue will go away over time.
In the end, my greatest tranny frustration occurs when I have the air conditioning on, and I need the car to downshift to pass or accelerate. I often get a serious delay before the car will downshift from 3rd to 2nd to give me more power. At other times, I can "slam" the transmission when pushing the car to downshift to 2nd. Anybody else have a similar experience?
#116 of 169 Re: 09 transmission problem [maxx4me]
Aug 12, 2009 (9:57 am)
sorry maxx mine is the 2.4L 5 speed auto. your right about GenVibe being less than active about this issue. i posted on there awhile back and got little response. also i'm not hearing nearly enough from anywhere if this problem has been resolved for folks, other than a few posts that it went away after so many miles/kms. like you i don't really believe it will go away on its own and will keep picking away where i can.
#117 of 169 Re: 09 transmission problem [leed1]
Aug 12, 2009 (3:44 pm)
yeah, again, the word on the street is that the TSB on the 5 speed tranny stating that a reflash of the PCM will do the trick, apparently doesn't. Toyota engineers are busy trying to figure it out. I just wish that 4 speed Corolla Vibe owners would be more vocal since there is no doubt mine also jumps occationally when coming to a stop, and I also have problems asking the tranny to downshift from 3rd to 2nd when the A/C is on.
#118 of 169 Losing Coolant on a 2003 Vibe
Aug 25, 2009 (8:26 am)
Anyone slowly losing coolant on a 2003 Vibe?
Usually keep an eye on the temp gauge and always below the half point.
Then about a month ago in the hot summer days, the A/C would be intermittent.
I thought maybe an A/C problem as the car is almost 7 yrs old.
Then I noticed the temp gauge was hot. Apparently, the A/C would shut off if the engine temp gets too hot - like almost 7/8 of the gauge.
Added about 1.5 quarts of coolant (prestone green) as this is an older Vibe. Also filled the overflow/recovery bucket.
That fixed it for now and the A/C is good as the temp gauge is back below the half.
I noticed some powder stuff on the top of the fan/radiator near a rubber mount - Drive side. The coolant cap is on the pass side.
Anyone have a slow leak and how often?
Anyone needed a new radiator yet, and when?
Tx in advance.
#119 of 169 Re: 09 transmission problem [maxx4me]
Aug 28, 2009 (11:36 am)
hi maxx, i re-posted on genvibe to see if any new info from anyone....put it under trans problems..
#120 of 169 2007 Pontiac Vibe Check Engine and Shifting
Sep 08, 2009 (6:10 pm)
I own an 07 Vibe with 28,000 km. Recently, the check engine light came on, so I took it to a local mechanic. They said they scanned it and didn't find anything, and by then the light was off, so it was probably just the gas cap. Two days ago the light came on again, and this time I noticed a bit of a jerk when shifting from drive to park or reverse. I ran the car a bit yesterday, just to move it from one parking space to another, and the light was off again, and things seemed normal.
I have an appointment with the GM dealership to have it checked out, but not until next week. Has anyone had a similar issue?
A few things to note: I normally park on an incline with the parking break on. I don't do much city driving, mostly highway, and most days I don't drive at all. Less than a month ago I had an oil change and safety inspection (they are legally required where I live) and according to the mechanic, everything was fine, and the fluids were good.
#121 of 169 Re: 09 transmission problem [maxx4me]
Sep 08, 2009 (8:13 pm)
My 2007 Pontiac Vibe does the downshift action from 4th to 3rd when going down a steep hill after tapping the brakes lightly. It is peculiar but I have adjusted. It has 14,200 miles. The other problems described have escaped my attention.