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#120 of 169 2007 Pontiac Vibe Check Engine and Shifting
Sep 08, 2009 (5:10 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 (7:13 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.
#122 of 169 Re: 2007 Pontiac Vibe Check Engine and Shifting [magnesium]
Sep 08, 2009 (7:16 pm)
My experience was similar to what you described. It was the power control module - the $575 computer that governs the engine functions and the transmission action. Check my post under hardcharger_43. Please post you results.
#123 of 169 downshift
Sep 16, 2009 (8:10 pm)
the downhill downshift is a feature in my 2003 vibe.
this was an intentional design.
#124 of 169 Engine light and Powertrain Control Module
Sep 21, 2009 (3:29 pm)
The same symptoms and got the dealer fixed it. The diagnose was PCM is intermittantly open, Program code #FDB64, P2716 error code, and the Bulletin #PIP4154A applied. So they replaced and programmed the PCM under 3 yr/60,000 km warranty. Mine had 47K km for the 2007 Vibe. PCM is the main computer box, and good thing it goes before warranty runs out, costing about $1000 to replace.
The car now runs great, and is shifting gears smoothly as before.
#125 of 169 Re: Engine light and Powertrain Control Module [wong23]
Sep 22, 2009 (7:05 am)
thanks for the info Wong. will talk to my dealer about it.
Oct 14, 2009 (12:15 pm)
I have a 2003 Vibe. It has been a good car until the last 2 weeks. My son drives it to school (college). When he leaves class after a couple of hours, it will not start. We have had the starter and solenoid replaced along with a relay. The battery is good. It is driving him and me crazy. Does anyone have any ideas??? Thanks.
Sign me NUTS in Alabama.
#127 of 169 Re: STARTING WOES [alabamgirl]
Oct 14, 2009 (1:48 pm)
well first, make sure those stupid map lights are not on. While it should not matter much since your car is equipped with rundown protection, those small buttons are easy to hit and thus cause a drain on the battery. Second, how do you know the battery is good? How old is it? Batteries (especially in the hot south) have short lives and need to be replaced often. So if your battery is four years old or more, I'd get a new one. The heat dries out the cells inside whether it is sealed ("maintenance free") or not. One way to test the battery would be to manually turn the headlights on at night with the engine off and see how long until you notice a dimming of the light.
#128 of 169 Re: STARTING WOES [maxx4me]
Oct 14, 2009 (3:43 pm)
It is a DIEHARD and I tooks it to Sears to have it checked. Believe me, if it was bad those guys would have sold me another one. I called Pontiac to see if they had heard of anything like this, and of course they had not but said it is the small things that are the hardest to fix. Every time I take it to the garage, it starts just fine for them. Very Frustrating !!!!!!!!
#129 of 169 Re: '07 pontiac vibe power train control module [hardcharger43]
Oct 21, 2009 (6:21 pm)
After reading all the entries, it does appear this is a problem with Vibes.
Also, it seems as if the older models were under 8/80,000 and if I'm right, now the newer models are 3/30,000 warranty. Does this indicate GM is aware of the problem? My older 2005 car developed this problem at 78,000, almost 2,000 shy of having to pay for the repair. Whew!