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#15 of 158 Saw it in Detroit
Jan 23, 2008 (2:36 pm)
I saw the 2009 Vibe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday. They wouldn't let you sit in the car (or the Matrix either) because they were "prototypes" - even though it is the actual production model as opposed to a concept.
Pontiac gave me a free poster that said "Available in dealerships end of January, 2008" on the bottom. The guy I talked to who was handing them out and talking about the Vibe said it would be in dealerships by early February. I guess we'll wait and see what happens!
#16 of 158 Drive wheel numbers
Jan 24, 2008 (10:12 am)
I wonder if the AWD version will be available from the start. I am not interested in the 2WD version.
#17 of 158 Re: Saw it in Detroit [jstant1]
Feb 09, 2008 (6:46 pm)
Jstant1, did you get the impression the guy you talked to was knowledgeable about the timing (February '08 availability) of the 2009 Vibe? I've visited Pontiac's website each day hoping for updates--nothing. I have e-mailed at least three dealers in my area regarding when they expect to have them--and was told by one that GM is now talking Summer for release. Tell me it ain't so! I really like this car.
#18 of 158 2.4 w/5spd auto
Feb 10, 2008 (6:42 am)
The 2.4L engine is the Camry motor, I would guess. Same motor as Scion TC and xB. Ok, from where is the 5 speed Automatic transmission sourced? The Matrix doesn't get the extra gear in any Trim w/auto tranny. Seems odd.
Any info? Thanks.
#19 of 158 Re: 2.4 w/5spd auto [bearcrkrd]
Feb 10, 2008 (8:33 am)
The '09 Corolla XRS has the 2.4 w/5spd Auto. Never mind.........
#20 of 158 Re: 2.4 w/5spd auto [bearcrkrd]
Feb 11, 2008 (3:49 pm)
So essentially with the 2.4 you're getting a base Camry for the drivetrain. Double-win in my book.
It looks very nice I might add. Just a bit smoother and less chunky. I hope they have some way to store the headrests and cargo cover though. That was the #1 complaint of the old one that I had. A little reworking of the plastic and it would be simple.
Oh - and if anyone from Toyota/GM is reading this...
GIVE US LEATHER AS AN OPTION.
My mother is holding off on a new car purchase right now until the Vibe comes out but leather is a big selling point for her. She wants it to have at least a little bit of luxury feel to it - without having to get the GT model.
#21 of 158 Re: 2.4 w/5spd auto [plekto]
Feb 11, 2008 (10:00 pm)
I don't need a vehicle. Drive an '06 Sienna CE with 29,000 miles. I've passed 3,500 rpm's maybe twice. Dropped it off today for the 30,000 mile service. Got an '08 Corolla S for a free loaner. 1,450 miles. You can drive it with one eye closed and a couple fingers on the wheel. Not sure it's worth the $20,000 msrp on the Sticker, which is folded and put in the glove box. It does a have a sunroof, which I have never had on a vehicle. If I'm going to jump in when I don't really need a car, a sunroof is now something I got to have. Makes sightseeing more rewarding. Leather would be nice, too. Classy in a vehicle that's kinda compact. Would be a nice package. The 2.4, 5spd auto, sunroof, 30 mpg, sounds good. I will definately stop by and at least sit in one when they arrive.
#22 of 158 Re: Saw it in Detroit [onthefarm]
Feb 12, 2008 (9:35 am)
No, unfortunately I think the guy at the auto show was probably just a paid, talking head. He was pretty young, seemed like more of a media-type than a true car enthusiast. So, I wouldn't take him at his word.
However, the poster they gave me definitely says at the bottom, "Available in dealerships, end of January, '08" Of course, it's just a poster, and was probably printed months ago.
I haven't seen or heard anything yet either. Par for the course with GM product launches.
Feb 14, 2008 (4:57 am)
Pontiac has informed me that production started on January 22nd and that delivery to their dealers will be six to eight weeks later....
#24 of 158 Re: 2009 Pontaic Vibe [raythegerman]
Feb 14, 2008 (8:20 am)
This would be about right per the latest e-mail I received from a local dealer, who tells me he has three Vibes in the production schedule, plus he has located one at another dealership that he could get for me if there was an interest. I'm figuring you won't see them in a big way much before the first week of March--at least it's not too far away.