Last post on Jan 07, 2011 at 10:41 PM
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#4 of 6 :: Re: Considering a Vibe... [zathrak]
Apr 05, 2009 (5:02 pm)
About a year ago I determined that the AWD 2.4L Vibe was the best of breed. I continue to think that to be the case. You mentioned snow and Michigan. I live in Colorado, and can attest that the 2009 AWD is the One!
#5 of 6 Re: Considering a Vibe...which route is the best to take in your opinion? [zathrak]
Mar 20, 2010 (6:48 pm)
I'll start by saying that I am very familiar with the Toyota 1ZZ & 2ZZ motors (the 1.8's in the std and GT). If you are looking for one of the older models that only come with the 1.8 then I would definitely look at a GT model.
That being said...spending the extra on a newer model with the larger motor (a 2.4L I think) would be an excellent choice. The only issue I have ever had with the 1.8L is a lack of torque in the lower rpm ranges.
If you ever haul stuff with it (which will amaze you with how large a vehicle a Vibe truly is) you will appreciate the extra low end grunt.
Just me $0.02 worth
#6 of 6 Re: Considering a Vibe...which route is the best to take in your opinion? [zathrak]
Jan 07, 2011 (10:41 pm)
This is too late to help zathrak but maybe someone else can be helped. The 05 Vibe I just bought Needed a "minor" repair to correct a problem with the evap emissions system. The used car dealer and the local GM dealerships have not been able to fix it over the last 3 months. GM wants money but does not want to provide service. There are several serious safety issues related to the Powertrain Control Module [PCM]. Do not by a used Vibe until after a trusted mechanic has inspected it to see if ALL of the Technical Service Bulletin issues have been corrected. The engine may stall while driving on the highway leaving you with limited control. Verify that an updated PCM has been installed before buying the car. Refer to the TSB listing for the Vibe here on Edmonds.com. Most people enjoy their Vibe until the PCM shorts out.