1st Generation (2003—2008) Vibe Problems

This generations ranks 16th out of 29 Pontiac generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (20%), interior (11%), and the engine (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Bearing Noise 7 complaints at an average of 74,426 miles in the 2003 Pontiac Vibe.
  2. Transmission Failure 6 complaints at an average of 98,042 miles in the 2003 Pontiac Vibe.
  3. Check Engine Light 6 complaints at an average of 42,623 miles in the 2006 Pontiac Vibe.

What Vibe Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Pontiac model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2008 2 3 520 0.32
2007 9 4 477 3.03
2006 13 4 423 2.77
2005 12 4 316 2.61
2004 18 6 283 7.66
2003 47 7 272 13.86

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