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Instrument Panel Not Working Seal Of This Might Hurt Notes: The Pontiac Vibe is the mechanical twin of the Toyota Matrix.

Both models were a joint GM-Toyota venture, manufactured together at a NUMMI production facility in Fremont, CA. Only the heating & A/C systems are different.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
125,767 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2003 Pontiac Vibe accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #3

May 252010

Vibe 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


Went out to go to work in the morning and instrument panel was dead but everything else was functioning properly. Drove to work and ran fine.

Checked all fuses under steering column and under hood. Also had battery tested. After disconnecting/reconnecting battery, panel started working again, but shortly after stopped again. Removed the panel cover and checked to be sure everything was connected properly. Unplugged main wire to instrument panel and that seemed to reset it as well, but again it stopped working shortly after.

- , Dover, DE, USA

problem #2

Dec 152009

Vibe GT 1.8L

  • Manual transmission
  • 153,000 miles

The instrument panel cluster is intermittent. With warmer weather it works more now, but I still have to remove the IP connector and wiggle it, put it back on and sometimes on the first try it powers up and sometimes it will take 3 or 4 tries. With the way it acts I'm not sure that it is the IP cluster or the wiring harness. I do not want to spend the money for a new IP if that isn't the problem. There really isn't a lot of room to work in and the harness is not long enough to pull out from inside the dash to get a good look.

- , Fowlerville, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 082008

Vibe 1.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,300 miles

I'm really P.O.'d at the moment. I'm a delivery driver and in order for me to make money is by driving my vehicle, if a problem affects my vehicle, than I cant make the money to fix the vehicle I used to make money. It's a really red tape induced situation. The instrument panel in my car has gone completely dead (back lighting, indicator needles, and everything.) I'm not totally helpless and went as far as testing and replacing ever fuse with the proper ones in both fuse boxes under the hood and steering column (which shall I add is in a very ridiculous place...and one must be a master of yoga or some other contortionist art to be able to reach). So I'm clueless. I cant fix it because I cant drive to make the money to fix it. I haven't even the slightest clue what the problem can be. I've already driven far past the coverage of my warranty to so going to the GM Dealer is going to cost me an arm and a leg that I don't have to lose. WTF!?

- , Statesboro, GA, USA

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