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Clear Coat Peeling Off 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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
116,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repaint (1 reports)
2003 Pontiac Vibe body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 122015

Vibe GT 2.0L, 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 116,000 miles


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paint sealant is clouding, bubbling and peeling off

There have been a couple of spots where the paint sealer was getting cloudy and bubbling up on the top of the liftback door for over a year. Over the last month, every painted surface that has ANY surface area that has upward exposure has broken out with the same problem, like a pox. I was not terribly concerned to begin with, but this is ridiculous! A new paint job should be offered by GM!

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

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