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NHTSA — Power Train: Axle Assembly Problems 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Pontiac Vibe drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 062009


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. While driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle began to make a loud, humming noise which seemed to come from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle had not been taken to an authorized dealership for inspection and the contact had not called the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. The contact referenced recall 02V074002 (power train:axle assembly) as he believed that it was related to the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 125,000. The current mileage was approximately 134,800.

- Indian Mound, TN, USA

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