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NHTSA — Electrical System: Fuses And Circuit Breakers 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.


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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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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 electrical problems

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 102002

(reported on)

Vibe 4WD

  • miles


Regarding the automatic headlight sensor -- this sensor is located on the top left side of the instrument panel at the base of the A-pillar. On very bright and sunny days, the sensor turns the headlights on and off because of shading by the A-pillar or state inspection sticker. Depending on the angle of the car relative to the sun, this has occurred between 10 and 20 times each day that I have driven the car and occurs at all hours of the day. When the lights go on, the dashboard lights dim making the speedometer and other gauges unreadable. This is a real safety concern since I cannot see my speed under these conditions. The dealer knows of no way to disable this sensor and Pontiac has not responded to my E-mails yet.

- Milton, PA, USA

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