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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting 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:
58,000 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 lights problems

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012003

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles


Numerous complaints have been documented by NHTSA regarding inability to read the instrument panel in bright sunlight on early model Pontiac Vibes. Re: 567158, 767385, 10005009, 10034473, 10056016, etc. I am unaware of any solution being offered by GM for this obvious design flaw which should be classified as a safely issue.

- St Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #2

Jan 062006


  • 34,000 miles
Whenever the car is parked outside overnight, and the air temperature drops below about 30 degrees F, the headlights turn on with the headlight switch in the off position. This leads to a dead battery and an inability to start the car the following morning. From my research on this problem, this seems to be a problem with both the 2003 Pontiac Vibe and its sister car, the 2003 Toyota matrix. Toyota has a tsb on the problem for the matrix (EL003-03), GM does not have one for the Vibe.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jan 292009


  • 140,000 miles
Every several months both headlights (right and left) burn out at the same time. This has effected only the low beams so far. When the bulbs are replaced, they work fine for several months.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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