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NHTSA — Unknown Or Other 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,080 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 miscellaneous problems

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 042014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles


I donated this car to kera public radio in dallastexas in about March, 2011. Since then I have received notices of the recall of this car, even though I no longer own it. I want to know that the current owner is getting those notices and having the repairs done.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #4

Jun 102010


  • miles
The contact owned a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. While traveling on a major roadway, a crash occurred and the contact experienced a failure. The contact was transported to the hospital and did not recall the details of how the crash occurred. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The contact sustained major injuries including rods in the neck, memory loss, headaches, a huge laceration on the forehead, and became disabled. The contact cannot turn his head to the left or the right unless turning from the waist in which he still has significant back pain from the crash. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,400 miles
They made the 2003 Vibe with see through plastic molding, you cant see it unless you are up close, any small thing that hits it it damages the plastic and it looks like the car is chipped severely...GM will not honor the bumber to bumper warranty for that she said thats what its there to can it protect the paint if it cant protect its self....any help would be appreciated.. ron hernandez

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #2

Apr 152003


  • miles
I don't know what all the fuss is about, this car is awesome!

- ., DC, USA

problem #1

Aug 202002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer recently rented a vehicle that has a glaring defect in the design of the vehicle. With sun glasses on, consumer was unable to see the instruments on the dashboard, the display is in red and obscured by the dark glasses. Consumer has to temporarily lift the sunglasses or take them off in order to tell the speed at which he was traveling, not a recommended maneuver at 65 to 70 mph.

- Naples, FL, USA

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