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Rear Bearing Making Horrific Noise 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
113,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace rear wheel bearing assembly (1 reports)
2003 Pontiac Vibe wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 302013

Vibe 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


Outrageous cost for bearings!!!!! How coincidental that both sides go out at the same time???

- , Indian River, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 052010

Vibe AWD GT 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

This problem has been hell on me and my 6 yr old son. As a single mom with an extremely limited income to repair this problem after having the car less than 1 yr is outrageous. The noise is unbearable. Mechanic couldn't figure out what the problem was initially and now apparently its come to light to be the bearing and/or the transfer case or both. Someone, anyone, got advice, please share it.

- , Bronx, NY, USA

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