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NHTSA — Visibility: Windshield 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,693 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 032003

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3 miles


Windshield surface too soft, scratches easily. Original windshield wipers wore a curved scratch in windshield. Dealer and Pontiac customer assistance for warranty stated it was my problem. I replaced blades. Customer web sites stated thin windshield and soft surface glass was a problem on Pontiac Vibe and Toyota matrix.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 042003

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,975 miles
Windshield is very easily cracked by small stones. Traveling 50mph a small stone was thrown causing a spider crack. Planned to go and have it filled that afternoon but it progressed into a 13in crack. Obtained another stone crack 3 days later in a 35mph zone. The windshield is far too thin and should not crack under small point loads. I hate to see what will happed if -god forbid- the passenger airbag goes off.

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 052002

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,100 miles
Condensation builds up on the inside of all windows of vehicle while parked for 6 hours. So much so, condensation was running down the inside of the windshield. This problem is unusual as I真ve owned numerous new vehicles in this geographical area. And none has had this amount if any condensation build up on the inside of the windshield. As I真M not sure if this is a valid complaint. Because yes after about 10 minutes of running the defroster the condensation clears. But I can真T imagine what would happen if the outside temperature went below freezing. Would I have a sheet of ice on the inside of my windshield? this is a brand new vehicle; there shouldn真T be any frost on the inside of the windows. I will contact the dealer to see if they真ve had any complaints of this nature or if they have any ideas of the cause. Also this happened in 2003, that year selection wasn真T available via your web site under incident date. Thanks

- Everett, WA, USA

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