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Body Is Rusting 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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
48,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2004 Pontiac Vibe body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 112009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


OK, I am a height challenged senior female. I cannot easily see to the center of the top of the windshield.

I have had recent rain inside the passenger seat side of the car, and asked my HONEST mechanic, who clearly knows my financial situation, if the vehicle is metal or fiberglass, fearing the rain incursion will cause unseen rust.

Well, he pointed out to me that there is already rust above the windshield center and other areas.

This is a 2004 car in a desert area, almost no rain, no reason to rust. My grandson recently sold a 1996 Maxima, without a hint of rust. I bought this Vibe hoping it was really built by Toyota, guess I was in a dream. What good is having a well performing car that is rusting around you. I sent a message to the Pontiac division of GM, they have chosen to ignore me. How can I get their attention. This is their problem, and I need help.

- , Oceanside, CA, USA

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