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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems 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:
71,700 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.

2004 Pontiac Vibe brakes problems

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 162013


  • 66,400 miles


Plastic footrest, front floor, left side has cracked and broke free from it's retainer clips twice. The first one was replaced at 15,348 miles on 01/29/2007. The second occurance at approx. 66400 miles on 01/16/2013. This footrest has the potential to get jammed beneath the clutch, brake, and/or accelerator pedals once the plastic retainer clips fail and the pedal becomes loose on the floor. Causing a very dangerous situation if the pedal is not immediatley removed from the floor.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Sep 032010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
After lightly striking a metal post while backing up in a parking lot, I put the car in drive and the Vibe took off. I hit the brake but no response (looked to see if foot on brake. It was.) the car sped up and I collided with two cars and ran into a motel wall. Air bags deployed. Car totaled.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

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