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NHTSA — Suspension: Rear 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 182005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


Around 20,000 miles the 2004 Pontiac Vibe began to have excessive tire noise and the tires were cupped. The car became so loud it was difficult to carry on a conversation in the vehicle. The car has been to the dealer multiple times for these complaints without resolve of the issue. The dealer states nothing is "wrong" with the vehicle although the last time the vehicle was at the dealer there was a service bulletin out for the excessive tire noise and cupping of the tires. However, the dealer stated the car just needed new tires and aligned. The car has been looked at by independent certified mechanic and does not need aligned. The problem identified is the rear axles are excessively tilted and this is causing the wear on the tires and the excessive noise.

- Defiance, OH, USA

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