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NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,292 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.

2005 Pontiac Vibe electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 262006

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,564 miles


The car has trouble starting, often taking two or three tries before starting. Will turn over for up to 30 seconds and then eventually start. Brought the car to the dealer and they found nothing wrong. The very next day the problem acted up again. Happens at least a dozen times per week upon trying to start the car. Thought maybe the cold weather had something to do with it, waited until the end of winter to have it checked out...still the same problem. Wanted the car to be serviced and fixed before the warranty runs out.

- Claremont, NH, USA

problem #1

May 312005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 20 miles
After warm up and driving on highway or in town, vehicle is shut off to gas up or enter a store for a few minutes and having trouble starting again. The vehicle will crank over and over sometimes about 30 seconds or longer before it will finally start. Not sure if it is vapor lock or something to do with the fuel pump? I have taken it in to the dealer a couple of times and of course it does not act up for them. I does happen quite frequently. I have also read online about this same problem happening to other Vibe owners from 2003-05. I am requesting that someone look into this problem.

- Laporte, IN, USA

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