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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control 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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,294 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.

2006 Pontiac Vibe engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 182010


  • 29,236 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. While the contact was driving approximately 15 mph, the brakes failed to respond during engagement. The vehicle speed began to increase and it would not slow down; suddenly an opposing vehicle crashed into the front passenger side of the vehicle. The impact of the crash caused the radiator hose to burst. A police report was filed with no personal injury. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who refused to repair the vehicle under a manufacturers voluntary recall. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 29,236. The VIN was not available.

- Durant, OK, USA

problem #4

Oct 162009


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. The contact was stopped with the brakes depressed and the vehicle in drive. When removing his foot from the brake pedal, the vehicle independently accelerated. The contact was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The failure mileage was 17,000 and the current mileage was 18,000.

- West Falls, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 082010


  • 52,000 miles
I accelerate in anticipation of a hill on ca-13 in oakland California. When I near the crest of the hill, I take my foot off the gas, as the acceleration continues and the revs shoot from ~3000 to ~4500 - 5000. I need to switch the car to neutral to correct this. Nothing else seems to bring down the revs. I do this drive once a day and have since 2006, it happens maybe every 2 months, so maybe 1 in 50 times I go over this particular hill. I believe the combination of downhill, acceleration, and uphill messes up the throttle controls somehow.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #2

May 102008

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 25,235 miles
I was driving my 2006 Pontiac Vibe South on interstate 79 in rural pennslvania when the brakes soundly failed to respond. I stepped on the peddle but the car failed to slow, and the cruise control failed to disengage. To avoid an hitting the car in front of me, I swerved into the shoulder, continuing to apply the brakes. As I tried to slow, the car fishtailed and I skidded into the interstate again and hit the opposite guardrail. Antilock brakes did not engage. Finally, when I crashed, the car's airbag failed to deploy, despite the entire front end of the car caving in (resulting in a total loss of the car). Fortunately, I was wearing my seat belt and did not strike another vehicle, so none one was hurt, but the car was a total loss.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 152006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Engine accelerates when brake is applied. Intermittint problem.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

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