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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Control Module (Tcm, Pcm) 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,538 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 transmission problems

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 092014


  • 134,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. While accelerating from a traffic light, the check engine indicator illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the tcm needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 10V387000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 134,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Jun 232009

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Pontiac Vibe. Consumer writes in regards to power train module recall notice the consumer stated on June 23, 2009, the PCM unit failed on the vehicle and it had to be towed. The repair shop was informed by the dealer, that the PCM unit was not under warranty, so the consumer had to pay $429.30. On September 9, 2009, the PCM unit failed again. The consumer went to the dealer, who informed the consumer that since the previous work was not performed at a dealer and he didn't keep the previous malfunctioning part, the replacement would not be covered by warranty. The cost was $605.92. The consumer is seeking reimbursement.

- Gettysburg, PA, USA

problem #3

May 042007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,691 miles
Consumer writes to request reimbursement for the PCM replacement the consumer stated the PCM was replaced twice and the problem still exists. The check engine light illuminated and the vehicle exhibited a harsh transmission shift as well as engine stalling.

- Horsham, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Pontiac Vibe. Consumer writes in regards to lack of parts for recall repairs

- South Dennis, MA, USA

problem #1

Aug 242010


  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph when the steering wheel became extremely stiff accompanied by the illumination of the check engine warning light. The vehicle then stalled and the contact was able to coast the vehicle off the roadway. The vehicle restarted after several attempts. The failure recurred intermittently and the vehicle was taken to an independent repair center where the contact was informed that the failure was within the PCM. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 142,000.

- Blanco, TX, USA

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