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CarComplaints.com 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.

4.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,754 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.

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2007 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 042015

Vibe

  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My wife was the driver. She had stopped to back up and swing into her normal parking spot. She had been parking in this spot for almost 5 years. The car suddenly accelerated from the stop and though she applied the brakes and parking brake, the car accelerated 40' through our bushes and knocked down the neighbors chain link fence before stopping. It stopped moving because the fwd wheels were off the ground as the knocked over bushes raised the car body up. I was taking a shower and heard the engine rev uncontrollably and gravel spraying everywhere. It was loud. We are afraid to drive the car and cannot in good conscience trade it in or sell it. No one was hurt this time, but if it does it again someone or more could be seriously injured or killed. She did not step on the gas. She was stopped in drive and about to put it into reverse when it just took off like it was possessed. Maui police report #15-049974. 12/4/2015 officer J. burhett 808-244-6355 aaa-Hawaii claim #012-137620

- Makawao, HI, USA

problem #10

May 012009

Vibe

  • 17,000 miles
I've had too numerous to mention. But because I would like to sell I don't want to give out too much info here. There are so many times my steering has locked up. If not for the grace of god.... my brakes well, they just have a mind of their own. It doesn't happen often that they go out but I can think of 2 specific incidents if another car was coming through the intersection I would have been history. One thing that I've had it in the shop for many times is that lamp light on my dashboard. I take it in. They fix it. Im not out of the parking lot and its on again. My car is a 2007, garage kept, leather seats, sun roof, sirius fm, and just turned 40K. Its my baby. I hate to part with it but its a death trap.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #9

Mar 012014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Several times in the last year we have sudden acceleration while traveling at low speeds. It lasts a few seconds and ends by itself. We are have been lucky to avoid an accident since there was no traffic nearby at each time. It happens at random with no known trigger and happens so rarely that the dealer can not repeat the problem. It is not a floor map issue!

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #8

Oct 102007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,068 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Vibe. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. She attempted to stop the vehicle by applying the brakes; however, in order to stop the vehicle from accelerating, the contact had to shift the vehicle into neutral gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the failure could not be reproduced. The failure mileage was 14068 and the current mileage was 66900. Updated 6/1/10 updated 06/04/10.

- Harrod , OH, USA

problem #7

Jul 202007

Vibe

  • 1,000 miles
I have a 2007 Pontiac Vibe and have numerous incidents of sudden acceleration from 2007 through the present. While the brake is fully depressed, the car surges forward. This has happened on average about every 1,000 miles. Luckily I have never hit anyone or anything. I have learned to keep my distance whenever possible. I have had it to the dealership numerous times and because they are unable to duplicate the problem (I can't duplicate it either), they will not fix it. The car completely died in August 2009 and the power train was replaced. This seemed to have stopped the problem for about five months and I had the problem again in February 2010. This car is Toyota built and I have been all the way up the chain in GM with no resolution. I have even contacted Toyota and they would not help either.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 032010

(reported on)

Vibe

  • miles
2007 Pontiac Vibe. Consumer states two incidents of sudden unintended acceleration. One was a near miss by almost crashing into a building and the other while driving in traffic, but was able to switch lanes. Consumer requests this vehicle be added to the recall list

- De Pere, WI, USA

problem #5

Jul 102008

Vibe

  • 8,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2007 Pontiac Vibe (Toyota engine). Only 1 incident, had car approximately one year. Pulling into parking spot with my daughter at apartment complex, car went into high speed mode, I really trumped the brakes and car stopped. I thought what the !@#$% was that. I had heard about mats becoming loose so I checked and I thought it could possibly be loose mat. Bought new flat mats and put front car mats in rear of car. Also, I believe when I have used cruise control, it seems sometimes that car jumps into going faster without hitting gas pedal or arm control.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Oct 162009

Vibe

  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Vibe. Whenever the contact was attempting to brake at a low speed of approximately 20 mph the vehicle suddenly surged forward without warning. The contact had to apply extreme pressure to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealership. The current and failure mileages were 39000.

- Amerstdam, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 222007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 12,014 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Vibe. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle suddenly began to accelerate. He was able to stop the vehicle by depressing the brake pedal and turn the ignition off. He then re-started the vehicle and it began operating normally; however, the failure recurred and he was able to use the brakes to stop the vehicle. He took the vehicle to the dealership but was offered no assistance. He called the manufacturer and was instructed to take the vehicle to another dealership who informed him that they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired to-date. The current mileage was approximately 84,000. The failure mileage was 12,014. Updated 03/01/10 the consumer stated he experienced shifting problems as well. There was excessive downshifting on a slight incline. Updated 09/14/10

- Simpson, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 222007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 12,014 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Vibe. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle suddenly began to accelerate. He was able to stop the vehicle by depressing the brake pedal and turn the ignition off. He then re-started the vehicle and it began operating normally; however, the failure recurred and he was able to use the brakes to stop the vehicle. He took the vehicle to the dealership but was offered no assistance. He called the manufacturer and was instructed to take the vehicle to another dealership who informed him that they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle has not been repaired to-date. The current mileage was approximately 84,000. The failure mileage was 12,014. Updated 03/01/10 the consumer stated he experienced shifting problems as well. There was excessive downshifting on a slight incline. Updated 09/14/10

- Simpson, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 202009

Vibe

  • 43,200 miles
The accelerator pedal causing jerking. Unsure what cause. Engine light came on and now the car is jerking forward.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

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