Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems Seal Of 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:
15,000 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.

2008 Pontiac Vibe engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 052011


  • miles


2008 Pontiac Vibe. Consumer writes in regards to safety recall concerning engine stalling while driving the consumer stated he took the vehicle to a repair facility thinking the vehicle would be repaired. However, they informed him, the vehicle needed a new part and they would call him once the part arrived. The consumer stated he never heard from them again. The consumer stated he called for over a month, only to be transferred several times to different people within the company.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Pontiac Vibe. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph, and suddenly there was a reduction in the engine power. When at a complete stop the engine would stall while the warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and within a few minutes the engine would restart. NHTSA recall campaign id number 10V387000 (engine and engine cooling) was related to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they stated the part did not require replacement and refused to repair the vehicle, even though the contact experienced the consequence mentioned in the recall. The contact will notify the manufacturer of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

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