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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Electric Problems Seal Of Pretty Good 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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,000 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.

2009 Pontiac Vibe brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 052009


  • 4,000 miles


Experienced a momentary loss of braking while going over a bump at a moderate speed. The single occurrence happened when going through an intersection bump, on a very cold and rainy day. My foot was on the brake, slowing down through the intersection (approx. 35 mph) and hit the bump. The brake pedal immediately went to the floor with no apparent braking. I believe the anti-lock brake light turned on during the brake loss, but it happened so fast I can't say it did for certain. A moment later I released the brake and pressed it and the brakes were back to normal. This incident occurred approximately 1 year ago, and has not happened since. I purchased the car new about 20 months ago. Make Pontiac model Vibe year 2009 engine 1.8 liter transmission manual.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

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