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NHTSA — Traction Control System 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,006 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 #2

Aug 192010


  • miles


2009 Vibe had recalls done to my car yet it still accelerated up over 2000 RPM and 70 km without touching gas pedal also the traction control and ABS lights came on at same time. In my opinion it has nothing to do with gas pedal or floor mats..the dealer came and picked it up as it wouldn't stop doing it. They changed cam sensor it didn't work.then they told me they were putting in new comp. System. Its will be a month this wed. And car is still at dealers.

- Maple Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #1

Jun 212010


  • 42,013 miles
The check engine and traction system control warning lights were coming on and off intermittently. The first repair was replacement of the PCM (computer that controls everything) due to a short. Within 2 days the warning lights again came on intermittently. After a few days of searching for the problem the dealer performing the repairs obtained info on similar reported claims from the GM company. It was found out that there is an oxygen sensor that goes bad and does not set off a warning as it should, and this again caused the PCM to again short out and need to be replaced. The dealer has been very good about finding the problems and doing the repairs; but now I am afraid to drive a car I just bought 2 months ago, for fear that the computer will again burn out and I will lose control of the vehicle!

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

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