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NHTSA — Electrical 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:
39,265 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 electrical problems

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 032014


  • 0 miles


Purchased the 2009 vehicle used with 103,000 miles, car was decent at first.. now loss of power and the car shuts itself off constantly when going to start it. Makes a diesel sound very rough. Sometimes turns itself off more than once in one day or every other day. Garages have looked at the issue but nothing found !

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 252013

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 77,497 miles
The dashboard warning lights came on. The lights did not provide enough warning time to allow my husband to pull off the interstate (and turn off the car) before the engine overheated and was destroyed because of a damaged water pump. The vehicle was serviced on the same day (transmission drain/fill and tire rotation) and there was no earlier warning that there was an issue with the water pump.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 262014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2009 Pontiac Vibe base 1.4L has serious manufacturer's defect steering issues that make it feel very unsafe to drive. At low speeds there is a rattle that comes from the steering motor and intermediate shaft (2 separate issues which are expensive to fix and no longer covered under warranty) which makes the car feel like it's broken and falling apart. At highway speeds the steering is unpredictable, it overcorrects and fishtails back and forth. This car feels like a death trap, I completely regret my purchase and feel as though it is unsafe for the long term. These issues are directly related to the Toyota matrix as they were made in the same plant with the same parts.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 012013

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles


Starter grinds & whines before starting. All dash warning light come on & stay on.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 122014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 74,884 miles
Received recall on above vehicle. Called dealer (smicklas) Chevrolet, told to bring vehicle in. Took vehicle in on 3-12-2009 and [xxx] (service mgr) told me they didn't have the tools to do the job and and that they had been sending Vibes to the Toyota dealership for recall repair and that otherwise he didn't know what to tell me. Told him I would call GM to see what they said. Left dealership and filed this complaint. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Piedmont, OK, USA

problem #4

Nov 122012

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
I cannot roll down my windows since they are on recall since November 2012. I have to show a badge when I enter my community and must take off my seat belt and get out of the car to do so. I only received one letter and was told I would receive a second. It has now been over four months.

- Hawley, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 222012

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


My 2009 Pontiac Vibe is experiencing the same problems as the 2005-2008 Toyota matrix is regarding the stalling issues.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152010


  • 20,000 miles
Car has the accelerator problem and the brake problem the odometer reads that the car is traveling 50 mph and the car is really doing 42 mph, the passenger seatbelt turns off with passenger.

- Woodside, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 102009


  • 32,000 miles
The contact has a 2006 Pontiac Vibe that has the same problems problems as the Toyota corrolla. The Pontiac stalled while driving and the the owner had to wait 45 minutes before it could restart. The dealer fixed the problem, but the contact would like to complain that the dealer says that it was the electronic control module. There was 32000 miles when it happened and 35000 miles. The vehicle had sat for about an hour and then stopped after driving for 15 minutes at 35 miles hour.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

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