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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Exhaust 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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,750 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 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 052009

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 1,500 miles


2 weeks ago, I started smelling a gas odor coming from the front of my car as I drove. Then as I started it and stopped it ; I smelled it. Now it smells like exhaust all the time. I took it to the dealer today and they went over the entire exhaust and gas system and said it is fine. They agreed there is a "chemical smell", but nothing is wrong or the computer system would alert us. I picked up my car and it still smells like exhaust, not a "chemical". my husband and I became nauseous driving after and hour last week and had to roll down the windows. He said he was light headed. It never smelled like this before and I can't stand driving it not only because it stinks but possible carbon monoxide.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 042010


  • 12,750 miles
Catalytic converter odor inside car upon medium or greater acceleration on Pontiac Vibe 2009 2.4L engine. This is vehicle type complaint.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 302008


  • 12,000 miles
Exhaust smell inside passenger compartment. This is an ongoing problem. Dealership states there is no problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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