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NHTSA — Steering Problems

2009 Pontiac Vibe (Page 1 of 2)

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CarComplaints.com 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.

3.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,544 miles

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2009 Pontiac Vibe steering problems

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jul 062016

Vibe

  • 51,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Sometimes when accelerating, it's slow to move, then a sudden jerk happens if I put pressure on the gas pedal. This happens when driving at lower speeds, I can be entering my garage or accelerating after a stop light or sign. Can be scary when it jerks during acceleration. The steering column is beginning to rattle and shake at about 45 miles sometime at lower speeds as well, a very rough ride on smooth pavement, feels like it's falling apart. The third issue has to do with the airbag indicator light staying on in both drivers and passenger sides while driving. When I went to dealer for an appointment it didn't happen but getting a diagnostic tomorrow for that. Bought the car used last year with about 37,000 miles, always serviced at the dealer where I purchased it. I now have a little over 53,000 miles on it at this time, just local diving.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #21

Jan 152016

Vibe

  • 100,000 miles
My 2009 Pontiac Vibe base 1.4L has serious manufacturer's defect steering issues that make it feel very unsafe to drive. At around 30 mph and then again at 70 mph 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). Currently over 100,000 as an original owner.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #20

Dec 132013

Vibe

  • 100,000 miles
Very pronounced steering rattle at low speeds over rough terrain and also when braking.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #19

Jan 012012

Vibe

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Intermediate steering shaft rattles at all times, especially when going over bumps at a slow speed.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #18

Jun 152015

Vibe

  • 58,000 miles
When attempting to stop, shaking and vibration of the steering column and the car in general occurs. It's feels like the car is going to fall apart. This occurs in speeds over 25 mph.

- Jefferson, LA, USA

problem #17

Dec 152014

Vibe

  • 79,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. While driving approximately 30 mph, there was a rattling noise that came from the steering column without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was diagnosed that the intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and was diagnosed that the intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and was diagnosed that a knuckle on the lower end of the steering column was uncharacteristically enlarged and the entire steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,500. Updated 1/13/16

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #16

Jun 202015

Vibe

  • 132,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Was driving down the road and without notice my steering had no power, really scared because I could barely steer the car, so glad I was in a 45 mile zone. I looked at my dash lights, there was showing a red battery light, several brake symbols, something about the traction loss. I need my car so badly, I don't know if GMC will cover this. If I had not pulled off road and called my husband I would of wrecked because of it being so hard to steer. He came and slowly drove it home and I followed him in his car. No notice and no warning at all.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #15

Apr 142015

Vibe

  • 62,000 miles
Took my car to [xxx] because power steering control module went out the same part that they been recalling on there other cars. When I called Chevrolet they said that there is no recall on my car and that there was nothing that they can do for me but work with the pricing. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Erlanger, KY, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Sep 262014

Vibe

  • 96,400 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. While driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,400.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #12

Oct 032011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When traveling at low speeds (less than 35), there is a noticeable shaking / vibration / rattling noise coming from either the steering column or front shocks, especially noticeable when driving over rough surfaces or bumps. Seems to be more drivers side. Looks like others have had similar problems as well as Toyota matrix (built on same line with same components) I have not yet had the dealer inspect the issue. Seems as if some component has come loose.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #11

Jun 252012

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 22,542 miles
At highway speeds and local speeds the car pulls to the left intermittently. When an attempt is made to correct this the car over corrects and pulls to the right. Frequently when coming to a stop (especially on an uneven road) the car pulls severely to the right or left (almost 90 degrees).

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #10

Dec 012011

Vibe

  • 25,000 miles
At speeds below 25 mph, a rattling is heard and felt through the steering wheel. The dealer replaced the upper and lower steering column but this did not fix the problem. The dealer claims there is no fix for this problem, per GM. The car still makes the noise and vibration... and is getting worse. A search of this problem revealed many complaints for the same thing. There is no way that I could sell or trade this vehicle with this problem.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #9

Dec 012011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving the vehicle the it became very hard to steer and the power steering light was activated. No warning signs of any nature. Can not drive the vehicle and dealership can not look at it until 4 days.

- Angelton, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 102011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
When traveling at low speeds (less than 35), there is a noticeable shaking / vibration / rattling noise coming from either the steering column or front shocks, especially when driving over rough surfaces or bumps. I have not yet had the dealer inspect the issue. Seems as if some component has come loose.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 292010

Vibe

  • 35,500 miles
When driving at speeds greater than 35 mph the vehicle's steering becomes unpredictable. Initially while attempting to correct the wandering direction of the car nothing will happen. When correcting further the vehicle will catch itself and over-correct. It feels as if you are driving through a wind tunnel or getting passed by large trucks even if there is no wind and no other vehicle around. When the wind is blowing it feels as if you are driving on ice. This became an even bigger problem when winter weather hit and roads actually became icy or snowy. Also, when coming to a stop the steering wheel will occasionally and unpredictably turn at least 45-90 degrees in either direction resulting in the vehicle "wandering" into an adjacent lane.

- Ubly, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 242010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The power steering failed completely and without warning. The steering warning light illuminated on the dash. Steering suddenly became very difficult, presenting a very dangerous situation. After stopping, all fuses were checked and found okay. Shutting off/restarting car did not solve the problem. Steering remains disabled. No other symptoms or problems. Car is being towed to dealer for repair.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #5

Mar 252010

Vibe

  • 5,000 miles
The electric steering in the car doesn't allow you to steer in the right direction. The steering in numb and it makes a noise and it takes 3 seconds for it to adjust. I believe you have noticed this problem through other complaints but why are you guys hesitating to announce a recall on the electric steering?

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 172010

Vibe

  • 3,000 miles
At highway speeds above 60 mph, my 2009 Pontiac Vibe feels like I am driving through a wind storm. This requires me to constantly correct the steering wheel, in order to maintain the direction that I intend. This can be annoying and possibly dangerous. I am most concerned that if the wheel pressure is not maintained at the recommended tire pressure, one could easily lose control of the vehicle. (I check and maintain the air pressure in my tires, monthly.)

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 152008

Vibe

  • 4,000 miles
2009 Pontiac Vibe steering feels like steering wheel not controlling direction of vehicle and slight turns cause car to turn more than it should. When parallel parking on left side of one-way street and pull into traffic, no visibility to see if cars coming from behind.

- Portsmouth, NH, USA

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