NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages Problems

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,416 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.

2003 Pontiac Vibe accessories - exterior problems

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 282011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 117,625 miles


While driving home on the expressway (during rush hour) at around 65 mph there was a sudden extremely loud noise. I had no idea what this was and looked around the vehicle and discovered that the sunroof had completely shattered. It being Michigan and in the 30's it has been closed the entire season. I was not driving near or under an overpass at the time so I do not believe anything was dropped on it. After searching online I discovered I am not the only one who has had this happened to them. The vehicle was involved in a safety recall (07273) with the driver and passenger windows as they would suddenly break as well. This service was completed. Could this be related?

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 122011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 112,040 miles
March 12, 2011 the main hood latch failed to maintain a latch lock on a 2003 Pontiac Vibe while vehicle was merging on a highway and the safety catch failed to "catch" and the hood opened. This action prevented the driver from seeing the road. Fortunately the vehicle was brought to a safe stop.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 212010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
2003 Pontiac Vibe. Power door locks will lock on their own and cannot be over-ridden either manually or with key fob. A person inside the vehicle cannot exit.

- Germantown, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 072008


  • miles
I am wondering if there was a complaint on any other Vibes 2003. As I was on a trip to ky. I went to open my back door on the passenger side and heard something fall inside between the door panel, I cant open the door from the outside but can open it from the inside. I already received a recall notice for the bolts on the front door of my Vibe and was wondering if this will end up being an issues and if it will be cover under the recall notice. Please let me know what I need to do ty, miss mahady

- Summerfield, FL, USA

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