NHTSA — Structure: Body 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:
128,150 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 312012

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles


I'm the original owner of this 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The front hood and the whole roof of my car has all of it's paint almost gone.the rest of the cars paint is good but not the front hood and whole roof. Thank you

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #2

Dec 122014


  • 269,450 miles
I drove on a main hwy in a more remote location at about 100km when all the sudden I heard a big bang. After collecting myself I realized I could not see forward at all the back mirror was knocked of the windshield and the side mirrors where marginally usable due to too much water and salt on the roads. We barely missed a big truck that was oncoming. I managed to pull partially off the road to then pull down the hood so I could see where I was going after which I pulled over to the shoulder. A nice person pulled over and tied down the hood so we could drive to the next city to call caa and not get stuck on the hwy in the dark, a safer place to be. We made it, but we could have hit the oncoming truck just as easily, we came really close to hitting him head on judging by looking out the side window. This is a possibly deadly flaw in the hood closing mechanism I believe that will some day cost some person there live!! we where lucky. In the end the hood is toast, the windshield is fried and the roof is dented, we also now have a knocking from the engine which was not present before.

- Timmins Ont. Canada P4n 5g6, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 012014


  • 115,000 miles
Initial recall (#08V162000) for loose window bolts conducted in 2008. Recently noticed driver side front door window again loose and rattling when window is part way down (as before with original recall in 2008). Concern is the window glass could become disengaged from lifting track and shatter resulting in distracting the driver and possible accident.

- Bay City, MI, USA

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