NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems

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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.


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2003 Pontiac Vibe brakes problems

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 202008


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Date below is just winter. Seems to be the same problem as the 2009-2010 Toyota matrix brake freeze up problem I own a 2003 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L engine and for the past 2 years in really cold weather my brakes take extreme pressure to apply the pedal to stop for the first few times after sitting outside when I leave work. The car is garage kept the rest of the time and I do not have a problem. I had previously called the dealer, no info or solution could be found. I did call Toyota this past week to see if the recall fix would help in my case but was told no technical help available through them but to call the dealer which hasn't helped in the past. My feeling is this problem goes back further than 2009 my and back to at least 2003. If it wasn't for heavy foot pressure and no traffic in front of me I'm positive there would have been an accident. Please investigate if this brake problem is on file for the earlier Vibe / matrix freeze up problem prior to 2009 my. I find it very dangerous. Regards, greg kirchner

- Warren, MI, USA

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