NHTSA — Steering 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,892 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 steering problems

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 252013

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


My husband was cut off on an exit ramp on 62east. When he crashed he hit a tree head on causing the airbags to deploy and cut open his head. He still has pain and issues within his accident area and I think this is related to the air bag recalls and feel that if there are continuous checks and issues that we should be involved in any lawsuit against the company for the negligence upon the issues with the airbag.

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 082013

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The problem experienced resulted in a crash, although the experienced problem has happened intermittently and is difficult to predict when it will happen. There is a loss of power steering and brakes (seems like a hydraulic issue?). the engine doesn't cut off. You can restart the vehicle and steering feel is restored. When power is lost to the steering wheel, the vehicle is difficult to steer. Not sure if this is related, but occasionally, when coming to a stop with the foot on the clutch, the vehicle also stalls, and then of course, you lose all power. Unfortunately, we had a slow speed crash while my son was driving this week where this very infrequent, intermittent problem occurred. This is a 2003 Pontiac Vibe GT purchased July 31, 2002. The experienced problem has happened only a few times over the almost 90,000 miles but unfortunately for us, the power steering failure this time resulted in a crash. When this happens, the engine generally does not stall but you are put in a very scary situation.

- Lyndonville, VT, USA

problem #2

Mar 292008


  • 40,000 miles
I was driving my 2003 Pontiac Vibe in cleveland, oh when the brakes and steering suddenly went out on the vehicle. I had no indication whatsoever that there was a problem with my car. This resulted in an accident. The police agreed with me that I was not at fault and it was the vehicle. I was not cited.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

May 152008

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 89,566 miles
Total loss of steering ability steering shaft coupling lost ability to tighten on steering gear pinion shaft.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

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