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2003 Pontiac Vibe (Page 2 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.


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,234 miles

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2003 Pontiac Vibe windows / windshield problems

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jun 272005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contacts spouse pressed the automatic button to open the driver side front window. When she pressed the button to close it, the window shattered. The driver side window was replaced by the dealership. The passenger side front window began to make an unusual noise after the driver side window was replaced. A glass company made adjustments, but the contact does not know what adjustments were made. The current mileage was 73,000 and failure mileage was 37,000. Updated 01-10-08. Updated 12/31/07

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #16

Jul 252005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42 miles
2003 Pontiac Vibe parked, trying to wind up window, drivers side window shattered when 3/4 up. Took it to glass specialist who replaced it ($130.47), then had to go back to dealership as glass was loose ($78).

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #15

Sep 162007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The passenger side window shattered when the power window was raised.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #14

Aug 042007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,760 miles


2003 Pontiac Vibe...have had to have driver side power window repaired twice. First time a popping sound and window shifted off center. 2nd time, while driving, raising the window, a popping noise and it shattered all over me. Passenger side window now making a slight popping noise when being raised.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #13

Oct 042007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Hearing a popping sound at 2 separate times while raising the driver's side window. Have concern that window may bind or break. Popping sound has been occurring for the past several months everytime that the windows is raised. Window does not show any evidence of damage at this time.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #12

Sep 142007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
2003 Pontiac Vibe front passenger side window shattered when putting the window up on or about Sept 14, 2007.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #11

Jul 102007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


The drivers side front power window shattered while being raised. There was odd noises similar to clicking and the operation seemed impaired just prior to the breakage. The window was replaced in July 2007 and now is making similar noises as before leading to believe that the incident could re-occur. Minor cuts to face and hands occurred when the window shattered and in the subsequent cleanup.

- Leonard, MI, USA

problem #10

Oct 222006


  • miles
2003 Pontiac Vibe driver window exploded in October of 2006. Pontiac covered the expense after a fight. They wanted to charge me over $400 to replace the window. I was not injured but there was so much glass all over my car, it was even under the passenger seat.

- St Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #9

Nov 252006

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
I just heard about the investigation into the Pontiac Vibe regarding the front windows. I too have had this problem, it started with the driver's side window and at first it was a popping and cracking nose and then the window just slammed to the bottom of the door. I took my car in to be fixed under my extended warranty and it was. However that didn't stop the problem I have since have had to take the vehicle in 3 different times and every time they had to replace the glass because it had shattered at the bottom. Now the same problem is happening to the passenger's side window.

- Plant City, FL, USA

problem #8

Aug 242007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Side front windows on 2003 Pontiac Vibe shattered while raising electric windows. Both sides shattered on separate days this summer. Drivers side caused cuts to face and arms. Both windows were replaced.

- Big Rapids, MI, USA

problem #7

Sep 282007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,225 miles


This evening I put up the passenger window on my 2003 Pontiac Vibe. When it reached the almost closed point it made a loud pop noise and rattle. I put the window back down to see what happened and when I tried to put it back up it wouldn't go up the whole way. Then I drove home w/ the window open. When I arrived home I tried to put the window back down and there was a loud pop and the window just exploded. The glass flew into the car and cut my arm.

- Dallastown, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 252007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • miles
Driver's side window grinds and pops when it is partially rolled down. I have been researching this and this is a consistent problems with these vehicles. I am taking it to a mechanic before it gets to the point of the glass exploding. This should be investigated further since it could be a potential deadly situation considered their glass could explode at any time while driving. I would like to urge you to encourage GM/Pontiac to do the right thing and accept some responsibility for these manufacturing defects instead of letting these costs be passed on to their consumers.

- Boone , NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 162007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While parked raised the driver's window and it imploded, spraying glass all through the interior and approximately 10 meters outside of the vehicle. Cuts were susstained on arms and legs.

- Cambridge, 00, USA

problem #4

Jun 132005


  • miles
With no warning car was parked in driveway. Started the vehicle and my 11 year old son used the button to raise the power passenger door window in the front and the winodow exploded with ut warning. Son was sprayed in face with exploding glass. Thank goodness no cuts.

- Herkimer, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 112006

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The front bolt that holds & supports the window on the track came loose on both the driver and passenger sides of my car 2003 Pontiac Vibe. Once the bolt dislodges, the window will come off the track during the rolling down of the window. Rolling up the window with power window option, the window will shatter with a big bang, sending splinters of glass over the driver or passenger. Both times that this happen to me, I was driving, luckily I was on a country road with no traffic.

- Malvern, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 212006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
: the contact stated while opening the passenger side door the window shattered. The vehicle was taken to an independent glass shop where the window was replaced. The mechanic mentioned that they had received several vehicles with the same issue and recommended that the contact speak to the dealer. The dealer was contacted who determined the vehicle was no longer under warranty therefore they would not replace window. Updated

- Canandaigua, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 222004

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,065 miles
While in the driveway, the vehicle was parked and without, the warning the rear glass shattered. When the rear gate was touched to open the window, it exploded. Pontiac replaced the window and said that they weren't sure why the problem occurred. The consumer and another person were slightly injured.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

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