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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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,568 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #11

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

problem #10

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 #9

Jan 012011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
There was a recall to replace bolts that hold the front windows onto the door window regulator of the 2003 Pontiac Vibe. I had the bolts replaced at the dealer, so the window would not shatter while driving or fall into the door frame. Well, replacing the bolts does not prevent this from happening. The window still fell into the door frame anyway and can shatter at anytime. The plastic clips that the replacement bolt screws into breaks easily which results in either the window shattering while driving and/or falling into the door frames. Therefore, the recall did not prevent this very unsafe event from happening. Please institute a recall for the plastic clips on the front windows to solve the problem that the initital recall was supposed to have addressed, but did not.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #8

Jul 262008


  • 50,000 miles


2003 Pontiac Vibe rear power windows will not roll down. The front side passenger windows makes a loud noise when I roll it down even though I did take it to the dealer when it was recalled.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #7

Jan 012006


  • 50,000 miles
Had the bolts in the window units replaced from previous recall, but did not fix my problem. The drivers side window clicks and pops when being activated up and down. The window will not track right when going up and I have to use both hands to get it into the weather strip. During the bolt recall on the window the dealer said I needed a new window regulator and weather strip. Cost around $250.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 052008


  • 59,626 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. The contact heard a loud noise after he started the ignition and activated the power window. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer for inspection and they stated that the failure was related to the door check link. The vehicle was repaired. The door glass bolts and window regulator were previously repaired. NHTSA campaign id number 08V162000 (visibility; glass, side/rear) was referenced. The failure and current mileages were 59,626.

- Sterling Heights , MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 082009


  • 59,000 miles


Driver's side door glass makes loud snapping noise when glass is lowered. Sounds like something will break. Took to Pontiac dealer, and he reports that I need a new "check link" because it is interfering with the window mechanism. Cost is $130 for part and 1hr labor to install. Found ODI #PE07049 to identify same issue on same make, model, and year of car.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #4

Nov 052008


  • miles
After having the recall done on my 2003 Vibe, for the replacement of bolts in the power window mechanism. In August I again began experiencing loud cracking noises and screeching upon operation of the windows. I was told to return to the dealership that performed the recall to have it checked. They examined the windows and the mechanics heard the noises but weren't able to determine a cause. They lubricated the mechanism, for which I had to pay, and said I should not have any further problem. However, if I did have any more trouble the cost would be my responsibility. I used the windows very little because I had no confidence in the repair. I began to hear the noises again. Yesterday, upon returning from taking my mother to her heart specialist, I stopped near our mail box. My mother opened the passenger side window about 2/3 of the way. As she started to reach through the opening, to the get the mail, the window exploded. I say exploded because the force at which it shattered was so great the it threw glass onto the roof of the car. Fortunately no one was hurt. My mother was covered in glass, as was the passenger side of the car. Glass also hit my daughter who was in the back seat.

- Friedens, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012007


  • 30,000 miles
Driver's side window pops when going up & down. It is intefering with the door check link. This will likely break the glass at some point.

- Canfield, OH, USA

problem #2

May 032008


  • 84,000 miles
Driver window shattered after loud noise. Window shattered in my face. Dealer would not acknowledge GM recall and Pontiac has not been helpful. I paid $350 to get it fixed. This was a very dangerous situation on a busy interstate and they don't seem to care their vehicle is defective.

- Gorham, ME, USA

problem #1

Sep 112003

(reported on)


  • miles
The glare from the sun causes poor visibility of the numbers on the instrument panel.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

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