NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages Problems

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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,750 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.

2004 Pontiac Vibe accessories - exterior problems

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012016

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that rear driver side door would not open or lock unless the master switch was pressed. The vehicle was broken into due to the door not automatically locking. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 05/20/16 the consumer stated all the doors opened and closed automatically, except the rear door behind the drivers seat. Updated 06/01/16.

- Sunnyville, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012009


  • miles
The rear driver side automatic door lock does not unlock or lock with the remote or if you use the button on the driver's door. You have to unlock it manually. I have two small children using car seats and need to be able to get them out in the event of an emergency.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #2

May 202009


  • 37,500 miles
Drivers side window makes a popping sound when rolled down. My indications were identical to complaint 10245483. I determined the door strap was hitting the glass when the door was closed. I removed the strap and ground the T shaped metal as instructed in the above complaint (see my complaint #10269413). This eliminated the loud popping sound but I still had some scraping noise. I went to the dealer to get a new retaining strap. I was quoted $175. I asked to look at it and discovered the design is different than the one on my vehicle. The T bracket is no longer square and the edge facing the glass is now at a 45 degree angle. I removed the strap once again and ground the bracket to 45 deg. This fixed the problem. Pontiac apparently has recognized this problem and has changed the design of this bracket.

- Seaford, VA, USA

problem #1

May 192006


  • 37,500 miles
I have the age old problem of the popping sound when I open or close the drivers side window. I have had the bolts replaced per the recall and there was no change. After reading report #10245483 I did as suggested. There is no problem when the door is open only when it is closed. I removed the door limit strap and could see shiny metal where the T part had been rubbing. I removed this restraining strap and ground about 1/8 inch off the T section. This corrected the problem. Thanks to the author of complaint #10235483.

- Seaford, VA, USA

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