NHTSA — Structure: Body 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,634 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 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 072008


  • miles


My daughter was driving to a dr. Appt in boston from gloucester. The car hydroplaned hitting the jersey barrier, spinning to the other side of the street hitting the guardrail, and further spinning to hit the jersey barrier again totaling the car. This is not a complaint as much as it is info for taking us off your recall list. We no longer own the Vibe. I do want to say, however, had my daughter not been in such a well-built vehicle, she would probably not have survived with just bruises where the seatbelt held her in place and bruising to her right knee because her knee hit the dashboard area. The drivers side airbag did not deploy, which we questioned why due to the severity of the accident. That being said, she was rather happy it did not deploy because she felt she would have had more physical issues had it deployed (burns). --- thank you.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #6

Feb 022015


  • 190,000 miles
The contact owned a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the vehicle slid and crashed into a wall. The contact mentioned that the passenger side air bag deployed, but the seat was not being occupied. The contact did not disclose if a police report was filed or not. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 190,000.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 022014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 172,000 miles
The door stop on my driver side door on my 2004 Vibe gets hit by the window and prevents the window from going down all the way. It has also prevented me from opening the door if the window is down.

- Sauk Rapids, MN, USA

problem #4

Jan 162013


  • 66,400 miles


Plastic footrest, front floor, left side has cracked and broke free from it's retainer clips twice. The first one was replaced at 15,348 miles on 01/29/2007. The second occurance at approx. 66400 miles on 01/16/2013. This footrest has the potential to get jammed beneath the clutch, brake, and/or accelerator pedals once the plastic retainer clips fail and the pedal becomes loose on the floor. Causing a very dangerous situation if the pedal is not immediatley removed from the floor.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 032009


  • 47 miles
When it rains, it rains right onto me, the driver, and causes my attention to divert from the road, to keeping dry.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 302004

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The paint is very easily chipping and it's pitting in the front. There are numerous paint chips all over the vehicle. This vehicle has been chipping since I bought it new in early 2004. I took it to the dealership and they said it was normal. I believe the paint is bad or the clear coat is way to thin. The car already needs to be repainted and I have only had the car for about 7 months.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 302004

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,990 miles
2004 Pontiac Vibe, 3.000 paint is chipping off and bubbling.

- Maceo, KY, USA

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