NHTSA — Electrical System: Battery 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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,057 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.

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2004 Pontiac Vibe electrical problems

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 282006

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,014 miles


The battery failed after only 13,000 miles on my Pontiac 2004 Vibe. The three year warranty ended two months before the failure of the battery. A mechanic told me that the battery had insufficient power (310 cca) for even the small 1.8 liter engine in the Vibe.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #1

Jan 292004

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,100 miles
The oem battery in my 2004 Pontiac Vibe is of insufficient capacity for winter startups. Pontiac installed a 310 cca battery, which is having difficulty cranking the engine when attemtpting to start it at low temperatures (below 15 degrees F). I had difficulty starting my car at -5degrees F this week (it took 4 attempts; I had all accessories turned off, I.e. radio, fan, lights. My car is less than 2 months old). There are multiple reports of such near failures of the 310 cca battery on the 2003/2004 Pontiac Vibe models, along with reports of complete battery failure in cold weather on www.genvibe.com. it is recommended to get a battery above 500 cca for cold climates for a 4 cylinder engine like the Vibe's 1.8L. The underpowered battery installed by Pontiac on my car could result in getting stranded in cold winter conditions and could pose a life threatening hazard.

- Oswego, IL, USA

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