NHTSA — Electrical System 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
310,500 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 electrical problems

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #8

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 #7

Jan 012014


  • 1,980,000 miles
A recall was done on the door module controls but after the repair, the airbag warning light lit up. The headlights blow one at a time with in 2 months. One tale light and the third tale light bar on the window also failed. I don't know if it is installation issues or the module caused an electrical overload. No one is willing to admit error.

- Attica, MI, USA

problem #6

Apr 052014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
On April 5, 2014, I rolled down my driver side power window as I was driving at 15 mph in a residential area. When I went to roll up the window I heard a grinding sound and the window slip and tilted to the right side. The unsecured power window remains opened. I fear the window will shatter again like it did in September 2007. I taped the window to the driver side door frame for fear of it falling on me while driving. This is an urgent and serious matter that needs to be handled and repair immediately free of charge to the owner. There was a recall in 2008 regarding the replacements of window regulators bolts for 2004-2005, Pontiac Vibes. There should be a second recall again on the power window regulators bolts. Please, inform me asap where I may take my vehicle for repair.

- San Carlos, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 202011


  • 89,000 miles


Two issues that I have are, the air circulation vent makes a clicking. When I opened it up, I saw that it was because the vent would not close properly, I had to stick a pencil in it to make it stoip clicking, because I will not spend 100 dollars to have it replaced. Also, we live in Montana, and our new battery will not start under 20 degrees. We have extreem weather here, so it leaves us with only one car, and oftem we are not able to get to work on time. Many other people in cold weather enviroments have complained about this. It seems to be something with the starter. This should be recalled, because it could leave us in very dangerous situations. Cell service is not often available in this area, and it frightens me to think we could be stuck at some point.

- Red Lodge, MT, USA

problem #4

Mar 072010


  • 63,200 miles
I drove about 1 mile in city driving with the cruise control on. When I attempted to park (diagonal, front end approach) I was using the accelerator slightly. As I approached the front of the parking space, I moved my foot to the break. During this moment, the engine RPM increased and the car lunged forward. My foot was moving toward the break and upon breaking, the forward motion was stopped. The first time this happened was about the second week in Jan. 2010. This repeated on March 7, 2010. I reported the first incident to GM (case # 71-799309984) and took it in to my local dealer. I just left a message after the second occurrence. I had a witness to the second occurrence. The engine does increase in RPM after removing my foot from the gas. This has occurred twice in a 9 week period.

- Bay City, MI, USA

problem #3

Oct 012007


  • 21,397 miles
Electrical system for console is failing. The illumination for the gear shift, temperature control, temperature setting, and fan speed have been faulty since day one. Now they do not illuminate at all and overhead light must be turned on to see what gear the vehicle is in.

- Salisbury, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 072008


  • 45,000 miles
If the air recirculation button is disabled and the power to the car is on, a clicking nose begins. The clicks occur more frequently than every second, continuously until the car is powered off. The clicking will continue regardless of whether or not the engine is running. The source of the clicking is the actuator that opens or closes the air recirculation vent behind the glove box.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

May 082008

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 67,405 miles
An '04 Pontiac Vibe well maintained stalled on the interstate losing complete power momentarily with the steering wheel locking, and after a few seconds (approximately 20-30 seconds) would start back on while car is still running. The problem was caused because of a fusible wire link shorted, melting the fuse block and damaging the battery which all had to be replaced.

- West Chester, OH, USA

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