NHTSA — Tires 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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,814 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 wheels / hubs problems

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2004 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 042011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 99,468 miles


On June 4, 2011 my wife was driving a 2004 Pontiac Vibe on rt. 83 from Pennsylvania into Maryland where approximately 1/2 mile from the parkton, md exit, the car began to shake violently in the right lane of the highway. The driver front tire popped loose as it severed itself from the sidewall and literally rolled down the breakdown lane as the car was pulling to the side of the road. I have pictures of the tire. No debris was in the roadway and no objects were struck during this event. The approximate speed of the vehicle was 65-70 mph. The problem is that this is not the first time. In late November 2010, my wife was driving the same vehicle in rehoboth beach, de driving approximately 50 mph on rt. 1. the rear driver side tire suddenly burst and separated at the sidewall. The tires have been replaced. The latest tire was replaced by sears auto center in york, pa where the old tire is being shipped back to Goodyear (in response to roadside warranty). The tire sidewall rubber compound appeared very hard and brittle. The Goodyear triple tread tires were purchased in 2008 and had approximately 30,000 miles on them. 2 out of 4 tires had this unexplained sidewall blow out, another tire was replaced earlier because of a nail puncture. We decided to replace all tires with another model and get rid of our triple treads. We believe the tires to be unsafe and are concerned that others may be having the same problems. These are high end tires that are supposed last 80,000 miles with superior traction.

- Stewartstown, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 102007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,100 miles
Repeated excessive tire wear and vibration/noise - 2004 Pontiac Vibe AWD. Tires have been replaced two times without correcting problem.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 252005


  • miles
2004 Pontiac Vibe tire blew out. As a result the vehicle ran into a ditch. The consumer sustained no injuries. The vehicle sustain minor bumper and exhaust damage.

- Rimersburg, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 262005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Pontiac Vibe uneven tire wear on the back tires "cupping". dealer was not willing, or unable to tell me the cause of the problem. Have followed my owners manual, tire rotations. Have visited another dealer, and was told they have seen my problem, but do not know cause. I need to replace the tire, with 25000 miles on them.

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 092004

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,500 miles
Extreme tire wear on 2004 Pontiac Vibe GT with Continental tires. Tires to wear markers at 19,000 miles. Wear consistent on all (4) tires. Manufacturer recommendations of rotation, inflation followed, and performed by GM dealer. Defect reported at 19,500 miles to local dealer. Pontiac has refused to act on acknowledge this problem. I was able to substitute tires to winter-only due to weather. Concern is that there are others out there without alternative tires, and that worn tires could cause property/life injury in crash.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

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