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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,767 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.

2005 Pontiac Vibe accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 082011


  • 91,000 miles


Brought my 2005 Vibe into a GM dealership due to paint bubbles on the hood. Learned it was from my hood rusting from the inside out. The metal latch on the inside of the hood is rusting out and GM refuses to replace it. This is a safety issue that has been seen on other GM models and GM is not willing to pay for the fix. They are requiring their consumers pay hundreds of dollars to fix a potentially large safety issue. The rust can give way at any time and cause the hood to release while the car is driving down the road.

- Minneapolkis, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 022009


  • 19,300 miles
Front passenger's side power window has made a popping noise when rolled down more than half way since it was purchased new in 2005. It rolled up and down fine so I didn't think much about it. Two weeks ago I tried to get out of that door. The door wouldn't open more than a few inches. I had to climb over to the driver's side door to get out. I had to roll up the passenger side window and spray the door check link with a lot of WD40 to get it open. The door seemed to open and close ok after that, but the popping noise continued. I took it to the dealer. Dealer said the window glass (when rolled down) was touching the door check link, causing the issues. They had to reposition the link and clearance bracket to fix window.

- Olean, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 222008


  • 45,000 miles
The door check link on my 2005 Pontiac Vibe is bent with a crack in it. It puts pressure against the passenger side window and may cause it to shatter. This is a part that should never fail and apparently this design is very poor.

- Yukon, OK, USA

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