NHTSA — Steering: Hydraulic Power Assist 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,868 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,735 miles


: the contact stated that there was power steering and brake fluid on the floor beneath where the vehicle was parked. The power steering pump was replaced three times in October, December and March however the leaking was not resolved. This incident intermittently caused the steering to pull to either right or left. Updated 07/25/06.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 302005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated the power steering was defective. It was difficult to turn the steering wheel, and there was a squeaking noise coming from the steering. The service dealer put in power steering fluid on the first occurrence, the second time they replaced the O-ring and hose, the third time they replaced the power steering pump, and the fourth time they replaced the power steering gear. The consumer contacted the manufacturer; they have been in contact with the service dealer. The consumer has contacted the better business bureau to file a complaint.

- Wilson, NC, USA

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