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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,692 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #5

May 152013


  • 85,650 miles


Kumho solus KH25 tire purchased a set of four and within three miles of shop one tire sidewall blew out. One month latter another sidewall blew out. Have picks of large blister that formed on tire before it blew out. Am afraid to drive on remaining tires.

- Union, MO, USA

problem #4

May 182010


  • 45,009 miles
Purchased (4) new tires - drove 50 miles when front left tire blew-out from the sidewall - was traveling @ 65 mph.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 232007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Have less than 24,000 miles on vehicle and original factory tires are worn out! hardly any tread on them. Were showing premature wear at about 18,000-20,000 miles. Dealer says "not their problem" and it appears this is more common than not with this brand of tires. Why would GM not do anything about this? please look into this matter and see how a consumer can get satisfaction. Original tires were Goodyear Eagle rsa....P205/55R116 89H. This is not listed in the available options in the complaint drop down menu.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #2

Sep 082006

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,800 miles
Excessive tire wear on 2005 Pontiac Vibe.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #1

May 012005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Several ongoing events versus one failure, constant pulling either to the left or to the right, pulling into oncoming traffic/other lanes when braking or accelerating, not able to keep the Vibe on the smooth/rough roads. When cornering in dry conditions on a smooth road, the Vibe pulled me right over on the shoulder and the steering wheel spun so I stopped uncertain what had taken place. I was able to get into dealer and 4 alignments, 4+ tire rotations, camber bolts replaced, and a 3rd opinion from a separate GM dealer unaware of the situation stating my tires were faulty and to return to the selling dealer with the vested interest in the car, and the end result is....my car is still in the same situation. The car is still pulling left, right, veering when I brake or accelerate in either direction. The tires have not been replaced even though the GM dealer that provided that opinion replaced the tires on 2 other Vibe owners having the exact same issues but I did not buy my car there. I have read several reports over the past week or so about ongoing Vibe complaints regarding unusual wear on tires regardless of the brand and the possibility of suspension and shock design issues (not holding the tires properly to the road). All of this has taken place within 12,000km and would have been less had I not had personal family matters to deal with. Luckily there has been no tire blowouts yet nor accidents yet but all I am told is that the tracking is pretty good for that of a Vibe..I would never have bought one had I been given that sales pitch and known I would be in for an alignment and tire rotation every 1,000km. Reading the info on the genvibe site and on this site back to 2003, maybe there should be a more thorough investigation into the type of shocks and suspension system or something if the tires, no matter what brand, are being burned through that quickly and the steering is that brutal. Please investigate.

- Oshawa, 00, USA

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