NHTSA — Visibility: Glass, Side/Rear 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:
52,635 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2005 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #6

May 102010


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated while driving at speeds of 5 mph, the front drivers side window made an unusually loud noise. The contact was able to locate NHTSA recall campaign id number 08V162000 (visibility: Glass, side/rear) and contacted the dealer where he was advised his VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 60,000.

- Kutztown, PA, USA

problem #5

Mar 012007

Vibe 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,459 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer due to a clicking noise. The dealer stated that they could not hear the noise and the vehicle was running normally. The front driver's side window exploded. She took the vehicle back to the dealer and had the window replaced. The contact notified the manufacturer and informed them that she experienced the same failure with the 2004 Vibe. The manufacturer stated that they did not have any record of the failure and could not assist. The failure mileage was 59,459 and current mileage was 80,000. Updated 07/29/08 updated 08/07/08

- Mohegan Lake , NY, USA

problem #4

May 052006


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The driver side window made a noise and fell off track into the door. An auto glass specialist attempted to repair the window on three occasions and stated that Pontiac may have a related recall. The contact had to pull the glass up with her hand and was unable to roll the window up or down. The passenger side window is currently making noise as if it will soon fall off track as well. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000. Updated 05/01/08 updated 06/09/08 updated 06/09/08

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 072007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles


Driver's side front window shattered, hitting driver while traveling at 55 mph. Damage to driver's side of car. Replaced glass with new, repainted side of car.

- Hart, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 212007

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,300 miles
On Saturday July 21 the rear window of my Pontiac Vibe (2005 with 72500 miles) blew up. There was a high pitch sound about 5 seconds before the event and then my window just shattered. I have all of the parts to the window, in case you could tell me who I can take the device to determine if there is a defect.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #1

Apr 192005

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
We bought a new Pontiac Vibe in April. On a trip tocleveland we found out it is not safe. There is not enough visibility in the rear because of a poor design. I had to avoid 4 potential accidents. The driver cannot see others approaching in ather lanes at high speeds. I complained to GM, but they have ignored me. I also complained to you in April. Has anything beed done?

- Massillon, OH, USA

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