NHTSA — Power Train 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:
93,833 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.

2006 Pontiac Vibe drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 012016


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the vehicle had a faulty shift and a faulty start. There was an error code: P0741. The vehicle was to be inspected and diagnosed by a dealer or a mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no solution. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #5

May 042015


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the check engine light would illuminate when driving at speeds higher than 50 mph. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who stated that the transmission fluid was burned. The mechanic diagnosed that the transmission gears failed. The contact stated that the failures related to NHTSA campaign number: 10V387000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 232010

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Check engine light came on and the car stalled. Now the check engine light stays on and the car shifts hard to the next gear. The car was part of a recall but smedleys in vandalia Ohio claims the car isn't part of the recall for the PCM recall.

- Tipp City, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 252011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 92,000 miles


I own a 2006 Pontiac Vibe I purchased from a dealer in 2009. I started having issues with it shifting harshly, rolling backward on hills at a stop as a manual would within approximately 2 months after I purchased it. I had it looked at a local dealer but they could not find the problem so I just have been driving it as it is. Now yesterday I was driving up a hill and the car completely stalled so I quickly put it in park, turned it off and back on put it in gear and it took off. I was fortunate there was no traffic in those few minutes. I did receive an advisory letter last fall so I called GM on the issue and they proceeded to tell me that everyone that owns a Vibe got those letters and my car was not one under recall but since I was having issues I was to take it into a dealer to be fixed at my own expense and fill out a reimbursement form. Id like to know how is it that my car just happened to have the same issues that was listed in the recall advisory but isn't included in the recall? and how is it that they keep telling us they do not have the parts available. I even spoke to one dealer that told me he was informed by GM when he spoke to them recently that if someone's car has serious issues such as stall out and wont start that we are to drop it and leave it until the part is available. I just want to drive my car safely especially since I am still making payments, but it seems that I am getting a runaround from GM because there are too many cars involved and they want us to pay for the problem ourselves.

- Cleveland, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012010


  • 55,000 miles
I purchased a used Pontiac Vibe with approximately 30,000 miles. We started noticing that the car was shifting roughly and making strange sounds last summer. We have been following regular service with our mechanic, who could not find anything wrong. In Sept of 2010, we received the recall about the PCM from GM. Part of the recall mentioned ' harsh transmission shifting'. I called the customer service number for Pontiac three times over the course four months, asking when the recall would occur; I received no answer. I finally took the car into an authorized GM dealer ( somewhat out of my neighborhood since they have mostly gone out of business.) he informed me that I would most likely need to replace the transmission at a cost of $6500. I asked if the PCM would be responsible. He replied that it would cost $5000 to really diagnose the cause of the transmission failure, and that I am financially responsible. I did not agree to the work. Is there not some set time limit that the manufacturer has to respond? we have had the care in the garage for three months waiting for

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 132010


  • 92,000 miles
The engine warning lamp is illuminated and harsh transmission shifting occurs.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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