NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine 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:
57,347 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 engine problems

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2006 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

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

Oct 222007


  • 80,000 miles
P0741 code has been very common with newer Pontiac Vibes and cars alike. Im just wondering if this can investigated as a faulty part or low quality part all together.

- Camano Island, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 192008

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
No warning. Driving on hwy. When I thought I seen the dash flash, went over hill lost all power & ability to maneuver vehicle on icy hwy. Vehicle had shut down. Was able to use four ways to signal traffic I was having an emergency & coaxed car to side of the road with my vehicle still in the lane of traffic. Needed to be towed. Totally inoperable. I found out the problem is a powertrain control module (PCM) which has a service bulletin out on it, #050604074; NHTSA item # 10020810. This is a safety hazard as if this would have happened further into my trip to work I would have been in heavy volume traffic with no chance at evasive driving. The vehicle becomes unable to be drove while moving. A person with less driving ability would probably crashed due to not being able to turn wheel, etc. This needs to be addressed before someone gets killed.

- Albany, WI, USA

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