NHTSA — Engine Problems

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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:
47,761 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.

2007 Pontiac Vibe engine problems

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2007 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 192010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V387000 (engine and engine cooling) before the contact owned the vehicle. The contact stated that the service engine light illuminated, the vehicle was slow to accelerate, and the vehicle stalled several times. The vehicle was taken in for an annual inspection and a code indicated a failure or malfunction with the ECM. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop and the code was reset more than once. The code continued to display and the vehicle was not able to pass an inspection a second time. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 132014


  • 78,000 miles
I was driving the car and was stopped in heavy traffic. The car started shaking very badly and trying to move forward, although the brakes were pressed all the way down. This has happened again occasionally, and have noticed a pattern of when I am stopped for about 10-25 minutes the car starts violently shaking and feels like the brakes are about to give way, although they are being fully pressed. Again, this is not just a vibration, this is the entire front of the car (engine and all) almost bucking out of position. When this happened the first time, it almost hit the car in front of me even though my foot was pressed all the way down on the brake. Another issue, which can become a safety issue is the car is leaking from the rain outside into the vehicle by the frame (drips). If you do not check before the vehicle starts and when you start driving and turning, the drips can go in your eyes, causing your vision to be impaired.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 022012

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 65,284 miles
This vehicle was driving down the road at highway speed and failed to respond to throttle. There was lots of traffic and this nearly caused an accident. The part that failed is the ECM/PCM and gave a code: P0604 and P0607. This part has recalls which apply to it, however, our manufacturer says the vehicle is not covered by this recall. If there is a recall on some of the vehicles how can the others be perfectly fine" the year coverage is from before and after this model year and yet only certain cars of this time frame are covered" stay away from these vehicles. They will kill you, they are unsafe and unreliable. Major safety hazard.

- Dubuque, IA, USA

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