NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission 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:
56,300 miles

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2007 Pontiac Vibe transmission problems

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2007 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V387000 (engine and engine cooling). After having the vehicle repaired, the check engine light continued to illuminate on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 200,000. Updated 9/27/11 the consumer experience harsh shifting within the transmission. Also, the tail lights and dash lights failed. Updated 10/07/11

- Churchill, MD, USA

problem #3

May 302010


  • 75,000 miles
2007 Pontiac Vibe has continuously produced a check engine light with code P0741-torque converter clutch. The vehicle acceleration is sluggish at times. This check engine light has come on at least 5 times, at which time I sent the vehicle to a GM dealer for repair. The vehicle was repaired twice under warranty and is in the shop a second time out of warranty for the same check engine light. Recently the GM dealer has been keeping the vehicle for at least one work week and has never produced any document showing any work was completed on the vehicle. Whenever I complete a longer trip I.e. 60+ miles the cel will come back on. I am not getting a straight answer on what is wrong with my vehicle. I have been assured that all parts and labor related to this error code will be taken care of free of charge because the preliminary incidents happened under warranty. I fear the check engine light will continue to come on, forcing me to lose a vehicle for a week in what seems like once a month. My car had a 5 year 80,000 mile warranty. The first cel came on at or around 75,000 miles.

- Fort Polk, LA, USA

problem #2

Feb 122010


  • 46,000 miles
I drive a 2007 Pontiac Vibe. About two weeks ago the car "stalled" out on me at an intersection. The car was running perfectly fine up into in came to the red light. When the arrow turned green my car would not accelerate. It wouldn't even "rev". there was no check engine light on but since I could not get my car to move forward (it would work in reverse though the transmission sounded horrible), I had to be towed. Once the tow truck dropped me off, somehow now the car worked!?! I drove it to a different repair shop (closer to my work). They changed/flushed the transmission fluid as a precaution. Then several days later on 3/12 it happened again. After leaving my home, I had stopped at a stop sign before trying to turn onto a busy street. When I tried to pull out the car simply would not accelerate. Instead I slowly rolled into the middle of oncoming traffic. My car would not respond and the dash lights were freaking out (ie flashing on and off). The emergency flasher lights wouldn't even work at first. After making it into the median, I was able to regain "control" and turn off my car. Thankfully it restarted and worked right away. I drove it back to the repair shop (this time the check engine light was on). The error code was P0607 and failure of the PCM. They recommended I go to the dealer for repair since its under warranty for that. At the dealership no one would explain what happened but they did fix it for "free". I am very concerned about the safety and reliability of my car. I see online many others are having the same problems with other Vibes and Toyota models. I feel this is a serious safety issue that I hope you will address.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jul 132008


  • 4,200 miles
We've had our 2007 Pontiac Vibe for 6 months now. It has ~4200 miles on it. It is a family car and is driven by me and my wife (45 & 43). Just this weekend I was driving from rochester NY to manassas va and experienced a problem exactly as described by the one described at: www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2005/Pontiac/Vibe +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ complaint number: 10231583 incident date: June 18, 2008 date added to file: June 19, 2008 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ the first "event", I was sitting at a stop light and gradually felt the brake pedal requiring more and more pressure to keep the pedal depressed and the car standing still (cars were in front of me). Fortunately, I only had to endure about 10 seconds of applying significant pressure on the pedal before the light changed and cars began moving. The second incident, I was less fortunate. I was in a long line of cars that were stopped waiting to get by an accident scene. I was waiting approximately 20 minutes, car idling, when all of a sudden, with my normal brake pressure on the brake pedal, realized the car was moving forward. I depressed the brake with my right foot as hard as a could, and this was not enough. I pressed on the brake pedal with both feet then realized I would soon hit the car in front of me and jammed the automatic transmission into neutral---the transmission thudded but I avoided an accident, though probably damaged my transmission some.

- Manassas, VA, USA

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