2008 Pontiac Vibe drivetrain NHTSA complaints: Power Train

NHTSA — Power Train 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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 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.

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2008 Pontiac Vibe drivetrain problems

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2008 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 032011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Feb 3, 2011 was the first occurrence. I put the car in reverse then pulled forward, turning the wheel to the right to give myself room to back up and turn my car so I could pull out onto a busy street going forward rather than backing out into traffic. I was going very slowly and applied the brakes when the car suddenly accelerated very fast. It ran up an 18" rock wall, pushing the brake did nothing, I turned the wheel to the right to avoid a tree while still trying to brake. The brake finally held. A tire was destroyed, it was replaced and taken to my mechanic who found no further damage and no reason for the acceleration. After leaving the mechanic I noticed that it seemed a bit jerky. Two days later I turned the car on while sitting in a parking lot with my foot on the brake, I was still in park so the car did not move, but it did accelerate. It seemed ok after that, Monday when I returned to town I discussed it with my mechanic and noticed a report on bloomberg about the issue with Toyota acceleration problems and that the problem was also with 2009 and 2010 Pontiac Vibes.. I checked this site and found 2 complaints about my same issue with the 2008 Pontiac Vibe.

- Aloha, OR, USA

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