2009 Pontiac Vibe brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes, Hydraulic

NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,180 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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2009 Pontiac Vibe brakes problems

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 252012

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 21,105 miles


I own a 2009 Vibe. Recall has been completed re: Sudden acceleration. They removed drivers floor mat over a year ago. I had first episode today. Fortunately it was at about 10mph. When I engaged the brake the engine revved and the brake pulsated like the anti-lock feature had been activated. The engine revved for 3 to 4 seconds the car accelerated. When the engine revving stopped the brake engaged properly and the car stopped. Fortunately I was on a street where the speed limit was 25 mph and I had coasted down to about 10-15 mph approaching the stop sign. Had this been a high speed or emergency stop the results could have been deadly. Please contact me about this as this vehicle is not safe to drive. I will also be contacting the NHTSA. The above is a copy of information I sent to General Motors via their Pontiac web site.

- Tarboro, NC, USA

problem #8

Aug 012011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 48,500 miles
When coming to a stop, occasionally the vehicle will lunge forward. I have noticed this on many, many occasions since purchasing the car in July 11. When coming to a fast stop (such as when someone pulls out in front of you or someone suddenly stops in front of you -- ABS is not being used as these are not panic stops) the brakes will work as they should until the car is almost stopped and then the car will lunge forward and I suddenly need to apply more force to the brakes to make the car stop. I suspect that the computer in the car is using engine braking to assist in slowing down the car and when the car hits a certain speed (or some other variable) the engine braking is turned off which causes the amount of pressure that I need to apply to the brakes to suddenly increase which gives the impression that the car is lunging forward. Regardless of what is causing this issue to occur, it is a safety issue. I have grown used to this issue and now can compensate for it, but it is still distressing when it occurs. I have talked to other Vibe/matrix owners and they all state that they have the same issue. I believe that this is a significant safety issue as it could easily lead to an accident.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #7

Feb 082011


  • 63,500 miles
Driver reported failure of vehicle stability control and anti-lock brakes. Warning lights were flashing on the dashboard. Vehicle was taken to repair shop and repaired at cost of almost $800 to replace the rear wheel assembly where the ABS sensor is located.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 092010


  • miles


I was able to detect this before any accident occurred. While checking the rear brakes I noticed that there is uneven wear of rear brake pads. Passenger side outer pad is positioned in an angle which causes premature wear of that pad while all other pads are wearing evenly. Such defect (caliper position) causes rotor damage and possible wheel lock. This is a second Vibe with the same problem that I've seen. The passenger side rear caliper needs to be adjusted and repositioned.

- Grand Island , NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 192010


  • miles
2009 Vibe had recalls done to my car yet it still accelerated up over 2000 RPM and 70 km without touching gas pedal also the traction control and ABS lights came on at same time. In my opinion it has nothing to do with gas pedal or floor mats..the dealer came and picked it up as it wouldn't stop doing it. They changed cam sensor it didn't work.then they told me they were putting in new comp. System. Its will be a month this wed. And car is still at dealers.

- Maple Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #4

Jan 312009

Vibe 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that the brakes on the vehicle made a very loud noise when the vehicle began moving forward or backwards. The failure has occurred since the vehicle was purchased. The dealer replaced the brake pads on the vehicle four times, yet that did not correct the failure. The dealer stated that the brake pads on the vehicle were the not the right size. The failure mileage was 12 and the current mileage is 6500. Updated 09/27/10 updated 10/01/10

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 272009


  • 17,800 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The contact stated that while driving 10 to 15 mph, she depressed the brake pedal and it felt as if the ABS engaged. It took extra effort for the vehicle to come to a complete stop. She was almost in the middle of the intersection before the vehicle stopped completely. She cited the weather as cold and rainy. Another driver of the vehicle also confirmed that they previously experienced the identical failure. She had not taken the vehicle to the dealership or spoken with the manufacturer to date. The vehicle had not been repaired when the complaint was filed. The current mileage was approximately 18,000. The failure mileage was approximately 17,800.

- Hoboken, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 252009


  • 1,700 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe purchased new. He stated while driving at speeds of 50 mph on a cloudy day, a deer ran out into the highway in front of his vehicle. He depressed the brakes but the brakes would not engage. The contact struck the deer, killing it instantly. The police were called to the scene and a report was filed. There was moderate damage to the front-end of the vehicle. There was a recall campaign on the service brakes (NHTSA campaign id number: 09V392000; component: Service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum), however his VIN was not included. No repairs were made to date. The failure mileage was 1700 and the current was 12,812. The VIN was not accepted.

- Byron, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010


  • 20,000 miles
Car has the accelerator problem and the brake problem the odometer reads that the car is traveling 50 mph and the car is really doing 42 mph, the passenger seatbelt turns off with passenger.

- Woodside, NY, USA

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