2009 Pontiac Vibe miscellaneous NHTSA complaints: Unknown Or Other

NHTSA — Unknown Or Other 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:
58,144 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.

2009 Pontiac Vibe miscellaneous problems

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #7

May 112016


  • 86,008 miles


On May 11, 2016 while driving on I -81, my car with 86,000 miles on it suddenly started to weave back & forth across the interstate. I thought the tie rod had broken. I was able to slow down and pull off the road. Then I called a tow truck and had it taken to the nearest repair shop..no warning lights came on until the GM mechanic plugged in his code reader. Then lots of lights lit up. He said that the electronic control unit went haywire and caused the ABS system to fight with the stabilitrak system. All I know is that a extremely dangerous failure happened. If we had been in heavy traffic, or on slick rainy or snowy roads a serious accident would have occurred this failure reminds me of the problem Toyota had years ago with their vehicles suddenly accelerating out of control.. my Pontiac Vibe is made by Toyota. Please investigate Toyota electronic control units. The part the GM dealer replaced is part # 19205576 :sl -N - module. It's price is $1,171.98 work was done at bachman - bernard Chevrolet Buick GM Cadillac Inc. 3365 East andrew johnson hwy greeneville, tn 37745. Phone # 423-639-4441. The mechanic's name is justin hamby. Service advisor is..-sandy walker. R/O # 6063277. I do not have a scanner to upload the repair invoice. If you need any other information please email me at lewholt2@gmail.com. Or call 423-575-1136, or 4234337385.

- Bluff City, TN, USA

problem #6

Jun 032014


  • 0 miles
Purchased the 2009 vehicle used with 103,000 miles, car was decent at first.. now loss of power and the car shuts itself off constantly when going to start it. Makes a diesel sound very rough. Sometimes turns itself off more than once in one day or every other day. Garages have looked at the issue but nothing found !

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 152014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
My car started to stall and pull to the left almost hitting another car as I was making a right turn. I thought it to be just an aberation. I went to a parking lot away from the school to test drive my steering and try to duplicate the problem. Nothing happened, so I went to work and there was no problem. My job is about 12 miles from daughter school taking the back road and not getting on the highway. After work I took the interstate back home through some heavy traffic and there was no problem from downtown to my home aproximately 1O miles taking the interstate. As I was coming from off ramp I notice a litttle stutter and car powering down. I was able to drive for about 1 1/2 miles and the car almost came to a complete stall and started pulling to left. I press the gas peddle all the way down. All the panel lights came on ABS, engine, etc. I mean every single light. I pulled car in to amoca. He said it was throttle body. I got 2nd opinion. He said that did not sound right. He said take car to dealer. I am taking car to GM dealer to run diagnostics. I do not want to risk getting my child killed in this car.

- College Park , GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 122014

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles


Reported vehicle recall to GM Buick, cadilac dealership in morrowm, ga of recalls on vehicle. They stated my car is not on recall list. I asked them to fix problem and service department personnel said he can not help me. I feel I jeapordize my life driving a defective vehicle which is the same as Toyota matrix vehicle with all the same type of parts from Toyota and manufactured by GM. I feel I will be endangering my children lives if I continue to drive this vehicle with out the necessary fixes that need to be done to vehicle.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 222012

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
My 2009 Pontiac Vibe is experiencing the same problems as the 2005-2008 Toyota matrix is regarding the stalling issues.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 262010


  • miles
I bought a brand new Pontiac Vibe [xxx] and now got another recall in the mail to the ones I already had done in the little over one year I owned it!! ridiculous to buy a new car and have all these recalls and then I just had another safety issue a dealership had to do on my car in addition just a few weeks ago that was not a recall. Now another recall came. As a consumer and I buy a new car it would seem that there is a limit to the incompetence problems and recalls. I do not have time to mess w/ these constant recalls which is why I bought a new car to begin with so I dont have to worry about. What is being done about these poor vehicle products being pawned off on the consumer" why are we paying all this money for vehicles that recall every couple months for something else? where is the consumer being reimbursed for all the time and aggravation for the mishaps" it makes no difference if the parts/labor are no cost to me-my time and lack of a vehicle is costly. There is no excuse for this incompetence on this model at this point. I should either get a new car to replace this that actually runs properly or a large reimbursement of money for the lack of quality I bought. I want some answers and as a consumer this service is poor and any other company would be out of business for this many recalls and lack of quality. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Haslett, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 202009


  • 7,000 miles
Upon applying brake at stop light, car accelerated. Another time when waiting in driveway for garagedoor to open I applied brakes and the car accelerated. Both times nothing serious happened as I was a safe distance from anything in front and the brake worked. Both times in fall of 2009; car had about 7000 miles.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

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