2009 Pontiac Vibe wheels / hubs NHTSA complaints: Wheels

NHTSA — Wheels 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:
24,575 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 wheels / hubs problems

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Our AWD 2009 Pontiac Vibe came with factory chrome wheels. After one winter, the wheels began to corrode around the outside perimeter. GM agreed to replace all four wheels, and they did. Soon after replacement, as my wife was driving into our garage, one wheel delaminated (I.e., the chrome covering separated completely from the aluminum underwheel). Upon inspection, it looked as if the chrome layer had been glued to the underwheel. We went back to the dealer, chrome covering and glue fragments in hand. The dealer replaced this defective wheel with another; soon after (50 miles?), the second replacement wheel did the same thing. It has now been replaced. (the chrome parts are stamped "Toyota.") note three things: One, the wheels on this car are not inexpensive steel with wheel covers. Instead, they are one-piece chrome wheels, rather expensive if I should have to replace them myself. Second, we had not abused the car. We drove, in each case, about 50 miles on good pavement in good weather before failure. Finally, the chrome component delaminated in a "safe" area--in both cases, as we slowly drove into our garage. What if this delamination had happened while we drove at highway speeds, and the chrome component had spun off into a crowd, or another car? there is one other problem you should know. We have had trouble starting this car. In brief, the problem was apparently difficult for the dealer to diagnose, but it was a "cracked steering lock, " also a part stamped "Toyota." This problem precipitated several phone calls for help, pushing it from the side in an attempt to unlock the steering column/key, and a visit from the tow truck. We were able to rock the car ourselves and enable starting; unfortunately, we dented the front fender, which was an unreimbursed body repair at the dealer's ($800). Please publicize these Vibe problems and dangers, and work for fixes.

- Boyne City, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 292011

Vibe 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Both rear hub and wheel bearings components have rusted and worn out close to failure; rear wheel noise was excessive. Actual failure would have resulted in rear wheels locking up.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 092008


  • 4,000 miles
Center wheel caps (emblems) are popping off. I took it to the dealer for service for a front end problem a booming sound. They replaced the R front shock and assembly. The cap had come off. The dealer wrote it off to kids and theft. After some complaining they replaced it. One week later the R front cap was missing once more. I had to buy a replacement. 2 weeks later I watched my wife pull into our drive way and observed the cap come off and roll into the neighbor's yard. Dealer says there is not a problem kids are just taking them. Now my Vibe rolls without the center caps. I can not afford to replace them every month or 2.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 112008


  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Pontiac Vibe. The contact noticed that the emblems in the center of the rims spontaneously popped off eight times. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they suggested that someone stole the emblems. He replaced the emblems, but they were missing again several weeks later. The contact believes that something in the wheels was possibly flexing and causing too much stress, which inevitably causes the emblems to detach. The contact also hears a thud sound whenever he drives over a bump. The noise could possibly be from the emblems popping off. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure mileage was 300 and current mileage was 4,500.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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