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by Bookworm
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: End of '07 Vibe era
Replies: 4
Views: 33

Re: End of '07 Vibe era

Samcrac on youtube gets wrecked cars all the time (and a bunch of others).

Frankly, unless you know someone with a body shop, cheap, or have a lot of spare room, I'd just get another Vibe.

It all depends on how much time and skill you have, vs money.
by Bookworm
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2004 vibe intermittently not starting (no crank) (187k m) (replaced starter, battery at 12.25V, tested relay, and more)
Replies: 4
Views: 28

Re: 2004 vibe intermittently not starting (no crank) (187k m) (replaced starter, battery at 12.25V, tested relay, and mo

It could even be corrosion on the cable at the starter solenoid. Almost nobody actually looks at that one, they always focus on the big cables.
by Bookworm
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3540
Views: 345332

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

OK. So I had to drive the 2004 Vibe GT last night (127k miles) to a local beer/wine tasting festival (2009 Vibe Gt had a dead battery from not driving it recently :o ). Anyways this car was officially baptized with a dose of salt/brine as we got 3" of snow and had to drive it. 15 years or so of cle...
by Bookworm
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Happy Anniversary!
Replies: 17
Views: 1237

Re: Happy Anniversary!

I still remember running out a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty on my Kia Sportage in less than 10 months.
by Bookworm
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Happy Anniversary!
Replies: 17
Views: 1237

Re: Happy Anniversary!

Wait - three thousand miles a year?
by Bookworm
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Happy New Year Vibers!
Replies: 3
Views: 73

Re: Happy New Year Vibers!

Here's to many more years of Vibes on the road, even if they're no longer made.
by Bookworm
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Winter Tires = Different Vehicle
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Winter Tires = Different Vehicle

I have one set of wheels. I also have a full sized spare (made from the one unwarped wheel from my first Vibe). Never have had winter tires, even when I drove to Detroit (From Houston) in the winter to pick up my wife. I was lucky enough to beat road closures on the way up, and be between storms on ...
by Bookworm
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 2004 Vibe OEM Wheels Pitting & Cracking
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: 2004 Vibe OEM Wheels Pitting & Cracking

It's mostly moisture being trapped under the paint. Aluminum is extremely sensitive to oxygen. If it didn't corrode so fast, it would burst into flames in air. So, as the previous poster said, you can salvage them. You'll have to completely strip the old ones, clean off the residue, and either lacqu...
by Bookworm
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3540
Views: 345332

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

............And since I live in NJ they pump it for me. Ha, I used to be that kid pumping gas on the GSP. For my Vibe, I keep over polishing, over spraying and over detailing in order to use up all my liquids so I don't have to transport them 2500 miles in the move. I also hand scrubbed my Corolla ...
by Bookworm
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Ignition wiring help
Replies: 12
Views: 308

Re: Ignition wiring help

I've thought about putting a knife switch in for the starter relay.
by Bookworm
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Ignition wiring help
Replies: 12
Views: 308

Re: Ignition wiring help

Wouldn't it be easier to just hit up a salvage yard and see if one of the vibes still has a key available, and then just abscond with the entire ignition section? If you then want to make it harder to steal, just put a stack of toggle switches across the dash board, and label them things like "Fuse ...
by Bookworm
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 2004-2008 Rubber Mats for sale
Replies: 10
Views: 1054

Re: 2004-2008 Rubber Mats for sale

It's also a terrible idea to post your email address in a forum.
by Bookworm
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE
Replies: 11
Views: 108

Re: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE

That's the full harness - https://www.gmpartsgiant.com/parts/pont ... 70281.html

The rockauto link was just for the connector you need to attach to the blower, to replace the burned out connector.
by Bookworm
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility
Replies: 10
Views: 104

Re: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility

If you can figure out how to pull the XM receiver and use it with another radio, you could build it into a stereo box. One radio, two speakers, an antenna, a wooden box, and a DC power supply, and you have a nice stereo system that doesn't cost much. When I was younger, they used to install that sor...
by Bookworm
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE
Replies: 11
Views: 108

Re: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE

I'd rather replace a wire connector than pull that blasted motor out (again). It's not really that difficult, but if you aren't up to trying, then knowing your limitations is good. A car alarm shop might even be able to do it, but most _shops_ that will do it will charge close to the same sort of la...
by Bookworm
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: 2006 Pontiac Vibe fwd
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: 2006 Pontiac Vibe fwd

You mean something like the MOOG front end kit? https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/pontiac,2006,vibe,1.8l+l4,1432960,suspension,front+end+kit,15413 Or do you need the sway bar link and bushings, which is called the stabilizer bar by RockAuto. https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/pontiac,2006,vibe,1....
by Bookworm
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility
Replies: 10
Views: 104

Re: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility

I'm in my car anywhere from two to six hours in a day (IT consultant driving from customer to customer), and I'd rather _not_ have to rewire everything. I used to have a MiFi - I loved that. But it was stolen out of my car, along with my backpack/laptop, a mac mini, and damage to my center console. ...
by Bookworm
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE
Replies: 11
Views: 108

Re: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE

I wouldn't be concerned about the wire. I'd be concerned about the _connector_. That's resistance/heat damage at the connector. usually caused by corrosion on the connectors raising the resistance, then a high/continuous draw from the motor (lots of reasons for those) causing the heat to rise to the...
by Bookworm
Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The forum is back!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: The forum is back!!!!!

It does look like some of it is a cache problem. There were some warnings about goofy things happening on the phpBB upgrade groups, but I didn't have a problem on the ones I upgraded. I purged the cache on Firefox, and it allowed most of the stuff here to be visible again, but there are still missin...
by Bookworm
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The forum is back!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: The forum is back!!!!!

Temporarily, if you click on the option that would be the drop down, the options will vanish - until you try to do the same to another. That moves them around a bit so you can find what you're looking for. I'm suspecting there's some underlying damage to the theme. I'm seeing missing images (for but...
by Bookworm
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Humor
Topic: Pontiac Vibe Meme
Replies: 5
Views: 1200

Re: Pontiac Vibe Meme

These are all good but my wife has to take the cake. Our youngest was moving a few states away and had to be there to sign his lease and get to the orientation for his job. He has a 2007 Vibe and my wife had it so packed with his stuff I told him to leave his window down a bit. It was so full there...
by Bookworm
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)
Replies: 37
Views: 2261

Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

I've owned:

1981 Ford Escort Wagon (yes, THE year with the issues)
1989 Mazda 323
1998 Kia Sportage
1988 S10 Blazer (just a spare/extra vehicle)
2003 Pontiac Vibe
2007 Pontiac Vibe.

My family wears cars out, rather than replacing them.
by Bookworm
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member intro!
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: New member intro!

Welcome! Nice to see someone new.
by Bookworm
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility
Replies: 10
Views: 104

Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility

I've finally tired of the half blank screen on the radio, the CD player working intermittently, poor reception, and inability to use USB or a media device. So, do _any_ of the so-called XM ready head units work with the XM Radio already in the back quarter panel of the Vibes? Mine is a 2007 - I don'...
by Bookworm
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Time to say Goodbye to my Vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: Time to say Goodbye to my Vibe

Considering that when we had my daughter, we kept the Vibe - it had plenty of room for wife, child, and myself. In fact, it had wife, baby, myself, and what seemed like an entire household of goods strapped to the top and inside the car, from Michigan, to Tennessee, to Mississippi, and then to Houst...
by Bookworm
Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The forum is back!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: The forum is back!!!!!

I wonder what's going on right now. All of the dropdowns are always exposed at this point.

If need be, I guess I could offer to host the site on one of my servers.
by Bookworm
Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: US - South Central
Topic: WAKE UP TX!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 3112

Re: WAKE UP TX!!!!

Houston.
by Bookworm
Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Considering buying an 03 Vibe. General questions
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: Considering buying an 03 Vibe. General questions

My FWD 2003 Pontiac Vibe is still 'on the road' (sort of). (The current person using it was changing the tensioner, and one bolt sheared off inside the block. So, I suggested he use a collar sleeve on a drill bit to tap a bolt remover hole without damaging threads. He'll be working on that this week...
by Bookworm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Goodbye

It's always hard to say goodbye to an old friend. My 2003 was passed on at 298k (miles), and replaced with a 2007 with 135k. I figured that for 4k, I'd get another 140k reasonably trouble-free miles. (So far, I've put 26k on it with no major parts replacements).
by Bookworm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: Matrixowners down?
Replies: 41
Views: 8240

Re: Matrixowners down?

Considering I host my own machines, if I'd known, I'd have offered to keep the site up and running, even if only in read-only mode. Sadly I've seen several different sites over the years go away without any notification from the admin. I'll never understand why. If you can't or don't want to host a...
by Bookworm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Used Car Fun - New To Me Vibe Fills With Water
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Used Car Fun - New To Me Vibe Fills With Water

Carfax is good for what it's intended to be. Information on the car that's relatively publicly accessible. It also helps when you're in Houston, with all the flood cars. Replacing my wife's vehicle, we got one with a Carfax (that I crawled around, over, in, etc), which also includes the Carfax warra...
by Bookworm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to get back into a Vibe
Replies: 11
Views: 468

Re: Looking to get back into a Vibe

Avoid the moonroof if you can. Mine isn't leaking that I can tell, but it's a worthless piece of crap to me, and I can't even find replacement seals. (The subwoofer is also annoying, but that can be fixed with fiberfil in the compartment later) Sunroof seal is still available from Toyota. Toyota P/...
by Bookworm
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: Matrixowners down?
Replies: 41
Views: 8240

Re: Matrixowners down?

Considering I host my own machines, if I'd known, I'd have offered to keep the site up and running, even if only in read-only mode.
by Bookworm
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to get back into a Vibe
Replies: 11
Views: 468

Re: Looking to get back into a Vibe

I 'stuck' my odometer on my 2003 vibe, and didn't really have much in the way of issues with it. (Starter, blower motor, door actuator, door check strap, couple of regulators, and all four door handles) At that point, it needed the whole front end redone - close to $4k to get someone else to do all ...
by Bookworm
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Coolant drain and fill tips -1ZZFE / 2007 base
Replies: 14
Views: 2712

Re: Coolant drain and fill tips -1ZZFE / 2007 base

I'm going to necro this post to point out something that makes life a lot easier. You can flush your system out WITHOUT the agony of cramming yourself in/around/underneath the engine. It uses more water, but a lot less stress. 1) Drain the radiator completely, then fill with distilled water. Leave t...
by Bookworm
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: FS: 03 Vibe - for parts or repair, Houston, TX
Replies: 4
Views: 1669

Re: FS: 03 Vibe - for parts or repair, Houston, TX

Here are three photos. In the broadside photo, you can see the repaired/primed section.
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by Bookworm
Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: FS: 03 Vibe - for parts or repair, Houston, TX
Replies: 4
Views: 1669

Re: FS: 03 Vibe - for parts or repair, Houston, TX

Lindale Park - opposite of 45 from the Heights. Car is still driveable. It's just that the front end makes you really nervous.

I did get some photos, I haven't uploaded from my phone yet.
by Bookworm
Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: FS: 03 Vibe - for parts or repair, Houston, TX
Replies: 4
Views: 1669

FS: 03 Vibe - for parts or repair, Houston, TX

I hit the point on my 03 where I didn't want to pay the repair shop to fix my front end, and frankly, I don't really have reliable time to sit down and do it myself (even though I -do- have the tools). Rather than sell it to a "will give money for junk" hauler, I'd much rather it went to someone who...