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by Caretaker
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Problem with battery consistently dying
Replies: 2
Views: 22

Re: Problem with battery consistently dying

That manual is so bogus with some major errors. It probably says that you should not insert any bulb higher than 60 watts into your fuse box. I too had intermittent starting issues. And even when two places said my alternator tested fine, I demanded that it be replaced. It was the alternator. Good l...
by Caretaker
Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread
Replies: 1623
Views: 207161

Re: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread

I use gas buddy all the time but have noticed some annoying trends. First, as you pointed out, we are relying on customers to report the prices each day. There is no way to know when the last report was made. Second, there is a lot of missing data in their system. For example, I have a Mobil station...
by Caretaker
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread
Replies: 1623
Views: 207161

Re: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread

I do find it amazing that the price of oil for the past year has hovered around $57 a barrel. Locally, we've been seeing gas prices about $2.60 per gallon during that time. Now oil is at $20 a barrel. Funny how we don't see a near equivalent 1/3rd cut in gas prices.
by Caretaker
Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread
Replies: 1623
Views: 207161

Re: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread

$1.49 in a town north of Tampa. $1.73 at Sam's near me. What I love best is not having to deal with the vapor recovery devices on the nozzle.
by Caretaker
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: maintenance @ 110k
Replies: 9
Views: 82

Re: maintenance @ 110k

yep; I use high quality furnace filters and cut them to size. Saves a whole lot of money compared to the ridiculous price charged for the paper filters in a box. You can replace them as often as you want without killing your wallet
by Caretaker
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: maintenance @ 110k
Replies: 9
Views: 82

Re: maintenance @ 110k

If I'm not too late, be very careful when pinching the plastic at both ends of the cabin air filter front "door." It is easy to snap the plastic off. In your case, you'll have plenty of "magic" tape to secure the door closed should something go awry. As was the case in the '60s, I hand tightened my ...
by Caretaker
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: maintenance @ 110k
Replies: 9
Views: 82

Re: maintenance @ 110k

Since money is tight, I'll assume for the moment that your mechanic is fully competent and at least determined that your brakes are in proper working order, the battery is on the newer side with no acid fuzz building up on the terminals, and your serpentine belt is not about to snap and leave you st...
by Caretaker
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Door motor?

Well, I wish I had an '03 then because I ain't seein' that the '09 (as shown on my signature moniker) has the motor and regulator as one piece, and I'm not seeing the prices the same either. As for popping the door panel off, if I don't trust GM mechanics to pop off my plastic parts to do the small ...
by Caretaker
Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Door motor?

Thanks but it is at least $120 for the motor and another $70 for the regulator; then one hour labor charge if I'm lucky.
by Caretaker
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Door motor?

Thanks T, but oddly, now that I have the window all the way up, I'm considering taking the switch out so that the window can't be lowered. Call it a $10 fix for my problem and don't look a gift horse in the mouth. You see, I can't be totally sure that the failing switch on the passenger door was the...
by Caretaker
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Door motor?

New passenger side window switch installed. Window now up. WHEW. I guess a working switch had to be in place for the master switch to also work on that window, completing the electrical circuit loop.
by Caretaker
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Door motor?

Thank you for that. I have moved so many times over the past 5 years and we've had soooo many Toyota recalls on this car that I can no longer remember each time I have brought it into a dealer for repairs. I do remember the re-greasing (maybe twice) of the master switch. I did a search on my VIN and...
by Caretaker
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Door motor?

Thanks, but it wasn't the master switch, just an overheated motor. I ordered the passenger door switch for $10 delivered. I already have the old one out and will put the new one on when it arrives in 2 days.
by Caretaker
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 25
Views: 730

Re: Coronavirus

well,what they are all doing is ensuring that small businesses go out of business, resulting in coming layoffs. Countries that continually teter on financial ruin (aka: Italy, Spain) will begin to trigger a worldwide recession as goods and services can't reach markets, and people who stocked up on a...
by Caretaker
Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Door motor?

Wow, all the GM parts websites have "discontinued" stamped next to many Vibe parts. I decided to buy a window switch (off brand) through Rock Auto for $10 shipped, just to have it around. I'm hoping my motor isn't too badly bruised and that I can just pop in the new window switch to keep my wife fro...
by Caretaker
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Door motor?

Problem solved. The problem was the wife. I did not know that our cars have auto down switches on the front passenger side. The switch has become worn and was getting stuck in the up or down position, essentially, not returning to the neutral position. As such, the motor was overheating. This mornin...
by Caretaker
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Door motor?

Ugh, this might be not worth fixing. Today, we could not open/close the passenger's side window. Both the master switch and the passenger door switch provided some current to the motor but the window would only move an couple of inches slowly. If the switch was the problem, I'm guessing that it woul...
by Caretaker
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Starter killed itself.
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: Starter killed itself.

OP: I hear ya. I've given mine the "don't you dare let me down one more time" talk as well. I just gave mine a sip of bourbon (oil) this morning to get him through the day. Burned just a bit on the 4 hour drive each way to Miami. While I know mine is slowly dying of liver damage from all this consum...
by Caretaker
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 1.8 engine idle issue
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: 2009 1.8 engine idle issue

I'm not so sure about that. I believe we all started with the non-orange-toyota-redesigned intake manifold gasket. I've since replaced mine with the orange one.
by Caretaker
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: is it the vvti rattle, starter, or something else?
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: is it the vvti rattle, starter, or something else?

I don't normally recommend surgery as a first course of action but if you know how to do it yourself, I don't see much harm. Our Denso starters seem to be plagued with this bendix gear grinding issue. The Toyota and Honda boards are full of people complaining. While there does seem to be some contin...
by Caretaker
Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: is it the vvti rattle, starter, or something else?
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: is it the vvti rattle, starter, or something else?

I hate to say it, but that was a very "gentle" noise. The bendix gear in the Denso starter, when it fails, sounds a lot louder and scratchier than the audio you provided us. GM replaced my actuator for free one year and it did nothing. I'm glad they did not take me for my money as they have so many ...
by Caretaker
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody have a car shipped before?
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: Anybody have a car shipped before?

Yea. I ended up firing the 1st broker the 1st week of January. After I turned down his initial offer of paying $50 over the quoted price, he failed to find anybody else. Tried calling him to get an update one time, and he didn't answer his phone. So I hired a new broker. Told the 2nd broker the iss...
by Caretaker
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 15
Views: 741

Re: Auto Show Hunters

My Kia dealer received 2 Seltos' yesterday. I went and sat in them in addition to the CX-30 over at Mazda. The CX-30 is out; way too low to get in/out of; zero rear seat legroom; cupholders forward of the gear shifter (good luck getting a medium sized cup to fit under the dash). The Seltos was nearl...
by Caretaker
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dome Lights Turn on but Won't Turn off When set to Door
Replies: 10
Views: 615

Re: Dome Lights Turn on but Won't Turn off When set to Door

BrandonMassey wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:55 am
all my local junkyards suck when it comes to having my car, never seen a vibe.
Ha.............that's the kinda news we just love to read about here at genvibe :D
by Caretaker
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: my non vibe toy
Replies: 9
Views: 317

Re: my non vibe toy

Looking forward to seeing that '50 rollin' down the line at Mecum real soon :idea:
by Caretaker
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: my vibe story
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: my vibe story

Big thumbs up on buying your cars from individuals on Craigslist. Very smart. You can look the actual owner in the eye and pepper them with tough, specific questions knowing that you will learn exactly what is wrong with the car and how it was maintained. Moreover, with dealers hiring trolls to scou...
by Caretaker
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: lower engine cover=-
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: lower engine cover=-

Perhaps #2 in the illustration? Need to know whether you are gen 1 or gen 2. I ran a search on my car (gen 2)
by Caretaker
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine Mount Surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: Engine Mount Surprise

ColonelPanic wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:59 pm
...the rubber that holds the liquid in has deteriorated, so it can't hold in its liquid. :D
Never a good thing when you're a teenager, that's for sure. I was talking about our teenage Vibes............what were you thinking? :o
by Caretaker
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Brake Pedal Randomly Goes to Floor
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: Brake Pedal Randomly Goes to Floor

I would hope that whomever did the master cylinder and brake work first checked to ensure that none of the brakes were constantly rubbing, causing the fluid to overheat and thus allow the brake pedal to go to the floor.
by Caretaker
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Poor Fuel Economy
Replies: 20
Views: 700

Re: Poor Fuel Economy

Correct 350. My corolla engine LOVES going 80 mph. It is the sweet spot for the engine. Unfortunately that sweet tooth is like drinking cotton candy. My mpgs go down significantly at that speed.
by Caretaker
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 15
Views: 741

Re: Auto Show Hunters

Just went to the local Kia dealer and confirmed the February arrival of the Seltos in the USA. Dealer said that the way the car is selling abroad, Kia will likely phase out the Soul and expect the Seltos to quickly eat into Soul sales. Given how all the Youtube videos in Australia and India are ravi...
by Caretaker
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody have a car shipped before?
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: Anybody have a car shipped before?

I do hope the broker keeps to the quote provided. Once they find a willing driver, sometimes that driver will balk at the price you set with the broker. The broker will then come back to you and ask for $50-$100 more. The worst part was when they delivered my car 2 days before I even got on a plane ...
by Caretaker
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody have a car shipped before?
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: Anybody have a car shipped before?

ho-lee-crap. Made the mistake of entering my (throwaway) email and phone # on a website, and within a minute I was bombarded with calls, texts, and emails. Prices as low as $650 and as much as $1250. This is anxiety inducing. Where is my Xanax?!? Sorry for all that; tried to warn ya. These companie...
by Caretaker
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Are There TPMS Sensors in the Wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 5668

Re: Are There TPMS Sensors in the Wheels?

Thanks, but the mystery deepens. Despite my pushing the reset button for many minutes this afternoon to get the light to flash rapidly 3 times, alas, my TPMS light was off when I went to see some holiday lights tonight. I can't say what made the light turn on today and I can't say what made it turn ...
by Caretaker
Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2019 Coolant
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: 2019 Coolant

there's never been any doubt on these boards actually. Second gen Vibes: Toyota Super Long Life Coolant (pink). Zerex Asian is a perfect match. If you have any other rainbow colors in your overflow tank, or you have doubts, get it all out and replace with the SLLC-pink. Cheers.
by Caretaker
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Are There TPMS Sensors in the Wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 5668

Re: Are There TPMS Sensors in the Wheels?

What a PITA. I put air in all the tires, which needed only a few sips, and now my TPMS light is flashing indicating one or more of the sensors has gone bad. The tires are all new and fine; non are leaking. I then pulled the spare and raised the pressure up to 60 from 50 psi. I don't think spares hav...
by Caretaker
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 15
Views: 741

Re: Auto Show Hunters

Went to a Honda dealer and checked out a 2016 CRV. Very impressive. Good flopping around room and it gets great ratings from Consumer Reports' survey takers back through 2012. I also saw this new car today. I now have 3 cars to consider: current or future model Crosstrek; previous model of the CRV; ...
by Caretaker
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Brakes- expected replacement cost front/back '05 Vibe
Replies: 9
Views: 359

Re: Brakes- expected replacement cost front/back '05 Vibe

For what it is worth, I just did a complete front brake job on my HET at Pep Boys for $420 (after the $60 rebate). That included brake fluid flush, new rotors and akebono brake pads. So, if your quote is for front disk pads and rotors AND rear shoes, the price doesn't seem too outrageous to me. I ca...
by Caretaker
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody have a car shipped before?
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: Anybody have a car shipped before?

I just did a cross country move. Here's what I learned: 1. these companies are all slime balls. Expect no higher service than that 2. research (via google maps) all the auto transport companies in close proximity to the town where the car needs to be picked up. Look at all the yelp reviews of those ...
by Caretaker
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 15
Views: 741

Re: Auto Show Hunters

As you know, the local sales people know as much about the auto show as they do the cars they sell......zippo. I do know from asking an auto show staff member as we were leaving that the regional Mazda office was asked (as they are asked every year) and turned down the opportunity to participate (ag...
by Caretaker
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 15
Views: 741

Re: Auto Show Hunters

Just went to the Mazda dealer today, mainly to express my dismay as to why they were not at the auto show. Anyway, I saw that Mazda.com now has a "build your own CX-30" page, even though it was confirmed today that they won't be hitting the US streets until January. I sat in a CX-5 after chatting, o...
by Caretaker
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 15
Views: 741

Auto Show Hunters

I thought I'd start a new thread in case folks here attend(ed) any auto shows and can post their thoughts on any "average everyday car" at these shows. I spent my day at the Tampa Auto Show. Most manufacturers were there except Mazda and Volvo. I'm pretty POed about Mazda, but since their CX-30 woul...
by Caretaker
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Confession of an ex-Viber
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: Confession of an ex-Viber

You bought at Sheehy instead of from our bud Jack Fitzgerald, huh? Smart purchase. Right now the Crosstrek is my #1, although I have not sat in a Outback in a long time. I need to see if the Outback's center console is as restricting as every other of today's cars. The more I sit in my Vibe every da...
by Caretaker
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2010 Toyota Matrix Upgrades to mimic Pontiac Vibe?
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: 2010 Toyota Matrix Upgrades to mimic Pontiac Vibe?

Sorry for the loss of your car, but I have to ask: why does it have to be another 2006? That's really limiting your options. Also, have you checked craigslist? I found this on cargurus. It is "low mileage" for an '06 but it has been in an accident. Not sure if airbags deployed, frame was damaged.......
by Caretaker
Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Will My Vibe Drive good up North .
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Will My Vibe Drive good up North .

Here's my advice:

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by Caretaker
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 34
Views: 1242

Re: Crosstrek

yeah, the word from the auto press is that the Crosstrek's plug in technology is pretty bogus and not worth the hassle for 17 miles of battery only travel and a ton of storage space taken up by the batteries. I'll pass. Still clicking my heals for the Prius V......bring it Antie M.........
by Caretaker
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Poor Fuel Economy
Replies: 12
Views: 365

Re: Poor Fuel Economy

Don't ask my why, but my Corolla Vibe hates Costco gas. Every fill-up over the past 5 years has resulted in rpm shuttering when coming to a complete stop. I can't explain it other than maybe my car doesn't appreciate waiting in tortuously long lines just to get a fill-up (and no squeegie to clean th...
by Caretaker
Tue Oct 29, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Poor Fuel Economy
Replies: 20
Views: 700

Re: Poor Fuel Economy

In the long run, burning oil will also decrease your fuel economy. This possibly is what is happening to me lately. While my oil consumption has actually slowed with the flat terrain, my gas mileage has gone down to the 26-27 mpg range lately; the lowest I've seen in this car's lifetime. While that...
by Caretaker
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 34
Views: 1242

Re: Crosstrek

That is good news. When is it coming out? The current "hybrid" is a plug in hybrid according to cars.com. I'm assuming you are referring to a self regenerating hybrid version? For me, the best news is that it will end my monthly searches as to whether Toyota is going to come out with a 2020 Prius V ...