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by Caretaker
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Foglight hole cover
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Foglight hole cover

Here you go. Part #20 in the diagram:
by Caretaker
Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Vibe Owner here! Full intro/info with questions at the end!
Replies: 11
Views: 118

Re: New Vibe Owner here! Full intro/info with questions at the end!

This reads like a person who just bought a turn of the century brick colonial that was gutted by fire in south Detroit and saw the potential of bringing it back to life. :shock: First, kudos for having the ability to perform as many kinds of surgery as you have on the Vibe. Second, kudos on finding ...
by Caretaker
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3588
Views: 372316

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Paid the $39 at Sam's Club and got my headlights nice and shiny and got a 5 year warranty as well. I doubt my car will last that long though.
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: What is my low mileage Vibe worth
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: What is my low mileage Vibe worth

Use these tools to find out its worth.
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 26
Views: 559

CX-30

I went to Mazda and they told me that the US won't see the CX-30 until spring of next year, after Europe and Australia get all of their deliveries.
by Caretaker
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jessi Combs
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Jessi Combs

Well, Jessi was the face, body and smile of many of the top rated shows on Velocity for the past 10 years. A very accomplished gear head who lit up the room wherever she went. A very big loss for the auto industry
by Caretaker
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jessi Combs
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Jessi Combs

I was just reading about Jessi Combs dying yesterday. Awful. Been watching her for many years.
by Caretaker
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: CD player works only on battery power - auto eject with car running
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: CD player works only on battery power - auto eject with car running

Figured I'd tack on a question to this thread: For the past two days, my radio display has gone haywire. I think Carol Ann is inside. I also think the Florida sun is overheating the unit as my car sits outside all day long with just a windshield sunscreen to block out the rays. The display flashes w...
by Caretaker
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Transmission drain and fill at high mileage
Replies: 8
Views: 217

Re: Transmission drain and fill at high mileage

I think that is totally up to you and your financial situation. At 17 years old, your car is at death's doorstep. At 254,000 miles, the car has saved you lots of money. As long as the transmission fluid is cherry red, I wouldn't swap it out prematurely. Professional mechanics have it sweet in that t...
by Caretaker
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall
Replies: 17
Views: 839

Re: Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall

..and free is underlined 5 times. You have to go :roll:
by Caretaker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: "Clicking" sounds behind glove compartment
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: "Clicking" sounds behind glove compartment

[/quote]caretaker is always on the ball. 8-)
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A broken clock is right twice a day
by Caretaker
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Crosstrek

Yep, these guys keep "reinventing/redesigning" junk that doesn't fit me. I just got done watching this youtube video on the CX-30. It did NOT make me feel warm and fuzzy. I was wondering if the people surrounding the car were all Fred Gwynne on stilts or whether the stupid car was the typical "take ...
by Caretaker
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Crosstrek

...he, he....can't be off topic when there are only 10 active people on the site.......... As for the e-brake, all I can say is that there are a LOT of manufacturers producing $25,000 and higher vehicles that are putting a LOT of people at risk then. The electric brake seems to be the way all cars a...
by Caretaker
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Crosstrek

a function that can easily be accomplished by an electronic parking brake switch found on new cars today. I wonder which is more cost effective to install on the assembly line?
by Caretaker
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Crosstrek

The Forester is an outstanding vehicle for sure. The visibility is unparalleled. I'm assuming Subaru fixed the software glitch in the steering (jittery on almost all their new models). I just don't want to buy something that "big" to hold my umbrella. I've been a small car guy all my life. I'm hopin...
by Caretaker
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Questions from a new Vibe owner (sort of)
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Center Storage Bin

Assuming you have the same 2 level storage bin/arm rest (top: tray; bottom: deep storage), yes, both "doors" open to 90 degrees and stay open in that position. As was previously stated, the "doors" do wiggle a lot as they are only cheap plastic. Something is wrong with your plastic hinge if it is no...
by Caretaker
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 1.8 noise on startup
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: 1.8 noise on startup

As you have eluded to, the bendix gear in these Denso starters has been problematic in every Vibe/Matrix/Corolla/Scion/Honda and on and on and on, and should be the first place you investigate. Secondly, it could be the timing gear actuator, but if you are out of warranty, which you are, start with ...
by Caretaker
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Since I'm late to the party, it looks like the OEM rubber floor
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Since I'm late to the party, it looks like the OEM rubber floor

You've checked for Vibe mats, but how about Corolla mats? I had Corolla mats in my first gen and currently have Corolla Special Edition orange trim fabric mats in my current Vibe. I also have a Matrix fabric rear hatch mat in my car. I believe I've seen updated Corolla rubber mats as well. Just a th...
by Caretaker
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Crosstrek

Comic Book Guy: "Best.........Car...........Ever"
by Caretaker
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Crosstrek

agreed. I thought it would be a perfect car until I sat in the driver's seat. There isn't enough leg room for tall drivers. I wish they would let the seat travel back a bit further. Also, the 5 gets very poor gas mileage. Otherwise, the utility of the vehicle is fantastic.
by Caretaker
Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Crosstrek

ah the joys of coming up with ways of squeezing out more mpgs out of a machine that isn't radically different from a '69 Valiant with a slant 6 engine. Will the manufacturers keep lowering the roof line until all cars look like Lotus' propelled by CVTs? I'm shocked that they haven't implemented ultr...
by Caretaker
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Oil filter
Replies: 12
Views: 235

Re: Oil filter

Yep, the Toyota oil filter number you have is exactly correct for the Corolla, Matrix and first generation Vibe
by Caretaker
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 943
Views: 143014

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

If it is the Bendix gear inside the Denso starter, then I would not use the word whine to describe it. It is a scratchy metal on metal grinding noise sounding like rubbing your brass knuckles across your barbecue grate. The Bendix gear issue also does not result in a non-start situation. The car sta...
by Caretaker
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Crosstrek

Kinda like this website, this "others" section isn't getting a whole lot of attention lately, so I figured I'd post some things from time to time since I'm always trying out new car models. Yesterday I sat in the Crosstrek. The dealer happened to have one side by side with the Forester. Both were un...
by Caretaker
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What is this part falling off my rear bumper?
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: What is this part falling off my rear bumper?

It is #18 on this gmpartsdirect.com illustration, but I'll be damned if I can find the name for #18. I think it is called the rear bumper fascia or bumper filler panel. https://www.gmpartsdirect.com/oem-parts/gm-bumper-cover-88975672/?c=YT1wb250aWFj On Conicelli's website, Toyota calls it a spoiler....
by Caretaker
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe alternate history
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: Vibe alternate history

.....'cause their Matrix, especially the first generation, looked like a woman's shoe, we Vibe owner had to ultimately suffer the demise of the Vibe.
by Caretaker
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Starter Motors
Replies: 10
Views: 171

Re: Starter Motors

I'm not sure what a cheapie is. Aren't they all remanufactured from plants in China anyway despite the name stamped on the box? No one is telling you to go to Pep Boys. It was simply an example of a place to go and get a lifetime warranty on a part which is likely to crap out if you keep your car fo...
by Caretaker
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Starter Motors
Replies: 10
Views: 171

Re: Starter Motors

If you don't plan on keeping the car until it crashes/flips/burns and mysteriously dives off a cliff, then get any starter. If you plan on keeping the car until it crashes/flips/burns and mysteriously dives off a cliff, then consider getting one installed at Pep Boys for instance, where you can get ...
by Caretaker
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: window rain guards for 2009 Vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Re: window rain guards for 2009 Vibe

........and I believe they will help quell some of the wind buffeting that punctures our ear drums when lowering the rear windows
by Caretaker
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Stable Has Grown
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: The Stable Has Grown

Congrats on your find. If you are able to do maintenance and repair yourself, it is smart to buy cloned vehicles. I just read about the release of the 2020 Mazda CX-30. I'm not sure why there is a need for another compact SUV in a crowded Mazda lineup, but it has my attention given that the CX-3 is ...
by Caretaker
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2006 base "missing"
Replies: 9
Views: 253

Re: 2006 base "missing"

.........just to be clear......you put in all new Denso ignition coils (double checking that they are the right part number) and it made things worse?
by Caretaker
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Purchased 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Member
Replies: 13
Views: 357

Re: Purchased 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Member

In my quick scan of your note, I didn't see that you mentioned from whom you bought the car.......dealer? I'm hoping that the odometer is accurate and not some reprogrammed rollback. At 66,000 miles, and with no one to ask about the history of the car's maintenance, one can assume that the owner NEV...
by Caretaker
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Vibe door replaced - windows & locks not working
Replies: 9
Views: 286

Re: Vibe door replaced - windows & locks not working

Correct. When you reach into an open window and unlock a door that has been locked with the key FOB, the alarm goes off until the user corrects the situation by using the correct FOB to relock and unlock the doors.
by Caretaker
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Can't part with my Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Can't part with my Vibe

Very close to doing so. Just waiting for the SS checks to start rolling in. Also, there is nothing wrong with my cars. Seems silly to get rid of them as they are not riddled with problems at this time unlike the OP's. As a student of cars, if one of them did poop out, the Forester and Crosstrek woul...
by Caretaker
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Can't part with my Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Can't part with my Vibe

reydenna wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:33 am
I may even squeeze out another road trip to Florida, back roads only.
I'll leave the light on for you. But hurry: 1,000 people a day are moving here. :P
by Caretaker
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Can't part with my Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Can't part with my Vibe

Here's some new math: Start with the number 80 (age your kids will take your car away from you since you are a hazard on the road). Subtract your age. Take that number and multiply it times the amount of lives you plan on spending on planet earth (so far the worldwide average is one). Write that num...
by Caretaker
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Can't part with my Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Can't part with my Vibe

It is over 15 years old. Time to go to the Subaru dealer and pick out a Forester or Crosstrek. If you are the original owner and have not put any major money into it within the past year, then you should have a BIG smile on your face as you take your $400 for your car and drive home with your new on...
by Caretaker
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2006 base "missing"
Replies: 9
Views: 253

Re: 2006 base "missing"

no doubt in my mind: its the ignition coils. Don't cheap out. Get the Denso
by Caretaker
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Best All-Season Tire?
Replies: 43
Views: 9673

Re: Best All-Season Tire?

It is interesting to see how the Kumhos have slipped down the chart on the customer ratings page on tirerack.com over the past couple of years. It is important to look at the amount of miles reported on the far right side of their charts. Any tire with a high rating but under 1 million miles gets a ...
by Caretaker
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Best All-Season Tire?
Replies: 43
Views: 9673

Re: Best All-Season Tire?

I'm heading to Sam's tomorrow to take advantage of their two day sale (ends today) on Pirelli tires. I'm getting the P4 Seasons Plus and got $140 off immediately. Not only did Sam's have the best price on the tire for the Vibe ($90), but after the instant rebate, I'm getting the tires for $75 each o...
by Caretaker
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT
Replies: 8
Views: 425

Re: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT

If VW will allow it, we can call it the Pontiac Thing
by Caretaker
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location
Replies: 9
Views: 306

Re: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location

zbyers wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:40 am
I don't think that's where it's usually at. I will look at dad's later to see. It's always been near the hood latch on nearly every modern vehicle I've looked at.
As things age, "things" tend to start sagging down :o
by Caretaker
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?
Replies: 6
Views: 294

Re: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?

...nor the newspaper when we leave it sitting in the driveway all day :lol:
by Caretaker
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?
Replies: 6
Views: 294

Re: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?

There is no guessing involved; you DO know the age of those tires. It is stamped on the side as a 4 digit number code per Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. The number, lets say 1712 indicates that the tire was born on the 17th week (out of 52 total) of 2012. You can read about it at th...
by Caretaker
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix
Replies: 22
Views: 758

Re: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix

The one thing I'd do almost immediately is put new shocks on it. They seem to die by 100k. I thought the same thing about mine. The shocks have been acting weird as of 110k. However, I have no uneven tire wear (cupping) nor can I "bounce" the front of the car more than one time. Even though they se...
by Caretaker
Sat May 25, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 22
Views: 1907

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

Don't forget to check Walmart online. I found some Mastercraft tires that they were practically giving away. When Walmart wants to discount something to get rid of it, it is worth a look.
Good luck