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by Caretaker
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?
Replies: 5
Views: 53

Re: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?

The only thing we really need to ask given this "much" information is: Q. How much money have you got to spend? A: If lots, go buy a used Prius V. They get upwards of 50 mpg and there are lots out there to choose from. Amazing reliability. A: If little, go buy a used Honda Fit. They get 32 mpg, are ...
by Caretaker
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: TPS Throttle Position Sensor Relearn
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: TPS Throttle Position Sensor Relearn

I believe so. My mechanic said that several of my PIDS were not calibrated properly. I'll write what he wrote, not understanding a word of it :roll: Scan showed that the actual and the desired minimum throttle PIDS do not match. Also found minimum throttle setting is not complete. Removed throttle b...
by Caretaker
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?
Replies: 11
Views: 487

Re: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?

None of this applies to me as I wont be buying anything other than an American made GM vehicle


Ha......good luck with that
by Caretaker
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Gt timing chain cover gasket replacement.
Replies: 9
Views: 79

Re: Gt timing chain cover gasket replacement.

...been there
...fixed that

In the 2zr engine (Corolla Vibe), the engine has to come out to replace the timing chain cover gasket. Your engine might be different. For your sake, I hope it is.
by Caretaker
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Misfire
Replies: 10
Views: 131

Re: Misfire

What brand of plugs and ignition coils? We can't just throw anything into these Japanese engines. They revolt if Denso is not used.
by Caretaker
Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Edge Of Trim Panel Came Unattached On Passenger Door
Replies: 13
Views: 9237

Re: Edge Of Trim Panel Came Unattached On Passenger Door

Step 7: go buy a second gen Vibe. The original cladding design was stupid to begin with.
by Caretaker
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: REBUILT salvage title...would you buy it?
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: REBUILT salvage title...would you buy it?

I totally agree ehoff. Unless a car is garaged and sealed out from rodents, time kills cars. Time includes exposure to moisture, salt (air and road), radiation and heat/cold extreme impacts to plastic and electronics, and natural rubber degradation. To nearly a tee, every generation of car is better...
by Caretaker
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Are you getting tired of working on your car ?
Replies: 7
Views: 171

Re: Are you getting tired of working on your car ?

been there; done that. I got sick of working on cars around the time they stopped making engine bays that I could step inside of, like my '69 Valiant. I only did oil changes on all my cars over these recent years because paying $25 for a $15 job AND having to give my cars up for hours on end, was an...
by Caretaker
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Battery replacement advise
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Re: Battery replacement advise

Yes, Johnson Controls, which produces many of today's car batteries, has really raised the prices over the past couple of years. Consumer Reports continues to give the Maxx Ever Start battery at Walmart high ratings. I just had to replace mine after 5.5 years. The original Maxx only had a 3 year war...
by Caretaker
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For Sale: 1owner 2006 Base FWD - 92555 zip
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: For Sale: 1owner 2006 Base FWD - 92555 zip

as they say at Chick-fil-a: my pleasure

Good luck with the sale.
by Caretaker
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For Sale: 1owner 2006 Base FWD - 92555 zip
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: For Sale: 1owner 2006 Base FWD - 92555 zip

Pictures for Brad's car are on Blinker or cars.com

https://blinker.com/cars/listing/17432? ... almsprings

...or you can click on the duplicate posting below it on cars.com for $2800 and save $100. ;)
by Caretaker
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3551
Views: 348616

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 Caretaker
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2010 Vibe 1.8L Timing Chain Tensioner Gasket / O Ring
Replies: 2
Views: 248

Re: 2010 Vibe 1.8L Timing Chain Tensioner Gasket / O Ring

2zrfe: known problems with Corolla engines due to crappy design by toyota once again. $2,000 to lift your engine out just to replace a $7 timing cover gasket. What a joke. Sorry and good luck. I bit the bullet and had it done with a ton of regrets so far. If my car lasts another 3 years, I will have...
by Caretaker
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1186

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

The General R/T 43 should be a top choice. I have them on the HET. The Vibe has Pirelli Cinturato P7 Plus tires and they are amazingly smooth and quiet. In fact, I stopped rotating them over 15 months ago and also have not gotten an alignment in 2 years. They are wearing very evenly and still remain...
by Caretaker
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Re: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility

TP: I sent you several PMs but I don't think it is working. They just keep getting dumped into my outbox and don't get delivered. :roll:
by Caretaker
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Re: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility

I'll be moving that way....gulf-side.....in about a month. Decided to have the Vibe shipped instead of doing another 5 day trip towing it behind a Uhaul. It would be awful to make that 2500 mile journey knowing that 80s on 8 is on a trailer 10 feet behind me. I don't believe I ever got a flyer outli...
by Caretaker
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Re: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility

.......but unless there's a reason you had to keep the stock service (e.g. "lifetime" subscription) it seems the Sirius XM tuners are getting pretty cheap. After 116 months, I'm down to about $3.60 a month on my XM "lifetime" rental. I don't want to get rid of my Vibe until I'm down to under $3 whi...
by Caretaker
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Oil Residue on engine
Replies: 3
Views: 131

Re: Oil Residue on engine

I think you and whomever may have done oil changes on this car in the past simply "missed the bowl." I frequently put oil on the sides as I hastily added oil directly from the bottle to keep my oil consuming Toyota Vibes full.
by Caretaker
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Prius V
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: 2019 Prius V

While in DC placing wreaths at the graves at Arlington, I rented the Impreza. After we were done sloshing around in the mud and heavy rain all day, I got to give the car a good test drive in heavy rain on wet leaves. I found it to be a very capable car but totally annoying. The Subaru eyesight rings...
by Caretaker
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Prius V
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: 2019 Prius V

Yea, my concern is that this "Prius V" will be headed to Japan and not sold here, as not to interfere with the RAV 4 sales. Too bad for me since on paper, it looks like the perfect car for me moving forward. Honda would never allow the recent Accord wagon here since they know it would take a big chu...
by Caretaker
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Considering buying an 03 Vibe. General questions
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Considering buying an 03 Vibe. General questions

Make sure you are checking every possible site: cars.com cargurus.com autotrader.com craigslist.org I just saw something called autolist.com There likely are others. I just did a search on the terms used car websites. And don't forget to do a nationwide search. Once you establish a repore with the o...
by Caretaker
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Considering buying an 03 Vibe. General questions
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Considering buying an 03 Vibe. General questions

I get the heebeegeebees every time I see the word dealer written. Anyway, as I recall, we used to take a big hit on mpgs on our '03 AWD. Something like 22-24 mpg around town versus the 28-30 I get with my non AWD vibe (second gen). Since Charlie the used car dealer will know nothing about any of the...
by Caretaker
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Blown Transmission. What to do next.
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: Blown Transmission. What to do next.

Here's your used car market report. Happy reading:

https://www.edmunds.com/industry-center ... eport.html

After opening, scroll down and click on the large Edmunds USED CAR REPORT Q3 blue link
by Caretaker
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another Vibe lost
Replies: 13
Views: 583

Re: Another Vibe lost

Sorry you have to go through all of this. Sounds like your wife is in to colors. Make sure she tries to parallel park the Outback. Good luck with that ;) . The Crosstrek will be WAY too small for a full sized family. Be very careful of being sucked into the style of a eurocar. VWs generally have ver...
by Caretaker
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2009 vibe vs 03-08 vibes
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: 2009 vibe vs 03-08 vibes

The 2009 1.8 Corolla engine got bored out a bit more and added a few horse power. The transmission uses World Standard fluid instead of the Toyota Type IV fluid in your first gen models. As mentioned in the last post, you have the option of a Camry or a Corolla engine. The radio is vastly improved, ...
by Caretaker
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another Vibe lost
Replies: 13
Views: 583

Re: Another Vibe lost

My esteemed mechanic is begging me not to buy another Hyundai product. I also read a recent article in a business journal highlighting "why Hyundai has fallen so far, so fast" recently. Good luck with your search.
by Caretaker
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another Vibe lost
Replies: 13
Views: 583

Re: Another Vibe lost

Check out the 2019 Forester. Great vehicle; and if you happen to try and like the last model, there should be discount pricing on them now. I think the Outback is harder to see out of and to parallel park. I'm now waiting for the "mystery" Prius V still undergoing testing on the track in Germany. So...
by Caretaker
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: New to forum

read the craigslist ad
by Caretaker
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: New to forum

"$ 20 to fill the tank"..... must be another one of those "nothing has ever gone wrong with my Vibe" owners. Yeah, I fill my tank for $ 20 here in California as well...............when the needle says 3/4ths full that is.
by Caretaker
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: New to forum

front seats don't go back as far? I've owned both generations. I found the second generation to be better in almost every way. Yes the front passenger seat does not fold flat, and yes there is no separate liftgate pass through glass. Other than that, I'd always steer any potential buyer to the secon...
by Caretaker
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Blown Transmission. What to do next.
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: Blown Transmission. What to do next.

For $2,000 installed, I'd put the transmission in. If everything else on the car is good (tires, fluids, ignition coils, interior) and you are sure that regular maintenance was done on the car, I'd keep a car that is only 10 years old as long as it isn't burning oil.
by Caretaker
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dreaded 299,999 dead odo
Replies: 9
Views: 346

Re: Dreaded 299,999 dead odo

...or you could do the rational thing and move out of Pennsylvania :idea:
by Caretaker
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dreaded 299,999 dead odo
Replies: 9
Views: 346

Re: Dreaded 299,999 dead odo

.....or just say "Bada Book, Bada Boom"
by Caretaker
Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Part cost/price/purchase location?
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Re: Part cost/price/purchase location?

Cladding. I see it on the car parts website as door moulding https://cpprohomeoh.car-part.com/image?seller=2505&partGUID=DFB7D607-0765-4E0E-AA31-D7946790776B&vehicleGUID=B269C187-B5D5-479E-B258-2A0B686A543D&display=2005%20Pontiac%20Vibe%20Rear%20Door%20Moulding-Stock%23%20CK1041 On GM parts direct i...
by Caretaker
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: weird electical issue, could be a ghost?
Replies: 9
Views: 334

Re: weird electical issue, could be a ghost?

Same with me actually, but I only made it from the Costco gas pump to the tire center at the other end of the parking lot where it died again because the internal wires were too hot. The lot attendant jumped me once at the pump and once at the tire center. After a bit of cool down, I was able to dri...
by Caretaker
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: weird electical issue, could be a ghost?
Replies: 9
Views: 334

Re: weird electical issue, could be a ghost?

as I have stated in other threads, when my alternator was failing: - the car suddenly died when the car came to a stop - the car took a jump from a working truck and drove for awhile until it died again - car was tested; both battery and alternator tested fine - car drove just fine when the engine c...
by Caretaker
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: weird electical issue, could be a ghost?
Replies: 9
Views: 334

Re: weird electical issue, could be a ghost?

Yep, time for a new alternator.
by Caretaker
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Prius V
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: 2019 Prius V

Just took the 2019 Forester out for a test drive. Impressive car. There is something twitchy with the steering that will have to be addressed in a software update. I read something about this from a current owner's blog. I also stopped at the Toyota dealership to ask about the 2019 Prius V. The pers...
by Caretaker
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Prius V
Replies: 5
Views: 523

2019 Prius V

Are there any Toyota insiders on this site who can confirm whether this car will be built and offered in the US? The 2017 model was the "last year of production" according to the Toyota website. These sightings in Germany make me wonder if this is something worth waiting for. https://www.caranddrive...
by Caretaker
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)
Replies: 37
Views: 2404

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

1969 Plymouth Valient 1976 Plymouth Volare 1984 Renault Encore and Alliance 1986+1/2 Nissan Hardbody pickup 1989 Toyota Corolla wagon 1996 Mazda 626 2003 Pontiac Vibe 2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 2007 Honda Fit 2009 Pontiac Vibe 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring Cars are clearly improving in reliability. T...
by Caretaker
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Won't crank, probably starter?
Replies: 13
Views: 487

Re: Won't crank, probably starter?

My starter died after driving 25 miles to a Costco to gas up. The moment I pulled up to the pump, the car died. Could not get it started without the help of a jump. However, the jump would only last for a few miles, then it would die again. I then got to a mechanic/tire shop where they tested everyt...
by Caretaker
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 905
Views: 133065

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Just passed 123456
by Caretaker
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hi all, glad to be part of the community!
Replies: 11
Views: 447

Re: Hi all, glad to be part of the community!

The manager at Pep Boys and I had a talk today regarding my oil consumption. When I asked him about a compression test, he stated that there are three rings, of which the bottom one is the culprit. He said that a compression test would not be a reliable test against that lower ring and that if I was...
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hi all, glad to be part of the community!
Replies: 11
Views: 447

Re: Hi all, glad to be part of the community!

no clue. I'm assuming to test it, it would cost me money? Given that my personal mechanic is about as expensive as a dealership service department, I've issued a DNR (do not resuscitate) order on this car. Having just been blindsided by a $2,000 repair bill to pull my entire engine out just to fix a...
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hi all, glad to be part of the community!
Replies: 11
Views: 447

Re: Hi all, glad to be part of the community!

every corner, huh?? wow, did you just ask for it......... :lol: :lol: I'll start. 2nd gen Vibe with the 1.8 liter Corolla engine. Consuming oil at a rate of one quart per 1000 miles. Perfect for a Maserati, but not so good for a Corolla. I am currently doing Seafoam into the engine 200 miles before ...
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Used Car Fun - New To Me Vibe Fills With Water
Replies: 7
Views: 456

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

Carfax is nothing more than a cute stuffed animal that is handed out to slimeball used car salesmen preying on an uninformed public that believes there is a talking fox looking out for their financial interests. Sorry this happened to you. There is no substitute for paying a local mechanic $100 to l...
by Caretaker
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dome Light
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Courtesy Light

(pre) ditto
by Caretaker
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Toyota Parts Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Toyota Parts Sale

Another website for your shopping consideration: Toyota Parts Deal (.com):

https://www.toyotapartsdeal.com/?utm_so ... _labor_day
by Caretaker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to get back into a Vibe
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Re: Looking to get back into a Vibe

since you are tall like me, also look at Hyundai Elantra Touring wagons. I see a lot of manual transmission models for sale that nobody wants. They are 5 speed manuals. The OEM automatic had issues and many, like me, had the re-manufactured tranny put in (successfully). If you do go this route, make...