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by Caretaker
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Prius V
Replies: 3
Views: 177

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...
by Caretaker
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Considering buying an 03 Vibe. General questions
Replies: 7
Views: 129

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: 7
Views: 129

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: 190

Re: Blown Transmission. What to do next.

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

https://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/data/used-car-market-quarterly-report.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: 12
Views: 321

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: 142

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: 12
Views: 321

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: 12
Views: 321

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 G...
by Caretaker
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 8
Views: 149

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: 149

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: 149

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: 190

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: 131

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: 131

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: 141

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 pa...
by Caretaker
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: weird electical issue, could be a ghost?
Replies: 9
Views: 195

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: 195

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: 195

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: 3
Views: 177

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: 3
Views: 177

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.c...
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: 35
Views: 1972

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: 275

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: 889
Views: 128352

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: 275

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: 275

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: 275

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: 323

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: 225

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: 143

Toyota Parts Sale

by Caretaker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to get back into a Vibe
Replies: 11
Views: 354

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...
by Caretaker
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to get back into a Vibe
Replies: 11
Views: 354

Re: Looking to get back into a Vibe

As I always say, unless your car is kept inside under a nice warm blanket at night, age kills cars; mileage doesn't. When looking for a used car, I always try to get the newest model year for the money. How about looking at the Toyota Matrix instead which ran for a few more model years longer than t...
by Caretaker
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?

Hyundai made a colossal mistake when they tried to "fix" the ugly Elantra Touring for the "cool" GT. Give us our wagons back. Stop listening to the in crowd. Us smart people want the versatility, visibility, and human leg/head/shoulder room that the Touring brought us. Today's go...
by Caretaker
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: My not-so-new Vibe
Replies: 26
Views: 1815

Re: My not-so-new Vibe

Let us know if we can be of (opinionated) help regarding your car search. I have the 2019 Forester in my sights should my Vibe commit suicide by oil overdose. I would be very careful about buying an older Subaru; their long term reliability has been a bit sketchy. Again, if you need help, let us kno...
by Caretaker
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: My not-so-new Vibe
Replies: 26
Views: 1815

Re: My not-so-new Vibe

I'm very sorry to hear about your ordeal and your injury. I hope this doesn't become a financial burden on top of everything else you have gone through. I'm glad the Vibe protected you as designed. I parked my Vibe next to a new Forester today and fully understand the size and density disparity you ...
by Caretaker
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Help w/ coolant not getting sucked in by radiator
Replies: 5
Views: 276

Re: Help w/ coolant not getting sucked in by radiator

I would recommend that you do not start multiple threads that evolve around the same subject so that people that are trying to help you see what has already happened and see all the information that you have already provided on the subject.

:idea: + 100
by Caretaker
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Transmission fluid vs change
Replies: 6
Views: 456

Re: Transmission fluid vs change

I've always done flushes on my transmissions because I was the sole owner and I did it at appropriate intervals, not allowing varnish to build up inside. When you buy a used vehicle and don't know the history of the car or how it was driven (ie: towing up hills both ways; racing every Honda Civic yo...
by Caretaker
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.

Well, there is no thinking involved when talking about the CV boots. Just take a flash light and shine it down through the engine bay and look at the boots. If they are cracked, the black grease will avail itself, whether in the lower engine bay or in the wheel well. Take a look and rule it in/out. ...
by Caretaker
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.

Don't forget to look at your constant velocity (CV) boots to see if they are cracked. There often will be black grease strewn all inside your tire's wheel well as the grease gets sprayed around.
by Caretaker
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe Fastener package
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Vibe Fastener package

I didn't realize there are so many size variations for just one car. I thought those black fasteners were all the same size
by Caretaker
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: AC Works Great and Then Stops
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: AC Works Great and Then Stops

On the Fit boards, a common issue with their AC units acting up is normally one of two things: 1. the level of refrigerant is not at the proper level. There is a high and low gauge range which needs to be tested. It is likely that you need to get the refrigerant to the proper charge. 2. when the AC ...
by Caretaker
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Keep'em coming!
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Keep'em coming!

And if you can afford a new car model: Mitsubishi has the Eclipse Cross and Nissan has the Kicks.

https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/crossovers-suvs/kicks.html

https://www.mitsubishicars.com/eclipse-cross/2018#vehicle-hero-area
by Caretaker
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Keep'em coming!
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Keep'em coming!

For me it comes down to 2 things when replacing the Vibe: 1. I'm not 25 anymore. Shoe-horning myself in and out of these cars is out. Building cars lower and lower to meet CAFE standards doesn't appeal to me. Like you, I'm not big on upsizing to a CRV/RAV/Forester/CX5 level of car, but am doing so t...
by Caretaker
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?

extremely low to the ground in order to achieve these gas mpgs. I'm done with "diving down" when getting into a car. That's why I've owned 2 Vibes. Next car is likely the 2019 Forester
by Caretaker
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: 2003 Vibe Fuel Breather
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: 2003 Vibe Fuel Breather

Interesting. Our '03 AWD had a very distinct gas odor every time I pulled into my carport. I never knew what it was and donated the car before ever finding out.
by Caretaker
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Thanks to the member in Burlington, ON!
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Thanks to the member in Burlington, ON!

Actually, GenVibe has a fleet of drones which deposit our business cards down upon unsuspecting Vibe owners like bird droppings. The fact that one just happened to get wedged into your wiper is a coincidence.
by Caretaker
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Weird auto trans problem
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Weird auto trans problem

yep, the valvebody issue is what plagued the older Kia/Hyundai transmissions, of which I currently own. The transmission started doing all kinds of weird things, especially in reverse, of which the dealership said was caused by me not flushing out the tranny fluid driving in an urban, high stress en...
by Caretaker
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: CRV versus Forester
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: CRV versus Forester

I have the '09 1.8 liter like it says below my signature line :D At 125,000 on the odometer, the car is running the best it ever has. I'm sorry I put the $2000 into the car to get a simple oil leak fixed in the timing gear cover, but I do have lifetime XM and I'd will keep the car until the next maj...
by Caretaker
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: CRV versus Forester
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: CRV versus Forester

Very true. I'm just not sure at the rate I'm burning oil, and given that I won't be paying money to tear apart the engine to find out what is causing it, how long would a "new" cat last me? Can it clog up quickly or are we talking 2+ years before it could break down again? If the latter, I...
by Caretaker
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: CRV versus Forester
Replies: 6
Views: 236

CRV versus Forester

I started my car buying journey the other day in case the Vibe decides to destroy its liver (catalytic converter) once and for all. Over the past 12 months, the 3 cars on my list were the CRV, Forester and CX-5. I'm sick of Toyota and won't consider the 2019 Rav4 unless it turns out to be the "...

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