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by Caretaker
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: My not-so-new Vibe
Replies: 21
Views: 1377

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: 21
Views: 1377

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: 119

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: 4
Views: 273

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: 64

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: 64

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: 65

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: 65

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: 4
Views: 85

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: 4
Views: 85

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: 4
Views: 69

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: 69

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: 1
Views: 68

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: 79

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: 109

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: 109

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: 109

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 "...
by Caretaker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Fog lights won't come on
Replies: 7
Views: 109

Re: Fog lights won't come on

did you try starting the car first and then turning on the fog lights? I somehow remember that either the regular lights had to be in the power on position (not DRL position) and/or the car had to be actually started.
by Caretaker
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Did I Break a Rear Mount?
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Did I Break a Rear Mount?

by Caretaker
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking at buying a Pontiac Vibe
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Looking at buying a Pontiac Vibe

well, how about adding 1 quart of oil every 900 miles on my 2zr 1.8 corolla engine? Now that's a horror story. This thing goes in the trash once the cat clogs up. If you want bullet proof in a small car, try any generation of the Honda Fit.
by Caretaker
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: inside tire wear=-
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: inside tire wear=-

According to the Bridgestone website, it is usually your toe and/or camber are out of spec. When is the last time the car had an alignment, which is even more important if you live in a northern climate (which you don't) where freeze/thaw take a huge toll on the roads? I had T/A tires once. The wors...
by Caretaker
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Sirus XM Offer
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Sirus XM Offer

Yep; those of us Vibe owners who took a huge risk in '09 by buying a lifetime plan, helping to bail Sirius XM out of financial difficulty as their stock lagged at 63 cents a share, were thanked by a provision which prevents us from doing a one time transfer. Here are the rules for lifetime owners: I...
by Caretaker
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Spash Guard Fasteners
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: Spash Guard Fasteners

I take great pride in reading stories of those who travel great distances to find their used vehicles. I did the same; a 2 hour train ride each way which was a bust, and the second time, a 3 hour drive to get a very dry Honda Fit, beating the dealerships trolling Craigslist to a great vehicle. I've ...
by Caretaker
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Spash Guard Fasteners
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: Spash Guard Fasteners

Yep, I use lots of zip ties and even more so, I use those medium sized, red plastic wall anchors for hanging pictures. I just hammer them in any place plastic parts get anchored into metal ones. Very nice looking car and one very impressive garage you have there.
by Caretaker
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fender dents
Replies: 13
Views: 368

Re: Fender dents

Do you mean that $ 4 red plastic suction cup??? I'm going to go get one today if you say it works the way you stated..........
by Caretaker
Wed May 30, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Oil Capacity??
Replies: 6
Views: 1078

Re: Oil Capacity??

I'm pouring a full bottle of Seafoam into the engine 200 miles before my oil changes to see if it will unclog the oil return holes at the bottom of the piston head. When I change the oil, I have one of my quarts replaced with Lucas Oil. I have done this once and will do it two more times before repo...
by Caretaker
Sun May 27, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Do you feel your Vibe's A/C is deficient?
Replies: 50
Views: 7529

Re: Do you feel your Vibe's A/C is deficient?

yup, another crappy Toyota design; just like the brakes. Both Vibe generations had deficient A/C, no matter how many adjustments you made to the thermostat cable behind the center console. Fan speed 1 is like not having the fan on at all. The 2019 Rav 4 caught my attention for a second or two only i...
by Caretaker
Sun May 20, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fender dents
Replies: 13
Views: 368

Re: Fender dents

Due to the deep folds, I think you still are going to have creases if you attempt to hammer that out yourself. It looks all cosmetic. Do you really want to spend non-maintenance money on a 15 year old car? The good news is that you enter the car from the driver's side and won't have to look at it. W...
by Caretaker
Sun May 20, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Road trip
Replies: 14
Views: 325

Re: Road trip

I've gone coast to coast and soon....to coast in mine. As long as you have replaced the serpentine belt in the car and made sure you have 60 psi in your spare tire, I say, crank up the Sniff 'n The Tears' "Driver's Seat" and bon voyage.
by Caretaker
Sat May 19, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Cool article on the Vibe
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: Cool article on the Vibe

Very nice article. Congrats Nick. I think the article is accurate; the Vibe is good. With slightly better part suppliers, the car could easily have been placed in the "bullet proof" category. The author should also write a similar article on the first generation 07/08 Honda Fit or early ye...
by Caretaker
Sat May 19, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 base 1.8l
Replies: 8
Views: 432

Re: 2009 base 1.8l

Yep, the first and third videos are the only ones that really exhibit the noise. The middle one sounds low on oil. This low tone rattle is the timing gear actuator noise. The higher pitch, metal on metal grinding noise (not included in your video montage) is the bendix gear in the starter going bad....
by Caretaker
Mon May 14, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member considering a 2005 Pontiac Vibe 5 speed. Recalls? Issues?
Replies: 8
Views: 315

Re: New member considering a 2005 Pontiac Vibe 5 speed. Recalls? Issues?

Mike, Don't let the "Toyota" nameplate have you jumping for joy. These cars are far from bullet proof and Toyota's reputation has been on the slide the past 10 years due to inferior parts suppliers. I have owned both iterations of the Vibe. Was it a great car when new: yes. Is it still a g...
by Caretaker
Sat May 12, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3153

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Yikes, that's a lot of lawn mowing out there!!! :lol: With the house I'm building, I'm making sure the builder leaves me no outdoor chores if possible. :ugeek:
by Caretaker
Tue May 08, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P0301 Code - Cylinder #1 Misfire
Replies: 17
Views: 4472

Re: P0301 Code - Cylinder #1 Misfire

Other than 1: a faulty thermostat that needs replacing, or 2: a cracked head gasket, my thought while reading your post was to ask whether you recently flushed out your radiator and replaced the fluid? Reason? : if the car was not properly "burped," air pockets can send your thermostat gau...
by Caretaker
Tue May 08, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Right front CV boot leaking
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Right front CV boot leaking

First, there are inner and outer constant velocity joint boots, two on each side. It is common, especially the outer ones closest to the tire, for them to tear or crack especially when driving on gravel roads and in winter conditions where ice can also slice away at the rubber. Second, it is not oil...
by Caretaker
Sat May 05, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 2.4 oil usage
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: 2009 2.4 oil usage

Under the direction of my mechanic, I am attempting to remedy my car's motoroilism. I have added a full bottle of sea foam to the engine oil compartment. I am running the seafoam for 2 weeks to see if it will dissolve some of the clogged oil return holes surrounding the bottom of the piston head (as...
by Caretaker
Wed May 02, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Vibe is vibratin'
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Vibe is vibratin'

misfiring and arcing is common with failing ignition coils and manifests as a stuttering/shaking engine. This is a regular theme on the Honda Fit boards and may have something to do with harder working small engines. Anyway, I replaced mine as preventative maintenance. If I lived out in the countrys...
by Caretaker
Tue May 01, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Vibe is vibratin'
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: Vibe is vibratin'

iridium plugs and Denso ignition coils. They are wear items and need to be replaced. Sometimes you don't achieve the 100,000 miles on these items. I changed mine out early. Car is purring like a kitten and drinking like a fish.
by Caretaker
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How to Remove the Spare?
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: How to Remove the Spare?

Houston: I take mine out at least every 6 months to ensure there is 60 psi. I encourage everyone to do this, lest they find out the hard way on a cold night that their spare is 25 psi and unable to be used in an emergency. There are two grey floor sections that must be removed. Turn the locking scre...
by Caretaker
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009--VSC, eng light, trac ctrl light all on?
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Re: 2009--VSC, eng light, trac ctrl light all on?

Would a defective ignition coil cause constant stuttering? No. There can be arcing issues which result in intermittent issues. Some people have taken their ignition coils out and put dielectric grease along the shaft to stem the issue. It only works for awhile. As you deduced, if you have not yet pu...
by Caretaker
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Member and Qs about 2009 Vibe
Replies: 13
Views: 550

Re: New Member and Qs about 2009 Vibe

Conicelli has the floor mats both with the Matrix and Corolla logos. The matrix ones are only $35 https://parts.conicellitoyotaofconshohocken.com/oem-parts/toyota-2pc-all-weather-mats-black-mtrx2-pt9081200w02/?c=Zz1pbnRlcmlvciZzPWZsb29yLW1hdHMmYT10b3lvdGEmbz1tYXRyaXgmeT0yMDA5JnQ9YmFzZSZlPTEtOGwtbDQt...
by Caretaker
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: Another deer encounter
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Re: Another deer encounter

Let us know how it works out. I had two strikes in a year's time. One, along the Potomac. A buck tried to hitchhike and nearly came through my windshield practically destroying my 626. Then after I owned my Malibu for one month, a small horny dear was hell bent on running across the road up in the m...
by Caretaker
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 871
Views: 122735

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Seriously??? You are running on OEM ignition coils, serpentine belt, alternator, water pump and shocks/struts? I'm at 118,000 and won't put another cent into this car. While I don't mind throwing money into preventative maintenance items even before they go, my trust in this car making it to 200,000...
by Caretaker
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: ‘09 Vibe Vinyl Wrap - Gloss Dark Grey!
Replies: 14
Views: 451

Re: ‘09 Vibe Vinyl Wrap - Gloss Dark Grey!

..... was more of a cheat...I just bough brand new ones :D . It is a amazing. My Hyundai's lights are as clear as the day they were installed. I don't know what kind of plastic they used, but geez. My Vibe's headlights on the other hand require constant attention. I'd get new headlights but with al...
by Caretaker
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Kumho Solus TA11?
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Kumho Solus TA11?

No direct experience with these tires, but it is obvious that Tire Rack likes them which is good enough for me. I have had other Kumhos and am a fan. I have read that some of the new ones are a bit wimpy on the sidewall rubber and affect cornering. At the price point you quoted, I say go for it.
by Caretaker
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: ‘09 Vibe Vinyl Wrap - Gloss Dark Grey!
Replies: 14
Views: 451

Re: ‘09 Vibe Vinyl Wrap - Gloss Dark Grey!

Super SWEET. Congrats. Looks like the color of my friend's Karmann Ghia (I had the misfortune of sitting in the other day). How did you get those headlights so purdy? I was thinking of taking mine into Pep Boys to have the oxidation removed. As Seen on TV's Wipe New only lasts for a short while.
by Caretaker
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: New Ignition switch, no inside power
Replies: 7
Views: 262

Re: New Ignition switch, no inside power

he, he....so that's where my car went to............I thought it would be in a dumpster by now or crushed and recycled into Bud Light cans. Age kills humans and cars. I wish you luck on getting your car back to working order. Even Corollas die someday.
by Caretaker
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2004 Vibe GT possible oil leaks ???
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: 2004 Vibe GT possible oil leaks ???

yep, the oil seeped down and coated the drive belt pulleys. The oil never reached the ground, but I noticed it after enough dirt had clung to the oily areas.
by Caretaker
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2004 Vibe GT possible oil leaks ???
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: 2004 Vibe GT possible oil leaks ???

as you already know T, I just had this repair (timing gear cover gasket) done to my car. $2,000 stinkin' bucks to lift my engine out just to replace a couple of stupid rubber gaskets. I couldn't even get my mechanics to do any other work while the engine was out (ie: replace all the mounts); nothing...
by Caretaker
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 11
Views: 591

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

Tire Pressure Monitors were installed on all vehicles starting with the 2008 model year. Your car does not have them. You can easily check this by going out and wiggling your black rubber stems. TPMS stems are rigid aluminum. If you have a Discount Tire brick and mortar store near you, they will mat...

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