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by Caretaker
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Prius V
Replies: 0
Views: 15

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: 1673

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: 145

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: 883
Views: 125241

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: 166

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: 166

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: 166

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: 237

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: 153

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: 92

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: 245

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: 245

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: 254

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: 1628

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: 1628

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: 195

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: 390

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: 114

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: 114

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: 133

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: 126

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: 178

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: 178

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: 254

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: 119

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: 193

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: 142

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: 167

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: 167

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: 167

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: 150

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: 141

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: 284

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: 4
Views: 247

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: 178

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: 288

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: 288

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: 467

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: 1283

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: 7709

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: 467

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: 422

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: 328

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: 508

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: 406

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: 3341

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: 4715

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: 233

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: 690

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: 306

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...

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