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by striker1211
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?
Replies: 7
Views: 249

2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?

People on reddit are singing the praises of the Corolla Hatchback saying it is nothing like the crappy Corolla iM. Has anyone drove one yet? It looks just like an iM and is still missing half the practical features the matrix/vibe had. But since it has a 2.0L w/ CVT vs a 1.8L w/ AT the improved fuel...
by striker1211
Sat Jul 28, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Manifold heat shield necessary or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 196

Re: Manifold heat shield necessary or not?

The top or bottom heat shield? The bottom one keeps grass from catching on fire under the engine while idling for extended periods of time. It will also keep water from splashing up and hitting the manifold and cracking it (possibly). The top one will keep your firewall and hood from getting super h...
by striker1211
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The vibe still exists in Japan :(
Replies: 6
Views: 368

The vibe still exists in Japan :(

I just learned of the Toyota Corolla Fielder. Why did they get this sportier vibe/matrix and we get stuck with a scion half-hatchback

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWko6dLEz1c

Thoughts?
by striker1211
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: striker1211's 2008 Vibe Base
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: striker1211's 2008 Vibe Base

Just reporting back, almost 5 years later: Bought it at 78,000 miles. I just crossed 200,000 miles. I had to replace the intake gasket due to CEL (ran fine) and the exhaust manifold due to a hairline crack (or blown manifold gasket, I'll never know) but other than those not one problem. Neither prob...
by striker1211
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 883
Views: 125073

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Bought my 2008 at 73,000 miles. Currently at 199,500 miles. I've replaced one exhaust manifold (that wasn't even that loud) and one intake gasket (threw the CEL but still ran great) in all this time of ownership. Everything else has been gas/oil changes/tires. I just took full coverage off of her si...
by striker1211
Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe Replacements / Successors
Replies: 18
Views: 1376

Re: Vibe Replacements / Successors

Our family owns one of each: 2003 Pontiac Vibe base, 2013 Ford C-MAX SE, and a 2013 Honda Fit Sport, purchased in that order......... Wow that post was one of the most well thought-out and well explained posts I've ever seen. I came to all the same conclusions about the C-MAX and am actually lookin...
by striker1211
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Re: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?

Alrighty follow up time: I got the manifold off and turns out it wasn't a cracked manifold (that I can see with shields grinded off) at all. It was a blown gasket on the outside edges of the cylinders. My local mechanic sucks. Anyways... I had ordered the Dorman 674-939 manifold kit from Amazon alre...
by striker1211
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe Replacements / Successors
Replies: 18
Views: 1376

Vibe Replacements / Successors

So my Vibe has treated me great with no issues for the last 113k miles but I am starting to research its replacement due to the rough ride and broken down seat. I have combed the junk yards to no avail. I would also like to get better MPG on my next car. Unfortunately I have found that newer cars se...
by striker1211
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Re: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?

Okay to post an update on my car: The *new* exhaust leak I thought was coming from my muffler was actually echoing from the front in the parking lot so I took it back to the mechanic again and they said that I needed to get the OEM springs since they did not think it was holding it tight. So I had t...
by striker1211
Tue May 16, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Can somebody double check my diagnosis?
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Can somebody double check my diagnosis?

Necroposting, I know, but I forgot to post back and say it was the missing shims causing it. Put in the shims from Toyota (Toyota 04945-02050 Disc Brake Pad Shim) and all is quiet.
by striker1211
Fri May 12, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: What did you pay for your NEW vibe?
Replies: 7
Views: 655

Re: What did you pay for your NEW vibe?

Thanks for the replies everybody. I am the type of person that can keep a car til it dies. I will be buying new next time. I do not require the newest looks but I do require comfort and reliability. If my girlfriend's 06 Camry didn't provide such a smooth ride I would never know what I was missing. ...
by striker1211
Thu May 04, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: What did you pay for your NEW vibe?
Replies: 7
Views: 655

What did you pay for your NEW vibe?

I am currently considering buying a brand new car instead of used for the first time. My vibe has treated me great for the past 5 years but the ride is very rough compared to newer cars (always has been a stiff ride) and while I know the car will MAKE the long trips I don't know if my body can make ...
by striker1211
Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Re: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?

Alrighty to follow up: A few months ago I had a shop change out the donut gasket. They said that it got even louder after they replaced it so they thought it was a cracked manifold. A few months ago by, I research for hours and never really do anything about it... then I purchased Toyota part number...
by striker1211
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Re: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?

So, did you start the car up and verify were the leak is coming from? It seems that no one has done this up to this point from what you have said. Yeah I stuck my head under the hood and listened and could not easily pinpoint it. So I hooked a DJ fog machine to the tailpipe with the car off and the...
by striker1211
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Re: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?

I just spent the better part of an hour taking the heat shield off my manifold after dropping a bolt INSIDE the frame and stripping another one... I had the donut replaced at a shop and they said it must be my exhaust manifold. So I get the shield off and there is no carbon residue anywhere near the...
by striker1211
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Is Dorman good for aftermarket manifold/donut gasket?

I am looking at a Dorman 674-939 Exhaust Manifold Kit for about $130 shipped and figured I'd ask if anyone else has had success with this model. I cannot find the toyota part number anywhere and Toyota is REALLY apprehensive about giving me it for my vibe. I do know for just the donut gasket and spr...
by striker1211
Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2008 Passenger Airbag Recall Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Re: 2008 Passenger Airbag Recall Questions

Ah I guess that makes sense, them wanting to soak you for more stuff. I took my Vibe to Spartan Toyota in Lansing for a tranny fluid swap and when I got it back they said I needed a new belt tensioner to the tune of just under $400. I politely declined and I've driven it 80 THOUSAND miles since then...
by striker1211
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2008 Passenger Airbag Recall Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 723

2008 Passenger Airbag Recall Questions

I am taking my car to the GM dealer tomorrow for GM safety recall # 15815 . They sent me a letter in like March and months later they finally said the part was available (June) and now I finally have enough time to have my car out of service for a full day so I am taking it in. The dealer said it wo...
by striker1211
Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: DIY: Replacing Windshield Washer Pump
Replies: 9
Views: 13599

Re: DIY: Replacing Windshield Washer Pump

I just wanted to say thanks to the OP for the part number. It worked a treat and was less than $20. I made a video of the replacement procedure in case anyone needs more angles but the OPs post was accurate enough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5hNieveRW8
by striker1211
Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Can somebody double check my diagnosis?
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Can somebody double check my diagnosis?

I used these same pads in 2012 and did not have this issue, but I did put the shims on them in 2012. Here is a pic of the box of pads which is the same part number and brand as my old box of pads, along with a pic of the old pads (that were quiet). http://i.imgur.com/aoG87HR.jpg http://i.imgur.com/3...
by striker1211
Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:23 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Can somebody double check my diagnosis?
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Can somebody double check my diagnosis?

I have the two sets of the two bottom rows of that picture but the two items in the top row I do not. In fact those two ones on the top of the picture are unlike anything I have ever taken off my brakes haha. I'll have to look those up. Thanks :)
by striker1211
Fri Dec 25, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Can somebody double check my diagnosis?
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Re: Can somebody double check my diagnosis?

Thanks for the christmas reply :) I did check the pads against the old ones when I put them on side by side and they are the exact same. In fact I bought the exact same ones (brand and model) so I could exchange the old ones under warranty for another free set without the car being laid up for a day...
by striker1211
Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Can somebody double check my diagnosis?
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Can somebody double check my diagnosis?

So I am almost 100% sure that this rattle sound is being made by my brake pads and lack of shims keeping pressure on them when the brake is released, but I just want someone to verify since I am not really a suspension expert. When going from forward in motion, to reverse and then stopping, I hear a...
by striker1211
Fri Dec 25, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: What would you guys do? Stuck caliper guide pin.
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

Re: What would you guys do? Stuck caliper guide pin.

So it's been a few months and I forgot to update this thread. I did end up just using the bracket and leaving the existing caliper on because I did not have time to rebleed the whole system. So I ended up paying $50 for a bracket. Oh well, beats paying a mechanic still, plus I learned some stuff. Oh...
by striker1211
Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: What would you guys do? Stuck caliper guide pin.
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

Re: What would you guys do? Stuck caliper guide pin.

Sorry, I should have explained better. I ran into the stuck caliper guide pin, (stuck as in cannot get it out, cannot push it in, other 3 move fine) while doing a complete brake job with rotors and pads. Both sides will be getting new rotors and pads regardless. Will the calipers still be press diff...
by striker1211
Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:31 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: What would you guys do? Stuck caliper guide pin.
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

What would you guys do? Stuck caliper guide pin.

I have one stuck caliper guide pin on my 2008 vibe. It is the bottom one on the drivers side. My options are to spend hours trying to get the pin out (tried MAPP gas and BFH already), replace the bracket ($47 after core), or replace the entire caliper with bracket ($57 after core). Both calipers are...
by striker1211
Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:15 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many of you guys have second vehicles? At what point would you get another?
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: How many of you guys have second vehicles? At what point would you get another?

Haha I just posted this thread, relevant photo inside (don't know if posting photo again will trigger a filter or something): http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=44481 I bought a $200 trailer at a yard sale that has saved me $200 in gas over my pickup. Mostly awesome craigslist...
by striker1211
Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:03 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How much have you hauled with your vibe?
Replies: 11
Views: 1280

How much have you hauled with your vibe?

So I was helping a friend clear out an industrial storage unit because he knew I had a truck and I decided it would be cheaper in gas to use the vibe and it had more cu. ft of storage than the bed of my truck. He was 60 miles away so gas was a issue. Well, after loading it up inside and the trailer ...
by striker1211
Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Aftermarket radio with Monsoon Moon+Tunes subwoofer
Replies: 0
Views: 776

Aftermarket radio with Monsoon Moon+Tunes subwoofer

I have had a Pioneer head in my car for two years since I bought it. I have been sending the high level speaker output from the Pioneer unit to the factory amp. It has always had a slight hiss at 0 volume but I had accepted it and got used to it. Now I have a new android head unit and the hiss at 0 ...
by striker1211
Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:09 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to remove instrument cluster on first gen vibes
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: How to remove instrument cluster on first gen vibes

My car does not have ABS, there are infact sensors in my wheels.
by striker1211
Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Adding a switched always-on 12V outlet...
Replies: 5
Views: 833

Re: Adding a switched always-on 12V outlet...

Update: I finally (yes, finally) got around to doing this mod today. I took the yellow radio wire and a ground from the radio (I hate troubleshooting grounds) down to the dash lighter. Then I used the original cigarette wire to power my radar detector directly without a plug since I do not want it o...
by striker1211
Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Drl issues, help
Replies: 17
Views: 924

Re: Drl issues, help

Remember to order the Toyota switch mentioned in the threads to toggle it. It looks awesome like it was supposed to be stock. I have mine so the light lights up when the DRLs are on and its off when they are off. Easy peasy. The switch was $10 but I had to get it on eBay for that price.
by striker1211
Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to remove instrument cluster on first gen vibes
Replies: 3
Views: 526

How to remove instrument cluster on first gen vibes

I had to put tape over my TPMS light because I only have sensors in my winter wheels so I decided to make a quick video. I hope it helps someone. It really is an easy thing to do and now I don't have to see a blinking orange light. 1. Pull bezel off. 2. Remove one screw at top (plastic should be und...
by striker1211
Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Yet another HU install w/Monsoon
Replies: 6
Views: 1020

Re: Yet another HU install w/Monsoon

I didn't use the PAC and saved some money. Sure there is a hiss at 0 volume and it might make an audiophile vomit but the bass is VERY good. You just can't turn it up past 11 without distortion but by 10 your ears are bleeding anyway....
by striker1211
Fri Oct 04, 2013 4:14 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Adding a switched always-on 12V outlet...
Replies: 5
Views: 833

Re: Adding a switched always-on 12V outlet...

Oh wow I cannot believe I did not think of the radio haha. I even installed my own aftermarket radio too so it's double embarrassing. I have read on other forums that the cigarette lighter is prone to shorting on our vibes. Is there any inherent design flaw I can fix?
by striker1211
Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Adding a switched always-on 12V outlet...
Replies: 5
Views: 833

Adding a switched always-on 12V outlet...

I would like to add a switch to the cigarette lighter so I have the option of keeping plug powered when the car is off and the key is out. I would like it to still switch on and off with the car, unless I flip the switch to on which would switch it to constant 12V. I think I got the wiring figured o...
by striker1211
Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 2 Kayaks on GM roof rack?
Replies: 0
Views: 566

2 Kayaks on GM roof rack?

I have been reading that the OEM roof rack can only hold 75 lbs. My kayaks are 44lb each. Would I be better off buying an entire new thule/yakima roof rack than using the GM 12498684 cross bars? What part number would I need if I were to get the aftermarkets? I have been reading conflicting things a...
by striker1211
Fri May 17, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: striker1211's 2008 Vibe Base
Replies: 2
Views: 551

striker1211's 2008 Vibe Base

Just wanted to show off my new rims. I hope this is the right place to do it. It's a 2008 w/ Moon & Tunes. They are 16" Enkei J10's. I got 16s because I wanted it to look nice without it looking "too nice". Plus the paint on the hood is starting to slowly chip away to black (which...
by striker1211
Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0135 & P0143 Bank 1 Sensor 3?
Replies: 1
Views: 503

P0135 & P0143 Bank 1 Sensor 3?

http://i.imgur.com/RobRcXml.jpg http://i.imgur.com/QLIPxc6l.jpg I got a check engine light yesterday and pulled these two codes. I suspect that the wire for one of the sensors is melted because I have smelt burning plastic (almost like burning electrical tape) recently. My question is, could I have...
by striker1211
Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:18 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Recirculation (Full AC) button does nothing
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Recirculation (Full AC) button does nothing

I understand there are problems with damage to the recirculate door that causes "clicking" from time to time, however my problem is that when I press the recirc button it does not do anything at all. I have checked the switch connection and cable and they are connected. I assume if it was ...
by striker1211
Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: FS: 2003 Base Vibe
Replies: 3
Views: 603

Re: FS: 2003 Base Vibe

I live in Jackson and am curious if you would want to sell the rims/tires separate. Would you happen to have the oem rims still? Thanks.
by striker1211
Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: HVAC Blower Fan Removal
Replies: 2
Views: 1673

HVAC Blower Fan Removal

This took me 5 minutes with taking pictures with the proper tools: Phillips Screwdriver 10mm Socket 7/32 Socket (5.5mm) MAYBE a flathead for plastic pcm pins. [edit] Just noticed there is already a tutorial for this... oh well. http://i.imgur.com/gUzFTl.jpg Unscrew phillips screw from glove box supp...
by striker1211
Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dome Light not turning on when door is open
Replies: 7
Views: 1376

Re: Dome Light not turning on when door is open

On my 2003, the light in the sunroof control module is not tied into the door/hatch being open. It is manual on/off only. I suppose it's possible that it changed between my 03 and your 08, but I doubt it. It will take another 08 sunroofed Vibe owner to post up to confirm my 03 has three overhead li...
by striker1211
Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dome Light not turning on when door is open
Replies: 7
Views: 1376

Re: Dome Light not turning on when door is open

joatmon wrote:So are you talking about the light that is part of the sunroof controls?


Correct. I do not have lights on my rearview mirror :(
by striker1211
Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dome Light not turning on when door is open
Replies: 7
Views: 1376

Re: Dome Light not turning on when door is open

Sorry for the late reply. I have one dome light in the front (I called it map light but it's really the one and only dome) and the light right by the tailgate. The light by the tailgate has a switch for on-off-door. The dome light in the front has just one push button switch. I swear the light used ...
by striker1211
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dome Light not turning on when door is open
Replies: 7
Views: 1376

Dome Light not turning on when door is open

My vibe 2008 Moon and Tunes is not turning on the dome light when I open the doors. I can turn it on manually and the door ajar light lights up when I open the doors but the light does not come on. The back light comes on because it is set to "door" but there is no switch on the map readin...
by striker1211
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Is there any way to display the speed on the odometer?
Replies: 11
Views: 893

Re: Is there any way to display the speed on the odometer?

Buy a old GPS cheap that accurately shows your speed. My brother bought a new one with lifetime maps as it didn't cost much more than updating the map on his old one from Jan. 2009. I got the hand-me down. I don't really use it for directions. That's a good tip. I have started leaving my GPS on on ...
by striker1211
Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:47 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Experience with Curt 12234 Trailer Hitch
Replies: 2
Views: 831

Experience with Curt 12234 Trailer Hitch

I bought the Curt 12234 trailer hitch off Amazon because I read that it was a bolt-on application for my 2008 Pontiac (Non-GT) and the hitch would be tucked nice and close to the bumper. After much cleaning of the weld-nuts on the frame of the car the unit bolted on perfectly to all but 1 of the bol...
by striker1211
Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:08 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Is there any way to display the speed on the odometer?
Replies: 11
Views: 893

Is there any way to display the speed on the odometer?

I just read and completed the steps on using the trip button and clicking the safety belt to change the safety belt beep duration. If you hold the trip for 12 seconds and click the belt it comes up "b-on" and "b-off" and you use the trip meter to toggle. I'm wondering if maybe th...
by striker1211
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Euro Tail Lights
Replies: 10
Views: 1416

Re: Euro Tail Lights

De-badgeing is perfectly legal. Many members have done it. I personally have done a partial debadge. As for the roof rail things, search for Vibe roof caps. Like this: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=pontiac+vibe+roof+caps&_sacat=0&_odkw=pontiac+vibe+roof+caps&_osacat=0" onclick="wi...

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