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by runningslow
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 600

Re: GenVibe Meet 2018

You can strike me from the Maybe List. I'm not going to make it. :( Same here :(. Missing this one makes me especially sad, being in one of my favorite states ever. #home We're not even getting up north to visit this summer, though we are are trying to take a different trip later in the summer, and...
by runningslow
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: runningslow's 2005 GT
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: runningslow's 2005 GT

Well, I've been pretty quite about my car for awhile. Here's a few updates. Way back in January, I decided to tackle the "tick tick" from the blend door actuator. I got a custom "tool" from a member on the Facebook group, which is really just a 5.5mm socket that was JB Welded to ...
by runningslow
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Genvibe server downtime?
Replies: 7
Views: 65

Re: Genvibe server downtime?

I haven't had any issues accessing the forum, but occasionally a thread won't load. Usually just a page refresh brings it up.
by runningslow
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 600

Re: GenVibe Meet 2018

Tim... Here's the list of Facebook peeps that said yes and maybe. Totally envious (irony?) of your Fusion! "Yes” Gary George III Cole DesRosiers Zane Rapp Nick Hernandez Miles Ehrman Ali & Radolfo Fernandez Leigh Leslie Matt Davis Ben Thompson Luke Kimmel Jen Vander Maas Lucas Wilbur Chris...
by runningslow
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: ISO: Monsoon Sub Enclosure (Trim) for 1st Gen Vibe
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: ISO: Monsoon Sub Enclosure (Trim) for 1st Gen Vibe

I managed to score one from a junkyard. I've got an alert setup on Row52 for anytime an 03-08 Vibe hits one of the local yard they service. I had been searching for a long time, but they do surface every now and then. I got the alert in the morning while I was at work, went at lunch and thankfully h...
by runningslow
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB 2009 Pontioac Vibe hitch
Replies: 4
Views: 59

Re: WTB 2009 Pontioac Vibe hitch

I'd recommend the Curt 12221. The key with a 2nd Gen GT is to make sure the hitch will clear the fascia on the bumper. The 12221 should clear just fine. The Curt 12234 will also fit, but would require some bumper trimming. Also, as was said, unless the car is pristine underneath, the only thing you'...
by runningslow
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: A 2005 gets its second owner
Replies: 6
Views: 69

Re: A 2005 gets its second owner

Like Carrie said, and coming from another "multiple Vibe owner" it's great to hear stories like this. I have a 14 year old niece eying up my 2003 Black Vibe GT project car for when she becomes a driver in two more years. Yeah it may just take me that long before I get it in the shop and p...
by runningslow
Tue May 29, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New owner with questions
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: New owner with questions

My '05 GT has an even higher lift engagement rpm... 6800. It took me awhile to get used to get used to this high revving engine, too, and a long time to learn how to best hit lift. I kept trying to "do it wrong" and being disappointed, until I figured out what I was doing wrong. I find lif...
by runningslow
Tue May 22, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: what car in this video at 1:17?
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: what car in this video at 1:17?

I'm pretty sure that's a Matrix. The seat upholstery looks like my wife's '05 Corolla.

(...and I believe Scotty is known to own a Matrix based on other videos.)
by runningslow
Tue May 22, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB: Roof rack setup for '03 [solved]
Replies: 6
Views: 97

Re: WTB: Roof rack setup for '03 [solved]

fba wrote:What did you use for weatherproofing? I saw someone on youtube use some AC insulation I think.

I think this is the stuff I used. Got it from Home Depot.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/M-D-Building-Products-19-32-in-x-10-ft-EPDM-Cellular-Rubber-Auto-and-Marine-Weatherstrip-01033/100175299
by runningslow
Mon May 21, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB: Roof rack setup for '03 [solved]
Replies: 6
Views: 97

Re: WTB: Roof rack setup for '03

In the meantime we actually did get our hands on a Sears X-Cargo for pretty cheap. I'll just have to replace the two latches and also get the mounting kit. I was hoping to put it together in the local hardware store, but couldn't quite find the parts I wanted. So etrailer.com it is :) And on vacati...
by runningslow
Mon May 21, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB: Roof rack setup for '03 [solved]
Replies: 6
Views: 97

Re: WTB: Roof rack setup for '03

Its not for sale, but to help you open up your search.... I have an old Sears X-Cargo that fits great on the top of my factory crossbars. I used a SportRack mounting kit that came with 4 U-bolts. It works great, just need to drill a few extra holes in the bottom of the box. The front crossbar is all...
by runningslow
Mon May 21, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Road trip
Replies: 14
Views: 161

Re: Road trip

How do you know when its time for a new serpentine belt? I've really only changed mine if I start to get a squeal in the morning at startup that quickly goes away. I'll probably put one on my GT before the upcoming trip. If it hasn't been changed in 151K miles, or if you don't know the last time it...
by runningslow
Mon May 21, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Road trip
Replies: 14
Views: 161

Re: Road trip

If you have no concerns with the car, then I'm sure it'll be fine. I've taken my Vibes on long roadtrips without any worries. In less than a year of ownership, the '05 GT has taken us from Texas to Michigan and from Texas to Florida without incident. In just a couple weeks, I'll be taking the GT on ...
by runningslow
Mon May 21, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Cool article on the Vibe
Replies: 7
Views: 136

Re: Cool article on the Vibe

Whoooaaa... There I am standing next to Nick !!! This was the Kentucky meet last summer. Nice article. You just never know where your mugshot will end up these days :o Tim, I took that pic. ;-) Nick approached me the day this was getting published for my permission to use it. I'm honestly surprised...
by runningslow
Mon May 14, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member considering a 2005 Pontiac Vibe 5 speed. Recalls? Issues?
Replies: 8
Views: 187

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

I wouldn't pay his listed price of $3000, but $2000 is more in the right ballpark. I paid a little less than that for my '05 Vibe GT summer, but its body is a little rougher than this one with about 140K miles on it. If I were you, I'd try to track down a set of the factory 16" or 17" allo...
by runningslow
Fri May 11, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Owner Of a 2005 Vibe Base
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: New Owner Of a 2005 Vibe Base

good grief did EVERY one go bad that was factory installed. In my experience, yes. Its not a question of IF the blend door actuator will fail, its a matter of WHEN will the blend door actuator fail. I've owned two Vibes and both had the actuator tick when I bought it. I disabled one and fixed the o...
by runningslow
Mon May 07, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: tfotos77 '03 Vibe Base Manual Trans
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: tfotos77 '03 Vibe Base Manual Trans

Beautiful looking car. My wife and I have a similar history with our 2005 Toyota Corolla. We've owned it since we bought it new, shortly after we got married. It's rapidly approaching 250K miles. I'd love to hold onto it if we had a place to store it, but I have a feeling it will be traded in the ne...
by runningslow
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 3.8L V6 Supercharged Engine Swap
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: 3.8L V6 Supercharged Engine Swap

If money was no object, I'd seriously love to try swapping a V6 into a Vibe. The 2GR-FE Camry motor that SeattleJeremy mentioned would be at the top of the list, but I have a good feeling it would take some massaging to fit. Semi-related, I recall there being discussion of an LS swapped Vibe at some...
by runningslow
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The vibe still exists in Japan :(
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: The vibe still exists in Japan :(

After trading our 2010 Vibe for a Camry, we realized that we missed the versatility, so we traded for a 2017 RAV4. Great car. I tell anyone who will listen about the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure features. Those two updates alone are worth trading for. The bigger interior and more rela...
by runningslow
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The vibe still exists in Japan :(
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: The vibe still exists in Japan :(

Yeah, I could probably see myself driving that. However, I do really like the look of the new 2019 Corolla Hatchback. That aside, I think our next vehicle purchase will probably be more RAV4 like... With some quick research, it seems the Corolla Fielder first appeared as a contemporary of the Vibe/M...
by runningslow
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB : Front tag bracket '07
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: WTB : Front tag bracket '07

MarkfromMich wrote:To the OP, I have an original front tag bracket still sealed in the package. It's from a 2005 Vibe, but may be the same for a 2007 (please check as I have no way of knowing). If you're interested, it's $30 plus shipping.

Yes, the bracket from an '05 will fit an '07.
by runningslow
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 2759

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Yes, an '05 Silver should be Platinum... like mine. :-)

Sorry to hear that this car has been hit twice, but glad that you got another Vibe!
by runningslow
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB : Front tag bracket '07
Replies: 11
Views: 223

Re: WTB : Front tag bracket '07

This may sound dumb, but look under the floor of the hatch down and around by the spare tire or the narrow compartment right behind the rear seats.

You might have one hiding in there. I did.
by runningslow
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Member and Qs about 2009 Vibe
Replies: 13
Views: 381

Re: New Member and Qs about 2009 Vibe

I can only answer that yes, you should should be able to use 1st Gen alloys on a 2nd Gen with a 1.8. I don't believe there are any clearance concerns with brakes. You are correct, 09-10 1.8s came with 5x100 bolt pattern. The baseline models came with the same steelies and wheel covers from 03-10, so...
by runningslow
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For Sale like new 03 GT and base parts and logo mugs
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: For Sale like new 03 GT and base parts and logo mugs

Bump. Anyone ever get anything from Jeff (NMvibe)?

Looks like he went AWOL? Profile says he hasn't logged in since January.
by runningslow
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Rough idle in only cold weather.
Replies: 17
Views: 502

Re: Rough idle in only cold weather.

Have you tried to replace the intake gasket, yet? Its cheap and pretty easy to do and I have already proved to you by posting a Toyota TSB that it can be responsible for code you received in the circumstances you described. I'd start there. I even posted a link to instructions to walk you through it...
by runningslow
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Is the 1st Gen Pontiac Vibe AWD a good bet?
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Is the 1st Gen Pontiac Vibe AWD a good bet?

In my opinion, an AWD Vibe is unnecessary for 99% of drivers out there. My advice is to buy a FWD vibe and run quality snow tires on it. Plenty of owners out there who do brilliantly with their FWD Vibes in the snow. Honestly, I did great with relatively new all-season tires (Arizonan Silver Editio...
by runningslow
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibester has arrived!
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Vibester has arrived!

Building a GT is always a good option. Many will tell you that you're probably better off just buying a GT instead of trying the swap a 2ZZ into a base, but its pretty straight forward swap as I understand it. Probably best to at least have a complete donor car so you'd have everything you need.
by runningslow
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Rough idle in only cold weather.
Replies: 17
Views: 502

Re: Rough idle in only cold weather.

But why only in cold weather? You would think that if something was wrong the check engine light would go off all the time. I'd start by replace the intake gasket. Only get the updated orange gasket from Toyota. It shouldn't cost you more than $20 and is relatively easy to do. I've done it on two d...
by runningslow
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibester has arrived!
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Vibester has arrived!

Welcome. Nice looking Vibe and it sounds like you're doing what you can to take care of it. That being said, is there a reason you're only running your Royal Purple Synthetic for 5,000 km? The owners manual specifies a 8,000 km oil change interval for old fashioned dino oil. From what I see online, ...
by runningslow
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Is the 1st Gen Pontiac Vibe AWD a good bet?
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Is the 1st Gen Pontiac Vibe AWD a good bet?

In my opinion, an AWD Vibe is unnecessary for 99% of drivers out there. My advice is to buy a FWD vibe and run quality snow tires on it. Plenty of owners out there who do brilliantly with their FWD Vibes in the snow. Honestly, I did great with relatively new all-season tires (Arizonan Silver Edition...
by runningslow
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 09 Vibe AWD groaning/harmonic noise
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: 09 Vibe AWD groaning/harmonic noise

Without more information, my guess would be something related to the rear differential. When was the last time the fluid level was checked or fluid replaced? I don't own an AWD, so I don't have any first hand experience, but I've heard that the rear diff can be an issue on the AWD cars. Hopefully so...
by runningslow
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 Vibe GT VVT issues and more
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: 2003 Vibe GT VVT issues and more

Smaller things: The engine will only start with the clutch in full, yet my car has a remote start??? There is no emergency brake, should I install one myself or give it to a mechanic? I pulled apart the broken rear wiper gearbox and found the plastic gear that wore away, can I find just that gear a...
by runningslow
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Introducing the lemon vibe
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: Introducing the lemon vibe

That's right. It is a real gem of a car. Agreed. I read that the car has automatic lights but mine don't work i have to turn them on and off manually. I missed that you posted this info. Disabling the automatic and daytime running lights is a relatively common mod around here. Wouldn't surprise me ...
by runningslow
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: check engine light
Replies: 7
Views: 279

Re: check engine light

I'll be the echo. Get a code reader or at least get your codes read. They will be key to diagnosing your car's problems. Your car's gas mileage may have actually improved because the car is now in limp mode, a default set a parameters the car uses when its detects an issue. Issues like you're report...
by runningslow
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Hood latch replacement using Matrix hood latch
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Hood latch replacement using Matrix hood latch

I have a bit of experience in both cases having lived in Florida along the coast for a few years and in Michigan where salted roads are common. The road salt up north causes a car to rust from the bottom up, that stuff gets everywhere under a car, especially where the tires kick it up. That of cours...
by runningslow
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Introducing the lemon vibe
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: Introducing the lemon vibe

my vibe actually maybe toast. today it was idling in park all warmed up at 1800 and i lost all power i couldn't even maintain 40 it took 4 tries to get it to start this morning I'm assuming its cylinder 3's sparkplug ... its been having issues for about 40000 miles Is it throwing any codes? Do you ...
by runningslow
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For Sale like new 03 GT and base parts and logo mugs
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: For Sale like new 03 GT and base parts and logo mugs

Jeff - I just sent you a PM. :)
by runningslow
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For Sale like new 03 GT and base parts and logo mugs
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: For Sale like new 03 GT and base parts and logo mugs

Where did the Vibe glassware come from? Custom?

I might be interested in the beer glass... hmm
by runningslow
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Vibe meet up
Replies: 8
Views: 330

Re: Vibe meet up

That's OK. Joatmon and I are now in our 15th season here and we'll be here to answer your questions up until the lights go out and the wrecking ball arrives. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Ya know.. that's all well and good... but on a serious note, this place could use a little remodeling to keep that wr...
by runningslow
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Introducing the lemon vibe
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: Introducing the lemon vibe

That's why I asked about the intake manifold. The 1ZZ in the MR2 looks just like the stock base Vibe engine. It could have the stock 1ZZ engine, with the ECU (Engine/Transmission computer) from the MR2. The ECU controls the Redline. Forsty mentioned it has "VVTL-i" that might be just the ...
by runningslow
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Introducing the lemon vibe
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: Introducing the lemon vibe

Frosty sent me a PM, and mentioned that the engine also revs to 7000. This lines up with my theory that the engine/transmission are from an MR2, which redlines at 7000. Is the intake manifold plastic or aluminum? Yeah, but he just claimed the engine and trans are original? So..? In my quick searchi...
by runningslow
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Introducing the lemon vibe
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: Introducing the lemon vibe

Yeah, I need to see pics, especially of the engine bay. Not trying to be rude, but I really don't believe most of your story. If you have an '04 Vibe that's FWD with its original engine and an automatic transmission, then it must be a Base with the 1ZZ-FE (1.8L VVT-i) and the 4-speed A246E transmiss...
by runningslow
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Introducing the lemon vibe
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: Introducing the lemon vibe

A car with that many miles is by no means a lemon. The Vibe is one of the most reliable cars that GM never built. Its entirely possible that's the drivetrain out of an '03 Matrix XRS. There were a few made in '03 that had the auto-tragic transmission, though most had the C60 6-speed manual. *All* 03...
by runningslow
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wanted - 2008 Vibe Door Panel (Front Drivers Side)
Replies: 1
Views: 158

Re: Wanted - 2008 Vibe Door Panel (Front Drivers Side)

This answer is coming months too late, but..... any door panel from an 03-08 Vibe should match. 03-08 Matrix will fit just fine, but I'm not sure the colors will all match.
by runningslow
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: '08 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L
Replies: 9
Views: 860

Re: '08 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L

Your write up is almost enough to make me consider a Sonata for my next car. Almost.
by runningslow
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: Jayveezy's 2004 Pontiac Vibe
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Re: Jayveezy's 2004 Pontiac Vibe

Nice looking Vibe. I've always been a fan of Lava... had an '06 Base that color. The photo upload limit is something like 1 MB per image and 3 pics per post. For my recent posts with pics, I've resized the images with picresize.com to 1280px wide and it usually does the trick. Plenty of people used ...
by runningslow
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Vibe meet up
Replies: 8
Views: 330

Re: Vibe meet up

I often see people here get redirected to there, and the mods and admins here don't mind, so I guess I'm missing out on a bunch I didn't know GenVibe in the good old days, since I only came around in 2013, but it was definitely slowing down by then. So, take my opinion as that of latecomer to the f...
by runningslow
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: TireToast's 2009 Vibe GT | The TireToaster Mk II
Replies: 7
Views: 365

Re: TireToast's 2009 Vibe GT | The TireToaster Mk II

Congrats on passing your exam. What made ya switch from mechanical to civil engineering. Sorry, just saw you responded. :shock: Its just where my career has taken me. My first job out of college was in the construction industry, designing doors for aircraft hangars. They thought they wanted a ME, b...

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