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by zbyers
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Stable Has Grown
Replies: 3
Views: 14

Re: The Stable Has Grown

Congrats on your find. If you are able to do maintenance and repair yourself, it is smart to buy cloned vehicles. I just read about the release of the 2020 Mazda CX-30. I'm not sure why there is a need for another compact SUV in a crowded Mazda lineup, but it has my attention given that the CX-3 is...
by zbyers
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: Byerscrew Vibe Garage
Replies: 9
Views: 725

Re: Byerscrew Vibe Garage

The stable has gotten a little larger. In August of 2015, I purchased my 2003 GT with 230k miles on it. She is now at 280k miles and is ready for the retirement home. Car cancer is kicking her behind. With my ’03 GT needing at least $2k in repairs, I set out looking for a new vehicle, and was even s...
by zbyers
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Stable Has Grown
Replies: 3
Views: 14

The Stable Has Grown

The stable has gotten a little larger. Long story short, March 2014 I purchased my 2007 Vibe, Robyn, with 88k miles on it. I am now at 191k miles with minimal issues. In August of 2015, I purchased my 2003 GT with 230k miles on it. She is now at 280k miles and is ready for the retirement home. Car c...
by zbyers
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Drivers side inner dor seal
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Drivers side inner dor seal

I believe GM part # is 88973160.
by zbyers
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL
Replies: 16
Views: 294

Re: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL

I agree with bookworm, it's not nearly as common as one may think. also understand as to why you didn't do it. it is definitely a paint to reach up there to do it.
by zbyers
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: window rain guards for 2009 Vibe
Replies: 5
Views: 45

Re: window rain guards for 2009 Vibe

Yes, they are sold as pairs for the front, the rear, or a set of all 4. I believe all four usually run around $150.

Benefits? Well you can leave your windows cracked open without it getting wet inside, they look nice, can vent the car on hot days, etc.
by zbyers
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: window rain guards for 2009 Vibe
Replies: 5
Views: 45

Re: window rain guards for 2009 Vibe

Weathertech is the only one that makes in-channel rain guards for these Vibes. The ebay stick-on ones work just fine. The downfall of the stick ones is people generally end up cracking them when someone leans into your window to BS with you. The downfall of the in-channel is the rear ones fall out i...
by zbyers
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL
Replies: 16
Views: 294

Re: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL

Bookworm wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:11 pm
I don't think the Toyota uses the same actuator.
Correct. This issue is only present on a Vibe. Due to the major flaws of the Vibe (radio, HVAC) the matrix is inherently more reliable. :lol:
by zbyers
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL
Replies: 16
Views: 294

Re: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL

I finally found someone to fix my AC recirculate gear. I bought the part for $15, and had it installed for $75, total cost: $90. This is a useless, unneeded repair, due to a poor design feature. Is there a reason you couldn't do it yourself? It really isn't difficult by any means. I feel you got ho...
by zbyers
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Heater control lights
Replies: 7
Views: 71

Re: Heater control lights

Good job. I haven't had to do it on either of mine, but I've been lucky so far. Just on my third door damper actuator :) Do you mean the door check? I refurbished mine and they seem to be doing a bit better. Bad design on those as well. Very wimpy. But you can refurbish them instead of buying new o...
by zbyers
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Canada - Ontario
Topic: Air flow directional knob light location and replacement..
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: Air flow directional knob light location and replacement..

You will probably need to remove all of the trim around that, including the 12v/110 panel below the HVAC knobs. Not sure if you can reach down inside with the radio removed.
by zbyers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Rear Bumber for backup sensor install ?
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: Rear Bumber for backup sensor install ?

03-08 is basically the same as jolt mentioned.
by zbyers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Tire Pressure Sensor
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Tire Pressure Sensor

I don't do FB so I was out of that discussion. FB is linked to about every web page but noscripts and uBlock extensions does a pretty good job of stopping FB links and tracking. You and tpollauf keep the website going ;) essentially the discussion and response provided by zane was that if the tires...
by zbyers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Purchased 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Member
Replies: 11
Views: 116

Re: Purchased 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Member

Cleaning MAF really doesn't do anything on these cars. Other cars? Maybe. Not worth it on these. Brake fluid should be dot-3, but dot-4 should be fine to use too. As you said, check for dragging brakes. Coolant, run toyota pink or the zerex blend. do not use the GM stuff. how are the tires? tires in...
by zbyers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Tire Pressure Sensor
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Tire Pressure Sensor

i believe we answered your question on the FB page too. Did you have any resolution to this?
by zbyers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine, Traction Control, flashing VSC Off & chugging
Replies: 3
Views: 46

Re: Engine, Traction Control, flashing VSC Off & chugging

On the 09-10 Vibes, the whole Christmas Tree lights up when one of the dash lights come on (VSC, Trac, MIL, ABS, etc). There is also a slight issue with the rear ABS sensors...If they get a bit of moisture in them, they throw codes. You can try removing the sensors, cleaning them up, and putting a d...
by zbyers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301
Replies: 13
Views: 110

Re: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301

P0171 = intake manifold gasket, as a general rule of a thumb on theses cars. This is unlikely to cause your misfire. As others mentioned, Denso ignition coils are usually the go-to. These cars are quite picky. I'm not sure how difficult the injectors are to remove as I haven't messed with them, but ...
by zbyers
Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Purchased 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Member
Replies: 11
Views: 116

Re: Purchased 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Member

Changing the valve cover gasket is definitely a DIY task. Essentially take the cover off, take the ignition coils out, then unbolt the cover. remove old gasket and clean up the mating surfaces. when reinstalling, make sure you add just a dab of RTV where it meets the timing cover to prevent the smal...
by zbyers
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2008 Vibe Heat shield is loose
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: 2008 Vibe Heat shield is loose

OldGeek wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:23 am
What happens if your car bursts into flames -- not necessarily because of the missing heat shield -- and the insurance co. denies your claim? Insurance companies are in business to pay as few claims as possible, and they have better lawyers than I can afford.
Wasn't on the car when I bought it.
by zbyers
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2006 base "missing"
Replies: 8
Views: 86

Re: 2006 base "missing"

...If you did the ignition coils, you would have noticed that they are straight plug and play. there is no spark plug wire on these. I would double check the spark plugs themselves, and the coils. Those codes are essentially saying that they are not detecting the electrical signals from the plugs an...
by zbyers
Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Vibe door replaced - windows & locks not working
Replies: 9
Views: 128

Re: Vibe door replaced - windows & locks not working

Yes, they have an alarm of sorts, but the FOB doesn't have the button. If you pick up a matrix FOB, it has a panic button on the panic. You can even open up the vibe FOB and see the circuit for the alarm and can jump it with a screwdriver. :o Linky below for a matrix version. I think i swapped out t...
by zbyers
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Vibe door replaced - windows & locks not working
Replies: 9
Views: 128

Re: Vibe door replaced - windows & locks not working

tpollauf, i believe when the doors are locked with the FOB, you cannot reach through the window and use the interior switches to unlock it. i have this habit of leaving my keys in the ignition at home on the weekend and the wife and i have the fobs programmed to lock/unlock both cars. so sometimes s...
by zbyers
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Changing DRL to the parking lamps not headlamps??
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Changing DRL to the parking lamps not headlamps??

djaybi wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:16 am
Hi,

I'm digging up this old post. Has anyone succeeded in turning the front parking lamps in DRLs?
The response Mase provided is accurate.
by zbyers
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Can't part with my Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 200

Re: Can't part with my Vibe

Come make a trip down here with $4k, and pick up an 03 or newer with 120k. Some are salvage title, however. At this point, all the flood cars are pretty much identified, and what's left is southern "salt the road, what's that mean" drivers. I am tempted to find one elsewhere. There is a nice envy a...
by zbyers
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Can't part with my Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 200

Re: Can't part with my Vibe

I agree with Bookworm. It really comes down to doing the math. Is fixing it feasible and worthwhile? Will you see a return on the investment? And honestly, do you want to invest in it? Or would you rather something else? Frankly, I NEED a new car. My '03 GT with nearly 300k on it is rotting undernea...
by zbyers
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2006 base "missing"
Replies: 8
Views: 86

Re: 2006 base "missing"

I'd say pull the codes first and revert. It's a crap shoot at this point. If it's misfiring, first guess is usually the plugs, depending what you previously installed since they call for Iridium (many put lesser in just to save a few $$$. Since you've already done plugs, pull the codes and see what ...
by zbyers
Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 Vibe GT--cruise control stopped working
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Re: 2003 Vibe GT--cruise control stopped working

I'd start with checking the clutch safety and brake switch. If either of those are pressed in ever so slightly, cruise won't work. Someone else can chime in with further suggestions as I am drawing blanks on what else to check.
by zbyers
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Best All-Season Tire?
Replies: 40
Views: 8994

Re: Best All-Season Tire?

We've been running Altimax RT43s. They are pretty quiet, long lasting, and handle well. I am going on 3 years and many miles and they've held up great.
by zbyers
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Flush Condenser ( anyone successful with this?)
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: Flush Condenser ( anyone successful with this?)

tpollauf wrote:
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:25 pm
They just reward me with gift cards for free beer!
Can't ask for a better method of payment!
by zbyers
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2019.
Replies: 35
Views: 1252

Re: GenVibe Meet 2019.

Great meet and well organized .... but wish I hadn't had to work or I would have definitely been there. Kudos on all the pics taken and for the ability for us to view them here on the GV site! Also seeing how Carey and Nick dropped off the face of the earth (not really) thanks for taking over and f...
by zbyers
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2019.
Replies: 35
Views: 1252

Re: GenVibe Meet 2019.

Looks like it was a really good meet, Congrats and thanks for setting it up. I'm sorry I couldn't make it. "Is it just convenient you all drove the same car?" Pretty funny. Actually though, it does seem pretty convenient ;) Thanks! Hopefully next year you can make it. I have no idea where the plann...
by zbyers
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2019.
Replies: 35
Views: 1252

Re: GenVibe Meet 2019.

Pretty nice turnout About 20-22 cars; 30ish people. We had 2 families from Canada, 1 or 2 from New York, 3-4 families from Michigan and Ohio each, 5 or so from PA. We even had a guest appearance from Victor who made the trek from Chicago, coming in at just about a 9 hour drive. Location was perfect ...
by zbyers
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT

If VW will allow it, we can call it the Pontiac Thing VW may say it's okay, but we disagree. :lol: https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10349878_782031348520079_6564899177898823759_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_eui2=AeH-k5uIu6VzyX0CiZBR7DJd2Tvtmw_NV4g0Fw_buAKlh4dLfT-NJqunMZ9syGIdfYTMcu70lvXZv9R0Ee...
by zbyers
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT

I'm also curious on seeing some more pics.
by zbyers
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0420
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: P0420

99% of the time, this code is for the cat. Replacing your o2 sensors will almost always be a fruitless effrot.

As other suggested on the FB page, just pick up some o2 sensor spacers/defoulers and call it a day.
by zbyers
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Reprogram door locks?
Replies: 14
Views: 284

Re: Reprogram door locks?

the blinking of the dome light confirms what mode you just put it in.
by zbyers
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: door problem
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: door problem

The door check should be the same for all vibes/matrices.
by zbyers
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Reprogram door locks?
Replies: 14
Views: 284

Re: Reprogram door locks?

andrewclaus wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:47 pm
Is there any chance someone disconnected the battery momentarily?

Do you have radio presets, and dd you lose those recently as well?
I agree. It sounds as if the battery were somehow disconnected momentarily causing the locks to forget what mode they were in.
by zbyers
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: door problem
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: door problem

motohockey wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:57 am
SlammedNiss wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:18 pm
motohockey wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:35 am
both front and rear doors on my 2010 AWD no longer stay open when parked on an incline...any suggestions?
park the other direction?
dont quit your day job anytime soon and dont waste members time
You wasted your own time responding. :roll:
by zbyers
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2019.
Replies: 35
Views: 1252

Re: GenVibe Meet 2019.

In the event of inclement as it is calling for rain for the next week totaling up to 5", we can make alternate plans to go go Eldred WWII Museum. Kinzua Bridge State Park does have an indoor visitors center, but most probably won't walk out on the bridge if it's raining dogs and cats. It gets very w...
by zbyers
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location
Replies: 9
Views: 160

Re: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location

Caretaker wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:01 am
As things age, "things" tend to start sagging down :o
:lol: :lol:

I checked, it is located as the picture...next to the hood latch.
by zbyers
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location
Replies: 9
Views: 160

Re: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location

I don't think that's where it's usually at. I will look at dad's later to see. It's always been near the hood latch on nearly every modern vehicle I've looked at.
by zbyers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: original clutch switch parts discontinued '06 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: original clutch switch parts discontinued '06 Vibe

Looks to be the same as the ones I referenced from AutoZone.
by zbyers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: I just bought a 2009 AWD and...
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: I just bought a 2009 AWD and...

It's probably worth having them looked at depending on the mileage. I don't think I've really noticed a big difference in ride between our FWD and AWD Vibes.
by zbyers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location
Replies: 9
Views: 160

Re: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location

Front crash bar behind the bumper cover. Pop the hood and look down behind the grilles and you will see it.
by zbyers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2019.
Replies: 35
Views: 1252

Re: GenVibe Meet 2019.

It appears that I may be in Detroit during that period of time, briefly, in order to assist my wife in house repairs, so my deceased father-in-law's home can be sold. He died Good Friday, and it's been a cluster. The court doesn't help by wanting to set 'one month out' dates for everything, includi...
by zbyers
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 26
Views: 555

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

As for the Matrix forum being busier? They made the cars for four additional years, so there are more "new car" owners that still have the vehicles. Look at where the Vibe forum was four years ago. Also, Toyota had the name cachet, and Pontiac didn't. (more fools them. I paid $2k less for my Vibe w...
by zbyers
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: original clutch switch parts discontinued '06 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: original clutch switch parts discontinued '06 Vibe

I believe people were just using a paper clip or piece of wire into the pins of the harness coming off of the car to jump it temporarily.
by zbyers
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?

I was always told it was the sun. I guess by proxy that would be heat too. :D