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by lobi
Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Who can photo-shop a paint job for me?
Replies: 0
Views: 2977

Who can photo-shop a paint job for me?

Ok, Bought this Salsa Red '03 with crashed front end. Local bone yard has bumper cover in black, I bought it. I didn't buy the hood yet because of small damage on the front, still searching. How bad would a black front bumper and hood look on a Red car? Ok? Cool? Terrible? Be brutally honest. I can ...
by lobi
Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Touch up paint for stonechips on 05 Vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 1092

Re: Touch up paint for stonechips on 05 Vibe

I'd bet a nickle that the hood pictured is a re-paint already. Factory paint holds up better.
by lobi
Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Aftermarket Front bumper questions
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Re: Aftermarket Front bumper questions

I think I found the answer to the difference in the headlights 03/04 vs 05-08...just black vs chrome inside. Right? Fit is the same. That would clear up the headlight fit issue with that aftermarket bumper. Still hoping to hear from someone who has installed one how decent the fit was to the fenders...
by lobi
Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Touch up paint for stonechips on 05 Vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 1092

Re: Touch up paint for stonechips on 05 Vibe

That entire hood could be re-painted. You can dab touch-up paint into every chip but you might grow old doing it with that many chips. Go to google or ebay and search on touch-up paint. You give them your paint code and they send you a color matched bottle. It will be more paint for less money than ...
by lobi
Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What is this paint problem and how do I fix it??
Replies: 6
Views: 1250

Re: What is this paint problem and how do I fix it??

Be glad your Vibe has environmentally friendly paint. I'm kidding. The "environmentally friendly" base coat/clear coat paints do not hold up like the good old days when we used lacquer and enamel paints. You could spray on as many layers as you wanted and get a deep wet look. Could wax,buff, anod po...
by lobi
Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Aftermarket Front bumper questions
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Aftermarket Front bumper questions

Been a long time since I've posted. Was out of the vibe world for a while but I'm back! Picked up a base 03 (two of them actually) with a light hit on the front. Nice little Vibe otherwise with only 140k on it, rust free (even the hatch). I'm thinking about the aftermarket front bumper cover that is...
by lobi
Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 6speed for re-build $100, complete factory pwr moon roof $75
Replies: 4
Views: 660

Re: 6speed for re-build $100, complete factory pwr moon roof $75

Moonroof sold. :(

Not sure it could be added to a non factory car because the mounts under the headliner would not be there to bolt it into place. Aftermarket roof can be installed because they just cut hole and sandwich the roof in place from inside to outside. Factory one had bolt in rails.
by lobi
Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Check engine light - evap codes
Replies: 11
Views: 1900

Re: Check engine light - evap codes

We all will be guessing without the check codes.

For a quick and possible check, disconnect your MAF then start it and see if it runs any better. Power will be limited with a faulty maf. Of course this will trigger a maf code but will go away or can be reset when they check your codes.
by lobi
Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 6speed for re-build $100, complete factory pwr moon roof $75
Replies: 4
Views: 660

Re: 6speed for re-build $100, complete factory pwr moon roof

Oops, sorry, Michigan
About a half hour north of Ann Arbor, 5 miles south of Howell
by lobi
Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 6speed for re-build $100, complete factory pwr moon roof $75
Replies: 4
Views: 660

6speed for re-build $100, complete factory pwr moon roof $75

Power moon roof, complete, $75
6 speed that needs work $100
Both cheap n firm.
by lobi
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Using foglamps
Replies: 14
Views: 1255

Re: Using foglamps

To the op, I love hearing the term 'dip beam'. For those scratching your head that's low beam as opposed to 'main beam' Oncoming main beams will blind you right through your windscreen. I've owned a few British cars in the past and got a kick out of the nomenclature. A little petrol on a rag will re...
by lobi
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member and need advice on a few vibes i'm looking at
Replies: 10
Views: 1857

Re: New member and need advice on a few vibes i'm looking at

Great little buggies. I'm passing on my current 269k mile '03 to my niece and moving up to an '03 with only 204k miles. Not afraid to pass on old one even to a close relative. Said hi, nice vibe to a guy last night in parking lot. He grinned and said 300,000 and going strong. Something as new as you...
by lobi
Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: OBDII Port Not Working - Vibe Won't Start
Replies: 4
Views: 1399

Re: OBDII Port Not Working - Vibe Won't Start

Flatfenders, was it caused by jumper cables put on wrong?
What ended up being wrong, what fuses or whatever? Educate us for future reference.
by lobi
Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: ce lights, and valve clatter and robots oh my.
Replies: 5
Views: 895

Re: ce lights, and valve clatter and robots oh my.

Did the lift screen cleaning and mmo get rid of the code? Did you get to hit lift? Try and locate the noise (pinpoint) by ear or use a stethescope. I use a real long screw driver held up to (handle pushed against) my ear and keep touching the other end in different places around the engine while it ...
by lobi
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)
Replies: 12
Views: 1421

Re: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)

Try blocking the lower grill. I attach a blocking panel in the winter and have no problems up to 70F. Should reduce air flow around the oil pan. Thanks circuit. I do have a pizza box top stuffed in between the condenser and the radiator for quicker heat. I think I'm dealing with two problems at the...
by lobi
Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: new clutch 'chatter'?
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: new clutch 'chatter'?

Grease on friction plate or flywheel?
I agree, 500 miles won't solve it. I'd get manager to drive it with you so it can be well documented.
by lobi
Thu Feb 05, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: IAC 1zz vs 2zz specific?
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

Re: IAC 1zz vs 2zz specific?

I didn't know a 2zz was ever offered with an auto. Kinda cool for non-stick shift drivers I guess. We like stick shifts at our house. My wife drives a stick VUE, I have 2 GT's and had 2 different 5-speed base Vibes in the past as well as a stick prizm (1zz motor), stick civic, stick crx, several sti...
by lobi
Thu Feb 05, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: IAC 1zz vs 2zz specific?
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

Re: IAC 1zz vs 2zz specific?

Thanks Salsa. I appreciate the effort and research. It is always fun owning a lower production or somewhat unique vehicle such as one with the 2ZZ engine. Per auto zones computer the GT was only 10% of the Vibes. I don't know the accuracy of this but seems reasonable. I ordered a passenger side cv a...
by lobi
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Dealer replaced 2003 Vibe GT with wrong engine
Replies: 62
Views: 8173

Re: Dealer replaced 2003 Vibe GT with wrong engine

Wow, what a difference a day or two can make. Two days ago.. "I agree with almost all you said except I resent my countrymen being.." Today.. "You make assumptions that I don't." One day you support my observations and the next you seemingly jump sides to defend a story full of holes, inconsistencie...
by lobi
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: IAC 1zz vs 2zz specific?
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

IAC 1zz vs 2zz specific?

Still getting the p0505 (iac) code/check engine light after extensive cleaning of my throttle body and iac. Anyone know for sure if the Idle air control valve is different on the base vs the GT? Rock.auto shows a different part (and part number) for each and they start about $150 Ebay has them for $...
by lobi
Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Dealer replaced 2003 Vibe GT with wrong engine
Replies: 62
Views: 8173

Re: Dealer replaced 2003 Vibe GT with wrong engine

jotman, nice response and well said. I'm a bit of a patriot myself and didn't want this to sound demeaning to Americans in general. I agree with you and hope there are enough "Americans" left in this country for its survival. I didn't say the masses were entitlement seeking but rather said that this...
by lobi
Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Dealer replaced 2003 Vibe GT with wrong engine
Replies: 62
Views: 8173

Re: Dealer replaced 2003 Vibe GT with wrong engine

Sorry to bring up old post but came across this and wanted to say what others might have been thinking. This story stinks! Kinda like listening to both sides of the story from two kids fighting, both stories are always waaay different. Also, way too many holes and inconsistencies to be credible. We ...
by lobi
Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)
Replies: 12
Views: 1421

Re: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)

Hmm. I'll take your word for it Salsa. Makes sense I guess. I was not getting lift (but no codes either) prior to cleaning the screen. I now get lift no problem as long as it is over 25 degrees outside. Funny, the redundancy of a second oil pressure switch, but I suppose if it is lift specific Yamah...
by lobi
Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Need clip for shift cable? here is a easy way...
Replies: 4
Views: 619

Re: Need clip for shift cable? here is a easy way...

Same clips are used to retain brake hoses. You can get them at any parts store. I thought of that also but I think the brake clips are smaller, for a smaller diameter. Maybe they have many sizes, I don't know. These are wide. There are smaller clips in here in the vibe that retain the line going to...
by lobi
Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)
Replies: 12
Views: 1421

Re: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)

No oil temp I can find. There is a Pressure Switch for the Lift System. Hmm, I guess maybe I could be wrong (ask my wife, i'm wrong daily) about the single wire clip at the variable lift solenoid. I guess I assumed it was oil temp because I had read somewhere that 160 degree oil temp was one of the...
by lobi
Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Need clip for shift cable? here is a easy way...
Replies: 4
Views: 619

Re: Need clip for shift cable? here is a easy way...

Well, It worked like a charm. I was able to jamb both clips in the locking slot on the shift cable. Being thinner than the oem clip, I was afraid of the lack of strength. With both together I'll be leaving them in as a permanent fix and not bother looking for the correct clip. I'm confident in the s...
by lobi
Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Need clip for shift cable? here is a easy way...
Replies: 4
Views: 619

Need clip for shift cable? here is a easy way...

Bought this 03 Vibe GT that needed a trans, was really tore up. When I started to pull it I found a missing clip that holds the shift cable to the bracket just before it attaches to the trans. Might have been the problem with this trans however I had already bought another trans and a new clutch kit...
by lobi
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)
Replies: 12
Views: 1421

Re: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)

Obgyn, that is a good thought. If it is sticking open a little or opening prematurely it will run too cool. I'm just not in the mood to change the t-stat in this weather and I'll be passing this one on within a week for my next GT. I will be willing to put more time in this one. Put the new clutch i...
by lobi
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)
Replies: 12
Views: 1421

Re: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)

Salsa Guy wrote:I'm not sure they have oil Temp on these cars. Water Temp yes.
When you pull the variable lift solenoid (drivers side of the head) to pull the oil screen for cleaning there is a single wire temp sensor right there for oil temp.
No oil temp gauge of course but ecu gets the reading.
by lobi
Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)
Replies: 12
Views: 1421

2ZZ - Lift vs oil temp (winter driving)

If I understand it right the ecu needs to see 160 degree oil temp before allowing lift to engage on the 2ZZ engine (on my 03 at least). Hard to get oil temp up there in below 25 degrees outside temp, at least for me. 25 degrees seems like the break point where I might or might not be able to engage ...
by lobi
Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB..6-speed (se Michigan / 200 mile radius) 03GT
Replies: 1
Views: 303

WTB..6-speed (se Michigan / 200 mile radius) 03GT

Looking to swap out a trashed six speed with your good shifting 6 speed that you'll sell.
2-3 hour drive radius from central se Michigan area.
Pm me if you have one for sale. Thanks.
by lobi
Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: We have LIFTOFF !
Replies: 14
Views: 1509

Re: We have LIFTOFF !

What in the world is lift..? They say it's almost as good as having an orgasim :o Ha, if that was true I'd never get out of the car till I lost my license from too many tickets. So Salsa, you think I should be watching for lift to quit again and assume filter again? This car certainly lacked good m...
by lobi
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: how reliable are the 1.8
Replies: 11
Views: 1801

Re: how reliable are the 1.8

General maintenance and regular oil changes and the 1ZZ (1.8) will outlast the rest of the car. It has been around a long time and has proven itself to be a pretty bullet proof engine. I put an 05 from a matrix into my nieces 01 corolla last summer. Had to swap intakes because the 05 had DBW and a c...
by lobi
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: We have LIFTOFF !
Replies: 14
Views: 1509

Re: We have LIFTOFF !

Very interesting. What is the redline? Seems odd to have a power boost right before a shift. Power boost is way before the shift point if you want to run it. It has an 8200 rpm red-line (fuel cut off) I think. It doesn't make 180 horse power until 7600 rpm. It is a high rpm loving (Yamaha style) cy...
by lobi
Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P/N for 1.8L (2ZR-FE) Throttle Body Spacer Gasket?
Replies: 5
Views: 908

Re: P/N for 1.8L (2ZR-FE) Throttle Body Spacer Gasket?

I've made gaskets over the years with an ink pen, heavy paper and an x-acto knife. Usually while tearing apart a lawn tractor or chainsaw and I rip a gasket that has glued itself to both surfaces. You shouldn't have to tho. Have you been into the auto parts store and looked at the diagrams on their ...
by lobi
Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P/N for 1.8L (2ZR-FE) Throttle Body Spacer Gasket?
Replies: 5
Views: 908

Re: P/N for 1.8L (2ZR-FE) Throttle Body Spacer Gasket?

Yours might have a rubber gasket. Have you pulled the throttle body to verify? Just looked on O'Reillys website under 2009 Base vibe and found this.. http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/FEL0/61421/02547.oap?year=2009&make=Pontiac&model=Vibe&vi=1442294&ck=Search_throttle+body+gasket_02547_144229...
by lobi
Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P/N for 1.8L (2ZR-FE) Throttle Body Spacer Gasket?
Replies: 5
Views: 908

Re: P/N for 1.8L (2ZR-FE) Throttle Body Spacer Gasket?

I just picked one up today at Auto Zone for $1.99 plus tax. FEL-PRO 61193 They didn't stock it, got it next day tho. Here is link from another store.. http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/FEL0/61193/02547.oap?year=2006&make=Pontiac&model=Vibe&vi=1432956&ck=Search_02547_1432956_-1&pt=02547&ppt=C0...
by lobi
Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: We have LIFTOFF !
Replies: 14
Views: 1509

Re: We have LIFTOFF !

gtv237, please forgive me for that previous post. I'm nothing but trouble (according to my wife). The GT's had, in addition to variable valve timing, variable lift as well that kicked in at higher rpm. The Yamaha designed head would engage a higher/longer lift on the valves if certain parameters wer...
by lobi
Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: We have LIFTOFF !
Replies: 14
Views: 1509

Re: We have LIFTOFF !

sorry, just couldn't help myself...
by lobi
Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: We have LIFTOFF !
Replies: 14
Views: 1509

We have LIFTOFF !

Weee, just took her for a test spin and got the thrill if hitting 'lift' for the first time. Slow down dude, who? what? Hi, I've been lurking here for a while and finally registered. I bought my third Vibe about a week ago, my first GT. Had a 5-speed base 2005 for my first and a 2003 5-speed base fo...