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by Cougar Vibe
Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: Cougar Vibe's '05 (Original Owner), Long Overdue Visit/Update.
Replies: 2
Views: 1033

Cougar Vibe's '05 (Original Owner), Long Overdue Visit/Update.

Haven't been here in a long while, but I was detailing my engine yesterday and thought about how my OEM battery is still going strong after 11 years. That prompted me to drop in... My Vibe is a '05 AWD, Moonstone Grey w/Moon & Tunes; currently 108,000 miles on the odometer. Over eleven years of ...
by Cougar Vibe
Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 835
Views: 110172

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Well I haven't been on GenVibe in a long time, but I still have my '05 AWD (original owner). The odometer reads 86,668 now, but it's mainly pulling light duty these days (<50 miles/week, more once the snow flies). Other than regular oil changes, the only maintenance I've had to do is new tires (thos...
by Cougar Vibe
Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Cost of Braces?
Replies: 20
Views: 2255

Re: Cost of Braces?

Might be cheaper to move to England.

I kid, I kid.

When my daughter's time comes for braces, I'll most likely end up trading veterinary services to the dentist, a family friend. Lord knows if it runs $5-6K, I'll be doing a lot of pets for him...

Cougar Vibe
by Cougar Vibe
Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 122K Miles, Zero Problems
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: 122K Miles, Zero Problems

My '05 AWD has 72K miles on it and the rubber coating is coming off the radio buttons.

I'm pretty much devastated w/this obvious lack of quality. Keeps me up at night...thinking about what else might go wrong over the next ~75,000 miles.

C_V
by Cougar Vibe
Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 05 Vibe - Painted Front Grill Black
Replies: 5
Views: 897

Re: 05 Vibe - Painted Front Grill Black

AustinG wrote:I was once told that hindsight is always 20/20...nfortunately I didn't think to take any photos before I painted it. :x


Here's a little "grill on grill" action...sorry for the bad pun:

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by Cougar Vibe
Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Christmas arrives tomorrow.
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: Christmas arrives tomorrow.

Okay, better late than never: http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/6668/1002941.jpg http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/8632/1002940p.jpg http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/1690/1002945g.jpg And after a little chrome reassembly this evening: http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/1224/1002946r.jpg Tomorrow...
by Cougar Vibe
Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: My new to me $1000 Oldsmobile
Replies: 9
Views: 1771

Re: My new to me $1000 Oldsmobile

People always bagged on these cars, but they really were comfortable and reliable (for 80's vehicles). I had an '86 Regal back in '94 and thought it was God's gift to motoring: A/C, power windows, power locks, landau top (I think that was name), wire wheel covers (not cheap) and plenty of 3.8L power...
by Cougar Vibe
Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:16 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Christmas arrives tomorrow.
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: Christmas arrives tomorrow.

Argh! X-Mas postponed!

Looks like my '66 coupe won't be back until next Tuesday; painter isn't happy w/an orange peel issue.

Dang it. I was oh-so looking forward to working and getting filthy this holiday weekend; now I'll have to sit around and relax, like some schmuck.

C_V
by Cougar Vibe
Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:14 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Christmas arrives tomorrow.
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: Christmas arrives tomorrow.

I guess you could call it a very mild "restomod," as I rebuilt the engine w/a few minor upgrades and I've changed some of the appearance items away from stock (namely, wheels/tires and paint). If someone who didn't know Mustangs saw it from ten feet, they would probably assume the only thi...
by Cougar Vibe
Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Christmas arrives tomorrow.
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Christmas arrives tomorrow.

Thus, I'm putting out the "milk & cookies" in anticipation:

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Now Santa just needs to bring my car back from the painters!

Cougar Vibe
by Cougar Vibe
Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Rust treatment products
Replies: 10
Views: 1616

Re: Rust treatment products

I too had an area that was really inaccessible (front part of the doors on my Mustang) and used the POR15 frame-rail spray...it's essentially POR15 in a can w/a three foot hose you attach to the nozzle. Made it really easy to snake it down into the door frame and spray along the door seam and corner...
by Cougar Vibe
Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Yellowstone national park: Anything I should see?
Replies: 20
Views: 2116

Re: Yellowstone national park: Anything I should see?

star_deceiver wrote:Wednesday: Undetermined route back to Calgary... Might go through Kalispell, might go through the Okanagan...


That's weird...we're going to Glacier N.P. on the 22nd and will be staying just north of Kalispell, in Whitefish.

It's a small, Vibey world.

CV
by Cougar Vibe
Mon May 21, 2012 6:18 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Engine life expectancy
Replies: 9
Views: 6101

Re: Engine life expectancy

Well, the 1ZZFE Toyota engine has gone into tens of millions of cars around the world and is not known to be a weak point in Toyota vehicles; the only engine-related issue I'm aware of with regards to Vibes is the engine control module recall, which wouldn't effect your decision (it was '05-08). Fur...
by Cougar Vibe
Wed May 16, 2012 6:37 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Sears: Valvoline Wipers on sale.
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Sears: Valvoline Wipers on sale.

Saw this on SlickDeals this morning: Sears: Valvoline Wipers on sale. For 1st Gen Vibes: Gold Series 18" $3.23 Gold Seires 21" $3.59 Silver Series 18" $2.15 Silver Series 21" $2.51 I've used the "Gold Series" this past winter and they were fine; pretty much standard wip...
by Cougar Vibe
Tue May 15, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3478
Views: 294076

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Washed, waxed, cleaned fender wells and put on new vanity plates.

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by Cougar Vibe
Fri May 11, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The CompNine VIN Decoder is back!
Replies: 8
Views: 1622

Re: The CompNine VIN Decoder is back!

While that's true for the base and GT models, the 1st gen AWD's all came w/the same options (A/T, Moon & Tune, 16" wheels, etc.), short of traction control and leather (which I'm not even sure you could get on the AWD's); the only differentiation from one AWD to the next was the exterior co...
by Cougar Vibe
Fri May 11, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The CompNine VIN Decoder is back!
Replies: 8
Views: 1622

Re: The CompNine VIN Decoder is back!

I'm still not convinced these VIN decoder websites are all that accurate. Last time someone posted one on here, it said there were three matches to my option list (which happens to be an '05 90U AWD); I knew that was B.S. based upon seeing more than three Gray Metallic AWD's between Maryland, Pennsy...
by Cougar Vibe
Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe makes Jalopnik
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Vibe makes Jalopnik (star_deceiver)

by Cougar Vibe
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:33 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe makes Jalopnik
Replies: 11
Views: 762

Re: Vibe makes Jalopnik (ColonelPanic)

Yeah, but then the illustration also shows the 17" wheels (which didn't come on the AWD).
by Cougar Vibe
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3478
Views: 294076

Swapped out the winter tires for the all-seasons and did my semi-annual oil/filter changes (Vibe, Mazda5 and Ranger).

Should be good-to-go until September!

C_V

PS: Am I the only '05 owner w/their original AC Delco battery?

by Cougar Vibe
Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: My reflections after 150,00 miles on the 2003 base VIBE 1.8 engine
Replies: 17
Views: 2075

I'll double check my owner's manual, but I'm pretty sure the fill recommendation is 3.7qts (3.5l) for '05 and earlier 1ZZFE Vibes; if one runs the larger YZZF1 filter (which I've done almost every oil change), it's an even 4qts.Thus, if the aim of the new dipstick is to add a half quart to the sump ...
by Cougar Vibe
Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:19 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3478
Views: 294076

Re: (06pvibe)

That's normally correct, but in this case there was no sump capacity change to the 1ZZFE engine going into '06 and beyond. Toyota just decided to "increase" the oil volume by moving the fill marks up on the dip stick. Thus, what should be good for the '06+ 1ZZFE should be good for the '05 and prior....
by Cougar Vibe
Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:21 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3478
Views: 294076

Re: (ColonelPanic)

Quote, originally posted by ColonelPanic »With that sort of crazy mod, I hope you can return the car to stock before selling it! Aw don't worry, before I sell my Vibe I'll take it to the dealership and change it back to the old one at an hour's labor.Quote, originally posted by KITT222 »Should eve...
by Cougar Vibe
Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:32 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3478
Views: 294076

Got pretty crazy with my latest mod ---> Swapped out the old dipstick for the new one (inre: Toyo TSB). Yeah, I'm spent.

Also, replaced the oil valve control filter (15678-21010); old was totally clean, but changed it anyhow as I had a new one.

C_V

by Cougar Vibe
Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:44 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: AWD vs. FWD
Replies: 45
Views: 2529

Re: AWD vs. FWD (lemay.08)

I've got an '05 AWD (purchased new) and it's been 100% reliable, no differential leaks nor "additional costs" for maintenance and repairs as related to the AWD system. I wouldn't let the few issues reported by a few posters here dissuade you buying an AWD if that's what you really want. For a more r...
by Cougar Vibe
Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:42 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: VVT oil filter removal has anybody ever removed it?
Replies: 42
Views: 18706

Re: (mike48)

Are these part numbers, OEM 15678-21010 and GM 94859438, for all first gen Vibes w/1ZZFE engines (regardless of 2WD or AWD)?

M_C

by Cougar Vibe
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:47 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dodge commercial says Vibe isn't "right tool"
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: (vit)

Ah, I'll see your minivan and raise you another one (note the Vibe is lurking back there in the garage):

by Cougar Vibe
Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:20 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dodge commercial says Vibe isn't "right tool"
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Funny, they could have used the Dodge Caliber instead.

(Of course, that doesn't play too well...using your own discontinued turd).

C_V

by Cougar Vibe
Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Overtorqued the oil drain plug
Replies: 16
Views: 2835

Re: Overtorqued the oil drain plug (ColonelPanic)

Maybe a tiny dab of Loctite on the threads closest to the valve body, where it actually seats up against the bottom of the oil pan?

[Note to self: Wow, I really didn't read this thread at all...seems like I'm not the only one that had this idea].

by Cougar Vibe
Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:03 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Overtorqued the oil drain plug
Replies: 16
Views: 2835

Re: Overtorqued the oil drain plug (ColonelPanic)

Another option (and much cheaper than a pan replacement) would be to install a Fumoto drain valve (~$25). No more worries about crossed/stripped threads, as you'll never take the valve off again.

http://www.qwikvalve.com

CV

by Cougar Vibe
Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:55 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 04 Vibe with possible oil pump failure
Replies: 13
Views: 2354

Re: (Keeperofthecode)

"LSL" oil is a new one to me. Do you see an sludge on the top end (via the filler hole)? It might be time for a Seafoam or Auto-RX treatment...I've had decent success w/both products on sludge-prone 1MZ-FE engines (though this is the first I've heard of a 1ZZ-FE w/sludge issues). If you have the tim...
by Cougar Vibe
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:26 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Normal Oil to Synthetic
Replies: 12
Views: 1118

Re: (Salsa Guy)

Quote, originally posted by Salsa Guy »This shouldn't be another Syn vs Dino oil threath. Here's the low down if you use a quailty dino then change every 3-5 K miles. If you use a Syn change every 7.5 to 10 K miles (maybe change the filter at mid point). I have put over 200K miles doing both. I mos...
by Cougar Vibe
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Very noisy winter tires
Replies: 11
Views: 1232

I've had Dunlop Wintersport M3's on my '05 since new and they are very loud compared to my all-seasons. That said and as you've pointed out, the sound deadening on the Vibes has never been great, so I just deal w/it (like turning the volume up on the radio). I can't imagine how bad it would be if I ...
by Cougar Vibe
Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Can you tell me what this thing does?
Replies: 20
Views: 2068

Re: (Cougar Vibe)


by Cougar Vibe
Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Can you tell me what this thing does?
Replies: 20
Views: 2068

Re: (09vGT)

Quote, originally posted by 09vGT »Did the first gens have option for XM? Maybe its the XM plug. I think you're right. Here's a link to a Crutchfield Sirius installation manual and it states that the '04-06 Vibes (non-Base) had the XM tuner located in the "right rear quarter panel." Crutchfield Sir...
by Cougar Vibe
Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:48 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Time to replace rear hatch struts.
Replies: 2
Views: 479

Re: Time to replace rear hatch struts. (Cougar Vibe)

Okay, never mind the first question...they are different.

So, has anybody these for a decent price? Looks like RockAuto has a couple of options ~$19, which is the best I can find.

by Cougar Vibe
Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:42 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Time to replace rear hatch struts.
Replies: 2
Views: 479

Time to replace rear hatch struts.

Conked my head on the rear hatch...finally got mad enough to fix the problem (it's been sagging for about a year). Anyway, started to research prices/vendors online and have two questions:1) Is the Matrix strut the same as the Vibe; &2) Are both struts the same or is their a right and left?Thanks,C_V
by Cougar Vibe
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:18 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: I changed my oil
Replies: 22
Views: 2458

Re: I changed my oil (wallyuwl)

Quote, originally posted by wallyuwl »My impression is the required amount of oil is 4.4 quarts. I don't know what the manual says, as I haven't looked recently. When I first got the vehicle and got the oil changed at the dealer the first time, they put 4.2 on the air box to symblify it needed 4.2 ...
by Cougar Vibe
Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: I changed my oil
Replies: 22
Views: 2458

Re: I changed my oil (micbarric)

Micbarric,It's late and I'm on various prescribed drugs right now, so correct me if I'm wrong...After reading that '08 TSB, are we supposed to be adding 4.4qts of oil when we do an oil change (as opposed to 3.7) on our '05's? Because that difference is not an insignificant amount considering how sma...
by Cougar Vibe
Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anyone use a Traeger (or smoker)?
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Just saw this thread for the first time and that photo made me gleek on my laptop screen.

Hunting season started today...maybe I should went.

by Cougar Vibe
Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:40 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Most Amazingly Spotless 1980s Toyota Tercels You've Ever Seen
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Not exactly in the same vein, but I saw this recently on Autoblog:

150 Brand New '97 Dodge Neons "Barn Find"

by Cougar Vibe
Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:29 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Hit a pothole and bent my steel rim. Is there a list of compatable rims?
Replies: 9
Views: 1597

Re: Hit a pothole and bent my steel rim. Is there a list of compatable rims? (journeyforce)

When I bought my steelies (w/mounted snow tires) from Tirerack, I also ordered a set of Matrix hubcaps off of Ebay and they fit no problemo. That said, the steel wheels I got from Tirerack were actual OEM Toyota; must have been trade-ins off of a new car when somebody upgraded their wheels. YMMV...B...
by Cougar Vibe
Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:49 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Hit a pothole and bent my steel rim. Is there a list of compatable rims?
Replies: 9
Views: 1597

Re: Hit a pothole and bent my steel rim. Is there a list of compatable rims? (journeyforce)

I would think it wouldn't be too hard to locate a generic 00's 16" Toyota black steely, especially being as so many Corollas and Camrys were produced during that time. As for a GM-sourced wheel, I wouldn't want one, as the OEM ones were from Toyota.Also, Tirerack carries steel rims. I don't know wha...
by Cougar Vibe
Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Broke My Sunroof Wind Deflector
Replies: 10
Views: 1054

Re: Broke My Sunroof Wind Deflector (09vGT)

Be honest now, this was the situation...right?:

by Cougar Vibe
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:46 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: tranny fluid
Replies: 13
Views: 2079

I use the OEM T-IV fluid namely because it's generally the same price as the non-boutique ATF stuff, if not cheaper. Recently my local WallyWorld raised the price on the Valvoline ATF to $6/qt; I can get the Toyota fluid for $4.50 if I buy a case at the local dealership. As far as fluid "quality" go...
by Cougar Vibe
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Canada - Ontario
Topic: How is your Vibe ???Any problems???
Replies: 9
Views: 1990

Re: (Zimm)

I had an '06 Pontiac G6 w/a "clunking" steering column that is a well-known problem w/those cars, Malibus, Auras and Malibus. Anyway, it sounded like hell...like something bad was going to happen. However, GM...in their infinite wisdom...decided that the fix (an ongoing fix) is to spray aerosolized ...
by Cougar Vibe
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:27 am
Forum: Canada - Ontario
Topic: How is your Vibe ???Any problems???
Replies: 9
Views: 1990

For much of their model life, the first gen Vibes were the only GM-recommended vehicles in Consumer Reports (CR is hit & miss, take it for what it is). My '05 AWD w/62K miles can attest to why, as it's never been back to the dealership fro any issue, large or small. The only things I've "corrected" ...
by Cougar Vibe
Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Pontiac, GM SPO, & TRD Accessories
Topic: Rubber strip for top of rear bumper?
Replies: 12
Views: 5512

Re: (SlammedNiss)

Just ordered one for $33 shipped; thanks for the link!
by Cougar Vibe
Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Sears Cargo Box $58.74 (today only).
Replies: 8
Views: 2242

Re: (sideshowalan)

Thanks for the photo.

I test fitted everything this afternoon on my Vibe, ran a ratcheting lash for added security, stood back to admire everything and realized that if I tried to back out of the garage, I would have a Clark Griswold situation.

Note to self: Always mount this thing in the driveway.


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