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by ColonelPanic
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Missing Relay On Panel...
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Missing Relay On Panel...

Had a suspicion about this MAYDAY fuse, so I consulted the '05 owner's manual. That fuse was used for OnStar starting on the '05s, if equipped. Such a thing didn't exist on our '03s, so they must have been planning ahead.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Oil leak question
Replies: 9
Views: 237

Re: Oil leak question

Did you use anything for thread sealant (teflon tape or some such?) I've read conflicting info on this over the years. I have a new sending unit that's been waiting to go on for a few years. I get a tiny bit of grime collecting on the top of the filter throughout the course of the OCI, my best guess...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I noticed the other morning that the gearshift position backlight was out. I ordered a couple of types of LED replacements for 74 bulbs to try out. One with a single LED at the end ( link ) and another with 3 LED's total ( link .) I bought both red and warm white, more on that later. The PRNDL plast...
by ColonelPanic
Tue May 28, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Would like a bluetooth + better stereo installed
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Would like a bluetooth + better stereo installed

Good job on the install, it looks great!

That's quite the stealth mounting location for the bluetooth mic. How's the sound on the other end when running the fan?
by ColonelPanic
Sun May 26, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Friday night, I gave her a quick wash, wax, shined up the cladding and cleaned up the interior. Saturday she got a new set of tires. Today it was some fresh Maxlife and a 2ZZ-spec filter. I was going to attempt to paint the wheel covers as well... Took them off and gave them a good scrubbing, but th...
by ColonelPanic
Sat May 25, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 22
Views: 1545

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

I noticed yesterday that Discount Tire is running a 10% rebate in the form of a prepaid Mastercard this weekend. I looked at their options again yesterday and decided to go with the Cooper Evolution Tour. The RT43 is a very good tire but came in a little too high for a car that's just going to sit a...
by ColonelPanic
Fri May 24, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 2005 Wheel Covers
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: 2005 Wheel Covers

That style of wheel cover was used for the entire run of the Vibe. Any cover from a 2003-2008 will work fine on your 2005. 2009-2010 1.8L models retained the same bolt pattern as the 2003-2008, so that would work as well. I'm not sure what's different between the two part numbers... Looking up pics ...
by ColonelPanic
Fri May 03, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Thanks! I went out to see what it looks like at night... Ouch, the LED's are a bit bright! usb_before.jpg I have some "LightDims" film that I use around the house for various devices with obnoxious LED's that light up a dark room. I cut out a piece to cover the LED's, much better. Granted, now I pro...
by ColonelPanic
Fri May 03, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I had the SDM and inflator recalls performed this week, so I spent some time today I reinstalling all the good trim and the JVC radio. The guy at my Chevy dealer who did the recall work didn't add a single scratch when doing the repairs, so I probably would have been OK to leave the good stuff on th...
by ColonelPanic
Wed May 01, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

tpollauf wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 1:43 am
Nice! Did yours fit in the lighter opening without modification?

As my comment stated " still NEVER mounted it! So I have no idea if it fits.
LOL, I totally missed that. :)
by ColonelPanic
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I ordered a 2-port USB thingy from Amazon to replace the cigarette lighter socket, will see how that works out. Don't be like me and wait a couple years to install it. My son ordered me a couple of them and I still haven't installed them yet! :o He ordered Red LED backlit glow to match my red Vibe ...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Today I reinstalled the sacrificial dash trim (the stuff that a prior dealer destroyed during the first air bag control module recall.) She's finally going in Tuesday for the non-Takata inflator. Hopefully they also will be able to get the new control module in there too, hence the reinstallation of...
by ColonelPanic
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Before/after speaks for itself... :D before.jpg after.jpg This is the 3rd time I've redone the headlights. This time I used the kit from Rain-X, though with a few tweaks... Given how tedious this has been in the past, I enlisted my DA polisher, Meguiars M105 and the Harbor Freight compound and polis...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement blower motors
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Replacement blower motors

The old, tired blower motor has been making noise for a while (a constant whine.) It's not very loud and only noticeable on 1, but I know it's there and that bothers me. :D Looking at a replacement but not sure what is a good choice. There are some super cheap options in the $30-40 range on rockauto...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

303 is fantastic stuff. There's also a version with a sponge applicator that makes quick work of applying it to weatherstripping. Link
by ColonelPanic
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: I've Got the South Florida Vibe...
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: I've Got the South Florida Vibe...

Great looking Frosty there. 8-) You found yourself a fantastic car!

Welcome!
by ColonelPanic
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Received a Takata recall letter today.
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Received a Takata recall letter today.

Don't mess with this recall.... Indeed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBjxprHh3QI The above looks like the style of inflator fitted into our passenger air bag assemblies. That's great that you were able to get yours replaced. I still haven't received a call back for parts availability. It was ear...
by ColonelPanic
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Would like a bluetooth + better stereo installed
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Would like a bluetooth + better stereo installed

With that said, I'd replace the head unit first. You might be pleasantly surprised how much better it sounds with just a new head unit still using the OEM speakers. Couldn't agree more! If the speakers haven't rotted out and still work fine, it's definitely worth a try. We'd still have the OEM spea...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Since water intrusion claimed another victim, I replaced both front speakers yesterday. When I pulled out the old Kickers, both had rust around the magnet and metal was flaking off. The labels on the back were trashed from being wet as well. I managed to get 3 years out of this set. Went with the Pi...
by ColonelPanic
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Re: Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall

Bookworm wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:57 am
Good thing I rarely have a passenger.
As of now, those of us who have received the latest notice are warned to not allow anyone to ride in the passenger seat. Again.

Went through several months of that the first time around while waiting for the replacement inflator.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 916
Views: 137227

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

ihaveavibe wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:09 pm
Base '03
Looks like all LED segments work for the fist 5 digits :)
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That's the kind of picture I would take. Yep, all the segments work! :D

And 88k on an '03 - amazing!
by ColonelPanic
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Water damaged speakers !!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Water damaged speakers !!!!

No rust in the doors on ours. Seems to be that water is running down from the windows into the door.

Every time I've taken the speakers out, the labels on the back showed obvious signs of having been wet. And a little corrosion on the speaker terminals.
by ColonelPanic
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Re: Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall

Looks like they found me .... that is the 2004 Vibe GT that I got a year ago :o First airbag recall was done when the prior owner had it. Now I have to have it done. Should I wait for the THIRD recall and save the poor car from being butchered up again ??? Na, I would say go for it now. My letter s...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Water damaged speakers !!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Water damaged speakers !!!!

I'm guessing I need to revisit this as well, I didn't have things adequately sealed up. Took the ol' Vibe out today now that things have warmed up a bit. Hasn't been driven in about a month, last time I drove it the speakers were sounding fine. Today the front driver's side gives out. The speakers a...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Re: Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall

Received the letter in the mail today for the recall.

I had already stopped by my Chevy dealer about it, they were going to order parts but said it could be 3 weeks or so. Haven't heard back from them yet, I'll check back in with them tomorrow.
by ColonelPanic
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 22
Views: 1545

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

The Vibe needs tires soon. Mainly interested in finding something with a smooth and quiet ride (because Vibe) as well as good wet weather performance. Not as concerned with snow as the Vibe stays off the roads when they're salty. We put a whopping 3600 miles on the Vibe last year, so obviously any s...
by ColonelPanic
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility
Replies: 10
Views: 300

Re: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility

That's awesome. I would have saved a bundle if I had went with a lifetime subscription on that tuner I bought so long ago.
by ColonelPanic
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility
Replies: 10
Views: 300

Re: Replacement Head XM Receiver Compatibility

I can't say for reusing the stock XM, but unless there's a reason you had to keep the stock service (e.g. "lifetime" subscription) it seems the Sirius XM tuners are getting pretty cheap. Best Buy has the tuner on sale for 33.99. Crutchfield has it free after rebates, haven't looked into what the ter...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: GenVibe Announcements
Topic: Forum Software Updated
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: Forum Software Updated

Everything is looking good now! :)
by ColonelPanic
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: GenVibe Announcements
Topic: Forum Software Updated
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: Forum Software Updated

Only other issue I've found so far is that the buttons for edit/quote/report/reply do not have any icons. The mouseover works for them at least.

I tried to attach a 12kb screenshot of the area but got a "could not upload attachment to" message.
by ColonelPanic
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: GenVibe Announcements
Topic: Forum Software Updated
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: Forum Software Updated

I had the same last night (using a Chromebook that's on v70.something.) Try in incognito mode / private browsing / whatever your browser may call it and see if the site looks normal. Incognito mode worked fine for me, so I assume there was something cached from the old site version that was causing ...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: keyless entry
Replies: 6
Views: 270

Re: keyless entry

Interesting that the newer ones didn't automatically lock themselves back if no door was opened. The newer ones also received programmable door locks (on automatics) so they made quite a few changes with the system it seems. I've had a love/hate relationship with this automatically re-locking busine...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall
Replies: 13
Views: 501

Dec 2018 Passenger Inflator Recall

FYI, another new passenger air bag recall. 2003-2007 model years. https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=18V883 Received an e-mail from NHTSA about it this morning (they have a handy service where you can receive e-mail alerts.) Per the notice, the recall also includes vehicles that previously had th...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member from Pickering Ontario saying hi
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: New member from Pickering Ontario saying hi

Only 55,000 km on a 2009? Wow! Sounds like you found a great car.

Welcome aboard!
by ColonelPanic
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Got to mess around with the aftermarket head unit some today (JVC KW-R910BT) after it freaked out. The right front speaker started crackling, then whatever sound that was coming from that speaker was covered up in static. After a while, the speaker went silent save for electrical whine which varied ...
by ColonelPanic
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2006 Vibe 2wd with A/C ...serpentine belt..help find part numbr?
Replies: 2
Views: 211

Re: 2006 Vibe 2wd with A/C ...serpentine belt..help find part numbr?

The Vibe's belt was a bit longer than a comparable Matrix (different A/C compressors between the two, I believe...)

I went with the belt from GM (P/N 88971576) when I replaced it on our '03 base a couple years back. Looks like it's still available to order from them.
by ColonelPanic
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The forum is back!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 862

Re: The forum is back!!!!!

Another scary few days!

I'm not a member of the fb group anymore, but I lurked over there last evening and at the time didn't see that anyone had noticed it was down.
by ColonelPanic
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: No AM reception
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: No AM reception

Welcome!

Please let us know a little more about your Vibe - year, whether this is an OEM or aftermarket stereo, etc. And most importantly whether you have the factory amplified system (Moon & Tunes or Sun & Sound package.)
by ColonelPanic
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Ring Dropped Down Front Defrost Vent
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: Ring Dropped Down Front Defrost Vent

ragingfish (one of the pioneers in Vibe disassembly) wrote up a how-to years ago. Unfortunately the pics are long gone but the instructions are still there... Maybe this will help:

viewtopic.php?t=7912
by ColonelPanic
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Site Problems, Suggestions, Questions
Topic: Ok, that was a scary couple of days.
Replies: 5
Views: 555

Re: Ok, that was a scary couple of days.

Definitely a scary time. So glad to see we're back up and running!

Thanks for bringing the site back up, Mike!
by ColonelPanic
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357659

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

And last but not least, today. I'm sure you guys know about the part of the rocker panel that extends into the rear wheel well, and collects dirt and leaves and crap in it. Mine had holes rusted into them. So what I did today while it was warm was cover the holes with metal drywall patch screen, an...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Holes in rocker panels
Replies: 7
Views: 995

Re: Holes in rocker panels

Happy 16th birthday - you have cancer! Driver's side isn't too bad. 20181020_105158 - Edited.jpg Passenger side - not so great... 20181020_104931 - Edited.jpg There was a lot of broken metal on the shelf on the passenger's side sitting there loose. I went ahead and vacuumed the chunks out today. Cle...
by ColonelPanic
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 916
Views: 137227

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Clicked over 131,000 miles yesterday.
by ColonelPanic
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Peak Asian Coolant
Replies: 4
Views: 407

Re: Peak Asian Coolant

Last time I priced Toyota's coolant at the stealership, it was $40/gal with tax. Sorry, not for a ten-year-old car. (Like I don't get expensive haircuts anymore. No need to polish a turd.) Same here. I've historically been a huge proponent of using OEM fluids (and still am for our newer cars.) But ...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Peak Asian Coolant
Replies: 4
Views: 407

Peak Asian Coolant

I was at Meijer tonight picking up some oil and noticed a coolant I had not seen there before... Two varieties of Peak - one red for Toyotas, one blue for Hondas. The red flavor is for use in applications that take either red or pink. It was $16 and some change for a gallon of 50/50 pre-diluted. The...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 916
Views: 137227

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

130,000 as of this evening!
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 17
Views: 1150

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

These cars came with 5W-30 conventional oil from the factory. Synthetic for these cars is more of a preference, not a requirement. If you wanted to switch to synthetic, all you need to do is drain the old oil and refill with the new. I've used conventional oils of various price points (store and nam...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: How To: HVAC Backlight Replacement
Replies: 11
Views: 3055

Re: How To: HVAC Backlight Replacement

Thanks for those infos! I broke the bulb while trying to pry it out. :( What's left of it won't come out of the brown holder. Anyone know the part number for it? Cheers! cyth The bulb/socket is sold as one piece. All you'll need to do is pick up the bulbs from Toyota (part number in the pic in the ...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Genvibe server downtime?
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: Genvibe server downtime?

LOL, as soon as I click Submit, it hangs with 'Waiting for forums.genvibe.com' :lol: I always find a way to jinx myself.

I opened up a new tab and went back to the site and my post was there. Flip back to the other tab, still waiting...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Genvibe server downtime?
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: Genvibe server downtime?

I have noticed the same for a while now... Sometimes it doesn't load on the first try, a reload will bring it back up. Once I am here, I haven't noticed any further issues - for me, its just the first attempt that seems to be the problem.