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by ColonelPanic
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Addition to the Vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 53

Re: Addition to the Vibe

Looks nice. I've always liked bodycolor splash guards.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Mystery noise, mystery part...
Replies: 13
Views: 111

Re: Mystery noise, mystery part...

So is that the modern (well, early 2000's modern) equivalent of the even older belt-driven air pump? The one that people always used to disconnect? :D

I'm surprised it hasn't started throwing codes at you yet. Fingers crossed that doesn't happen.
by ColonelPanic
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 39
Views: 1803

Re: Auto Show Hunters

If it's a common item shared between Hyundai and Kia (oil filters, ATF, etc,) I found some success with threatening to go to down the street to the Kia dealer to get the same item cheaper. :lol:
by ColonelPanic
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: the vibe can haul........
Replies: 218
Views: 73263

Re: the vibe can haul........

Add a 96 gallon recycle can to the list of stuff the Vibe can swallow whole. Sure, the recycling folks would have delivered it for an additional five bucks - but what's the fun in that? :D
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by ColonelPanic
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2003 Base Air box hoses help
Replies: 7
Views: 150

Re: 2003 Base Air box hoses help

No lean codes or rough idle with it disconnected like that? :shock: The other end of that line goes to a junction near the cruise control actuator (provided you have that option.) As you can see, clearly not stock but you get the idea. 20200630_204607 - Edited.jpg 20200630_203527 - Edited.jpg 202006...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 412732

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Yesterday I was going to replace the thermostat, the radiator hoses and heater hoses and flush the coolant... Then I thought to myself I should probably see how the 17 year old water pump was doing since I'd be working right next to it anyway. It's not leaking, but the pulley is looking a little rus...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 39
Views: 1803

Re: Auto Show Hunters

Dang-it. Rumors are that Hyundai won't bring the wagon version of the i30 to the US. I'm going to head over there in the next week to see if they can give me any updates on either this or the new Tucson. https://www.motor1.com/news/400683/2021-hyundai-i30-revealed/ Rats. A modern Elantra Touring eq...
by ColonelPanic
Thu May 21, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Humor
Topic: 6000th Anniversary
Replies: 16
Views: 494

Re: 6000th Anniversary

548,332,200 seconds (give or take.) :lol:

I wonder how many members (whether active on the site or not) are still the original owners of their Vibes after all these years? I suspect my better half is in quite an exclusive club in that regard. Don't think we'll ever let this car go.
by ColonelPanic
Fri May 15, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: New HU install, lowest volume way too loud
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: New HU install, lowest volume way too loud

You're spot on - you're sending an amplified signal straight into the factory amp. The volume will be loud and I've found there will also be an excessive amount of white noise. A speaker level converter wired in between the head unit's speaker outputs and the speaker wiring on the factory harness ad...
by ColonelPanic
Wed May 13, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 412732

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

The other day I decided it was spring oil change time. And with winter + pandemic, it was a super short OCI this time. Dumped out ~4 qt of perfectly good Maxlife 5W-30 from October that had a whole 803 miles on it. Yeah, I know I could/should have ran this much, much longer... What can I say, I was ...
by ColonelPanic
Tue May 12, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 69
Views: 2464

Re: Coronavirus

I trust all those that are boycotting retail establishments that have denied them service for not wearing a mask are also standing up for the rights of others who were denied service by a business based on other factors...

Oh, sure. ;)
by ColonelPanic
Tue May 05, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: the vibe can haul........
Replies: 218
Views: 73263

Re: the vibe can haul........

Hauled a Honda home the other day.............................. :lol: honda.jpg Also, on two sepaate occasions, I bought home some new 36x80" storm doors. vibe1.jpg vibe2.jpg I was crammed close to the steering wheel and had the storm door right next to my noggin, but made it home just fine. :lol:
by ColonelPanic
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!

I think the ride is nice. I replaced a noisy wheel bearing and put on new tires also, so can only compare the package deal. I installed Monroes on the rear first as you did, and thought they were kind of soft / cushy. I didn't want to lose responsiveness in the front, And the KYBs feel pretty much ...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 69
Views: 2464

Re: Coronavirus

Wow, I'm very sorry to hear that - get well soon!
by ColonelPanic
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!

Rock Auto rebates page shows $50 rebate on 2 KYB strut-plus units thru June 30. I missed out on that rebate, just finished installing my new KYB strut-plus struts last week. They went on with zero problems. How's the ride with those? Those are my #1 consideration for the front. I put KYB shocks on ...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!

Thanks for the advice and you're exactly right - I was doing a great job at fighting with myself! It's always a learning experience. Everything worked out fine in the end and save for the front struts being trashed, the ride is quite improved. I'll be tearing into the front struts soon as well, so t...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Re: Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!

Aanndddd, I finally got it. Supported the axle with my larger floor jack. Stuck the strut studs through the top as best as I could. Used my little low profile 1.5 ton jack to go under the strut. Jacked the strut up, got the studs through then just fought with it until I was able to get the bottom st...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!
Replies: 8
Views: 306

Rear Monroe QuickStruts Installation - HELP!

I seem to have found myself into a bit of a situation... Trying to install a set of rear Monroe QuickStruts ( 171373L/171373R.) So far I only have attempted the right side. First observation, the Monroes are considerably longer than the old factory units and that is causing me considerable drama try...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 978
Views: 160954

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

135,939 miles and holding steady. :D

Probably take her out for a spin this weekend.
by ColonelPanic
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Synthetic oil and changes
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Synthetic oil and changes

I don't recall hearing about the V6 filter on the forum over the years, only the 2ZZ-spec filter on the 1ZZ. I often run some sort of Wix-made 57145, I appreciate the extra little bit of capacity it offers. The only time I seem to go back to the smaller filter these days is when I find a deal on a F...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 412732

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Oh, that's awesome!

If only they had 'em smaller than 2", that's too big to fit in the center on those wheel covers.
by ColonelPanic
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 412732

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Started into these yesterday. 20200406_185903 - Edited.jpg Used Rustoleum self-etching primer, followed up with Rustoleum wheel paint ("Steel" color,) and finally a few coats of Rustoleum wheel clearcoat. I really like the color of this paint, it's very sparkly. 8-) Where's the other one you might a...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 412732

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Too bad I disconnected my rain barrel a while back. :D That'd need some heavy duty filtering though, with the way my shingles are well past their prime. :lol: Meijer was completely out of distilled last time I was there. It was hard to find even before people started hoarding stuff. The local grocer...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread
Replies: 1635
Views: 215105

Re: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread

$1.679 or so for 87 here right now.

No need to buy more anytime soon...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The first Vibe forum I have seen
Replies: 72
Views: 15177

Re: The first Vibe forum I have seen

18 years!!! Image Image

Happy Birthday!
by ColonelPanic
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 412732

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

A couple weeks ago, I pulled the throttle body and gave it a good cleaning. Wish I would have taken before/after pics, it was pretty cruddy. Rotated the tires as well. This weekend, I topped off the battery charge and replaced the cabin air filter. Cleaned up the interior and gave the outside a quic...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 412732

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I've been replacing the engine mounts individually as time permits, finally finished that up today. 20200311_185635.jpg Bought another mount from Beck-Arnley for the front. Since the left and rear mounts are much more work to replace, I went OEM (chose Toyota for the left, GM for the rear due to the...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 35
Views: 2754

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe

Perhaps escalate it to GM themselves if the dealers are unwilling to provide assistance. https://my.gm.com/recalls

They have a contact number for Pontiac vehicles listed at the above link.
by ColonelPanic
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Asian concentrate coolant
Replies: 14
Views: 759

Re: Asian concentrate coolant

Yes, that Toyota Red will perfectly fine for SSizler's '03. That's all I've ever ran in the Vibe. Didn't feel like going to the dealer this time, so... 20200205_171652 - Edited.jpg Found the Pentosin to be reasonably priced at Advance Auto compared to what I remember paying for the red at the dealer.
by ColonelPanic
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 35
Views: 2754

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe

Received the "Important Recall Info That MAY Affect Your Vehicle" e-mail from NHTSA today about the Vibe. This one is for the potential for the passenger air bag to not unfold properly, presumably what is referenced in the OP. The NHTSA notices I get aren't VIN-specific, so I ran the VIN through the...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Maintenance DIY
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Maintenance DIY

Good stuff on that site, it's helped me on a few different vehicles now.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine Mount Surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Engine Mount Surprise

Finally replaced that mount today. That thing was smoked! 20200126_181222.jpg Closeup of the tear and fluid leak. I later ripped it open further, there was no fluid left in there. 20200126_145046.jpg Done! Piece of cake. 20200126_151854.jpg The Beck Arnley mount (P/N 104-1736) seems to be of good qu...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 412732

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Replaced battery due to a sloooow crank concern without any troubleshooting whatsoever. Because of course I did. :roll: I figured it's had a rough life - 6 years old, most of that time sitting around and when the car is driven it doesn't travel great distances. And I didn't own a charger until recen...
by ColonelPanic
Fri Dec 27, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine Mount Surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Engine Mount Surprise

Man, I wish i would have saw this post sooner. Dont know how much you paid but the OEM is around 135 bucks from here: https://parts.conicellitoyotaofconshohocken.com/ I just replaced 3 of mine and posted the vids that helped me here: http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=47246&p=527...
by ColonelPanic
Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine Mount Surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Engine Mount Surprise

...the rubber that holds the liquid in has deteriorated, so it can't hold in its liquid. :D Never a good thing when you're a teenager, that's for sure. I was talking about our teenage Vibes............what were you thinking? :o She'll be 18 in less than a year, at this point she's probably gonna do...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine Mount Surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: Engine Mount Surprise

Apparently these mounts are "liquid-filled" to absorb vibrations. And just like everything else on this car, the rubber that holds the liquid in has deteriorated, so it can't hold in its liquid. :D
by ColonelPanic
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine Mount Surprise
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Engine Mount Surprise

The starter died on the Vibe. As I was crawling underneath to check some things out, I noticed a lot of fluid on the passenger side splash shield running down from above. Really nasty looking fluid. :shock: 20191225_115409 - Edited.jpg Traced it up to the right engine mount. Sure enough, I could squ...
by ColonelPanic
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2003 ticking in dashboard
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Re: 2003 ticking in dashboard

Yes, same problem - replace the recirculate door actuator. They seem to have different failure modes. Ours is on #3... First time, it clicked until you toggled recircuate. Second time, it made no noise but wouldn't move the door at all. #3 is starting to click as well in either position (only clicks...
by ColonelPanic
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 39
Views: 1803

Re: Auto Show Hunters

Interesting color. Reminds me of the "Glowing Yellow" on the new 2020 Sonata. Love it, as bizarre as that color is. Too bad it isn't offered on the on the cheapo trim of the Sonata that I'd buy. I have no need for a large car anyway. :D As far as that Kia goes, I haven't paid much attention to it so...
by ColonelPanic
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2019 Coolant
Replies: 10
Views: 556

Re: 2019 Coolant

I have seen some posts on non-vibe forums saying that dex-cool does/could turn pink with use. Is that statement totally wrong? That is true in my experience with the two vehicles we own that have this coolant. The coolant starts out orange, but changes to a reddish/pinkish color over time. From wha...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 39
Views: 1803

Re: Auto Show Hunters

Just went to the Mazda dealer today, mainly to express my dismay as to why they were not at the auto show. Out of curiosity, dId they have an explanation for the absence? Mazda's not at the Indianapolis or Louisville shows either. Same goes for Kia as well. Really wanted to see the new Forte last y...
by ColonelPanic
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 39
Views: 1803

Re: Auto Show Hunters

The new Escape seems pretty nice. Seems a little more hatchback-ish now, I suppose the demise of the Focus in the US may have had a part in that. I know a lot of the Escape fans seem turned off by this, but as someone who loathes SUV's I think it's somewhat of a step in the right direction. The Mrs....
by ColonelPanic
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Member
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: New Member

Welcome from the other end of the state. :D Glad you found us.

The Vibe is a great car and there's plenty of good info here to be found. Let us know if you have any questions!

And of course, I'm sure someone will ask you to post pics of your new ride. Just a head's up. :lol:
by ColonelPanic
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: VIN table?
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: VIN table?

Sounds like a great find. 8-) Not sure how the sequence worked on the VIN, but that one does seem to be a VERY early example! The fact that the rear axle recall from March 11, 2002 applied to that one would surely indicate that. There were 2,702 units affected. For air bag recalls, it would likely h...
by ColonelPanic
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Peak Asian Coolant
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Peak Asian Coolant

Seems this stuff wasn't much of a hit at my local Meijer, it's on clearance now for $7 and some change. That's the second markdown I've noticed (it was $11 a few weeks ago.) Your mileage may vary, not sure if it's like that in all stores.

At that price, I'm going to pick up a couple gallons.
by ColonelPanic
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 35
Views: 2754

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe

1st gen is a piece of cake to replace the air bag. 2nd gen, not so much since there is no opening in the dash for the air bag. It just splits open the top of the dash cover when it deploys. Sure, it looks so much better not having that unsightly thing up top but that comes at a price when things hav...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 412732

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Seems like I just did this 2 years and 10,000 miles ago. :? 20190901_121919.jpg She's recently developed a case of the shimmies while braking. Given the low mileage on them, I probably could have just had the old rotors turned but new rotors are cheap. And I already had a new set of ACDelco Professi...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 35
Views: 2754

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix

Ok. A bit off topic here .... BUT is there a way to find out which dealerships performed the MOST airbag replacement jobs? I've yet to take any of my Vibes in for such recalls for two reasons: Don't trust the workmanship of most dealers (sloppy, careless, hurry up and get it done, etc...) and that ...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 35
Views: 2754

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix

Thanks for sharing this. And ugh! :roll:

So this is for our non-Takata "permanent fix" air bags?

No recalls for our VIN yet, but I'll definitely keep an eye out.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Crosstrek
Replies: 34
Views: 1661

Re: Crosstrek

I sure did. It makes quick work out of it - just a few cranks of the thing and done. :D