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by ColonelPanic
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1121

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: 112

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: 112

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: 10
Views: 143

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: 10
Views: 143

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: 10
Views: 143

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: 114

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: 3
Views: 100

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: 5
Views: 131

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: 3542
Views: 345687

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: 109

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: 476

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: 110

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: 206

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:

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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: 400

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: 3542
Views: 345687

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: 707

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: 900
Views: 131630

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: 261

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: 261

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: 900
Views: 131630

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: 899

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: 2715

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: 390

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: 390

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.
by ColonelPanic
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replace 2003 Moon and Tunes Stereo
Replies: 6
Views: 501

Re: Replace 2003 Moon and Tunes Stereo

I tried it with and without the speaker level converter with two aftermarket radios on two '03s with moon & tunes. While the aftermarket radio did work without the speaker level converter, a level of white noise was introduced that I found was unacceptable. Without the converter, it may not be too n...
by ColonelPanic
Wed May 23, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Keyed fuse for hardwired dash cam install
Replies: 1
Views: 193

Re: Keyed fuse for hardwired dash cam install

The CIG fuse is what I've used for various switched accessories over the years. Hot while on accessory or run.

It's in the uncomfortable-to-access fuse panel under the drivers side of the dash.
by ColonelPanic
Tue May 22, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: what car in this video at 1:17?
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: what car in this video at 1:17?

Definitely a Matrix. Can't be a Vibe as there is no inverter.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3542
Views: 345687

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

The plasti-dip has been flaking off the roof so it had to go. It's been such an ordeal trying to get it all removed so I've been working on it gradually for the last few weeks. FINALLY got all of it off today, exposing the failed clearcoat in all its glory once again. Washed the car and broke out th...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Is something broken under oil fill cap?
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Is something broken under oil fill cap?

The baffle gets bent downward by careless oil change techs as they jam the oil gun down in the filler hole. The bent baffle can get in contact with the camshaft which causes a ticking noise and damage to the baffle. IIRC Toyota had a TSB about this. Hopefully there isn't anything of significance flo...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: brake caliper and bracket corrosion
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: brake caliper and bracket corrosion

Probably "normal," for better or worse. We had a seized caliper on ours several years back and the shop replaced both with re-manufactured... They too ended up looking like that in no time. When it was time for the next brake job, here's what it looked like: old1.jpg From what I understand, the OEM ...
by ColonelPanic
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Very dim instrument panel light
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Very dim instrument panel light

I did not believe you, and thought this was a pretty funny April Fool's joke, but having never been in an 09, I looked in the 09 owners manual, and sure enough (page 5-3) that's where the dimmer control is. Teehee. :D It always struck me as a goofy location. A cost savings possibly, albeit at the e...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Very dim instrument panel light
Replies: 7
Views: 486

Re: Very dim instrument panel light

They moved the dimmer control to the trip odometer reset button in the gauge cluster for the 2nd gens. Give it a twist and see if that helps.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The first Vibe forum I have seen
Replies: 66
Views: 12280

Re: The first Vibe forum I have seen

Happy 16th!!!!
by ColonelPanic
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2003 models are 15 years old now
Replies: 8
Views: 650

Re: 2003 models are 15 years old now

Just looked it up, it's 25 years in Indiana. I was hoping it was 20 because I would definitely have to do that. :D I also learned in this state that if you register your car as a "collector" you can use a plate from the year of the car. I still happen to have the 2003 vintage plate from my old Vibe....
by ColonelPanic
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2003 models are 15 years old now
Replies: 8
Views: 650

Re: 2003 models are 15 years old now

Could be 16 depending on how early of an '03 it is!

Ours will be legally old enough to drive itself in October. :D
by ColonelPanic
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB: Grommet for hood support rod
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Re: WTB: Grommet for hood support rod

19204818 is what I ordered last year from gmpartscenter.net. It's similar to the original except for it being white in color. But of course it is no longer available for purchase. If most other GM parts sites are showing it is discontinued (which it seems that they are,) I would assume its long gone...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 17
Views: 899

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

Yeah, there isn't much to them.

The 2ZZ in the GT used a slightly longer filter. Those will fit the 1ZZ and provide a small increase in oil capacity. I've ran many of those over the years.
by ColonelPanic
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 17
Views: 899

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

I used to prime the filter. Sure, it may have made the oil pressure light go out just a little bit sooner. But I stopped doing that when I had to walk to the parts store mid-project for another new filter. I had two 5 qt jugs of oil, identical in appearance from the outside. One had new oil inside a...
by ColonelPanic
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Newbie to the forum
Replies: 6
Views: 432

Re: Newbie to the forum

Welcome! Good luck with the restoration!
by ColonelPanic
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3542
Views: 345687

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Got my airbag recall done. Removed the radio, radio and HVAC trim panels as well as the glovebox BEFORE taking it in to insure the techs don't break anything !!!..... ^^ Wish there was a like button here. That's something I plan on doing since I had to replace all of that trim after getting the fil...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3542
Views: 345687

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

dusted off ash from yesterday's evacuation. I'm keeping the Vibe loaded with our earthly goods in case the fires start back up with the wind tomorrow. The interior will need a good fumigation. Smells like a camp fire. :shock: Glad to see you're OK! Hopefully you can get the smell out. Probably not ...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3542
Views: 345687

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Washed the Vibe on Saturday, then broke out the DA and put some cleaner wax on, followed up with Collinite. The plasti-dip over the roof's failing clearcoat has exceeded its useful service life but it's too late to do anything with it now. I'll just have to keep her under the cover as much as possib...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: First Vibe oil change - woah tight filter!
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: First Vibe oil change - woah tight filter!

That'll happen! When I started changing my own oil again, the prior shop had the filter on so tight I couldn't get it to budge. Tried a socket/wrenches/pliers, nothing worked. Stopped shy of the screwdriver trick - filled it up with oil and drove it the 1/2 mile back to that shop and made them chang...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3542
Views: 345687

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I dug out the air compressor and spent some time this morning getting the tire pressures in order. Don't forget the spares - all three of our vehicles were down to 40-something. :o Cleaned up the interior of the Vibe a bit and did the usual weekly checking of fluids. I was hoping to get a wash in, b...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Water damaged speakers !!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 439

Re: Water damaged speakers !!!!

Check derf's thread and video on the subject. That's what lead to the demise of a cheap pair of Kenwoods I installed. I later noticed that the black trim on the door at the bottom of the glass was pushed toward the rear of the car, leaving a sizable gap at the front. Slid it as far forward as I coul...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Collinite 845 wax
Replies: 3
Views: 1812

Re: Collinite 845 wax

I've read quite a bit about Collinite 845 over the years but never tried it until this spring. Wow - wish I would have started using it years ago! 8-) The Vibe's paint is long gone, so it (or anything else) doesn't do a lot of good there. But on the other two with good paint, it's been amazing. Easy...
by ColonelPanic
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Stupid heat/HVAC question
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Re: Stupid heat/HVAC question

If it is the outer vents on the driver and passenger side, that's perfectly normal. They will always blow air regardless of the blend door position. That's for the 1st gen, not sure if you have a 2nd gen and if they behave the same way. If any of the inner vents have air coming out when in floor or ...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Serpentine belt question
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: Serpentine belt question

Just went out and checked ours - same here with the deflection. This is with a relatively new belt and tensioner (replaced both last year with GM parts.)
by ColonelPanic
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: set belt buckle discontinued - 2003 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 1504

Re: set belt buckle discontinued - 2003 Vibe

That's frustrating that the Matrix one didn't work 100%. It looked to me like the seat belt buckle switch and seat track position sensor are integrated into that connector. Both tie into the air bag system. Luckily my wobbly buckle was from a thin spring washer broken off that's supposed sit between...