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by Mark
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

I spent a good part of Saturday morning moving stuff from Stealth to "Platty" lol. Back when I bought Stealth I found a double-deck console in an 04 at the local junk yard and took it along with the power outlet and harness, so I moved that over along with my WeatherTec mats, better wiper ...
by Mark
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 13
Views: 241

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

Mobil-1 full synthetic is usually $25 - $27 for 5qt jugs at Walmart. I use Mobil-1 0w-30 in my Vibes and 0w-20 in my Honda CR-V. I also only use NAPA Platinum filters on all my vehicles. I only change the oil on average twice a year, and I don't see the value in using cheap oil or filters. If I ever...
by Mark
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Picked up the "new" 2005 base today. The seller had excellent service records and carfax, one owner car very clean and well maintained. I haven't verified the paint code yet but I'm pretty sure it's the Platinum Silver, 17" alloy wheels and the Moon 'n Tune package. Very sweet car. No...
by Mark
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

I do actually. I have a POS 2000 Corolla that I keep as a spare car now, love to get rid of that oil-burner. Here's a pic of Stealth now. Radiator brace and frame are bent. Need hood, fender, bumper, lights, etc. Finding the parts may be the hardest part. https://photos.app.goo.gl/dmt7Eu2uqnb3IgLI2
by Mark
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Other driver's insurance company called today and has accepted full liability. I should hear tomorrow what they want to offer for payoff/totaled/salvage values. Then I'll need to decide I guess. Maybe the third time it's totaled is the charm and I should just walk away. Last two collisions the airba...
by Mark
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Adjuster came by today to take a look, said the salvage would be about $900 so I'll wait to see what they come up with as a payoff. The frame is bent, but it's just at the very front so it's not going to cause any drive-ability or tread wear issues. Not sure if it'll be worth pulling it out or not, ...
by Mark
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Oops, it happened again. Another red light runner. Damage doesn't look too bad but the frame is bent on the right front. I have to wait for the insurance adjuster but likely totaled for the third time. My body guy looked at it and thinks the frame can be pulled out, but I'm worried about always havi...
by Mark
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Where to find oem headlight socket pigtail and how to wire it
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: Where to find oem headlight socket pigtail and how to wire it

I used a generic Auto Zone socket a few years ago to replace one of the ones on my 04. Sorry I don't remember the wiring, but it was easy to figure out with a simple volt meter. I probably found the right combination by searching on here, it's always the first place I search for Vibe questions.
by Mark
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Door lock key problems
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Door lock key problems

I had the same issue a few years ago with my 04 key. It was due to using the fob to unlock the door then using the key in the ignition. The key had never been turned to the left, or very rarely anyway, so the key had worn to where it wasn't able to unlock the door anymore. A local lock shop was able...
by Mark
Sat Jul 08, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe Replacements / Successors
Replies: 18
Views: 1237

Re: Vibe Replacements / Successors

My wife's 2012 Honda CR-V is only slightly larger than the Vibes, has more cargo room, a larger engine and gets very similar gas mileage. And it's AWD. I thought it was quite a bit larger than the Vibe when we bought it, but parked side by side you can see that it's just a few inches larger in each ...
by Mark
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03-05 Upgraded Oil Dipstick for 1ZZ-FE Motor
Replies: 26
Views: 10642

Re: 03-05 Upgraded Oil Dipstick for 1ZZ-FE Motor

After owning my 04 for 11 years and my 08 for almost 4, it finally occurred to me to compare the dipsticks. I was changing the oil on the 08 today and checked the manual to verify capacity, 4.4 qts. Then it clicked that the book on the 04 was different, so I looked and it's 3.9 qts. So I pulled both...
by Mark
Sun May 14, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Disabling the security "re-lock" on 04
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: Disabling the security "re-lock" on 04

Ha. I always thought this was just a quirk with my fob for my 2004. I used to wheel my bicycle out by the car and get ready for my commute. I'd unlock the car door so I could grab a stick of gum, then put my keys in my saddle bag and zip it closed. Usually right about when I'd reach for the door han...
by Mark
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Possible oil leak
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: Possible oil leak

I couldn't spot any oil above the crank, and it's just a little bit right now. Just some oil sheen on the block below the crank. I won' t have access to the car to check it again for a few months, but it doesn't get driven a lot in between. Just the 430 or so miles each way back and forth. I didn't ...
by Mark
Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Possible oil leak
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Possible oil leak

Hello Vibers, and Happy New Year! Changing the oil on my 04 this weekend and I noticed some oil on the block just below the crank pulley. I assume that the crank seal would be the culprit, but wondering is there are other possibilities? I as best I could from above and below and didn't see anywhere ...
by Mark
Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Wasn't that bad I didn't think, but the State Farm adjuster couldn't find a new OEM hood for under $2500, so that added enough to total it. My body guy who did the last repair found a hood and rear hatch top at a junk yard, and fixed the roof and fenders. The windshield was bad enough that I paid $2...
by Mark
Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 43
Views: 2316

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Yes, this is a really old thread. But Stealth got totaled and repaired again, this time by hail.

Big storm on 7/29 and they gave me the Vibe and a check for $6k, cost ~2k to fix including the busted windshield.

I'm now money ahead on this car, and I still have full coverage and a $500 deductible.
by Mark
Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Cold Start 'Death Rattle" Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 3766

Re: Cold Start 'Death Rattle" Advice

Hi Folks, My 2009 base Vibe as developed the cold start rattle related to the VVT-i that seems pretty common on this model. The car is out of warranty and I would have to pay for the repairs out of pocket. I am wondering if there is any catastrophic risk of not replacing the VVT-i. Have any of you ...
by Mark
Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Curiosity about your oil.
Replies: 27
Views: 3070

Re: Curiosity about your oil.

Interesting, am I the only one using 0W-20? Most of the replies are 5W-20 or 5W30. I usually get Mobil1 0W-20 or Toyota Geuine 0W-20 from the dealer with either a Toyota filter or a K&N from Amazon. Change it twice a year, around every 6-7000km. I use 0w-30 in both my Vibes, but they're both fi...
by Mark
Mon May 23, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another passenger air bag inflator recall coming? (2008's)
Replies: 15
Views: 1403

Re: Another passenger air bag inflator recall coming? (2008's)

I got a letter on my 08 a few weeks ago announcing the recall, but about all it said was that no parts are available and I'll get another notice when they are.
by Mark
Wed May 18, 2016 5:33 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Grease stains on seat
Replies: 4
Views: 1124

Grease stains on seat

Last weekend while running errands I grabbed a slice of chicken-bacon-ranch pizza at a local pizzeria, and ate it in my car. Of course, I dripped grease on the seat in front of me, which has turned into a pretty ugly stain. I tried some fabric stain remover spray, I think that just spread the spots....
by Mark
Sat May 07, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Strange noise on ignition
Replies: 11
Views: 1040

Re: Strange noise on ignition

I had the exact same symptoms a couple years ago, eventually that turned into an occasional no-start with a weird noise. Replaced the starter and all is well. Around $100 for a reman from NAPA.
by Mark
Sun May 01, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Humor
Topic: I sure hope she's right about that!
Replies: 23
Views: 1572

Re: I sure hope she's right about that!

The Vibe has some "visibility issues", to say the least. I always either back in or pull through, depending on the situation. I try to never put myself in a position to have to back out of a parking space, especially where pedestrians are present.
by Mark
Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe low beam out: is it the same bulb as headlight bulb?
Replies: 10
Views: 1165

Re: Vibe low beam out: is it the same bulb as headlight bulb?

To answer the OP's question, you need a pair of 9003/HB2 bulbs, and yes the link you posted are the correct ones and will work just fine. I'm a bit suspect of the price, though. A set of Silverstar Ultra's runs about $35-40 on Amazon, and closer to $45 in most part stores. Not sure what you're getti...
by Mark
Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: where to buy rear wiper=
Replies: 6
Views: 925

Re: where to buy rear wiper=

I've bought them from Walmart and Advanced, just to name a couple. 11A
by Mark
Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Curiosity about your oil.
Replies: 27
Views: 3070

Re: Curiosity about your oil.

I use Mobil-1 0w-30 in both Vibes, and NAPA 41394 filter.

Change about every 6-7,000 miles or when it's convenient.
by Mark
Sun Mar 27, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Automatic transmission fluid type
Replies: 11
Views: 3313

Re: Automatic transmission fluid type

When I do a change on my two Vibes I go to the local Toyota dealership and buy a case of the T-IV fluid. Would not go to the GM dealer, and would definitely not use Dexron fluid. I do two drain and fills a week or two apart, it takes 3.5 qts each. I picked up a filter/gasket kit from NAPA some time ...
by Mark
Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: GOOD wiper blades
Replies: 74
Views: 19890

Re: GOOD wiper blades

$33 for all three sounds like the cheapest available. How long's it been since you bought good wipers? Rainx Latitudes run $15-20 ea depending on sale price and retailer. Michelin Stealth run a bit less, and I've had good and bad results from both w/r/t longevity. The rear I generally go with a Tric...
by Mark
Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Best All-Season Tire?
Replies: 28
Views: 7256

Re: Best All-Season Tire?

I have the CS3 on three cars and never had any issues this winter. They aren't good for digging through deep snow, but they do Ok even though they aren't really made for that anyway. On packed snow and icy conditions they performed very well. The CS5 seemed like overkill on as light a car as the Vib...
by Mark
Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Latest airbag recall is out
Replies: 74
Views: 9914

Re: Latest airbag recall is out

Update: The part didn't come in till Tuesday, but it was the right one and worked. Picked it up Tuesday evening finally. Now I'll have to deal with the 08 when the recall comes out for it, but I'm only going to talk to one of the service writers, and I can guarantee that he won't tell me they have t...
by Mark
Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Help? Maybe y'all gurus know?
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Help? Maybe y'all gurus know?

Kinda sounds like a bad ground.
by Mark
Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Latest airbag recall is out
Replies: 74
Views: 9914

Re: Latest airbag recall is out

Well, took it back this morning and they got the new SDM (not SRM) put in, but it's still throwing the same code as before. So now I get a loaner while they try to figure out what the right part number is for this car.

I hate dealers.
by Mark
Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Best All-Season Tire?
Replies: 28
Views: 7256

Re: Best All-Season Tire?

I'd also consider the Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring in your search. And also, if you want to go with Consumer Reports, the Cooper Zeon RS3-A is ranked #1 in performance all-season and is only $10 more per tire from Discount Tire. Though I understand that you don't exactly want/need a performance tire, t...
by Mark
Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Latest airbag recall is out
Replies: 74
Views: 9914

Re: Latest airbag recall is out

I called the local GM dealer Tuesday to schedule an appointment for Frosty, and asked several times whether all of the required parts were in for both recalls (14877 and 14491). I was assured that all the parts were on hand. Took it in Thursday morning and an hour or so later they called to tell me ...
by Mark
Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Low beams only out suddenly! What could be wrong?
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Re: Low beams only out suddenly! What could be wrong?

I posted this almost verbatim on a Honda CR-V forum a few days ago, as the exact same thing happened to my wife's 2012 CR-V last weekend. We were out of town, checked into our hotel and then an hour or so later headed out for dinner. Fog lights were on but no headlights. High beams worked fine (to t...
by Mark
Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Painting wheels
Replies: 8
Views: 845

Re: Painting wheels

If you want to refresh yours, wire wheel, primer, and BBQ paint will deliver satisfactory results. What he said. The steel wheels on my 08 were pretty rusty when I got it, and you could see it through the wheel covers. I took them off the car, hit them pretty good with a wire brush and some sand pa...
by Mark
Sat Feb 06, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Spark Plug Change
Replies: 8
Views: 1514

Re: Spark Plug Change

The double platinum will probably work but aren't optimal. They're about half the cost of iridium, so sounds like the shop took advantage of you. Iridium plugs are OE and no idea what if any long term effect running the platinum would cause you. I'd swap them out with NGK Iridium as soon as possible...
by Mark
Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Member with lots of questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 2215

Re: New Member with lots of questions.

I started out looking for a used Matrix, but during my research I discovered the Matrix's sister car, the Pontiac Vibe. Then I found that for a two year old car I was going to pay about a $1-2k premium for the Matrix over the Vibe, simply because it said "Toyota" on the badge instead of Po...
by Mark
Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Stuck in snow and can't get out
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Stuck in snow and can't get out

Look on the inside of the rear wheel, and you''ll see a 2-3" round tube with a hole to the inside that's just big enough to get the hook of a tow strap in. My daughter has got her 04 stuck twice now where I could only get to the rear and that has worked for me both times.
by Mark
Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Member with lots of questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 2215

Re: New Member with lots of questions.

The plastic trim on the A pillars of the 08 are stamped "SRS Curtain", but there is nothing along the top of the door. Oh well, better than nothing.
by Mark
Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: steering wheel shaking
Replies: 10
Views: 661

Re: steering wheel shaking

Shouldn't need to take them off, I can usually use a long screwdriver to get most of it out. I've had a chunk of ice on the inside of the wheel make the car virtually undriveable over 40 mph.
by Mark
Sun Jan 24, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Member with lots of questions.
Replies: 30
Views: 2215

Re: New Member with lots of questions.

I have an 04 that I bought in 2006 with 38k, it's at 160k now. It came with the "Moon and Tunes" package and alloy wheels. When I went looking for a second Vibe I specifically looked at 2008 models because I wanted to stick with the 1st Gen but wanted as new as possible. So I bought Stealt...
by Mark
Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Tailgate interior plastic cover comes loose
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: Tailgate interior plastic cover comes loose

The clips are easy to remove, take one to your local NAPA and they can match it using their "Big Book" of panel clips. Then just pull the panel off, replace the clips and snap it back into place.
by Mark
Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Overdue for an air filter!
Replies: 23
Views: 1787

Re: Overdue for an air filter!

Ok, so I checked the cabin filter and while it's dirty, it's not a mountain of crap like that that pic above. :lol: I'll just grab a $7.26 one from Amazon with free Prime shipping, for now. My Prime is up in a few days I won't be renewing at this time, so yeah, I'll make final use of it and have th...
by Mark
Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member: Vibe 2005 fog lights
Replies: 4
Views: 495

Re: New member: Vibe 2005 fog lights

I buy the Depo replacement from Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/CarPartsDepot-TO2593116-Facial-Passenger-2003-3008/dp/B0023VEWXU/ref=pd_sim_263_5?ie=UTF8&dpID=51iYiHzN4BL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=08D2GAYA5EM3CX0RXSP9 Haven't looked on E-Bay, but I have Amazon Prim...
by Mark
Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Starter
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: Starter

From what I can tell, the starter I bought from NAPA for my 04 base would also fit the GT.
by Mark
Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dome light door switch
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: Dome light door switch

Stupid light wasn't working this morning, so when I got home from work today I decided to try to work on it. Of course it was working fine. I popped the lens off and poked around some, nothing seemed loose or anything. I think it's just screwing with me.
by Mark
Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dome light door switch
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: Dome light door switch

I realized this morning that the rear light is working, not sure how I missed that yesterday, other than looking at it in the daylight. So that rules out the door switch. Playing with it some this morning I found I could push up on the lamp switch and get it to come on. So something loose or broken ...
by Mark
Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dome light door switch
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Dome light door switch

My dome light on my 08 stopped working. Light comes on with the switch in the On position, but doesn't work when set to "Door". Any idea where to look for the switch for that? Or where to look period? I know it has worked before.
by Mark
Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: tire size
Replies: 3
Views: 698

Re: tire size

The 225/55 would actually be 6.68" larger circumference and just over 2" larger diameter.
by Mark
Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Window clicking when going down
Replies: 2
Views: 790

Re: Window clicking when going down

I've had to grind the stay down twice on my 04 and now it's starting to click again. I think I understand the spots you're talking about, but some pics of what and where you're bending and hammering would be very helpful.

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