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by Mark
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: CA to ban new gas vehicles 2035
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: CA to ban new gas vehicles 2035

If I'm still around 15 years from now, I suspect I'll be surprised to learn that any manufacturers are still making gasoline powered vehicles.
by Mark
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 40
Views: 3315

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

How about some updates on how has everyone been doing with getting this last airbag recall completed ? I talked to a Buick dealership about 10 days ago and they still haven't gotten back with me like they said they were going to do. (Except for some salesman who called back within 2 minutes thinkin...
by Mark
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Update and questions....
Replies: 7
Views: 139

Re: Update and questions....

My daughter's 04 base Frosty still doesn't burn any oil after ~195k miles. My wife's 12 CR-V has burned about a quart between changes (7500 miles) since we bought it new eight years ago.
by Mark
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Pontiac Discrimination
Replies: 7
Views: 119

Re: Pontiac Discrimination

Congrats on the new Vibe. My first Vibe was on 04 Frosty with Moon & Tune that I bought used in 2006 with 38k on it, it now has ~195k and still runs good as new. The only part I've replaced, besides brake parts etc, is the starter. It's my daughter's car now, and other than the grill it looks identi...
by Mark
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 40
Views: 3315

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

How about some updates on how has everyone been doing with getting this last airbag recall completed ? I talked to a Buick dealership about 10 days ago and they still haven't gotten back with me like they said they were going to do. (Except for some salesman who called back within 2 minutes thinkin...
by Mark
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: snow tires?
Replies: 9
Views: 267

Re: snow tires?

I run winter tires on both the 04 and 08. On Frosty because it's my daughter's only car and on Stealth cause it's an "extra" car and it's great to have the extra traction when needed. One set of Cooper Winterforce2 and another set of Firestone Winter-somethings. They're noisy most of the time, but m...
by Mark
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P0420 , starring a NY 2006 AWD 190k
Replies: 26
Views: 706

Re: P0420 , starring a NY 2006 AWD 190k

I spent over an hour trying to drill out one of a set of spark plug defoulers, to try that remedy. I have a drill bit large enough, but don't have a drill that will accept it. So its just bloody murder trying to ream out enough metal to get an o2 sensor in there. I've done it twice now and it can b...
by Mark
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: US Government: Remember Pontiac
Replies: 1
Views: 152

Re: US Government: Remember Pontiac

I've always wondered if I turned the badge upside down if my Vibes would fly. Now I know not just fly, but fly me to the moon!
by Mark
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3196

Re: Coronavirus

SlammedNiss wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:10 am
Facebook video, but anybody can view it.

"World's Craziest Coronakarens"

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3158075377572091
That's batsh!t crazy stuff right there.
by Mark
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Oil Brands, filters and oil change intervals
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Oil Brands, filters and oil change intervals

Welcome to the forum and congrats on a sweet ride. All three of mine use Mobil-1 0w-30 and a NAPA platinum synthetic filter, with about a 7,500 to 8,000 mile OCI. I'd be perfectly comfortable going up to 15,000 if they were driven that many miles in a year. I personally would stick with the 6 month/...
by Mark
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Oil leak question
Replies: 13
Views: 1330

Re: Oil leak question

Followup #2: Changed the oil in Frosty last weekend and noticed that it was leaking again around the sensor, so I went ahead and replaced it. Looked at it yesterday and so far it's clean.
by Mark
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P0420 , starring a NY 2006 AWD 190k
Replies: 26
Views: 706

Re: P0420 , starring a NY 2006 AWD 190k

The spark plug anti-fouler stack cleared the P0420 code on both a 2000 Corolla I had and also on Frosty at about 185k.
by Mark
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Anybody replace the wiper fluid pump?
Replies: 7
Views: 289

Re: Anybody replace the wiper fluid pump?

Both of my pumps got broke in the last crash I had, as well as the tank. The pumps just pull out of the tank and can be easily replaced, just set a bucket underneath before you pull one and let it drain. I picked up the tank and two pumps for just a few bucks at the local u-pull-it yard. You can buy...
by Mark
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3196

Re: Coronavirus

Yeah, the crewman in red never makes it back anyway, so no mask needed. As I'm sitting here my neighbor across the road is having a party with maybe 30 - 40 people over. Not a mask anywhere, and teenagers giving 4-wheeler rides to little kids. Helmets and eye protection are for sissies, just like ma...
by Mark
Sat May 30, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Cruise Control Resume
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: Cruise Control Resume

On my 04 resume has never worked the first time, but if I set the speed again resume works fine after that. Set-Cancel-Resume=nothing, Set-Cancel-Resume again=works just fine. Weird feature.
by Mark
Mon May 11, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3196

Re: Coronavirus

Over the past couple weeks I've talked to more people than I can count who kinda didn't feel good for a day or two, or had a mild cough, back in late March or April and are now convinced that they had the 'rona and are now immune, so they don't even need a mask.

:roll:
by Mark
Sat May 02, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Hard to start and poor throttle response
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: Hard to start and poor throttle response

Bad gas maybe? You could try some Heat or other fuel dryer maybe, and check/replace the fuel filter. Sorry, I can't think of anything else that you haven't already covered.
by Mark
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Best Transmission Fluid Type
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: Best Transmission Fluid Type

I just buy Toyota Type IV from the local Toyota dealer. Since it's a 60,000 mile or more interval I don't really care about saving a few bucks on fluid.
by Mark
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3196

Re: Coronavirus

Glad to hear you're improving, best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
by Mark
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Overfilled Transmission?
Replies: 9
Views: 710

Re: Overfilled Transmission?

I would just drain it and replace the gasket. You know it should take about 3.5qt to refill from a drain, so just drain what will come out and put 3.5 qt back in. Now you've done a second drain & fill and should be close to right on the money.
by Mark
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: console lid hinge
Replies: 15
Views: 3682

Re: console lid hinge

Just the outlet and harness would work, you'd just have to drill the right size hole in the console to hold it. Depending on the year, y ou don't have to drill a hole. My console had a cap over the hole. I yanked the power outlet from my 03 and just put it straight into my 07. I can't remember whet...
by Mark
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: console lid hinge
Replies: 15
Views: 3682

Re: console lid hinge

Just the outlet and harness would work, you'd just have to drill the right size hole in the console to hold it.
by Mark
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: console lid hinge
Replies: 15
Views: 3682

Re: console lid hinge

Not sure on the Matrix, but the 03-04 Vibe center console also has a power outlet. When I was looking for a lid I ended up taking the entire console and wiring harness. The wiring is already there under the console, you just need the harness to connect it. I also bought replacement hinges from the T...
by Mark
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3196

Re: Coronavirus

Sure. You're right. Why don't you call him and tell him how full of crap he is, and maybe they'll put you in charge.

What the hell does he know anyway?
https://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/anthony-s-fauci-md-bio
by Mark
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3196

Re: Coronavirus

The quotes I heard from Trump was that it's no worse than the flu - which is pretty much correct. Except that it's not even remotely correct. Dr Anthony Fauci today in congressional testimony: “I mean, people always say, well, the flu does this, the flu does that,” Fauci said. “The flu has a mortal...
by Mark
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3196

Re: Coronavirus

Wyoming is reporting zero confirmed cases at this time, but I think that's mostly because there's no testing taking place. Colorado went from it's first case on March 5 to 15 and counting today, so hard to believe we don't have any here yet. Meanwhile Baghdad Bob, aka DC Donnie, says it's all just m...
by Mark
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3196

Re: Coronavirus

Interesting chart. I think that based on the response so far from our government we'll be on the yellow curve within a few weeks. But hey, the best way to keep the number of reported infections low is to just not test anyone! It's working! https://ourworldindata.org/uploads/2020/03/Flattening-the-cu...
by Mark
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: mud flaps?
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: mud flaps?

My 05 has mud flaps and my 08 doesn't, I don't really see any difference as far as the hatch is concerned.
by Mark
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: how to fix window clunk after recall fix (pics)
Replies: 13
Views: 5269

Re: how to fix window clunk after recall fix (pics)

I ground mine off and ground it off some more, and the clunk would eventually come back after awhile. Then last May the strap broke off, jammed the regulator and bent one of the arms. So I replaced the window regulator and got a strap from an 09 Matrix at a local u-pull-it yard, which is a completel...
by Mark
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: engine oil dipstick
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: engine oil dipstick

Hi, and welcome to the forum. Try a Toyota dealer, see this thread: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=37406&p=437602&hil ... ck#p437602
by Mark
Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3663
Views: 424772

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Yesterday I finally got around to replacing the map light bulb with an LED on both the 04 and 05. The 04 burned out so I bought a pack of led bulbs on Amazon so I could do both. Somehow managed to blow the fuse on the 05 while I was putting the new bulb in, but lucky for me the fuse is in the engine...
by Mark
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Cell phone holder 2005
Replies: 9
Views: 605

Re: Cell phone holder 2005

My wife got me one similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Holder-Compatible-iPhone-Samsung/dp/B07W4Z4SMZ/ref=sr_1_4?crid=P1NXSH8S52SP&keywords=car+cell+phone+holder&qid=1580345896&sprefix=car+cell+%2Caps%2C266&sr=8-4 a few years ago. It works great in the Vibe, I mainly use it for GPS on my p...
by Mark
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: key replacement - 2005 vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 662

Re: key replacement - 2005 vibe

My 2004 came with only one fob, so I bought another on Ebay and did the procedure zbyers posted (which I almost certainly found on this site way back when). It was a pain and took multiple attempts due to me missing steps or not being fast enough with other steps. But it worked, and the fob still wo...
by Mark
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: new member
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: new member

My phone uploads pics directly to Google Photo. From there a click on "share" then "get link". Then I click the image button and insert the link. This is what I get: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jTCAx1H7cgKW48eZ9 I can download the image to my local drive and then add it as an attachment, like I did in...
by Mark
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: new member
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: new member

I've never had any luck linking to google photos, if you figure it out please post how you got it to work. It could be a size issue I think, I'm able to post a pic by downloading it and then resizing to less than 1Mb.


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by Mark
Wed Dec 25, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: Merry Christmas

strong showers and more powerful flushes. Hmmmm ..... Meteorological terms ... OR ... plumbing terms :? A reference to Dear Leader's recent remarks on the great plumbing disaster: "You turn on the faucet and you don't get any water. They take a shower and water comes dripping out. Just dripping out...
by Mark
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my fellow Vibers out there.

Here's hoping the new year brings you strong showers and more powerful flushes.
by Mark
Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: I just joined, bought a 2003 and need advice.
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: I just joined, bought a 2003 and need advice.

Welcome to one of the friendliest forums on the innerwebs. I don't think I've ever seen the term "horrible build quality" and Vibe used in the same sentence before. NUMMI put out pretty solid cars. If you have salvage yards near by you may be able to scavenge most of the interior parts you need. My ...
by Mark
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Poor Fuel Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1493

Re: Poor Fuel Economy

It's not my "opinion", it's explained in the links I provided. Top Tier fuel contains detergent additives that engine manufacturers requested to improve the life and efficiency of their engines. No crap it's the same base gasoline. All the gasoline I buy here is produced in the same local Holly Fron...
by Mark
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Poor Fuel Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1493

Re: Poor Fuel Economy

2) There's not really such a thing as "Top Tier" fuel. Just use a name brand, and you'll get the same performance as every other name brand. "Bob's Gas Station" may use the same fuel as the Shell down the way - but you can't be sure about the tank maintenance. That's all the name does for you. This...
by Mark
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Terrible performance on Snow
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: Terrible performance on Snow

I've had Vibes since 2006 and have never had any problem, other than deep snow, and in fact have always been impressed with how well the cars handle on snow and ice. I have Firestone Winterforce2 on my daughter's 2004, and Cooper Weathermaster2 (I think, they don't make this one anymore) on the 2008...
by Mark
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Poor Fuel Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1493

Re: Poor Fuel Economy

I've chased this problem on the 04 for years, and to some extent on the 05 now too. Some things I've found have helped: Stick to Top Tier gas only. Replace the air filter and clean the MAF on a regular basis, and disconnect the battery neg terminal for ~20 min when you do. Keep the tires around 35-3...
by Mark
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WANTED: 2004 Front Manual Window Regulators both Front Passenger and Driver Sides
Replies: 10
Views: 673

Re: WANTED: 2004 Front Manual Window Regulators both Front Passenger and Driver Sides

They must be pretty rare, I went looking and couldn't find a manual regulator. Didn't look as hard as if I actually needed one, but I did search some. All of mine are power. I've always had the window clunk issue on the 04, I ground the end of it down to almost nothing and it still hit. It finally b...
by Mark
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WANTED: 2004 Front Manual Window Regulators both Front Passenger and Driver Sides
Replies: 10
Views: 673

Re: WANTED: 2004 Front Manual Window Regulators both Front Passenger and Driver Sides

Were there 2004 base models sold with manual windows? I thought the power windows were standard.
by Mark
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WANTED: 2004 Front Manual Window Regulators both Front Passenger and Driver Sides
Replies: 10
Views: 673

Re: WANTED: 2004 Front Manual Window Regulators both Front Passenger and Driver Sides

Had the same issue on the driver's side of my daughter's 04 earlier this year and used this one to replace it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004A ... UTF8&psc=1
by Mark
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 40
Views: 3315

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

Got two yesterday, for the 2005 and 2008. But it says they parts aren't available at this time and they'll send a notice when they are. So what was the point, really?
by Mark
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Key won’t open door.
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Re: Key won’t open door.

I had the same thing happen with my 04 a few years ago. After years of only using the fob to unlock the door I found that the key no longer worked in the door. The simple explanation is that the key wears with the ignition, but the door lock hasn't worn at all. A local locksmith was able to grind me...
by Mark
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Oil filter
Replies: 17
Views: 1341

Re: Oil filter

I use this filter and Mobile-1 0W-30 oil in all three Vibes. I personally won't run the 0- series oils in my Vibe, and I'm not sure I like my wife's Mazda using them. We're in Houston, and considering the temperature is very rarely below freezing - and often into the 100's - extremely low weight oi...
by Mark
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Best All-Season Tire?
Replies: 47
Views: 11828

Re: Best All-Season Tire?

No, the tires I replaced were Cooper CS3 205/60/R16. Granted they were down to 3/32 and were noisier than new, but they were never as smooth or quiet as these new Evolution Tours. In other words, the Evolution Tour 205/60/R16 is quieter and smoother than the CS3 205/60/R16. Both are much smoother ri...
by Mark
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Oil filter
Replies: 17
Views: 1341

Re: Oil filter

I use this filter and Mobile-1 0W-30 oil in all three Vibes.