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by Mark
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Spark plug socket extension lenght
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Spark plug socket extension lenght

It should work. I have the 9" version, which makes it a bit easier to spin the plugs out by hand once they're broke loose.
by Mark
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 883
Views: 125042

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Frosty has 183k and the only parts I've replaced are front rotors, belt tensioner and starter. All other engine, body and suspension parts are original. It doesn't use any oil at all. Stealth has 113k and has been totaled and rebuilt three times now. Can't list all the parts that have been replaced,...
by Mark
Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Oil Sludge in Filler Neck
Replies: 17
Views: 153

Re: Oil Sludge in Filler Neck

Sounds like it's toast. Just to save you from a total loss I'll offer you $500.00 to take it off your hands. Or, drain the oil and fill with Mobil-1 or other full synthetic and drive the crap out of it, like 200 miles at 80 mph and back again. If your speed limit is 65 then drive it 200 miles with t...
by Mark
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe Fastener package
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Vibe Fastener package

I don't have any push pins on any of my Vibes that I've found. Door panels, wheel well trim, inner fenders, rear hatch, splash guards are simple clips. Doors, wheel well trim and rear hatch panel are all these guys: https://www.amazon.com/Lantee-Retainer-Chrysler-Concorde-Intrepid/dp/B01LE0UUH2/ref=...
by Mark
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Arm Rest Console
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Arm Rest Console

I've bought two consoles from junk yards, one for my 08 and then another for my 05 from a local junk yard from '04's and both also had the 12v outlet and harness. Both times I took the outlet, harness and double lid and threw the console away. Replacing the lid is a two screw operation, replacing th...
by Mark
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Prospective Vibe Owner -- Advice?
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: New Prospective Vibe Owner -- Advice?

Hello canderson206, welcome. I have owned a 2004 Base Vibe since Feb 2006, it's up to 182k now and I might sell it for 4k, but it's worth more to me than that. I also own a 2008 Base that I bought in 2013 with 75k on it, it's up to 112k now and has been totaled and rebuilt three times now. It's not ...
by Mark
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Just picked up an 06
Replies: 7
Views: 221

Re: Just picked up an 06

Let me be the first to welcome you to GenVibe. Congrats on the new ride, $1500 for an 06 with 90k is a steal. If the interior and exterior are clean and it runs good it should easily be worth double that, if not triple. I recently paid $4500 for a single owner 05 with 101k and Moon n Tunes and I don...
by Mark
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Where to find oem headlight socket pigtail and how to wire it
Replies: 5
Views: 307

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

If I remember right the trick was getting the DRL/high/low wired correctly. I used a volt meter to compare with the other side. Then soldered, heat shrink and wrapped with tape.
by Mark
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: A 2005 gets its second owner
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: A 2005 gets its second owner

Frosty was purchased in 2006 with 38k, is now at 180k and is going strong. Stealth was purchased in 2013 with 75k, is now at 110k, has been totaled, salvaged and repaired three times, and is still going strong. Sattie was purchase in 2018 with 101k and will be with us for a very long time. I've been...
by Mark
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Spash Guard Fasteners
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Spash Guard Fasteners

I've found that the "universal" panel retainer from Auto Zone work perfect for the wheel well liners, both in the fender and underneath. The other option is to pop an existing one out and try to match it at the parts store. My local NAPA has a "big book" of pins and screws that m...
by Mark
Thu May 24, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Sooo.... The 2005 Satellite Silver had mismatched tires when I bought it - some Goodyears on the front and Pirelli's on the rear. So I installed my summer tires on the 2005, put the winter tires from the 2008 on the shelf, and moved the tires from the 2005 to the 2008. Didn't bother balancing them s...
by Mark
Tue May 15, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Parting out 2003 Vibe auto
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Parting out 2003 Vibe auto

I'm looking for a two deck console lid / armrest, if you've still got it.
by Mark
Fri May 11, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

I think it's funny that the Vibe we found for parts was a 2004, so I still have a 2008 Vibe with the early model recessed grill. So far everything is working. I had to replace a headlight bulb on the driver side, and the battery hold down was missing a bolt so I installed that and tightened it all d...
by Mark
Thu May 10, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Stealth came home today! Got a call just as I was leaving work that it was ready to go, so I went by and picked it up. Looks almost good as new. tpollauf will hopefully post a new pic I sent him (cause apparently I suck at posting pics) of it back in it's own driveway. The marks on the top of the fe...
by Mark
Wed May 09, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

He worked on the car over the weekend and sent a pic Monday evening. When we got the parts we used a sawzall to cut the radiator brace and down through the frame, just in front of the airbag actuators. Monday he had the front of my car cut back and matched up to the new part, and all of the parts in...
by Mark
Tue May 08, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

From the page source it looks like you saved it to a different site? Correct! I saved your image to my hard drive. Then uploaded that photo to a third party site (cardomain, photobucket, etc...) and then copy/pasted the image FROM THEIR SITE into the GenVibe "img" tab. I used to use cardo...
by Mark
Mon May 07, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

No, unfortunately he passed last fall. This is his nephew, who did most of the work on the hail damage the last time.
by Mark
Fri May 04, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

My cost to rebuild this time will be ~$3700. That's salvage + parts + paint & labor. Still not bad for a 2008 w/110k, and I get to pocket about a grand. Body guy says he'll get it in Monday and be done later next week. We'll see.

And, I'll finally be a three-Vibe family.
by Mark
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Dammit, how'd you do that? From the page source it looks like you saved it to a different site?

But I should be able to link directly to a shared Google photo album, right?
by Mark
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Here's the new baby, with 30% VLT window film and vent shades installed. https://photos.app.goo.gl/3hbcQCadA175PD8EA I have had zero luck trying to link a pic from Google Photos, not sure why I can't just link an image url like I did with photobucket. Any tips and suggestions would be appreciated.
by Mark
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Well, looks like I'm rebuilding her one more time. Got the numbers finally, not as much as I would have liked but fair I guess. I had already resigned myself to saying goodbye, but then the salvage value came back at $930. So that kind of made it a no-brainer to keep and fix it. Today I pulled most ...
by Mark
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3321

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: 17
Views: 660

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: 64
Views: 3321

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: 64
Views: 3321

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: 64
Views: 3321

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: 64
Views: 3321

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: 64
Views: 3321

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: 5
Views: 307

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: 463

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: 1376

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: 11779

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: 455

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: 569

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: 569

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: 64
Views: 3321

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: 64
Views: 3321

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: 20
Views: 4699

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: 3230

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: 1463

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: 1230

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: 1145

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: 1808

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: 1306

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: 1030

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: 3230

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: 4562

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: 20266

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: 7858

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: 10391

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...

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