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by Mark
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?
Replies: 14
Views: 149

Re: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?

I wouldn't bother with the pan and filter at all. Drain 3.5 qts., put 3.5 new back in. Drive a week and do it again.
by Mark
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Would like a bluetooth + better stereo installed
Replies: 8
Views: 154

Re: Would like a bluetooth + better stereo installed

I was going to do the same thing, but then I went a different route and bought one of these https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JV ... UTF8&psc=1 instead. I use the iHeartRadio app to stream my favorite station (KBCO), saved me a ton of $$$.
by Mark
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2008 out, 2008 in.....
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Re: 2008 out, 2008 in.....

Glad you're ok and that you found a replacement so quick. Your new Stealth looks vaguely familiar for some reason.

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by Mark
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Rear view Mirror Lights
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: Rear view Mirror Lights

I haven't tried to get mine out yet, but I looked at them and figured it would be tough. So I bought this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N0 ... UTF8&psc=1 to help. Should help in getting the new ones in too.

Joatmon's floss idea is genius, though.
by Mark
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: REBUILT salvage title...would you buy it?
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: REBUILT salvage title...would you buy it?

Last year I paid $4500 for a one-owner 05 with 101k, so for me $5000 for an 06 with only 60k is not out of line. I wonder if the door issue is as simple as a latch adjustment? Here in Wyoming a salvage title is not required for vehicles over 8 model years old. When my 08 got totaled in 2015 I was wo...
by Mark
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: End of '07 Vibe era
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: End of '07 Vibe era

Um, yeah. http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=44098 Trick is to find someone who does body work on the side, or a one-man shop with low overhead. You can pick up most of the parts from local junk yards, but I've had to search for a few on carparts.com. It can sometimes take longer ...
by Mark
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: clicking sound from engine bay when idling
Replies: 11
Views: 266

Re: clicking sound from engine bay when idling

Had the same sort of thing in my 04, the #3 plug had worked itself loose somehow. Poor performance, rough idle, gas blowing by the loose threads. I know I torqued them when I put them in a couple years before, so not sure what might have caused it. I replaced all four and torqued them and no more is...
by Mark
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Happy New Year Vibers!
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Happy New Year Vibers!

Wishing a Happy New Year to all my fellow GenVibers. Here's to a happy and healthy 2019!
by Mark
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Winter Tires = Different Vehicle
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Winter Tires = Different Vehicle

Agree 100% on the dedicated winter tires. A 2000 Corolla I sold a few months ago came with a set of studded snows, Hancook's I think. So I bought a set of steel wheels from someone on CL and had them mounted. Then I stored the spare set, summer or winter, in the rafters in my garage. It was a light ...
by Mark
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1267

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

Yeah, the local dealer told me that the CS3 has been replaced by the Evolution Tour. They look like the same tire.

http://us.coopertire.com/tires/evolution-tour.aspx
by Mark
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1267

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

+2 on the Cooper CS3. Running them on two Vibes and they've been great tires so far. Not sure that they'll make it 65k, but I haven't had any tire yet on the Vibes that has. I will need a new set this spring for Vibe #3 and will look at either the CS3 or the Firestone Fuel Fighter. I have those on m...
by Mark
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The forum is back!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 641

Re: The forum is back!!!!!

zbyers wrote:I shot Mike an email letting him know. Long story short, new backend work was done last time it was down, causing it to go down this latter time as it ran out of memory. All should be good for a while :)
Thank for the news!
by Mark
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Site Problems, Suggestions, Questions
Topic: Ok, that was a scary couple of days.
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Ok, that was a scary couple of days.

I thought maybe my beloved GenVibe might be gone forever.
by Mark
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another Vibe lost
Replies: 13
Views: 657

Re: Another Vibe lost

If the airbags didn't go off and the salvage is low enough, that's a keeper. Some junk yard parts and a little paint, the rest will buff right out.
by Mark
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 8
Views: 354

Re: New to forum

Caretaker wrote:read the craigslist ad
Ok, he's BSing about his fill cost. So? Does that make the ad invalid or the car not worth looking at?

For all you know the owner never lets it get below 1/2 tank before filling, and $20 in that area gets you around 7 gal.
by Mark
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 8
Views: 354

Re: New to forum

"$ 20 to fill the tank"..... must be another one of those "nothing has ever gone wrong with my Vibe" owners. Yeah, I fill my tank for $ 20 here in California as well...............when the needle says 3/4ths full that is. Not at all sure what that has to do with anything, especially the vehicle in ...
by Mark
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 8
Views: 354

Re: New to forum

Hi Everyone, We just purchased a used 2005 Pontiac Vibe for my daughter. I have a questions: why did it take me so long to discover these fantastic vehicles? What an amazing package. My wife loves it so much she wants me to find another one for her. My daughter's budget meant that we had to look fo...
by Mark
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Want to upsize not sure to what tho?
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: Want to upsize not sure to what tho?

Hello Scott, and welcome to the best site on the innerwebs. I went to a 205/60/16 on a couple of mine and it made a pretty good difference in ride, and the speedometer is closer too. Here's a link to a really handy tire size calculator that lets you compare various sizes. I wanted to stay at under 5...
by Mark
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Spark plug socket extension lenght
Replies: 3
Views: 216

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: 910
Views: 134088

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: 578

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: 289

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: 419

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: 548

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: 408

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: 471

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: 435

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: 498

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 makes it easy to matc...
by Mark
Thu May 24, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3741

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: 930

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: 3741

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: 3741

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: 3741

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: 3741

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 cardomain but t...
by Mark
Mon May 07, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3741

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: 3741

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: 3741

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: 3741

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: 3741

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: 3741

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 blades and...
by Mark
Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 17
Views: 1015

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: 3741

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. Now I have to dec...
by Mark
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 3741

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: 3741

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: 3741

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: 3741

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: 471

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: 625

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: 1572

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 ...