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by beemerphile1
Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: W T B: Anything aftermarket
Replies: 9
Views: 923

Re: W T B: Anything aftermarket

It might help if you let people know what vehicle you own.
by beemerphile1
Mon May 16, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Tried to trade my Vibe
Replies: 14
Views: 1937

Re: Tried to trade my Vibe

vibenvy wrote:
beemerphile1 wrote:I just received $9,100 for my 2009 in an insurance settlement.

Were you and the Vibe in an accident?


Yep, hit in the rear in January this year. The Vibe was totaled but we are okay. The other driver was cited and their insurance is paying.
by beemerphile1
Wed May 04, 2016 5:49 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Vibe is going through batteries
Replies: 10
Views: 1273

Re: Vibe is going through batteries

Do you live in a hot environment? Do you make lots of very short trips? Have the local auto parts store test the charging system. It should be free. What voltage do they read at the battery with the engine running above idle? Most batteries fail due to abuse and neglect but six months is an extremel...
by beemerphile1
Wed May 04, 2016 5:41 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Tried to trade my Vibe
Replies: 14
Views: 1937

Re: Tried to trade my Vibe

I just received $9,100 for my 2009 in an insurance settlement. The difference is that with an insurance settlement I received the retail value. With a trade you receive trade value which is substantially less. The only thing that matters when making a trade/purchase is the final out the door cost. H...
by beemerphile1
Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:17 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Replies: 8
Views: 1005

Re: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

biggest problem: its still a chrysler Eh I'd say it's more of a Fiat than anything. It is definitely more Chrysler than Fiat, though the reliability will probably be equivalent; poor. Which sux cuz I've always had a soft spot for both Chrysler and Fiat/Alfa/etc. According to Consumer Reports Magazi...
by beemerphile1
Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Remote Starter 2010 Vibe Base 1.8
Replies: 8
Views: 1118

Re: Remote Starter 2010 Vibe Base 1.8

ctgottapee wrote:my 2009 key has the dot on the back of the key, and the blinking security light



The original owner paid for the security system option, it was not standard.
by beemerphile1
Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:34 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Remote Starter 2010 Vibe Base 1.8
Replies: 8
Views: 1118

Re: Remote Starter 2010 Vibe Base 1.8

The second generation base USA Vibes do NOT need a bypass, key, or anything else. All Canada models DO need it.

To prove it, go to your local hardware store and get a cheap key copy made. If it will start your car, you need nothing extra.
by beemerphile1
Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:33 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: High Beams Indicate on Dash when Low Beams on?
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: High Beams Indicate on Dash when Low Beams on?

Just a WAG that it is a bad ground. The headlamps are seeking a ground anywhere it can be found and the headlamps found it through the indicator lamp.
by beemerphile1
Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:31 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 1.8L valve clatter
Replies: 1
Views: 468

2009 1.8L valve clatter

This started after my last oil change about two months ago. It may have been happening before the oil change but I didn't notice. On every start of the cold engine it has a bad valve clatter for maybe two seconds and then all sounds normal. This issue suddenly appeared. I don't see how an oil change...
by beemerphile1
Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: overflow filling gas tank?
Replies: 5
Views: 555

Re: overflow filling gas tank?

Same as jolt, I would suspect a plugged vent.
by beemerphile1
Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:15 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 heat shield rattle
Replies: 1
Views: 1108

2009 heat shield rattle

I've gotten some rattling sound from the rear of the 2009 Vibe. I investigated a few days ago and found that the heat shield between the muffler and body has come loose. It appears that it was fastened to the floor by four steel studs, washers, and nuts. Due to the dissimilar metals, the aluminum sh...
by beemerphile1
Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Do You Have A Dash Cam?
Replies: 7
Views: 3019

Re: Do You Have A Dash Cam?

Yes,
DVR-207
It has worked reliably for around two years now.

Check out this website and forums;
https://dashcamtalk.com/
by beemerphile1
Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: headlight/taillight help needed
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: headlight/taillight help needed

Yes, you have to heat them substantially to soften the adhesive and then pry them apart. Seems like a lot of work to accomplish something that is illegal and likely to get you ticketed. What is your fall back plan when that happens? The OE lights are federally regulated and you cannot legally obscur...
by beemerphile1
Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Interior cabin noise is loud!
Replies: 5
Views: 1186

Re: Interior cabin noise is loud!

As much as I like my Vibe, I accept that it is a cheaply made economy car. A quiet cab is going to cost you a lot more money than the Vibe.
by beemerphile1
Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:01 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: trans cooler
Replies: 12
Views: 901

Re: trans cooler

I haven't been on for a while and just noticed this thread. I do have a transmission cooler in my 2009 1.8L. I mounted it in front of the condenser/radiator after popping out the grille insert. I made my own aluminum brackets for mounting about .5" from the condenser. I don't trust mounting it ...
by beemerphile1
Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:53 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 09/10 Vibe: head room, cockpit feel?
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Re: 09/10 Vibe: head room, cockpit feel?

I am 6'1" and can wear a hat while driving my 2009. Before buying in 2009 I test drove some cars that my hair was brushing the ceiling without a hat. The Vibe is very roomy for a compact.
by beemerphile1
Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:22 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Rusted Calipers- brake failure?
Replies: 9
Views: 1109

Re: Rusted Calipers- brake failure?

You shouldn't put new pads on old worn rotors. One of two things will happen, either the braking will be reduced due to worn rotor or the pads will wear out quickly, or both.
by beemerphile1
Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:48 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Tail/Brake Lights Pulse w/ Turn Signals.
Replies: 3
Views: 778

Re: Tail/Brake Lights Pulse w/ Turn Signals.

Bad ground somewhere. Since you have hacked the existing wiring there is no way to make a guess other than it was probably caused by your previous work. Use a wire with alligator clips and use it to temporarily ground the different fixtures/areas until you find the problem. Start with the hacks you ...
by beemerphile1
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:12 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 radio knob broken
Replies: 4
Views: 2343

Re: 2009 radio knob broken

The problem you are experiencing is a design flaw. Follow the instructions in that long thread on repair. It isn't a difficult fix but might take an afternoon.

I did the fix and filled the new knobs with epoxy before installing. You can still see the light through the knob and so far so good.
by beemerphile1
Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:08 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Muffler unbolt- performance gains?
Replies: 18
Views: 1733

Re: Muffler unbolt- performance gains?

thanks guys, I may end up just upgrading to something speedier. Ironically, I find myself broken down on the side of the road more often than most people I know, lol Probably because you are screwing around with the car and causing your own problems. :lol: Seriously, I was young and dumb once and u...
by beemerphile1
Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:56 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Voltage dropping
Replies: 15
Views: 776

Re: Voltage dropping

We replaced the alternator and with a full load with everything on in, the terminals show 14.1 V so I call that a success. Glad you got it fixed. For future reference, a fully charged battery is 12.6v or more. Any time the charging system is outputting less than 12.6v the battery is being discharge...
by beemerphile1
Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:54 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Melted (not blown) alternator 100A fuse
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: Melted (not blown) alternator 100A fuse

A poor connection causes arcing,

arcing causes heat,

heat melts things.

You need to replace both sides of the connection.
by beemerphile1
Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:39 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 03 vibe parts
Replies: 20
Views: 1713

Re: 03 vibe parts

FWIW, it appears the OP hasn't been on the forum since July 31, 2014.
by beemerphile1
Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:08 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Selecting window tint
Replies: 6
Views: 658

Re: Selecting window tint

The shop I went to had several brands and thicknesses. I chose the best/thickest lifetime guarantee type available. It was Viper brand.

I wasn't interested in doing it myself because I tried on other vehicles previously.
by beemerphile1
Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:31 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: TAIL fuse keeps blowing
Replies: 7
Views: 1557

Re: TAIL fuse keeps blowing

Your issue has nothing to do with a ground wire. You have a short in a positive/hot wire. The most likely location is where you have added lights/wiring. Never install a larger fuse than installed by the factory. The purpose of the fuse is to protect the wiring and the fuse is sized in accordance wi...
by beemerphile1
Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:39 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: DRL PROBLEMS/ TAIL LIGHT
Replies: 12
Views: 1393

Re: DRL PROBLEMS/ TAIL LIGHT

First, on internet forums, all capital letters is considered screaming and is difficult to read.

Secondly, attacking with smart azz responses to those attempting to help will scare away people from helping, thus I have no motivation to help.
by beemerphile1
Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:45 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: The Official GenVibe Buyer/Seller Rating Thread
Replies: 143
Views: 36970

Re: The Official GenVibe Buyer/Seller Rating Thread

Seller: jake75
Item: rear view camera kit
Recommended: Yes
Comments: Honorable member, easy transaction, item exactly as described.
by beemerphile1
Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:37 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Airbag Recall Question
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: Airbag Recall Question

I understand your concern about your family and yourself. Keep in mind though that the likelyhood of your airbag ever deploying is miniscule and you having a defective one is even more miniscule. Generations and generations of people have traveled many millions of miles before airbags were ever inve...
by beemerphile1
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:34 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement bulb options
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Replacement bulb options

I really don't know but doubt there is anything unique about those lamps. Have you pulled one out and looked at it?
by beemerphile1
Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:00 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wireless rear view camera kit
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: Wireless rear view camera kit

jake75 wrote:...I have not been on here in awhile. Send me an email....


Email sent.
by beemerphile1
Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:33 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: "H" is for hassel? Tire speed ratings.
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: "H" is for hassel? Tire speed ratings.

My Firestone store will go one rating below the factory spec and will go any rating above.
by beemerphile1
Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:14 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wireless rear view camera kit
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: Wireless rear view camera kit

I'll take you up on that camera/monitor. What brand and model?
by beemerphile1
Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Downgraded... huh?
Replies: 22
Views: 1600

Re: Downgraded... huh?

Downgrade - upgrade - who cares?

I don't let what I drive define me and my car certainly isn't a measure of my value. Get over it, and stop caring what other people think. Don't let a car or other peoples opinions, define you.
by beemerphile1
Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:39 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Rear Brake overheating many attempts to fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1633

Re: Rear Brake overheating many attempts to fix

I am unhappy with the service life of my rear brakes. It reads like my issue is different than yours or at least less extreme. At 40,000 miles the rear pads were gone and I had metal on metal. When replacing I found that the left was worn much more than the right. At the bottom of the pad (closest t...
by beemerphile1
Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:20 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Always On Cigarette Lighter Socket
Replies: 4
Views: 936

Re: Always On Cigarette Lighter Socket

I left the original receptacle as is because it powers my dash cam and triggers it to come on when the receptacle receives power. I added a triple receptacle splitter together with a USB receptacle in the cubby under the radio. https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fecx.images-amazon.com%2...
by beemerphile1
Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:29 am
Forum: Pontiac, GM SPO, & TRD Accessories
Topic: 09 Cargo Cover/Shade: Does it fold?
Replies: 18
Views: 3970

Re: 09 Cargo Cover/Shade: Does it fold?

I recently ordered the roll up shade, and for some reason i can't get it to stay on -- I hook the 2 plastic pieces on one side, and when i stretch it to hook the last one on the other side, it stretches too much and the first 2 pop out! Anyone else have this happen? It would be funny if it weren't ...
by beemerphile1
Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:28 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Rear USB Power
Replies: 1
Views: 4644

Re: Rear USB Power

Good mod, thanks for the tip.
by beemerphile1
Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:51 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Stronger Springs and Struts for rear suspension
Replies: 11
Views: 1750

Re: Stronger Springs and Struts for rear suspension

...Being an industrry insider I know that tire inflation needs to be adjusted and wouldn't expect the average consumer to be aware of this fact.... Since it states on the sidewall of tires; "xxx load capacity at xxx PSI" it has always been clear to me that less PSI means less load capacit...
by beemerphile1
Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:46 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Dash Lights Flash with Turn Signal
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: Dash Lights Flash with Turn Signal

Lights that behave in the manner described usually have an inadequate ground connection. Unfortunately I can't suggest where you start looking.

Any work or modifications been done recently? Retrace your steps.
by beemerphile1
Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:12 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Alternator rattling.
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Alternator rattling.

A quality rebuild is as good as new.

I would fix it now if you have the time and money. That beats breaking down out on the road somewhere.
by beemerphile1
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:05 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: how much can I pull?
Replies: 19
Views: 2865

Re: how much can I pull?

...We're five persons (me - 175 lbs, wife - can't disclose this but average, and kids -- 42, 51 and 65.)... Based on this information I would have to say you cannot safely tow either of these trailers. The gear required for five people plus the weight of those people pretty much rules out any trail...
by beemerphile1
Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:18 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hail damage
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Re: Hail damage

Maybe you will get better fuel mileage now? Doesn't a golf ball have dimples to make it fly better? :lol:

I would suggest;
Keep the damaged car.
Pay off the Kia.
Save up cash for replacing the VIbe.

Debt free is the way to be.
by beemerphile1
Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: A/C air temp question
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: A/C air temp question

You check the AC output by comparing the input temperature and output temperature. If the air going into the system was 70 and the air coming out was 50, you are working correctly. Edit to add; Use the recirculate function. If you draw in outside air it will cool it by 20 degrees. Example; 90 degree...
by beemerphile1
Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:21 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Ipod Hook up
Replies: 4
Views: 548

Re: Ipod Hook up

Not sure what you are trying to do but I think you need 'audio in' jacks not "audio out". I assume you are trying to play music on your Ipod through the stereo.
by beemerphile1
Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:34 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: remote start using OEM keyless fob
Replies: 32
Views: 3159

Re: remote start using OEM keyless fob

I went the opposite route. I use only the aftermarket fob and stopped using the spear that GM calls a key. The original key/fob is so huge I was always getting stabbed by it. When I got the remote start I had a choice between a fob that could only start the car and a fob that also would lock/unlock ...
by beemerphile1
Wed May 28, 2014 3:25 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: uncomfortable driver seat?
Replies: 8
Views: 1221

Re: uncomfortable driver seat?

My 2009 base is comfortable. It may be different than your 2005. I have driven 17 hours while only stopping for food and fuel. I have also slept in the driver's seat for several nights while on the road.
by beemerphile1
Tue May 13, 2014 3:31 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Mystery wire on 2009 Vibe
Replies: 3
Views: 550

Re: Mystery wire on 2009 Vibe

That doesn't appear to be OEM. Probably was owner installed for some accessory that has now been removed.
by beemerphile1
Thu May 08, 2014 3:30 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Learned a new trick to get the A/C to blow colder
Replies: 11
Views: 1635

Re: Learned a new trick to get the A/C to blow colder

Sounds like you are blocking air leakage from coming around behind the condenser. Is that correct?

If there is substantial leakage, the insulation could force more air through the condenser rather than around it.
by beemerphile1
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:28 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Toyota oil filters
Replies: 12
Views: 1095

Re: Toyota oil filters

I buy Toyota filters at the local dealer. Don't tell them you have a Pontiac.
by beemerphile1
Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:35 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Correct engine oil for 2010 1.8L? 5W30 or 5W20?
Replies: 8
Views: 6170

Re: Correct engine oil for 2010 1.8L? 5W30 or 5W20?

Manual was a misprint, use either 5w20 or better yet use 0w20 if you can find it.

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