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by tpollauf
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: High Mileage Vibe?
Replies: 1
Views: 8

Re: High Mileage Vibe?

TechMaxWare wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:00 pm
I was wondering how many miles are on everyone's Vibe's right now
Just an FYI .... there's already a lengthy thread on this topic with several of us noting our Vibe's mileage. It started 17 years ago :o

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2058
by tpollauf
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Just Wondering what fuel i should put in my 03 GT
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Just Wondering what fuel i should put in my 03 GT

I'm one that alternate tanks every other or every third fill up. Costco, last week, had their 93 premium for $2.02/gal so I gladly went that route. Lately (past several months that is) fuel prices here at the Ohio/Michigan border have been so low that I don't mind the extra 40-50 cents for premium w...
by tpollauf
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Pontiac Discrimination
Replies: 7
Views: 107

Re: Pontiac Discrimination

So I went to the shop to ask if they could do a pre-buy inspection for me? But as soon as I said "Pontiac Vibe" the shop owner immediately said to forget it, those cars are complete junk! I said "But they're just a relabeled Toyota Matrix. They're mostly made out of Corolla parts." The shop owner t...
by tpollauf
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Update and questions....
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: Update and questions....

littleVibber wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:29 pm
I found a 2009 red base vibe that has a locked up engine in my town that is literally perfect. Not even dings in the door..... I'm paying $350 for the title tomorrow
Now that sounds like a project car worth fixing! :D Just curious on the history of this one :? Mileage? Original owner?
by tpollauf
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Vibe/Matrix Manual
Replies: 25
Views: 23192

Re: Vibe/Matrix Manual

For what it's worth, I just tried the original link https://www.madstyle1972.com/Repair/ and it brought up the original repair manual that was there for several years :D Not sure why it was missing for the past few months BUT it's back now ;) Here's the proof: https://www.silveradosierra.com/gallery...
by tpollauf
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Setting up a maintenance schedule
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Setting up a maintenance schedule

Welcome to GenVibe :D Let us know your rough whereabouts (update profile) this will help us in furthering any potential issues you could have. Will this car see nasty winter driving (snow/ice/salt/brine) or will it remain down south somewhere. If it's to be up north then make sure you look for corro...
by tpollauf
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Update and questions....
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: Update and questions....

I've got my eyes on a 2009 vibe that needs a bumper and has a seized engine, and I'm picking it up for $500. Yep ... I saw this same Vibe on craigslist in the Detroit area. This Vibe looks like it was really abused most of it's life. It likely had one of the oil burning 2.4L engines to the point wh...
by tpollauf
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe with Body Damage. Drive As-Is or Replace The Car?
Replies: 7
Views: 99

Re: Vibe with Body Damage. Drive As-Is or Replace The Car?

This is definitely repairable for under $1000 assuming you do the work. Most Vibes in junkyards have FRONT END damage which means there should be an abundant supply of rear end parts. I'm fortunate to have a shop and have done auto restoration in the past which is why I'd take the smaller payout and...
by tpollauf
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Check Engine Light ON, VCS Blinking, Traction ON
Replies: 8
Views: 122

Re: Check Engine Light ON, VCS Blinking, Traction ON

Just going to throw this out there as another possibility. Has the car been parked for an extended amount of time where insects/rodents could invade it? Or are you out in the middle of nowhere and mice chewed through on any of the evap canister hoses? A couple possibilities for you. Especially where...
by tpollauf
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 40
Views: 3293

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

Jbenrod wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:28 pm
How about some updates on how has everyone been doing with getting this last airbag recall completed ?
Airbag recall ??? What's that? Can you tell I've been BAD?
by tpollauf
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 04 vibe how to carry an electric wheelchair
Replies: 5
Views: 66

Re: 04 vibe how to carry an electric wheelchair

Another problem could be inclement weather :o Your profile does NOT show location so we have no idea whether or not you'd be loading/unloading this wheelchair in Minnesota OR Florida. Big difference which could make/break your options. Give us more info and we'll continue to help :D
by tpollauf
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Greetings from Brooklyn
Replies: 5
Views: 77

Re: Greetings from Brooklyn

Welcome to GenVibe. I don't envy you as here in NW Ohio, SE Michigan, you can pretty much get anywhere anytime and not have traffic congestion :) Closest I've been to NY city was Edison NJ some 15 years ago. And driving on the Garden State parkway where there are NINE lanes of traffic on each side ....
by tpollauf
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: 2006 parking brake cable replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: 2006 parking brake cable replacement

I take it you have a manual tranny ? If not, then don't bother with the repair. Also, it sounds like this Vibe spent it's entire life up there in Michigan?
by tpollauf
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3663
Views: 424482

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Had the '04 GT in the shop and while there I majorly polished the entire front of the car. Headlight lenses & all! :D Basically I've been driving a lot of sunset trips to the lake and the BUGS are terrible around sunset. Thank goodness for those Bounce fabric softener sheets as they work wonders on ...
by tpollauf
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Weird Cousin (First Post, greetings)
Replies: 4
Views: 86

Re: The Weird Cousin (First Post, greetings)

Welcome to GenVibe GB :D Update profile for us so we know your whereabouts! Post pics and more info about this Matrix of yours. Maybe yours is that rare Gold color offered on the 2009 model year only :o I do plan on obtaining a vibe as my "fun" project, would love to track down an 03-08 GT. Definite...
by tpollauf
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: back in Da' Hood.
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: back in Da' Hood.

zbyers wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:31 am
You should post some then and now pictures! :D
Great idea. Then we can see who has aged more. The Vibe or it's owner :lol:
by tpollauf
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: air conditioner not cooling well 2009 vibe base
Replies: 13
Views: 292

Re: air conditioner not cooling well 2009 vibe base

Oldewing wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:42 am
Just finished doing all my A/C system on my 04 .......
total cost for parts (Rockauto) was just under 400.00 and I did all the work.
Nice ;) You saved yourself some serious $$$ by doing this yourself. Great job :D
by tpollauf
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 2009 Vibe GT For Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: 2009 Vibe GT For Sale

Welcome to GenVibe. That car looks vaguely familiar :lol: . The only problem I see wrong with it is that it's an automatic and NOT a manual (just messing with you). Although I do not need anymore Vibes in my fleet, I do referrals where possible and these cars are extremely dependable and a cost effe...
by tpollauf
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: SOLVED: Speed-dependent noise
Replies: 17
Views: 128

Re: Speed-dependent noise

Welcome to GenVibe. Seeing how the martixowners site no longer exists hopefully we'll be your next best resource for Vibe/Matrix advise. I had a similar experience six months ago BUT mine was more definitive to the drivetrain. Not certain which side was the culprit, for the price of a second CV axle...
by tpollauf
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Sirus XM Offer
Replies: 6
Views: 643

Re: Sirus XM Offer

Glad we have guys like you who have time to dig up this valuable information :D This will be good to know in the event I need to do a future transfer. Right now I don't see that happening anytime soon. Keep your eyes & ears open to ANYTHING that you feel us Vibers will benefit from and post it here....
by tpollauf
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Latest News
Topic: Need electrical? system help
Replies: 17
Views: 150

Re: Need electrical? system help

Welcome to GenVibe finally :lol: As others have pointed out, we need more info to further help you. Specifically mileage and where has this Vibe spent most of it's life (geographical location). Is it a rust free Vibe OR has salt/brine destroyed a lot of metal and you have rust? Corrosion will defini...
by tpollauf
Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 52
Views: 2163

Re: Auto Show Hunters

O M G .... What an interesting find within that podcast. Good ears! I love the ending where the young man asks "what's the deal with the die cast Pontiac Vibe". Great to see a young engineer (Kettering grad, former General Motors institute in Flint) like Nick getting this attention.
by tpollauf
Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wanted: Vibe GT Black 2005
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Wanted: Vibe GT Black 2005

Unless you're just specifically loyal to Pontiac, you could also open your search to the Matrix Xrs too. Although prices will tend to be higher because of the Toyota nameplate. Yep. I was thinking the same thing. Expand your search to include a few other model years and possibly colors too. With 15...
by tpollauf
Sun Aug 16, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Confession of an ex-Viber
Replies: 23
Views: 1601

Re: Confession of an ex-Viber

The car came with 4 month Sirius XM trial. As that ran out, I bought into one of their 6 months $5/month promos. Before that ran out when they would convert me over to recurring full price billing, I called them to cancel, and they offered me a 3 month $1/month extension, which I took. Before that ...
by tpollauf
Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Lost the lower "vent" on the front passenger side of the front grille area
Replies: 18
Views: 3449

Re: Lost the lower "vent" on the front passenger side of the front grille area

I have all three lower grills (left, centre, right) in my '07 Vibe that "disappeared" years ago. Jeff. How did they disappear? We they stolen, or did the hard winters (ice/snow) cause them to eventually fall off? It seems odd that all of them would fall off, which is why I ask. Once you locate anot...
by tpollauf
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Addition to the Vibe
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Addition to the Vibe

Nice job. Good thing you won't have to deal with ice/snow regularly over the winter (occasionally you just might) or it would destroy your nice finish and possibly break them too.
by tpollauf
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Belt tensioner? Belt tensioner? I don't need no stinkin' belt tensioner!
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Belt tensioner? Belt tensioner? I don't need no stinkin' belt tensioner!

jimfrac wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:20 am
Yes, tpollauf, it was your post that inspired me to try the alternator/shorter belt method. If it didn't work, I was headed down the route you wrote up. Thanks.
Glad something good rubbed off me :lol: Now if only the wife would see me that way things would be a lot better :roll:
by tpollauf
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hello from the Maritimes!
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Hello from the Maritimes!

Welcome to GenVibe Joe :D You sound very motivated to take on this project ... that's a good thing! Hopefully you have average or better mechanical skills and access to a shop with all the goodies (lift, welders, metal related tooling, etc.) as that would be very beneficial in your modding adventure...
by tpollauf
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Belt tensioner? Belt tensioner? I don't need no stinkin' belt tensioner!
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Belt tensioner? Belt tensioner? I don't need no stinkin' belt tensioner!

Nice work ! :D The only minor drawback would be if/when the new belt starts to stretch as it gets older, there would be no "automatic" tension adjustment taking place. You'll have to manually tighten it as time goes by. This should be minimal and no big deal to do.
by tpollauf
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Is there a step by step for adjusting valve clearances
Replies: 6
Views: 341

Re: Is there a step by step for adjusting valve clearances

Hmmmm .... just looked over the PDF document showing the lifter adjustment and I would highly recommend NOT doing it at all! As an average backyard mechanic, I wouldn't even attempt this unless the engine was already tore apart. You're asking for trouble. I would suggest a simple test that could det...
by tpollauf
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to remove / lift rear seat cushion 2009 vibe gt
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: How to remove / lift rear seat cushion 2009 vibe gt

Gotta ask, what were you doing to pull the entire interior? My son was installing some sort of I-Pod adapter and it required a cable to be ran from the amp up to the front of the car where the I-pad would be. Long before Bluetooth :o This was in 2011. I also then installed the heated seat component...
by tpollauf
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: How to remove / lift rear seat cushion 2009 vibe gt
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: How to remove / lift rear seat cushion 2009 vibe gt

Maybe these pics will help. There are two nylon female type latches which grab the "looped heavy wire" tab, attached to the seat base. You can see the nylon inserts in both photos. It grabs the looped wire (probably 1/8" thick or thicker) pretty good. This "wire" I'm referring to makes up the steel ...
by tpollauf
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe photo
Replies: 5
Views: 294

Re: Vibe photo

Nice ! :D Doesn't look like a 17 year old car at all. Very clean.
by tpollauf
Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Replace evap canister 04 Vibe
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Replace evap canister 04 Vibe

Not sure of a step by step procedure .... but check out this link and let me know if it helps! viewtopic.php?f=17&t=47004&p=527026&hil ... er#p527026
by tpollauf
Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Replace Fuel filler neck 04 vibe
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Replace Fuel filler neck 04 vibe

Can' really help on the repair here BUT curious as to the code you're getting. Is is P0441 or P0442? That's what my 04 Vibe GT is throwing and haven't had time to thoroughly investigate it.
by tpollauf
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Humor
Topic: Selling my Matrix XRS....
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Selling my Matrix XRS....

I was wondering why you didn't go with them for the drive ... but being in a wheelchair I now understand why. Also I thought that the XRS was like the Vibe Gt in that it ONLY came in a 6-speed manual, then I remember that they offered it in BOTH, where Pontiac did not. Good luck on the sale ;)
by tpollauf
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Astronomy thread
Replies: 59
Views: 10935

Re: Astronomy thread

Went out to see comet neowise the other night I'm with you there. Went out looking over the shoreline of Lake Erie over the weekend (very little artificial lighting to interfere with) and with nothing but water in front of me, I still couldn't see the comet. Was extremely humid here over the weeken...
by tpollauf
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2003 Base Owner
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: 2003 Base Owner

Flacco92 wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:18 am
What am I missing on my profile that I should add?
Location (see my profile) ... unless you're in a witness protection program and need to hide under a rock! :lol: We like to know members whereabouts especially if "on hands" help would be needed and one of us just happens to be close to you.
by tpollauf
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2003 Base Owner
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: 2003 Base Owner

Welcome to GenVibe. Glad you eventually found us here. Sounds like you have a good one too! Any rust or corrosion issues yet? Are you located where it's subjected to nasty winter weather? Update profile for us. Visit here often :P
by tpollauf
Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: New to the forums but had my little vibe for a year Edit: now with Pictures!
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: New to the forums but had my little vibe for a year

Welcome to GenVibe ... "stoner" (I love that title). Sounds like you got yourself a pretty good deal on this Vibe. The fact that it has minimal rust for Michigan in it's 16 year history, is unheard of ... BUT great for you! Maybe part of its life was somewhere else outside of us here in the midwest....
by tpollauf
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New 2003 GT Owner
Replies: 13
Views: 539

Re: New 2003 GT Owner

Nice work and glad it eventually got fixed (had no doubts about that at all!). Yeah you likely have the famous 2zz oil leak where the cylinder head, engine block, and timing cover all meet on the rear side (at least that's where mine was). That will be a fun 8-10 hour job whenever you decide to tack...
by tpollauf
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Help with Seat Belt (seatbelt) receiver...keeps disconnecting!! YIKES!!
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Help with Seat Belt (seatbelt) receiver...keeps disconnecting!! YIKES!!

Very likely a housekeeping problem like the others suggest! I too would occasionally have a problem with the belt latching BUT mainly due to too much covering on the seats. You see, I'm a refrigeration mechanic (similar to auto mechanic OR any other type of mechanic where we get real dirty) and it i...
by tpollauf
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member here.
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: New member here.

Welcome to GenVibe Chuck ;) Post pics and location when you find the time. What took you so long to join us?
by tpollauf
Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New 2003 GT Owner
Replies: 13
Views: 539

Re: New 2003 GT Owner

Very well done .... so far! Kudos for taking the time and motivation to disassemble this mess and return it to service. Never seen a throw-out bearing do wear like that onto a pressure plate :o Nice pics also where they clearly show the wear and damage done! Awaiting the final end of this story :)
by tpollauf
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New 2003 GT Owner
Replies: 13
Views: 539

Re: New 2003 GT Owner

Welcome to GenVibe. Interesting introduction. I'm dying to know the rest of the story. Don't leave us hanging too long :?
by tpollauf
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Vibe/Matrix Manual
Replies: 25
Views: 23192

Re: Vibe/Matrix Manual

For anyone who downloaded that manual ( I did a few years ago) it is very broken up and difficult to locate the categories BUT it is all there. Might just take some time to find what you're looking for. PM me (provide me a good email address) and I'll email you the document. It's NOT in a PDF format...
by tpollauf
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: A casual plan for lemons
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: A casual plan for lemons

Had me stumped too until the end and I realized he meant LeMans racing :lol: NOT Lemons the fruit, and NOT Lemons the vehicle that lives at the dealership more than in your driveway :o
by tpollauf
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: 2009 GT bumper removal
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: 2009 GT bumper removal

Seeing how there is NOT a post for the GT, why don't you create one once you've mastered this task. Never had to remove either of mine just yet so I can't help you out! Good luck
by tpollauf
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: 2009 Vibe 2.4 Daytime Running Light Mod
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: 2009 Vibe 2.4 Daytime Running Light Mod

Welcome to GenVibe ;) Looks good so far. Does this car get driven at all? No stone chips, no bug residue, crystal clear lenses for an 11 year old car. What makes all that possible. Where you located? Some of us may want to see this in person BUT have no idea where you're from.
by tpollauf
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: removing hatch interior door trim
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: removing hatch interior door trim

Just an FYI, if you have to remove any upper panels, you MUST remove the top one first as it interlocks the left & right side pieces. The photo shows it all! Good luck ;)

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