Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

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Before getting your Vibe were you a Toyota, GM, or other car make fan?

Toyota
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24%
GM
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45%
Neither or Other
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Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby JSizzle » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:41 pm

Just wondering if most Vibe owners on here were Toyota or GM loyalist prior to getting a Vibe? How many were neither or had no preference?

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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby petervivian » Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:55 pm

After the vibe, I plan to get a Toyota. I was a VW fan.
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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby ColonelPanic » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:43 pm

GM.

The Vibe will be the first and last "Toyota" in this household.
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Postby pakong » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:54 am

I've owned one Ford, three Toyotas and six GM vehicles. I'll never buy a Ford again. GM is okay but it still not as good as a Toyota with the exception of my Vibes. :D

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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby Caretaker » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:50 am

ColonelPanic wrote:GM.

The Vibe will be the first and last "Toyota" in this household.


The Vibe will be the last GM -and- the last Toyota in this household.
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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby cptnsolo77 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:26 am

Previous car was a 01 Civic. No offense guys....I would never buy a GM car for a daily driver. Only reason I bought the Vibe cause I knew it WASNT GM :lol:

I have owned a 82 Regal, 1990 5.0 Mustang and a 1990 Mercury Sable and the past.
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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby jayoldschool » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:41 am

GM. I have three classic Chevy, one Pontiac, one Cadillac. And a volt.

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Postby trb » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:16 pm

I owned an Olds Cutlass, Mazda B2000, Ford Fairmont, 87 Mustang, 95 Mercury Villager (Nissan Quest twin), GMC Yukon XL, and Ford Explorer before the first Vibe we bought for my oldest son. Since then it has been a Chevy Equinox - most trouble free car I've ever bought, two more Vibes, Nissan Rogue, 16 Mustang GT, and then a couple more Vibes for my twin boys. I bought the first Vibe because it was a Toyota with a GM price.
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Postby vibenvy » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:39 pm

GM, specifically Pontiac. My parents bought an 89 Sunbird LE Sedan brand new in the fall of 1988. Then, in 1994, bought another brand new Sunbird LE Sedan (94). The 89 was totaled in 1997. My mom bought a brand new 98 Sunfire SE Sedan in August of 1998. I got a brand new 02 Sunfire GT Coupe in November of 2002 (I sold it in 2008 and immediately regretted it, but found it for sale on Craig's List back in February of this year and ended up buying it back!). I bought a used 02 Sunfire SE Sedan in July of 2007 that I ended up trading in for my Vibe in April of 2009. My mom traded her 98 Sunfire in for her Vibe in May of 2009. We had the 94 Sunbird until January of 2013 when we sold it to a junkyard because it was so badly rusted.
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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby JSizzle » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:42 am

OP here. My family is mostly GM and Toyota people, the later being post 1980s converts. Quite a few of us have gotten NUMMI vehicles: 3 family members had 1980s Chevy Novas (Corollas), a cousin had an early 2000s Geo Prizm, and I now have the last generation Vibe, the last ever NUMMI vehicle. All but one of my eight vehicles have been GM or Toyota. Both GM vehicles were older but had tons more problems than any Toyota of the same mileage had. I consider my self a Toyota fan though I root for GM and Ford to be as reliable.

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Postby tpollauf » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:37 pm

Primarily a GM man. Restored FIVE older "F" body cars in my younger years and since the inception of the credit card "GM point earnings" program, I have purchased FOUR GM cars over the past 15 years. The best purchase though was my Vibe. It was badged as a GM car, came out of a UAW plant, and has the dependability of Toyota drivetrain :D
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Postby joatmon » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:32 am

Before the Vibe, I owned 3 Dodge, 3 GM, 1 Ford, 1 Toyota, and 1 Datsun. Only 3 of the 9 were bought new. Since then, I've also had 3 Ford, 2 Toyota, and 1 GM, none of which were bought new.

Can't see getting another Chrysler/Dodge, unless one of you wants to give me a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. ;)
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Postby KingKrab65 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:32 am

I have had

1972 Chevelle
1973 Charger
1953 Commander
1978 Volare'
1987 LeBaron
1998 Dakota
1992 Paseo

And currently have a 2005 Dakota to go with the 2003 Vibe. I consider the Vibe my "Town Car" since I use it to drive to work and around town.

I used to be a "Mopar or No Car" kind of guy. Ever since the merger with Mercedes, there has really been nothing there. Currently, Sergio is trying to kill the company offering nothing but trucks and muscle cars (and even then he killed the Viper).
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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby ImUrOBGYN » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:34 am

More of a Toyota fan. I've owned a bit of most brands but have always had a soft spot for Toyota and Chrysler. (If anything, I need Toyota to help balance out the self-abuse from liking Chrysler. haha) Still, there are plenty of cars/trucks I like from all over. I don't let "brand loyalty" stop me from liking or buying another brand whatsoever. Why limit yourself for such a silly thing and possibly miss out? Some of my fav cars I've owned weren't Toyotas and some have/are. Toyota wasn't even on the top of the list for our last car purchase, though we still ended up with one.

I'm sure this'll hurt some feelings, but I despise GM as a company. And just for their more recent, public failings; though you can add them to the list.
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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby LobsterMan » Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:46 pm

I've had:
1965 Impala SS
1938 Chevy coupe street rod
1979 Fiat 124 Spider
1966 Chevy II SS
1989 Ford Probe
Ford Explorer - forgot the year
Mitsubishi Montero 4X4
2002 Subaru WRX wagon
And currently the 2003 Vibe GT and a 2006 Chrysler Crossfire convertible

Pretty fun cars other than the Explorer. Also in the family are an '05 Highlander, 2001 Lexus IS300, and a 2012 Fusion

Some Yoda's in there and some old GM iron.

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Postby Ugetmyvibe » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:09 pm

I know I'm gonna catch some ricer flack. But I was a member of the Mazda rotary clan and then Honda/Acura for a while.

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Postby jake75 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:57 pm

Not a loyalist. Leased a NEW 1994 Camry and a 1996 Corolla for 3 years each with no problems, but that isn't much of a test.
Bought a new 1977 Buick Estate Wagon. Ate up starter motors and ignition modules from the beginning. Only 12 month warranty in those days. Dealer couldn't find cause. Sent a letter to GM with all details including the fact that the dealer couldn't find the cause and got back a form letter telling me that my dealer was the best place to go to get this diagnosed.
Private shop specializing in electric issues but too busy to do the work told me to replace the spark plug wires. I did that and it seemed to solve the ignition module problem but not the starter motor issue according to the person I sold that vehicle to within the following year.
I held a grudge against GM until March of this year when I bought my 2017 Chevy Equinox LT. [I understood my 2003 ND 2006 Vibes were really Toyotas.}
The Consumer Reports rating have been very good on the Equinox for the past several years and we found it more comfortable and better riding that the CRV orRAV4. I think the Equinox has a less than sport suspension I(not as stiff as the CRV or Rav4).
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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby runningslow » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:35 am

The fact that this car shared a drivetrain with my wife's highly reliable Corolla is the only reason I bought a Pontiac. Never would have considered it otherwise. I think at one point I was firmly anti-GM more than I was loyal to any other make.

I wouldn't have called myself a Toyota loyalist, either. I personally have driven cars across the spectrum. Mostly Fords.
1988 Ford Festiva (Really a Kia)
1988 Dodge Dakota
1995 Dodge Neon
1997 Ford Aspire (Also a Kia)
1998 Ford Escort
2005 Toyota Corolla (Bought new. Currently the wife's car.)
1997 Ford Ranger
2006 Pontiac Vibe
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Postby Bluephoenix » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:23 pm

Always GM, had Pontiac Trans Am WS6 for 10 years, 06 G6, 05 Vibe, 09 Vibe GT, and Camaro now. Currently looking to get a 09-10 Vibe GT soon to go along with my Camaro.
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Postby VibeBear » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:00 am

GM guy, still am.

In the last 14 years we've had:

1987 Camaro Sport Coupe (mine)
1990 Corsica LT (his)
1989 VW Fox (mine)
1992 Camaro RS (mine, still have)
2005 Pontiac G6 GT (his)
2005 Chevy Aveo (his, totalled 3 weeks after getting it)
2006 Chevy Aveo (his)
2009 Pontiac Vibe (mine originally, now shared)
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Postby smash » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:45 am

Pre-Vibe drove an Oldsmobile. (Expert level at investing in obsolete brands :D ). Next vehicle I'll be looking at will be in the Kia Niro EV type of compact (electric?) SUV. (still 2-3 years away).
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Postby petervivian » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:01 am

smash wrote:Pre-Vibe drove an Oldsmobile. (Expert level at investing in obsolete brands :D ). Next vehicle I'll be looking at will be in the Kia Niro EV type of compact (electric?) SUV. (still 2-3 years away).


Will Hyundai buy Kia North American business and drop Kia brand?
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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby tommytipover » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:51 am

cptnsolo77 wrote:No offense guys....I would never buy a GM car for a daily driver. Only reason I bought the Vibe cause I knew it WASNT GM :lol:


:) Same here, knew I was getting a Matrix at a discount.

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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby bigdoug » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:33 pm

Saturn, Cavalier, Escort, Focus. So a GM and Ford person.

I have no brand loyalty. I just want something that runs well.

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Postby mbz321 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:17 am

Previous cars were two Toyota's and a money pit of a Nissan in between. I only bought a Vibe because I knew it was a Toyota and it was a bit less $ than a comparable Matrix and had better styling. (All my cars have been pre-owned). I have no idea what I am going to do when I need a new car (hopefully a long time off) as nothing really matches the Vibe...although I might take a look at the Chevy Cruze.

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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby Stevemo » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:55 pm

I like Dodge Trucks and had a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500. I also have a 1991 Doge B250 3/4 ton van. They make nice heavy duty equipment that does the job.

I had a 1988 Cavalier and it was a simple car that was easy to repair. A comparable Tempo/Topaz had twice the parts under the hood to complete the same task.

My last car was a 1992 diesel VW Golf. It got great mileage and the interior did not wear out despite the high mileage. The car was always needing some sort of parts and its poor engineering made it time consuming to repair...it was 50% tractor and 50% low HP turtle speed car. :oops:

I also have a 2013 Honda Civic Touring and it is an alright car. I'm not in love with it, maybe a few more years and I'll be impressed but I'm not so far. We are going to turn it into our winter car when the Vibe dies. We bought it 2 years ago to do this but the Vibe refuses to die.

Would I buy a Dodge/Ford/GMC vehicle where I could buy an equivalent Toyota? No, never. Too bad Toyota doesn't sell 3/4 ton trucks and real vans.

The Vibe is expected to be dead by this time next year and my wife and I are on the fence on what to get. She wants a Porsche Cayenne or perhaps a 7-passenger SUV with big towing capacity. I want a Cummins Dodge Ram 2500 4-door truck...or a Maserati Quattroporte...I'm not sure what we'll get other than it will be used. :lol:

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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby tpollauf » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:58 am

Stevemo wrote: I want a Cummins Dodge Ram 2500 4-door truck


Excellent choice on the diesel truck! A buddy of mine has a 2002 Ram single cab 3/4 ton 8ft box with the Cummins diesel and currently has 550,000 miles on the original engine and still running strong! Bought it new and transports cars so he's always towing some serious weight with it. Replaced the rear end once and had the tranny rebuilt. That's about it other than little minor stuff. He may seriously get one million miles out of that engine!
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Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Postby kostby » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:29 pm

Neither.

Listed by model year, not purchase date nor length of ownership:
'74 Audi Fox
'75 Chevy Nova (X-body, 262 V8)
'80 VW Rabbit
*'84 VW Rabbit Convertible
*'86 Olds Cutlass Ciera
'88.5 Ford Escort GT
*'88 Saab 900 Turbo SPG
*'91 Pontiac 6000
current "Fleet"
'96 Ford Taurus
*'03 Pontiac Vibe
'13 Ford C-MAX Hybrid
*'13 Honda Fit Sport (son's car)

* purchased used

My dad (born 1920) was a perennial 'Ford' guy. His father owned a Ford garage. In Model T days, the farmers modded them and plowed fields with them! He never seriously considered any non-Ford. Just once he strayed, all the way the Mercury dealer!

I've tended to go for best value for the type of vehicle we needed at the time, not much brand loyalty.
The VW Rabbit convertible and the Saab Turbo were playthings.

So our Vibe was our first 'Japanese' car.
For one who grew up in the 50's and started driving in the 60's, when cars had distributors and points and condensers, and you could easily leave the lights on, and kill the battery, the Vibe has been as much "appliance" as a car.
Get in, turn the key, it goes.

Compared to everything we owned that was built before 1990, the Vibe has been a nearly ideal combination of space utilization, reliability, and cost-to-own, and reasonable efficiency.

Our '96 Taurus has been an extremely reliable "appliance" until we stopped driving it regularly about 3 years ago.

My son recently bought a '13 Honda Fit Sport. It feels much like a 7/8 scale Vibe: smaller outside and in, but absolutely astounding interior space utilization. Less weight, less horsepower, but a similar power/weight ratio to the Vibe. Not a fast car, but with alloy wheels & sticky Hankook Ecsta II tires, it handles like a slot car.

Our next car will be used, likely either an all-electric or a plug-in hybrid, as a replacement for Vibe.
Ideal for all those short trips we make around our small town, maybe 5000 miles a year at $0.12/kilowatt hour.

I'm looking at Nissan Leafs (Leaves?) and Ford C-MAX Energi plug-hybrids, among others.
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