06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

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06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby Blue06B » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:04 pm

The very first vehicle I drove and loved was a vibe, and I don't know how I forgot about them all these years! Hubby was looking for a midsize SUV and when I saw a listing for an 06 base, I had to check it out. Now it's ours, and I want to make sure we take care of it so it lasts forever!

It's sitting at 185,500 miles. Pre purchase inspection report said it's on OEM shocks/struts and the serpentine belt needs replacing. Oil change sticker is current and oil looks good. Is there anything we should replace/service? Thanks, everyone!

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby andrewclaus » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:02 am

Check the spark plugs and ignition coils, unless your mechanic did that in the inspection.

AT or MT? Change fluid, since you most likely don't know its age.

Flush brake fluid if it's darker than honey.

Clean the MAF sensor.

Change PCV valve.

Have a trustworthy alignment shop evaluate the struts, shocks, and alignment.

I just bought a similar vehicle with no maintenance history and that's about what I did. Mine needed brakes mainly, I assume yours have been checked.

Enjoy your VIbe (again)!

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby vibrologist » Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:36 am

Sounds like you made a nice catch, Blue06B!

Check the cabin air filter.
Check the engine coolant.
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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby Blue06B » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:44 pm

andrewclaus wrote:Check the spark plugs and ignition coils, unless your mechanic did that in the inspection.

AT or MT? Change fluid, since you most likely don't know its age.

Flush brake fluid if it's darker than honey.

Clean the MAF sensor.

Change PCV valve.

Have a trustworthy alignment shop evaluate the struts, shocks, and alignment.

I just bought a similar vehicle with no maintenance history and that's about what I did. Mine needed brakes mainly, I assume yours have been checked.

Enjoy your VIbe (again)!



Thanks for the details!! It's an automatic. Is there a thread on changing the transmission fluid? Shops charge about $400 for that so we'd be doing it ourselves. The fluid looked good though, great color and clarity and no bubbles that would indicate a leak.

Engine coolant was checked by the shop, I specifically requested that since the reservoir is designed the way it is and I couldn't check it myself. We're planning on doing the maintenance over the course of the next couple weeks.

I don't know if the current oil is synthetic, but I would prefer to use synthetic so I'm planning on changing it out. Thoughts on that? I checked inside the engine fill for signs of sludge since natural oil that isn't changed often or has been sitting for a while can be prone to gelling, but from what little I could see it looked okay. Can anyone make a synthetic oil recommendation for the vibe? I use Castrol high mileage for my Mazda.

Thanks, guys!!! I'm super excited in case you can't tell lol!!!

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby Blue06B » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:00 pm

vibrologist wrote:Sounds like you made a nice catch, Blue06B!

Check the cabin air filter.
Check the engine coolant.


You'd be surprised by how many people don't even know there is such a thing as a cabin air filter!!! That's definitely on my list, thanks!

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby KingKrab65 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:33 pm

Blue06B wrote:
andrewclaus wrote:Check the spark plugs and ignition coils, unless your mechanic did that in the inspection.

AT or MT? Change fluid, since you most likely don't know its age.

Flush brake fluid if it's darker than honey.

Clean the MAF sensor.

Change PCV valve.

Have a trustworthy alignment shop evaluate the struts, shocks, and alignment.

I just bought a similar vehicle with no maintenance history and that's about what I did. Mine needed brakes mainly, I assume yours have been checked.

Enjoy your VIbe (again)!



Thanks for the details!! It's an automatic. Is there a thread on changing the transmission fluid? Shops charge about $400 for that so we'd be doing it ourselves. The fluid looked good though, great color and clarity and no bubbles that would indicate a leak.

Engine coolant was checked by the shop, I specifically requested that since the reservoir is designed the way it is and I couldn't check it myself. We're planning on doing the maintenance over the course of the next couple weeks.

I don't know if the current oil is synthetic, but I would prefer to use synthetic so I'm planning on changing it out. Thoughts on that? I checked inside the engine fill for signs of sludge since natural oil that isn't changed often or has been sitting for a while can be prone to gelling, but from what little I could see it looked okay. Can anyone make a synthetic oil recommendation for the vibe? I use Castrol high mileage for my Mazda.

Thanks, guys!!! I'm super excited in case you can't tell lol!!!


I am not sure how much you intend to fix yourself but I have found this to be a great reference on this site.

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=44875&p=509500&hilit=replace+belt+tensioner#p509500
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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby Blue06B » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:41 pm

We do all of our own maintenance when we can, so thanks for the resource!!! :D

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby andrewclaus » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:14 pm

If you do the AT fluid change, it's pretty easy on this car. The Vibe is the first one I've done. It has a drain plug in the pan, which minimizes the mess. An old cardboard box under your pan will catch all the drips. Be sure to get the right gasket and filter kit by counting the bolts. The job cost me less than $40.

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby Blue06B » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:38 pm

andrewclaus wrote:If you do the AT fluid change, it's pretty easy on this car. The Vibe is the first one I've done. It has a drain plug in the pan, which minimizes the mess. An old cardboard box under your pan will catch all the drips. Be sure to get the right gasket and filter kit by counting the bolts. The job cost me less than $40.


Wait, gasket and filter?? Are you talking about dropping the pan for a full transmission fluid change? We were planning on doing the 40% change by removing the drain bolt, draining as much out as possible, and replacing the exact lost volume with new fluid. I read that doing this every 25k miles or is just as effective as a full change at 100k; I'm curious as to what others would recommend!

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby andrewclaus » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:55 am

When I saw the filter, I was glad I dropped the pan to replace it. The filter and gasket kit cost about $15 at my local parts store. The bolts are low torque, easy access. I got about a half quart more fluid out by dropping the pan and filter. And there are magnets in the pan and it's probably a good idea to clean the sludge off those.

The filter looks like a simple stainless steel sieve, and it looks like it gets bypassed when it gets clogged. Maybe it could be effectively cleaned with solvent and a brush.

I still only got about half the fluid out, and I plan to do another drain and fill soon. I'll probably still drop the pan and at least look at the filter and magnets, because it was so easy to do.

Again, this was the first AT I've serviced in forty years of shade-tree mechanic work. It's always scared me before, but it's really simple on this car.

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby Blue06B » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:16 am

andrewclaus wrote:When I saw the filter, I was glad I dropped the pan to replace it. The filter and gasket kit cost about $15 at my local parts store. The bolts are low torque, easy access. I got about a half quart more fluid out by dropping the pan and filter. And there are magnets in the pan and it's probably a good idea to clean the sludge off those.

The filter looks like a simple stainless steel sieve, and it looks like it gets bypassed when it gets clogged. Maybe it could be effectively cleaned with solvent and a brush.

I still only got about half the fluid out, and I plan to do another drain and fill soon. I'll probably still drop the pan and at least look at the filter and magnets, because it was so easy to do.

Again, this was the first AT I've serviced in forty years of shade-tree mechanic work. It's always scared me before, but it's really simple on this car.


It seems pretty simple!!! Shade tree mechanic (removed)!!! I'll tell the hubby about it, the two of us should be able to do it without much problem. What about getting under the car? Was it difficult? Did you just put it on jackstands?

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby vibrologist » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:57 am

One more thing: With your VIN number ask a GM dealer to see if all the recalls have been taken care of. It has the infamous Takata air bags, and some PCMs were recalled too.
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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby vibenvy » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:28 am

Welcome (back?) to GenVibe! Post some pictures of your "new" Vibe when you get a chance ;)!
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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby andrewclaus » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:50 am

Blue06B wrote:
andrewclaus wrote:...What about getting under the car? Was it difficult? Did you just put it on jackstands?


Yep, standard precautions for working under the car. In my case, that's jackstands, wheel chocks, and even wood cribbing to back up the jackstands--belt and suspenders for me.

You don't need any more room for the AT than you do for changing the oil.

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Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Postby Blue06B » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:29 pm

vibenvy wrote:Welcome (back?) to GenVibe! Post some pictures of your "new" Vibe when you get a chance ;)!


Will do! We're in the process of tinting the windows so once we're done I'll take some!!!

Thanks for the info on AT change, andrewclaus!!


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