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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by zbyers » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:34 am

Just rolled over 273k miles in the 2003 GT. Almost at 185k miles on my 2007. I bought the 2007 5 years ago this coming march with 85k miles on it. 100k miles in 5 years and she has been absolutely trouble free.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by ihaveavibe » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:09 pm

Base '03
Looks like all LED segments work for the fist 5 digits :)
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Bookworm » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:37 pm

First 2003 vibe is still running, but not on the road - the person I sold/gave it to sheared off the tensioner bolt, and is still working on getting that out. Anyway - that one pegged the odometer.

The current 2007 Vibe is at 169k, and I expect to go at least another 100,000 with minimal problems. I'm replacing some parts proactively.

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by ColonelPanic » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:06 am

ihaveavibe wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:09 pm
Base '03
Looks like all LED segments work for the fist 5 digits :)
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That's the kind of picture I would take. Yep, all the segments work! :D

And 88k on an '03 - amazing!
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by ihaveavibe » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:09 am

ColonelPanic wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:06 am
That's the kind of picture I would take. Yep, all the segments work! :D

And 88k on an '03 - amazing!
I realized after putting that up that it's probably LCD not LED. Oh well.

89k is still 5.5k/yr-ish, so not super low. It's in use every single day, mostly around town to shuttle kids to/from school, library and activities (too close for bus and too far to walk) also to get groceries the occasional beer run, etc. I'd like it to last minimum 3 more years, and don't see why it wouldn't. These forums has been quite helpful in maintaining it. Still have some fixes /diagnoses in progress...

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Bookworm » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:00 am

ihaveavibe wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:09 am
ColonelPanic wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:06 am
That's the kind of picture I would take. Yep, all the segments work! :D

And 88k on an '03 - amazing!
I realized after putting that up that it's probably LCD not LED. Oh well.

89k is still 5.5k/yr-ish, so not super low. It's in use every single day, mostly around town to shuttle kids to/from school, library and activities (too close for bus and too far to walk) also to get groceries the occasional beer run, etc. I'd like it to last minimum 3 more years, and don't see why it wouldn't. These forums has been quite helpful in maintaining it. Still have some fixes /diagnoses in progress...
My 03 is still running, albeit with someone else (waiting for a bolt to be extracted). Rust is probably your only real enemy - that and replacing the catalytic converter and oxygen sensors. Starter motor, shocks, etc, are just sort of consumables.

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by vibenvy » Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:11 am

Both our Vibes recently turned over 87,000 miles!
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Post by tpollauf » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:08 pm

30,000 last week .... 33,000 this week. Nice LONG Florida trip !
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:02 pm

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by TechMaxWare » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:02 pm

I have had my Vibe since mid 2014 and since that time I have racked up about 65,000 miles I believe. Still runs great!! :)
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by VibeTribe5StillAlive » Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:33 am

Just totaled my '03 with only 80K miles :cry:
Onto an '05 with 180K miles. How many more y'all think she's got in her?
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by chas0218 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:10 am

2004 with 241k No real body rust even though it has spent 200k in upstate NY where they love the salt. The under carriage still looks mint only the components are starting to rust like solid lines and brake lines. All in all in decent shape with few issues.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by zbyers » Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:01 am

chas0218 wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:10 am
2004 with 241k No real body rust even though it has spent 200k in upstate NY where they love the salt. The under carriage still looks mint only the components are starting to rust like solid lines and brake lines. All in all in decent shape with few issues.
you probably have more rust than you think. have you ever removed and inspected under the rocker covers?
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by chas0218 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:45 am

zbyers wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:01 am
chas0218 wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:10 am
2004 with 241k No real body rust even though it has spent 200k in upstate NY where they love the salt. The under carriage still looks mint only the components are starting to rust like solid lines and brake lines. All in all in decent shape with few issues.
you probably have more rust than you think. have you ever removed and inspected under the rocker covers?
Yeah I have a few bubbles in the front fender a little under the plastic flares but no holes or missing paint yet. Pretty clean considering.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by 350kVibe » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:31 am

Just another 59 miles to go and I'll be hitting 350K! ☺️ 2009 Vibe GT
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by ntorch » Mon May 13, 2019 7:13 am

111,111 in about 15 miles. Will hit it on my way home from work.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by campb292 » Thu May 16, 2019 8:25 am

My 2006 Vibe hit the 299999 mark recently and thought it was due some praise. It hasn't been a primary car for a couple years and only goes out for beach trips and groceries on occasion. The old girl has been a benchmark of reliability. Everything still works - starts, windows, brakes are smooth, still has 3 modes of acceleration - loud, louder, and loudest. In 300k here is a list of everything I can think of that was replaced:

Front Struts
blower motor
front hub/wheel bearings (warranty)
airbag (warranty/recall)

Other than that just normal maintenance of brakes, fluids, battery, headlights, etc and even the struts might be considered a maintenance wear item. Really great car that never once left me stranded.

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by tpollauf » Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:58 am

My "now daily driver" 2004 Vibe GT Fusion, just hit 130k miles. Bought it down in Florida 18 months ago at 125k miles but just started driving it regularly 2 months ago. Other than a slight oil leak (I can live with for now) and the cruise control which just quit a couple weeks ago, it's been an unbelievable ride. Love it!!! ;)
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by ColonelPanic » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:01 am

Hit 134k a few days ago!
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by gskatz2015 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:58 am

I am about 500 miles away from hitting 370K! 06 Base, manual transmission.

A few months ago my alternator went and left me stranded. That was the first major job it needed in quite a while. Also had a new serpentine belt put in when that happened. Other more major items have been all new rotors, drums, pads, and shoes, and a new exhaust donut that rusted out.

A couple of weeks ago I got a new clutch assembly and flywheel. It got to the point where I had to give it 5k RPM just to get it going. This used to be my dad's car, and he put 275K of almost all highway miles on it and claimed to have never replaced the clutch. When the guys at the transmission shop did it they said that it surely had been replaced at some point because it looked like the flywheel had been resurfaced. I'll have to get in touch with my dad about it, because 370K on a clutch seems unbelievable to me.

So after the new clutch job it's been having a starting issue where sometimes it starts right up, but sometimes it will crank a couple times, then I hear a whine, and the engine kind of thuds to a stop. It hasn't stranded me yet though. Also, one of the motor mounts is pretty rusty and that is causing some new noises I hadn't heard before, primarily when accelerating through the top ends of 1st 2nd and 3rd gears.

The new clutch feels great though and I feel pretty confident this car could get to 400K. I put 15-20k a year on it for work so It'll happen soon if it doesn't crap out on me!
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Bookworm » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:50 pm

Is it a spinning metallic whine? If so, your starter may be going bad. When you put the key into the starting position, it shoves the gear into the 'turn the engine over' position, and connects the battery directly to the starter to start turning things over. If it's having an intermittent problem, the drive gear may be retracting back into place.

A similar problem is when you release the key, and then hear the starter whining because the gear assembly isn't retracting fast enough. (What's happening right now to my car)

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Caretaker » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:48 am

If it is the Bendix gear inside the Denso starter, then I would not use the word whine to describe it. It is a scratchy metal on metal grinding noise sounding like rubbing your brass knuckles across your barbecue grate. The Bendix gear issue also does not result in a non-start situation. The car starts normally; it just does so with a one second burst of grinding metal sound and normally happens in cold temperature situations. If you are having an issue where the car rumbles to a stall, then I'd check more on "bad gas" or bad sending unit side of the house. I had starting issues with my first gen Vibe when the car was fully warmed up and would be difficult to get restarted after a lengthy drive. And since this issue seems to have only started after the clutch repair, it is pretty likely that it has something to do with that repair. Any more information you can provide to describe precisely when the car exhibits the noise would be helpful so all the backyard mechanics on this site don't have you replacing every part in your car
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by zbyers » Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:28 am

Let's see how many miles...

'03 GT- 280k... Now parked and will be parted out.
'03 Base (faux by 4)- 260k... Burns oil, but still runs great. Brother needs to replace the engine one of these days...
'04 GT- 96k...
'04 Base- 176k... Sister is still happy with her investment!
'05 AWD- ~150k... Mom puts lots of miles on her driving around playing pokeman :lol: still runs great.
'07 Base- 192k... Rolled that as soon as I hit my driveway on my way back from VA Beach. She's had the biggest increase in miles since purchased.. Bought around 85k miles.
'09 AWD- 115k... Dad just traded it in for a new vehicle as he was never happy with the 2nd gen Vibe.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Bookworm » Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:32 pm

Your dad should have "sold" the 09 to your brother, and then traded in the oil burner :)

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by zbyers » Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:32 am

Bookworm wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:32 pm
Your dad should have "sold" the 09 to your brother, and then traded in the oil burner :)
Brother didn't want the 09.. I almost grabbed it from him for the same price they were giving him in trade... But couldn't say no to the new GT. Plus it also burns a bit of oil. The good ol' 2.4L.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:20 am

254K. It has been reliable but however I feel like I have replaced more parts than others have at this mileage.

- driver/pass door lock
- driver power window motor
- 3 door handles
- struts, lower control arms, inner/outer tie rods, stabilizer links
- fuel pump ( replaced at 210,000 )
- AC compressor ( replaced at 210,000 )
- radiator
- cooling fan assembly
- valve cover gasket
- coil packs ( replaced at 254,000 )
- 2 HVAC blend motors
- starter
- alternator
- belt tensioner piston
- both front calipers

Although at this mileage ANY part would be a wear item, I can only attribute it to being our primary car for 12 years and taking us BOTH back and forth to work for over a decade, PLUS numerous road trips. I am also very picky about EVERYTHING. I think if only i used it for work there would be less wear and tear....obviously. Not knocking the Vibe. Im eager to hit the 300K mark with no engine/transmission issues. Engine is burning a quart of oil about every 2700 miles. Thats great for a early " oil burner " 8-)
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by zbyers » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:17 am

cptnsolo77 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:20 am
I feel like I have replaced more parts than others have at this mileage.

- driver/pass door lock
- driver power window motor
- 3 door handles
- struts, lower control arms, inner/outer tie rods, stabilizer links
- fuel pump ( replaced at 210,000 )
- AC compressor ( replaced at 210,000 )
- cooling fan assembly
- valve cover gasket
- coil packs ( replaced at 254,000 )
- 2 HVAC blend motors
- starter
- alternator
- belt tensioner piston
- both front calipers
That is a similar list to my 03 GT I parked. Outside of the AC Compressor and door handles, and door lock, I have replaced the same things.

Those are all pretty reasonable replacements, honestly. Only one I would have questioned was the compressor. You may have been able to just do the compressor coil/clutch and called it a day.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Bookworm » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:39 pm

My 300,000 mile Vibe would have been the same for me, roughly. I hadn't replaced the front suspension bits (other than the struts), nor had I replaced the valve cover gasket (or intake manifold gasket) - but needed to. The person I passed it on to did do those, plus motor mounts.

Similar list there, except no fuel pump or a/C compressor. I flipped the blend door actuator gear once, and replaced once? Had to replace side windows as well, as someone walked by and broke both passenger and driver windows. Didn't steal a thing - just broke them. No caliper replacements or back brakes.

This one, at 175k, I need to replace the rotors, redo the back brakes (probably replace the drums as well, just to be safe), replace all four corners of shocks, maybe control arms and motor mounts, just to have it done.

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:08 am

zbyers wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:17 am
cptnsolo77 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:20 am
I feel like I have replaced more parts than others have at this mileage.

- driver/pass door lock
- driver power window motor
- 3 door handles
- struts, lower control arms, inner/outer tie rods, stabilizer links
- fuel pump ( replaced at 210,000 )
- AC compressor ( replaced at 210,000 )
- cooling fan assembly
- valve cover gasket
- coil packs ( replaced at 254,000 )
- 2 HVAC blend motors
- starter
- alternator
- belt tensioner piston
- both front calipers
That is a similar list to my 03 GT I parked. Outside of the AC Compressor and door handles, and door lock, I have replaced the same things.

Those are all pretty reasonable replacements, honestly. Only one I would have questioned was the compressor. You may have been able to just do the compressor coil/clutch and called it a day.
At the time I was hoping it was the AC clutch. With the AC on you can see it engaging. Unfortunately it was the compressor. I do live in south Florida and I swear the AC gets used 51 weeks out of the year. so go figure over a 12 year period of my ownership. I was disapointed though...:lol:

As a side note looks like next on my list is motor mounts. Im getting a bad vibration in reverse and drive. Car runs great otherwise. Thx for the reply....when you see posts of 250K+ you dont get all the details....i was questioning if i got a "BAD VIBE" :lol:
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Bookworm » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:37 pm

cptnsolo77 wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:08 am
zbyers wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:17 am
cptnsolo77 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:20 am
I feel like I have replaced more parts than others have at this mileage.

- driver/pass door lock
- driver power window motor
- 3 door handles
- struts, lower control arms, inner/outer tie rods, stabilizer links
- fuel pump ( replaced at 210,000 )
- AC compressor ( replaced at 210,000 )
- cooling fan assembly
- valve cover gasket
- coil packs ( replaced at 254,000 )
- 2 HVAC blend motors
- starter
- alternator
- belt tensioner piston
- both front calipers
That is a similar list to my 03 GT I parked. Outside of the AC Compressor and door handles, and door lock, I have replaced the same things.

Those are all pretty reasonable replacements, honestly. Only one I would have questioned was the compressor. You may have been able to just do the compressor coil/clutch and called it a day.
At the time I was hoping it was the AC clutch. With the AC on you can see it engaging. Unfortunately it was the compressor. I do live in south Florida and I swear the AC gets used 51 weeks out of the year. so go figure over a 12 year period of my ownership. I was disapointed though...:lol:

As a side note looks like next on my list is motor mounts. Im getting a bad vibration in reverse and drive. Car runs great otherwise. Thx for the reply....when you see posts of 250K+ you dont get all the details....i was questioning if i got a "BAD VIBE" :lol:
"Normal Replacement Parts", to someone that buys a new car every four or so years, is belts, oil, tires, battery(maybe), and light bulbs.

Normal Replacement Parts for anyone who keeps their car more than 75k miles, includes the starter, shocks, gaskets and/or seals, and wear and tear parts like the control arms, motor mounts, tie rods, etc. Nowadays, it's rare for the fuel pump, electric radiator fan, and locks, to go out. The Vibes, I've found, have the problem that if your door handles are the _black_ unpainted handles, they go brittle after a few years in the southern sun. I replaced at least three out of four on my 03 vibe. My compressor didn't blow, but then I use 4/60 A/C most of the time - no point in kicking it on for 10 minutes. I replaced two out of four coil packs on the old vibe at 300k, with one of the replacements failing right around that mark - it _only_ lasted 90k miles or so. Yes, I didn't do the "replace them all" - just what failed. at 175, I haven't had one go yet - I should probably put a spare in the spare tire compartment at this point. That's something I can replace anywhere, as long as I have my socket set.

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:59 am

Agreed. I never had a car as long as the Vibe. When you get past the 200K mark, others things come into play that I would not have thought before. Its almost like there should be a 200K + checklist. Theres maintenance and theres HIGH MILEAGE maintenance :lol: To anticipate any breakdowns I have a couple of things im going to repalace come this fall:

Thermostat
Upper Radiator hose ( the lower was changed when I replaced the radiator
Motor mounts ( cant take the vibration anymore )

I cant really think of anything that I can replace that will fail without giving me a warning/code.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Bookworm » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:18 pm

cptnsolo77 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:59 am
Agreed. I never had a car as long as the Vibe. When you get past the 200K mark, others things come into play that I would not have thought before. Its almost like there should be a 200K + checklist. Theres maintenance and theres HIGH MILEAGE maintenance :lol: To anticipate any breakdowns I have a couple of things im going to repalace come this fall:

Thermostat
Upper Radiator hose ( the lower was changed when I replaced the radiator
Motor mounts ( cant take the vibration anymore )

I cant really think of anything that I can replace that will fail without giving me a warning/code.
Intake manifold gasket? :)

Definitely, rebuild the rear brakes.

I'd pull the cover off of the bottom, and with the car at least somewhat in the air (I have a low mechanics creeper), look carefully from front to back with a high powered flashlight.

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:00 am

Intake manifold gasket was replaced about 7 years ago :) I replaced it when I was trying to fix my idle problem. Cleaning the IAC fix the issue. Great idea though inspecting the underside though.
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* NGK Iridium IX Plugs
* 27 MPG City/Highway with AC on

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:12 am

Intake manifold gasket was replaced about 7 years ago :) I replaced it when I was trying to fix my idle problem. Cleaning the IAC fix the issue. Great idea though inspecting the underside though, and yes rear brakes :lol:
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* 27 MPG City/Highway with AC on

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by gskatz2015 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:55 am

Caretaker wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:48 am
If it is the Bendix gear inside the Denso starter, then I would not use the word whine to describe it. It is a scratchy metal on metal grinding noise sounding like rubbing your brass knuckles across your barbecue grate. The Bendix gear issue also does not result in a non-start situation. The car starts normally; it just does so with a one second burst of grinding metal sound and normally happens in cold temperature situations. If you are having an issue where the car rumbles to a stall, then I'd check more on "bad gas" or bad sending unit side of the house. I had starting issues with my first gen Vibe when the car was fully warmed up and would be difficult to get restarted after a lengthy drive. And since this issue seems to have only started after the clutch repair, it is pretty likely that it has something to do with that repair. Any more information you can provide to describe precisely when the car exhibits the noise would be helpful so all the backyard mechanics on this site don't have you replacing every part in your car
Thanks for the detailed response. I've been trying to pay attention to see if there's any sort of pattern to when it has this issue but I can't discern anything. But when it does start, I definitely do hear this one second burst of the grinding metal sound. It does not happen in cold weather situations (I live in Tennessee) The only "regularity" I can kind of observe is that it usually takes me 3-4 turns of the key to get it to start. Also when the car is running, I notice that the key does have quite a bit of play (I can move the key back and forth about 1/6th of a turn) The guy that did the clutch said that having weight on my key ring (which I have had since I have several other keys on there, which I have since removed) may have contributed to the issue, although I never had this issue prior to getting the clutch job done. The car is not rumbling to stalls and idles just fine. After driving for a while, and then stopping say for gas, it has the same amount of trouble as usual restarting. Maybe 1 out of 5 times it starts up on the first turn of the key, but I can't find any pattern of when it does that. No difference if the car has been sitting over night or after driving it for a while.

Normally, when I turn the key from the on position to engage the starter, it cranks once or twice and then I hear this high pitched whine. I really think that is the most apt description. As long as I hold the key engaging the starter it makes this sound, and then when I release it back to the on position is when I hear the thud of the engine stopping.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Bookworm » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:35 pm

That whine is generally the Bendix gear.

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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by zbyers » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:14 am

Yep, I'd be leaning towards starter/bendix gear as the culprit.
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by gskatz2015 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:25 am

Okay thanks y'all! After doing a little research it does make sense that It would be the bendix gear since I had a new flywheel installed. Maybe the pinion gear was worn down and is slipping off the flywheel? Because it usually cranks a couple times and then I hear the whine when it disengages. Do y'all think i'll need a whole new starter is it possible to just replace the bendix gear?
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Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Post by Bookworm » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:32 pm

I wouldn't try to rebuild it. You wouldn't save much, if any, money vs time.

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