Everything you need to know about the Vibe

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Post by hguyer13 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:56 am

So what r the differences in the exhaust systems for the 3 different models have a 2006 vibe awd difficult to find aftermarket exhaust systems?? what r the differeneces between models? would base model exhaust work??

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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by Jacobmartin7 » Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:46 am

I have a question. I have seen vibes with leather seats in them, did they make that an option from the factory or are people just putting seat covers over them?

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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by ColonelPanic » Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:19 pm

Jacobmartin7 wrote:I have a question. I have seen vibes with leather seats in them, did they make that an option from the factory or are people just putting seat covers over them?
First gen Vibes had leather as an option starting in 2005. Some however did replace the seat covers.
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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by AliceT » Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:10 pm

Hi - I finally have to junk my 2003 Vibe, and I just bought a 2008 Vibe with 91K miles. Before I have the 03 towed to the junk yard, I want to strip off anything that might be on the 03 that the 08 doesn't come with. I have scavenged the roof rack cross bars and changed out the two tier armrest cover. I am grateful to this blog because now I know I can remove the auxilliary 12 v outlet from the 03 and the wiring will already be there to install it in the 08. I enjoyed the discussion of the changes over the years, and I noticed one small thing that no one mentioned. My 03 had a nice map pouch on the back of the drivers seat, but the 08 does not. If anyone has any more advice for me before the 03 goes, I appreciate it!

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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by AliceT » Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:33 pm

Oh, and the 03 did not have the moon roof, whereas the 08 does. Is that why the 08 has an extra 5th speaker in the back cargo compartment? I bought both cars used, so I don't know what came standard, what the various option packages were, or what the stand alone options were. I saw mention of the Moon and Tune package, but not a real description of what that included. Thanks.

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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by treesleavedents » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:30 am

AFAIK, the moon and tunes package was a sunroof & sound system package. It includes an amplifier under the passenger seat, tweeters in the front doors mounted just inside the side mirrors, the subwoofer in the rear hatch area, and the moonroof. You will also notice your map lights are now on the headliner rather than the rearview mirror.
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Post by vibenvy » Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:12 pm

@ AliceT: Sorry, I'm of no help to you because I am not too familiar with the 1st gens (2003-2008) since ours are both 2nd gens (2009-2010), but I just wanted to say that it's great to hear that you got another Vibe. The fact that there are so many members here who have multiple Vibes and / or are repeat Vibe owners (like yourself) says so much about just how great our beloved Vibes really are!

You should post some pictures of both your Vibes, as we love pictures around here ;)!
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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by circuitsmith » Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:30 am

KITT222 wrote: 1ZZ-FE
Bore = 79 mm
Stroke = 91.5 mm
Horse Power = 130 HP (120hp in Vibe AWD due to exhaust routing)
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
SFI Fuel Injection
Unleaded
The 1ZZ-FE has 10:1 compression.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_ZZ_engine#1ZZ-FE
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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by comesky » Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:18 pm

first off first post bought my 04 vibe with 266k salsa red with sunroof for 900, a month later ran it out of oil blew.... after searching getting prices from 400 for an engine with 183k to 1500... i got lucky at my local u pull it junk yard had just brought in a 2005 they said you pull it its 100 i had a friend do a car fax on it found it it was a police tow 73k miles so i bought the engine and trans for 100 each ....got lucky and the junk guy said yea i know a guy he pulled it and replaced my engine and trans for 400 biggest issues was the drive by wire so i have a 2004 vibe with 73k i want to drive it 300k

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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by sippy25 » Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:23 am

hello I am wondering can I install a 1.8 litre 1zz-fe into a vibe gt 2003 that had a 2zz-ge? will the 6 speed transmission hook up to it? thanks

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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by liferules04 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:23 pm

Thanks for a great informative post.

I acquired a 2005 Vibe with honestly 38,000 miles. It was my Grandmothers and she wanted me to have it as part of her estate. So, yes, it was driven by a little old lady :-)

Still learning about the car, and planning many upgrades. Love the car.

Installing a new Antenna base and stalk next week.
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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by JSizzle » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:50 am

Good info. I didn't realize the GT trim wasn't available continuously throughout production. Wonder why there was a 2 year gap in 2007/8?

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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by ehoff121 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:23 am

JSizzle wrote:Good info. I didn't realize the GT trim wasn't available continuously throughout production. Wonder why there was a 2 year gap in 2007/8?
The GT (and the AWD) didn't sell as well as the base FWD, so they stopped production in 2006: the 1st gen GT was available with manual transmission only and the 1st gen AWD was slightly under powered with the 1ZZ engine. Both returned in 2009 having addressed the reasons for slow sales. The 2nd gen GT got an A/T and the AWD got the 2.4l engine.
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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by KITT222 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:33 pm

BACK FROM THE SEMI-DEAD


I've moved all the pictures off Photobucket because they're assholes that broke the thread. But it's fixed now! Hooray!

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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by pepper2010 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:09 pm

Fabulous thread. Thank you for updating it for the visuals!
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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by lavaman » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:08 pm

I've noticed another small detail, our 04 has a threaded screw-in gas cap. My 05 has a twist & click cap, but then when my wife bought her 05, I noticed it has the threaded cap like the 04......early 05 maybe? I also removed 2 grab handles from the parts car & cut the holes in the headliners & installed them above the driver door of each of our cars (the threaded holes are already there) but when she bought the second 05,(which is an awd with side airbags) we found it already had the fourth grab handle. So is this a awd thing, or a side airbag thing?

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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by zbyers » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:12 am

lavaman wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:08 pm
I've noticed another small detail, our 04 has a threaded screw-in gas cap. My 05 has a twist & click cap, but then when my wife bought her 05, I noticed it has the threaded cap like the 04......early 05 maybe? I also removed 2 grab handles from the parts car & cut the holes in the headliners & installed them above the driver door of each of our cars (the threaded holes are already there) but when she bought the second 05,(which is an awd with side airbags) we found it already had the fourth grab handle. So is this a awd thing, or a side airbag thing?
That, I'm not sure. Mom's 05 AWD w/ side airbags has the oh (removed) handles on the driver and passenger side up front... The rest of our fleet does not. However, I haven't checked the recent 05 AWD we picked up.
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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by SSizler » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:37 pm

Great info here.
Thanks for your efforts KITT222 and everyone else who contributed!
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Re: Everything you need to know about the Vibe

Post by Jammin81 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:01 am

Underneath the windscreen I have one drain scuttle. Pontiac vibe 07 base model.

How many are there supposed to be? It’s a black clip under the passenger side that takes excess water from the windscreen. I have one passenger side but driving my sled nuts trying to find out if there is supposed to be two? One passenger / one driver side.

I have an ongoing leak in the drivers side well and need help figuring out how many drain scuttles there should be.

Any help is appreciated!!

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