....and I apologize about my misleading statement about the transmission fluid. Since we are dealing with all used Vibe's now, it is important that I clarify my comment. I doubt the following involves your car since you only have 48,000 miles on it, but it is worth throwing out there for other readers nonetheless. While it is true that you want to see tranny fluid that is a nice cherry red, finding cherry red fluid in a used Vibe could be a warning sign for two reasons:
1. If the fluid was never changed at a proper interval and someone decided to do a full on FLUSH of the tranny, particles (dried varnish essentially) could dislodge, making the transmission a hazard. This is why you will see some on this board oppose ever flushing a transmission out. When in doubt-drain it out - is the mantra to follow on used vehicles with an unknown vehicle history.
2. since you have an '09, your transmission has World Standard fluid in it from the factory. It is good for upwards of 100,000 miles. You will see a WS on your dipstick to confirm this. The first generation Vibes had Toyota type IV fluid, not WS. Our '09 GM owner's manual incorrectly states that our '09 Vibe has T-IV fluid. Should your fluid look brand new and the owner/dealer followed the owner's manual, you could have the wrong fluid in your transmission as a result of a drain/flush and a technician blindly following the owner's manual.
I personally don't know how to tell the difference between the two (visually). I just wanted to amend my comment in case you were aware that a drain/flush was done to the car at some point. Since you only have 48,000 miles on the car, it is HIGHLY unlikely that the fluid was ever changed. That would be way too early of an interval. I changed mine out only because I got a great price, and that was at the 60,000 mile mark.
Live it up: There will be plenty of time to be old when you die.
** 2009 Vibe: 1.8 liter automatic **
** 2010 Elantra Touring **
** 2007 Honda Fit Sport **