What did you do to your Vibe today?

Discuss any maintenance you've done to your Vibe & Matrix and ask how to perform maintenance on your vehicle
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby petervivian » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:42 pm

ColonelPanic wrote:Installed a new pair of Strongarm 4079 liftgate supports. They fit perfectly and work great, plus they're American made. Around $43 plus tax. Yay, it opens fully all by itself now. :shock:

The glass needs a pair too, but it never gets used so those will wait.


Are they better than these $20 a pair ones? Is it true they have lifetime warranty?
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Postby petervivian » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:45 pm

Bought one more remote transmitter GQ43VT14T for my 05. Added this key fob to the car.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby RadioFreeVibe » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:35 pm

Three months ago, my mechanic installed KYB front struts and Toyota mounts for me, which turned out great. I had it in mind to do all four corners so today I gave him the KYB shocks and Moog links to put in the rear. I thought I might not even notice, because the rear was still okay, but on getting the car back, wow, the car feels solid all around, rugged even, like I should go find some dirt!

I probably could have skipped the rear struts, but I'm glad I got them put in. I asked if I should get an alignment and the mechanic said no. I'll get the alignment done before summer though.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby cptnsolo77 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:31 pm

Front brake job 8-)
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby ehoff121 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:06 am

RadioFreeVibe wrote:Three months ago, my mechanic installed KYB front struts and Toyota mounts for me, which turned out great. I had it in mind to do all four corners so today I gave him the KYB shocks and Moog links to put in the rear. I thought I might not even notice, because the rear was still okay, but on getting the car back, wow, the car feels solid all around, rugged even, like I should go find some dirt!

I probably could have skipped the rear struts, but I'm glad I got them put in. I asked if I should get an alignment and the mechanic said no. I'll get the alignment done before summer though.


Thinking of doing the front suspension when it gets warmer. Moog sells a front end kit that includes upper and lower control arms, ball joints, stabilizer bar, and bushings. Did you use the KYB quick struts for the fronts? I think they come with mounts, but if not, would you be able to share the part numbers please?

For the rears, KYB doesn't offer quick struts, so did you leave the original springs and strut mounts? Are these the links? K90718 http://www.fme-cat.com/overlays/part-detail.aspx?brandId=MC&pNum=K90718&partType=Stabilizer%20Bar%20Link
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Postby vibenvy » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:20 am

Roated the winter tires on my mom's Vibe yesterday.

The Techna-Fit brake lines arrived last week. This week I will be taking all the rotors and calipers to be powder coated. Hopefully by the beginning of April, the brakes will be done and I can get the 18s put back on :cool:!
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby djan2000 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:16 pm

Installed window deflectors this afternoon. Thanks for the parts, Nancy (jazzvibe)!


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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby djan2000 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:17 pm

Also put in the cargo cover. Thanks again to Nancy (jazzvibe)!
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby petervivian » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:03 pm

Did a 1354.1 miles road trip. Averaged 33.2 mpg. Driving the vibe for long is stressful when the speed exceeds 65 miles per hour.
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Postby vibrologist » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:05 am

petervivian wrote:Did a 1354.1 miles road trip. Averaged 33.2 mpg. Driving the vibe for long is stressful when the speed exceeds 65 miles per hour.

Long distance, that's pretty much the one and only weakness of the vibe. It's a bit too harsh, a bit too noisy and ergonomically slightly awkward. I just came back from a long trip myself (Iowa-Eastern North Carolina- Iowa). But this time we used my wife's 2010 Ford Focus. It is less noisy, more comfortable in the suspension, but the seat lacked lumbar support even though it is better than the Vibe's seat.
I made changes to my Vibe that makes it more comfy. It would have been as good as the Focus for this run.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby vibrologist » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:12 am

My Vibe got a new battery. It was parked fro a week while we were on Spring Break. Upon checking the battery was dead. It was drained so much that it could not be tested. It was a O'Reilly's Super Start Premium, 9 years old! I said: "Give me a new one."
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Postby ImUrOBGYN » Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:43 am

New tires. Firestone Firehawk Indy 500s. (In case you didn't know, these are made by Bridgestone but I'll skip the details here.) They've been great over my old Kumho Ecsta 4Xs, which were incredible UHP all seasons -terrible in cold and snow tho - and very well loved by Tire Rack, as well. Anyway, they look great, they stick great. Could use a little bit more instant response, but otherwise very happy so far. Hope to get out to my fav twisties here soon to really get a proper feel for them.
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After getting the new tires, I headed home and began adding lightness to the Vibe before heading out to the big TX2K event. Managed to remove about 133.3lbs in 15min. Yep, took the Vibe since my back issues are currently keeping me from finishing up a job on the Supra. Spent a few days about a hour south of me in Houston enjoying the sights and sounds of everything from Hondas to Lambos, bikes to trucks. If you don't know or haven't heard of the yearly TX2K event, as it's currently known, and live anywhere near Texas, it's worth checking out at least once.
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Postby petervivian » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:15 am

Did another trip of 1450 miles on my 05 Vibe. I folded the rear seats and loaded the entire cabin with my staff. The rear wheel gaps are essentially gone. The ride quality was much worse because of the weight. Much more body roll so I felt dizzy after the long trip.
Another problem is that the headlights are so dim. It rained really hard last night and I can't see the lanes on the interstate (I40 east AR). I am thinking of installing a LED driving light bar.
The frontal area of the hood also got a lot of paint chips need to be fixed.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby vibenvy » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:16 pm

I dropped the rotors, caliper brackets and calipers off at the powder coater yesterday! Everything will be sandblasted and powder coated satin black. After that comes installation... Finally!
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Postby joatmon » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:43 pm

Found (and fixed) the source of coolant loss in my 03 trix

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby MacGyver » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:20 am

petervivian wrote:Did another trip of 1450 miles on my 05 Vibe. I folded the rear seats and loaded the entire cabin with my staff. The rear wheel gaps are essentially gone. The ride quality was much worse because of the weight. Much more body roll so I felt dizzy after the long trip.
Another problem is that the headlights are so dim.
With all the weight in the back, your headlights end up aiming up towards the sky, so there is less light on the road.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby petervivian » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:18 am

MacGyver wrote:
petervivian wrote:Did another trip of 1450 miles on my 05 Vibe. I folded the rear seats and loaded the entire cabin with my staff. The rear wheel gaps are essentially gone. The ride quality was much worse because of the weight. Much more body roll so I felt dizzy after the long trip.
Another problem is that the headlights are so dim.
With all the weight in the back, your headlights end up aiming up towards the sky, so there is less light on the road.


Thank you.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby RadioFreeVibe » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:51 am

I got front struts installed in November and rear struts in February by my indie mechanic. Yesterday the steering felt scary on left turns, so this morning I took it to the Toyota dealer for the post-struts alignment I knew I needed. Alignment was way off plus they found a nail in the front left tire. They patched the tire, did the alignment on their high-tech machine with computer printout and now the steering feel is back. The Toyota service advisor was great, was fine taking in a 12-year old Vibe/Matrix for service and spent time analyzing the problem. I was impressed.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby Dairgo » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:10 pm

I sold my vibe today. A sad day indeed.

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby tpollauf » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:15 am

Dairgo wrote:I sold my vibe today. A sad day indeed.


W T F :o Uhmmmm .... ooooeeee ..... ahah ...... Why the sudden decision :?:

Update. I read your other post. Too bad the tranny issue led you to this decision.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby ColonelPanic » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:10 pm

The Vibe has been sitting around collecting bird poop for over a week. :lol: Washed it and cleaned up the interior yesterday.

Installed a new hood prop rod grommet today, GM P/N 19204818. The original wouldn't have made it too much longer. :o
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby vibenvy » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:41 am

Paid my Vibe off today :cool:!
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby tpollauf » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:48 am

vibenvy wrote:Paid my Vibe off today :cool:!


Aaaahhhh .... it feels good doesn't it :D Congrats, now drive it for several more years ;)
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