Wow - I just found this thread - and also found today when poking around my new-to-me 07 Base exactly what you found - I was also missing at least one bolt on that lower heat shield (looks like in the same place too). I have a bunch of service records from the PO and they were chasing a possible heat shield noise a few years back, but I can't imagine they would leave a bolt out when looking for that issue.Derf wrote:I am completely puzzled by the missing manifold heat shield bolts. Only found one other post on the forum from 2012 mentioning similar issue on a 2004 base Vibe. Looking at the three bolt holes, appears the bolts spun out. There were no rub marks on the heat shield or rusted stubs left behind. The bolt holes were so rusted I was not able to re-thread, they must have been missing for a while. I do not know of any previous work on the vehicle were those bolts were removed, the most major repair documented, was timing chain replacement.
Having a lift is great. The house i purchased has one in the garage. I've discovered friends and family I thought forgot about me!
What are your plans to tackle that? I'm not sure I want to invest in having it repaired, given that the car has 280k miles on it and is really showing signs of her age. If I knew how to weld, I'd consider it myself.Derf wrote: ↑Thu May 02, 2019 1:52 pmOne is roughly the same spot, pinch weld underneath passenger doors. The other is the rear passenger door bottom, this was from a body shop that repaired the vehicle prior to my ownership. The weld is rusting, as most do, lack of galvanic protection and other impurities from welding process. If keeps raining, want to detail the car, and really clean the door gaps and transitional areas around the hatch. These seem to contain surprise rust spots due to salt and crud accumulation.