runningslow's 2005 GT

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runningslow's 2005 GT

Postby runningslow » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:20 am

As it was when I acquired it two days ago. Far from perfect cosmetically, but running strong. I'm going to be documenting the improvements here as we go. I'll try my best to keep this updated and not just post them to the Facebook group.

For starters, I'm going to be swapping in a few things from the 06 Lava (wheels, roof racks, stereo, hitch...)

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2005 Vibe GT ~ Platinum
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Re: runningslow's 2005 GT

Postby runningslow » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:21 am

After swapping shoes with the Lava.
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2005 Vibe GT ~ Platinum
2006 Vibe ~ Lava, Base, Auto
2005 Corolla S ~ Silver Streak Mica, Manual (Wife's)
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Re: runningslow's 2005 GT

Postby tpollauf » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:18 am

Nice fleet there ;) You going to drive both of them or another family member? Thanks for thinking about us non-Facebook" folks out here in the world :D
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Re: runningslow's 2005 GT

Postby runningslow » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:58 am

tpollauf wrote:Nice fleet there ;) You going to drive both of them or another family member? Thanks for thinking about us non-Facebook" folks out here in the world :D

Long story short: the Lava is going to my dad. I'll be driving it up to him over Labor Day weekend and then flying home.

His current car is wreck, literally. Its a mid-2000s Ford Focus Wagon that hit a deer with a while back, but it was still supposedly driveable. So, he kept driving it, but shortly there after the hood flipped up and smashed the windshield. I believe at this point insurance totaled it, but he bought it back, replaced the windshield and bought a used hood. Well, he nevr fixed the hood latch, so he uses bungee cords to hold it down. In addition to all of that, the rear hatch doesn't open and there's a weird electrical problem going on so that one of the taillights doesn't work. He's wired in a trailer light to be legal...ish. Since its really just used as a Point A to Point B type of things, he says doesn't care about the outward appearance. Honestly, the hatch is is biggest complaint.... but I digress.

So, when I visited my parents a few weeks ago, he mentioned that he was looking for a car to replace the Focus. He wanted reliable automatic that the hood and trunk (or hatch) worked. I immediately start recommending that he start looking for a Vibe and gave him the dime tour of the features. I then started thinking that I would be pretty nice if I could find him a nice southern rust free car in Texas. Down the rabbit hole of thought, we discussed that if I could find a nice Vibe with a manual transmission that he could have my car and he agreed. So, my search began. I wasn't looking for a GT in particular, but this is the one that I stumbled upon. In fact, I didn't even know this was a GT when I first saw it, and neither did the guy selling it, until I plugged the VIN into Geico to get an insurance quote. I though the guy had given me a bogus VIN until I went to see it first hand.
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2005 Vibe GT ~ Platinum
2006 Vibe ~ Lava, Base, Auto
2005 Corolla S ~ Silver Streak Mica, Manual (Wife's)
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Re: runningslow's 2005 GT

Postby runningslow » Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:03 am

This picture makes it look so much worse, but something has been sprayed on the cluster and it will not come off. If trying to clean it up with PlastX doesn't work, then I'm just going to replace the cover of the cluster with one from a junkyard.
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2005 Vibe GT ~ Platinum
2006 Vibe ~ Lava, Base, Auto
2005 Corolla S ~ Silver Streak Mica, Manual (Wife's)
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Re: runningslow's 2005 GT

Postby runningslow » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:34 pm

Eonon GA2154 that was previously installed in the 06 Base. The head unit is slightly oversized, so I got a piece of acrylic cut fill out the bezel.
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Josh
2005 Vibe GT ~ Platinum
2006 Vibe ~ Lava, Base, Auto
2005 Corolla S ~ Silver Streak Mica, Manual (Wife's)
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something
completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.


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