Bought my 2009 Base Vibe back in August of 2012, had the vehicle for 3 days and made that grinding noise at cold start (dealership I bought it from said that issue would be fixed when it got certified, etc. and it didn't), did some research and found this lovely forum, found my answer within 4 hours, it was the camshaft timing gear actuator, that was supposed to go for a recall, and never did. So I printed off the recall, and drove my car back to the dealership with the recall information. So needless to say, it was in their shop for nearly a week, to find out what the problem was, and got a call saying it was the timing gear (even though I already knew that), and they delivered it to a Certified GM Dealership for the recall to be completed. After another week, the repairs had been done, and my car was delivered back to my house.
Later that evening I was driving for approx. 15 minutes when every light on my dash turned on, I decided to pull over and checkout what was going on, just as I pulled over, smoke started coming out from under the hood. So I made a quick call, and the dealership got to come pickup my car with a tow truck. (Now, this wasn't fault of the dealership I purchased it from, it was the GM mechanics that did not connect the water pump properly) The "head" ended up being replaced, and was told if I had driven it for another 10 minutes, it would have blown the engine. I wasn't exactly a happy camper having my new vehicle, that I now had to pay first months insurance, and car loan on for a vehicle I didn't even have. On top of this, not once was I offered a rental vehicle, so I had to borrow one. My Dad ended up getting angry as I'm 21 and borrowing his pickup, and my vehicle is in the shop for the 2nd time in a month, so he called the owner of the dealership and requested I either get a rental car, or a refund. I got to drive back to the dealership (50 minutes away) to pickup a 2012 Chevy Traverse (might as well of been a van). I drove it for all of 3 days, and it sucked back more gas than any other vehicle sitting in our driveway, so back to using the pickup truck.
After talking with the dealership, I told them that the only way they were going to make it up to me, was paying my first month of insurance, and car loan (total $550), or buy me a set of winter tires on rims. They agreed to buy my the tires & rims. When I went to the dealership in November to get my tires & rims put on, I told them to throw my summers in the back of my car. After they were finished I went out to my car to find only tires in the back, no rims. Now at this point I was already furious at the way the dealership dealt with the situation, I went back in, gave my 2 cents and was told "No no, that was not the deal, the deal was just tires". I angrily left. Now I refuse to go back, for even general maintenance. Even though I have about 10 free oil changes.
I won't post the name of the dealership, but feel free to PM for the info to make sure to stay away.
Sorry for the long post, just needed to get that out.
Love my Vibe, and from Shelburne, ON