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by Mark
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: US - Northeast
Topic: 2005 Pontiac Vibe Door Locks Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 27

Re: 2005 Pontiac Vibe Door Locks Problem

If you have mostly used the fob to lock/unlock the doors until now, then the key has worn with the ignition and the door locks remain in an unworn state. My 04 was so bad that when the battery died I wasn't able to open the door, and I had to have a locksmith look up the VIN and cut me an original k...
by Mark
Sat Feb 20, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Rear seatback lock broken
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Rear seatback lock broken

The fix turned out to be easier than I expected. Pop off the two hinge covers, remove two small screws, the two T-25 screws in the center of the seat back, and the two 12mm hex head hinge bolts. Once the two bolts are out the seat back drops a bit and you can slide the plastic cover forward a half i...
by Mark
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: What brand are the OEM Oxygen sensors ?
Replies: 4
Views: 35

Re: What brand are the OEM Oxygen sensors ?

I pulled one of mine on the 04 to put a spark plug anti-fouler in, to fix the P0420 code. Can't swear to it but I'm fairly sure it was a Denso.
by Mark
Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Rear seatback lock broken
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Rear seatback lock broken

Thanks joatmon, I did see the first thread but missed the second. Once it warms up some I'll take another look. I've found a few parts diagrams that show the pieces but not in the detail you provided. The last couple times I've checked the local u-pull-it yard didn't have any Vibes, but maybe I'll g...
by Mark
Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Rear seatback lock broken
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Rear seatback lock broken

Thanks zbyers, I'll check it out once it warms up a bit here. It was below 0 yesterday and not much better today, and nothing good can happen when you start trying to pry on plastic parts when it's this cold.
by Mark
Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: PCV Valve Clarifications on Gen 1’s
Replies: 6
Views: 57

Re: PCV Valve Clarifications on Gen 1’s

I have three Gen 1 Vibes and four PCV valves. About once a year or every other oil change, I pull the PCV valve and put the spare one in. Then I spray out the used one with carb cleaner, let it dry and put it back on the shelf till the next Vibe comes up in the rotation. Not sure what the threads ar...
by Mark
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Rear seatback lock broken
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Rear seatback lock broken

The driver side rear seat on my 04 won't latch in the upright position, and it feels like the release rod may be broken or disconnected. Has anyone here done any work on the back seats? How hard is it to get to the latch mechanism? Or am I better off trying to find a seat back in a junk yard? Is the...
by Mark
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Programming New Remotes:
Replies: 29
Views: 10775

Re: Programming New Remotes:

My daughter lost both fobs for the 04 that I just bought back from her. I bought two new ones on Amazon for $25 and used the procedure above to program both of them on the first try. Thanks! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XRNYQVT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I tried to make...
by Mark
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 2005 Tires
Replies: 9
Views: 115

Re: 2005 Tires

I have Cooper Evolution Tour 205/60-16 on all three of my Vibes, and will probably put them on my wife's CR-V in the next month or so. Best tire I've ever had. Trust me on the size, if you've been running 205/55 you really, really need to go to the 205/60. You can thank me later.
by Mark
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: I got my baby back
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: I got my baby back

I realized today that I bought Frosty 15 years ago tomorrow, February 6, 2006. So far besides regular maintenance items I've replaced the starter and the struts, and that's it really. I bought it with 38k miles, so 158,000 miles of trouble free operation over 15 years. I wouldn't hesitate for a seco...
by Mark
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: I got my baby back
Replies: 3
Views: 98

I got my baby back

I got my babyback babyback babyback I got my babyback babyback babyback I got my babyback babyback babyback I got my babyback babyback babyback Back in 2015 I gave Frosty to my then 18 y/o daughter as a birthday/HS graduation gift. Last week she bought herself a brand new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer (hav...
by Mark
Thu Jan 28, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Collision Controls WORK
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Collision Controls WORK

tpollauf wrote:
Thu Jan 28, 2021 5:09 pm
Hmmmm .... handicapped plates ! Maybe their brain has the problem :o
I swear I think that almost every day around here: Being stupid is a handicap, but you shouldn't get a special plate for it.
by Mark
Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Place to purchase roof rack parts
Replies: 4
Views: 682

Re: Place to purchase roof rack parts

I somehow lost one of the rear endcaps on my 2004 and bought a replacement at the local GM dealer. There weren't any Vibes in the local junk yard at the time. Some dealers have parts lists/schematics on-line that you can search.
by Mark
Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Poll: USPS woes
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Re: Poll: USPS woes

We've seen a slowdown of 1-2 days here since maybe March/April, but it didn't get worse over the holidays and in fact may have even improved slightly. I mail maybe half a dozen things a year now, and most of those are self addressed stamped envelopes. Almost all of the bills I get via mail I've alre...
by Mark
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 7
Views: 689

Re: Merry Christmas

No reason to start a new thread when a perfectly good one is just laying around.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year once again to all my fellow Vibers out there.

Gotta hope 2021 will be better than the seemingly constant sh** storm that has been 2020.
by Mark
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Ran out of gas. Now the engine light is on
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Ran out of gas. Now the engine light is on

Check your gas cap, make sure it on good and tight.
by Mark
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Thanks Caretaker, and same to you. Happy Thanksgiving, and stay safe everyone.
by Mark
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Possibly selling a terrific 2007
Replies: 7
Views: 460

Re: Possibly selling a terrific 2007

Sounds like you'd be lucky to get anything for a car that old with that many miles. Just to help out some I guess I could give you $1,000 for it, maybe $1,500 if the tires are good. :)
by Mark
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: in a rut
Replies: 35
Views: 6052

Re: in a rut

Out here it's pronghorn antelope, they're everywhere this time of year. In my yard, in my driveway, on the roads, everywhere. And they're remarkably stupid animals that don't just run in front of your car, they'll run straight into the side of it as well.
by Mark
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Squeal from brand new serpentine belt?
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: Squeal from brand new serpentine belt?

The squeal could be either a weak belt tensioner, or Jiffy Lube put the wrong size belt on. I'd bet that since he pointed the tensioner out they'll want you to replace that before they'll warranty the belt. Unfortunately you can only get another 28,000 miles from your Vibe, as they stop right at 299...
by Mark
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 46
Views: 4848

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe

I would go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and print the recall information, and take it to the dealer service dept. If they continue to play stupid I'd find another shop to do the repairs and then submit the claim form for reimbursement.
by Mark
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: OEM GM Vibe All Weather Mats - new in box
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: OEM GM Vibe All Weather Mats - new in box

Sent a PM, would like to buy these and pay shipping if we can work something out.
by Mark
Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Lug Nut (re)Torque
Replies: 7
Views: 361

Re: Lug Nut (re)Torque

The guys at my tire shop seem to really hate the Toyota 76 ft/lb torque setting, one even told me they thought 100 should be the minimum on all wheels. They swear they hand torque to 80 on my cars but I always find one nut per wheel that's at least 100. Never have had a loose or cross threaded one, ...
by Mark
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: CA to ban new gas vehicles 2035
Replies: 10
Views: 348

Re: CA to ban new gas vehicles 2035

If I'm still around 15 years from now, I suspect I'll be surprised to learn that any manufacturers are still making gasoline powered vehicles.
by Mark
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 46
Views: 4848

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe

How about some updates on how has everyone been doing with getting this last airbag recall completed ? I talked to a Buick dealership about 10 days ago and they still haven't gotten back with me like they said they were going to do. (Except for some salesman who called back within 2 minutes thinkin...
by Mark
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Update and questions....
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Re: Update and questions....

My daughter's 04 base Frosty still doesn't burn any oil after ~195k miles. My wife's 12 CR-V has burned about a quart between changes (7500 miles) since we bought it new eight years ago.
by Mark
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Pontiac Discrimination
Replies: 10
Views: 657

Re: Pontiac Discrimination

Congrats on the new Vibe. My first Vibe was on 04 Frosty with Moon & Tune that I bought used in 2006 with 38k on it, it now has ~195k and still runs good as new. The only part I've replaced, besides brake parts etc, is the starter. It's my daughter's car now, and other than the grill it looks identi...
by Mark
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 46
Views: 4848

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe

How about some updates on how has everyone been doing with getting this last airbag recall completed ? I talked to a Buick dealership about 10 days ago and they still haven't gotten back with me like they said they were going to do. (Except for some salesman who called back within 2 minutes thinkin...
by Mark
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: snow tires?
Replies: 9
Views: 640

Re: snow tires?

I run winter tires on both the 04 and 08. On Frosty because it's my daughter's only car and on Stealth cause it's an "extra" car and it's great to have the extra traction when needed. One set of Cooper Winterforce2 and another set of Firestone Winter-somethings. They're noisy most of the time, but m...
by Mark
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P0420 , starring a NY 2006 AWD 190k
Replies: 26
Views: 1417

Re: P0420 , starring a NY 2006 AWD 190k

I spent over an hour trying to drill out one of a set of spark plug defoulers, to try that remedy. I have a drill bit large enough, but don't have a drill that will accept it. So its just bloody murder trying to ream out enough metal to get an o2 sensor in there. I've done it twice now and it can b...
by Mark
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: US Government: Remember Pontiac
Replies: 1
Views: 286

Re: US Government: Remember Pontiac

I've always wondered if I turned the badge upside down if my Vibes would fly. Now I know not just fly, but fly me to the moon!
by Mark
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 4637

Re: Coronavirus

SlammedNiss wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:10 am
Facebook video, but anybody can view it.

"World's Craziest Coronakarens"

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3158075377572091
That's batsh!t crazy stuff right there.
by Mark
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Oil Brands, filters and oil change intervals
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Re: Oil Brands, filters and oil change intervals

Welcome to the forum and congrats on a sweet ride. All three of mine use Mobil-1 0w-30 and a NAPA platinum synthetic filter, with about a 7,500 to 8,000 mile OCI. I'd be perfectly comfortable going up to 15,000 if they were driven that many miles in a year. I personally would stick with the 6 month/...
by Mark
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Oil leak question
Replies: 13
Views: 1808

Re: Oil leak question

Followup #2: Changed the oil in Frosty last weekend and noticed that it was leaking again around the sensor, so I went ahead and replaced it. Looked at it yesterday and so far it's clean.
by Mark
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P0420 , starring a NY 2006 AWD 190k
Replies: 26
Views: 1417

Re: P0420 , starring a NY 2006 AWD 190k

The spark plug anti-fouler stack cleared the P0420 code on both a 2000 Corolla I had and also on Frosty at about 185k.
by Mark
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Anybody replace the wiper fluid pump?
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Re: Anybody replace the wiper fluid pump?

Both of my pumps got broke in the last crash I had, as well as the tank. The pumps just pull out of the tank and can be easily replaced, just set a bucket underneath before you pull one and let it drain. I picked up the tank and two pumps for just a few bucks at the local u-pull-it yard. You can buy...
by Mark
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 4637

Re: Coronavirus

Yeah, the crewman in red never makes it back anyway, so no mask needed. As I'm sitting here my neighbor across the road is having a party with maybe 30 - 40 people over. Not a mask anywhere, and teenagers giving 4-wheeler rides to little kids. Helmets and eye protection are for sissies, just like ma...
by Mark
Sat May 30, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Cruise Control Resume
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Cruise Control Resume

On my 04 resume has never worked the first time, but if I set the speed again resume works fine after that. Set-Cancel-Resume=nothing, Set-Cancel-Resume again=works just fine. Weird feature.
by Mark
Mon May 11, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 4637

Re: Coronavirus

Over the past couple weeks I've talked to more people than I can count who kinda didn't feel good for a day or two, or had a mild cough, back in late March or April and are now convinced that they had the 'rona and are now immune, so they don't even need a mask.

:roll:
by Mark
Sat May 02, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Hard to start and poor throttle response
Replies: 6
Views: 615

Re: Hard to start and poor throttle response

Bad gas maybe? You could try some Heat or other fuel dryer maybe, and check/replace the fuel filter. Sorry, I can't think of anything else that you haven't already covered.
by Mark
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Best Transmission Fluid Type
Replies: 10
Views: 1228

Re: Best Transmission Fluid Type

I just buy Toyota Type IV from the local Toyota dealer. Since it's a 60,000 mile or more interval I don't really care about saving a few bucks on fluid.
by Mark
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 4637

Re: Coronavirus

Glad to hear you're improving, best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
by Mark
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Overfilled Transmission?
Replies: 9
Views: 1010

Re: Overfilled Transmission?

I would just drain it and replace the gasket. You know it should take about 3.5qt to refill from a drain, so just drain what will come out and put 3.5 qt back in. Now you've done a second drain & fill and should be close to right on the money.
by Mark
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: console lid hinge
Replies: 15
Views: 4201

Re: console lid hinge

Just the outlet and harness would work, you'd just have to drill the right size hole in the console to hold it. Depending on the year, y ou don't have to drill a hole. My console had a cap over the hole. I yanked the power outlet from my 03 and just put it straight into my 07. I can't remember whet...
by Mark
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: console lid hinge
Replies: 15
Views: 4201

Re: console lid hinge

Just the outlet and harness would work, you'd just have to drill the right size hole in the console to hold it.
by Mark
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: console lid hinge
Replies: 15
Views: 4201

Re: console lid hinge

Not sure on the Matrix, but the 03-04 Vibe center console also has a power outlet. When I was looking for a lid I ended up taking the entire console and wiring harness. The wiring is already there under the console, you just need the harness to connect it. I also bought replacement hinges from the T...
by Mark
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 4637

Re: Coronavirus

Sure. You're right. Why don't you call him and tell him how full of crap he is, and maybe they'll put you in charge.

What the hell does he know anyway?
https://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/anthony-s-fauci-md-bio
by Mark
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 4637

Re: Coronavirus

The quotes I heard from Trump was that it's no worse than the flu - which is pretty much correct. Except that it's not even remotely correct. Dr Anthony Fauci today in congressional testimony: “I mean, people always say, well, the flu does this, the flu does that,” Fauci said. “The flu has a mortal...
by Mark
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 4637

Re: Coronavirus

Wyoming is reporting zero confirmed cases at this time, but I think that's mostly because there's no testing taking place. Colorado went from it's first case on March 5 to 15 and counting today, so hard to believe we don't have any here yet. Meanwhile Baghdad Bob, aka DC Donnie, says it's all just m...
by Mark
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 4637

Re: Coronavirus

Interesting chart. I think that based on the response so far from our government we'll be on the yellow curve within a few weeks. But hey, the best way to keep the number of reported infections low is to just not test anyone! It's working! https://ourworldindata.org/uploads/2020/03/Flattening-the-cu...