Original owner - 2007 Vibe

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kukuxumusu
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Original owner - 2007 Vibe

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Hi everyone! I'm glad I'm not the only one who shares a deep love for this car model - I feel less alone in this world :)

I'm the proud original owner of a FWD 2007 Vibe with only 170 000 km on the odometer. I don't want to get rid of it, so I maintain it as much as I can. It is so reliable and everythig fits in there! No other car in the market comes close. Plus mine it holds sentimental value: my son accidentally lefy his small hands imprint on the bodypaint 14 years ago when he was 1. (I don't know how that happened, but it's like a tone-on-tone imprint, it's very subtle, but so cute!)

I've changed many major parts in the last year - catalytic convertor a month ago, extention pipe in October, front shocks a year ago - it's almost practically a new car by now!

Hope to keep it another 10 years!
PeteB
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Me too. I have the Vibe I bought in 2007. It has 110,000 miles on the odometer, which is pretty close to 170,000 km. The engine is still strong and oil tight. The 5-speed manual transmission doesn't like to be shifted into 1st gear unless the car is completely stopped. From what I've read, that probably indicates a transmission rebuild is needed. Or, I try to be real conscientious about stopping completely before I downshift to 1st gear.

The only other problem that continues to get worse with time is rust on the rear hatch / liftgate, under the rear liftglass. It's getting pretty bad, but it's not noticeable until you lift up the liftglass.

If you haven't noticed, the party apparently moved from www.genvibe.com to their Facebook page. I don't have a Facebook account, so I still visit here every once in a while.

Pete (in Michigan)
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PeteB wrote: Fri Jan 20, 2023 4:43 pm The only other problem that continues to get worse with time is rust on the rear hatch / liftgate, under the rear liftglass. It's getting pretty bad, but it's not noticeable until you lift up the liftglass.
Does this rust cause a problem with water or air leakage around the hatch? Post a pic of the corrosion if possible. This will help us determine if OUR Vibes will potentially start to rust in the same area.

PeteB wrote: Fri Jan 20, 2023 4:43 pm If you haven't noticed, the party apparently moved from www.genvibe.com to their Facebook page. I don't have a Facebook account, so I still visit here every once in a while. Pete (in Michigan)
Bless your heart for FINALLY posting here with us who prefer the "non drama" approach to Vibe issues & news. It only took you 11+ years :lol: . I too am not on ANY facebook pages anywhere BUT back a few years ago when the GenVibe f-book site was public, I would occasionally read up on the posts. Then apparently someone decided to make it a big secret to the outside world and BLOCK all content unless you sell your soul to the devil and sign up with F-book. No thanks. This original GenVibe site is great just the way it is & has been for almost 23 years! :D
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Does this rust cause a problem with water or air leakage around the hatch? Not yet. It looks like it's on the surface. For now, anyway. I'll take a picture tomorrow, when it's daylight.
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Rain water and melted snow settle on the lip under the rear window. A recipe for rust. ( Probably a healthy application of wax could have prevented this, but I neglected to do this.)
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WOW !!! :o That is pretty bad, as you previously mentioned! Makes my windshield frame rust (in another post) seem mild, even though it's leaking through to the inside every time it rains. That's why I asked if water was getting to the inside yet. At least what you have is a real easy fix compared to what I have to deal with (windshield removed, headliner removed, etc. just to access the rusted areas). Fix'er up and post pics of your progress. I should be attacking my rust problem early February and will share results with everyone here.
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