2005 Pontiac Wave WLT Hatchback


I just LOVE that little car!!!


If I have to write about the faults with this little car... maybe I should not be writing at all.

Firstly, let me say, I am the second owner of this pretty aqua coloured car.

I got a great deal from a lady, the first owner, and she praised it up so much, I could not resist buying it from her.

She told me the only things replaced on the car were new brake pads.

Of course, I thought, well she is trying to sell the car, and surely there must be things that are on the way out, needing repairs. So off to the garage I went, after paying for it, to have it inspected.

It passed with flying colours, with the exception; I needed one new tire. But of course, I already had an appointment with another garage, to have 4 new winter tires installed.

General Comments:

So sorry... but if someone is looking for the negatives, about this car, there are none, not even one.

Oh, I bought a new set of wipers!

This car is pretty to look at and pretty to drive. It has never let me down. First click of the key, every time.

I was involved in an accident a little while ago, where a big truck went through a red light and damaged the front side and hood, but it is STILL going, while I wait for repairs.

I would recommend this car to anyone, as I bless the day I bought it.

My next car will be one of the same. I just love that little car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2014

11th Mar 2014, 21:18

Please check your TIMING BELT. They are going to cost you a fortune if they break while the engine is running, due to the zero clearance of the piston and valves if the belt fails (they will smash into each other, destroying your engine). They say you should have the belt replaced every 100,000 km (60,000 miles).

My daughter got her 2005 Wave with 150,000 km. The person she had purchased it from had the timing belt replaced at 97,000 km before the powertrain warranty expired. My daughter had owned the Wave for just over one year when the timing belt failed. The mechanic's estimate to repair was $2,400.00 + TAX to replace the head, valve and stems and other misc stuff.

She had paid $3500.00 and tax for the Wave. The speedometer read 170,000 when she had it towed to the wreckers, and she only received $400.00 for scrap. I being a good father, spent that on the Wave for new snow tires and a new battery for the winter, about week and a half before she phones me late at night saying that her Wave had died on her coming back from some get together.

So please do yourself a favour and check your timing belt.

P.s. it cost about $400.00 to replace according to the GM dealer where it was replaced. That belt only lasted just over 70,000 km. That is just under 45,000 miles.

2nd Oct 2014, 05:05

Thank you for the warning, but if this car fails me now, in any way... I certainly got my money's worth.

I guess I was one of the lucky ones.

So sorry to hear of your daughter's troubles with her car.

2005 Pontiac Wave


Lousy investment


Not a good investment car.

The timing belt broke without ANY NOTIFICATION. This has become a true NIGHTMARE. No one can fix it at a reasonable price. They are asking about $3,500 to put in an older motor.

General Comments:

Interior is quite sturdy.

Front passenger door became loose. Would stay open on its own. The support broke after 5 years of use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th December, 2013

17th Jan 2014, 13:24

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the Pontiac Wave and its twin the Toyota Matrix have a timing chain? You may want to do some research on this, as the chains typically last much longer than the belts, and so maybe it's not the belt or chain that has snapped, and someone is trying to get you to buy an engine when you may not have to.

18th Jan 2014, 13:06

The Pontiac Wave is a rebadged Daewoo.

The Pontiac VIBE is a hatchback that shares the chassis, engine and transmission with the Toyota Corolla and Matrix.

The Pontiac Wave, Chevrolet Aveo and Suzuki Swift from 2004-2012 are some of the worst modern cars available.

18th Jan 2014, 14:18

The Pontiac Vibe was built off the Matrix platform. We had one in our family, and it blew the motor at 48k due to Toyota's legendary sludge problem.

11th Mar 2014, 21:31

It is a belt. My daughter's 2005 Wave timing belt came off while the vehicle was driving, and when that happens the valves and pistons smash into each other. There are 4 valves per cylinder; 2 intake and 2 exhaust. In other words the engine is toast.

You can thank the so called engineers at GM for that; if they would have used a chain instead of a belt, you would never need to replace it, probably for the life of the vehicle. Anyhow it was GM's fault for using the crappy Daewoo engine from Korea.

24th Mar 2014, 06:31

I appreciate everyone's time in adding these comments. I especially appreciate knowing that the Vibe has the Toyota engine, but the Wave does not. Never again will I buy a Pontiac actually made by Pontiac!! Not after 2 Pontiac lemons I've owned before. THANKS!!! I can't afford to purchase a mistake.

13th May 2014, 22:04

The 2005 Pontiac Wave does have a timing belt, I just replaced mine by myself, so please check it. My belt was OK, but the idler pulley was very badly damaged!

7th Oct 2014, 14:49

I think you are mistaken, the Vibe is the same as a Matrix, not the Wave. Just sayin'.