2003 Pontiac Vibe Reviews - Page 5 of 6

2003 Pontiac Vibe 1.8 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carAcura Integra

Summary:

Love it

Faults:

I had the drivers window fall off its track and broke it was covered under warranty and the dealer was very helpful at both locations for it has happened twice..

And there is a rattle under the dash when the defrost is on the dealer could not find.

General Comments:

Love to drive it! good car for those that like to be different and good layout for people with children the rear seats have child seat belts.

The gear shifter is on dash like new civic SI.

The engine is a Toyota matrix so you know it will last and last.. good car for a Pontiac.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2005

2003 Pontiac Vibe Base 4 cl. 1.8L from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4 cl. 1.8L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired43 miles
Most recent distance51050 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Best of both worlds: Room of a large car, fuel economy of a compact car.

Faults:

I had water leaking on my passenger floor which seemed to be from the air conditioning. I called the dealership to take it in, but found before taking it that the condensation tube had been knocked out of place. It cost me $0 to fix the problem.

The only other thing that's happened is I wore a hole in my driver's side floor mat with the heels of my dress shoes I have to wear to work. I wish they had a plastic area on the mats where your heels rest.

General Comments:

The small four cylinder engine is surprisingly snappy.

The car is extremely comfortable to travel in.

There is plenty of leg room in both the front and back seats.

The seats are very comfortable. I have had no trouble with them wearing at all.

My grandmother who has had multiple total knee and hip operations has no trouble getting into it and out of it because it sits higher than most compact cars.

It gets fantastic gas mileage. My car has 50K miles on it and still averages 34 to 36 mpg highway.

It has a small gas tank, so filling up your tank with gas that's $2+ per gallon is a relatively painless experience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th July, 2005

24th Jan 2006, 16:36

The tank I think is between 12-13 gallons, but the light seems to come on with 2-3 gallons remaining. Still if you stop when the light comes on you've used 10 gallons X 35 MPG= 350 miles between fill ups. Chances are you'll need a rest stop in between!!

2003 Pontiac Vibe Base from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance43000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Eclipse

Summary:

Vehicle is value and economical

Faults:

I have had no problems with vehicle.

General Comments:

This car is very economical.

Vehicle is very roomy for it's size.

Vehicle runs smooth on the highway, I drive 100 miles back and forth to work each day.

I would recommend the 5 speed trans, it is quicker off the start.

For it's size and price this was the right car for me, I can't believe the value with this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2005

2003 Pontiac Vibe Base 1.8 litre from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 litre Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance20900 miles
Previous carDodge D50

Summary:

A whole lot of car for not a whole lot of money

Faults:

Just after getting the wheels rotated for the first time; the front end started making a loud noise when reversing and turning. This was fixed under warranty and have had no other mechanical problems to date.

General Comments:

The instrument panel can be very hard to read on bright days.

The interior plastic is too easily scratched.

I have grown to hate the cheap wheel covers... will get rims soon.

The 200 watt sound system makes my commute very fun.

I average 30 miles per gallon on regular unleaded gas.

This is my first new car and I am completely satisfied. I plan to have this car for a long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2004

2003 Pontiac Vibe GT 1.6L High Output from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6L High Output Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired1500 miles
Most recent distance8200 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Overall, this is a very versatile and fun-to-drive vehicle

Faults:

The only problem that I have had is a rattle in the dash. I only noticed it as it started getting colder in the mornings as Winter approached. The dealer was persistent about fixing it, but one time referred to the 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty as a reason to "don't worry if we don't get it this time". It took 3-times to finally fix the problem, but they did fix it!

General Comments:

This car is very fun to drive. After owning a turbo Saab, it took some getting used to having to rev the engine so high to get to the power, but the sound is sweet and the power is nice.

I wish I had gotten the 17in tire/wheel package, but for 2003 it was not available with the sunroof option (don't know why, the 2004s can have both options together). I will probably add some after-market wheels to correct this.

The flexibility of cargo carrying and fun-to-drive quotient is very neat! This is a lot more fun than driving my truck to Home Depot! I have not used the roof rack yet, but I'm glad it's there. The fact that the rear glass opens separately from the lift-gate is useful for longer items. The right front seat also folds flat for this purpose.

I considered the Aztek too, but the Vibe was more sporty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2004

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 21 reviews