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Pontiac Vibe Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 130 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/33 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2003 Pontiac Vibe

  • Here's one Pontiac that looks to have hit its mark. The Vibe blends performance, practicality and affordability into a tastefully styled, but still fun, sport wagon package.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Crisp handling, unique features, utilitarian design.

  • Cons

    All-wheel-drive version is sluggish, Toyota's version likely to have better resale value.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Vibe is an all-new model in Pontiac's lineup designed to combine the best attributes of an SUV, a station wagon and a small van.…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (202 total reviews)


Worst car i've ever bought

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Vehicle: 2003 Pontiac Vibe Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this car used 3 months ago (with 118,000 miles), and in the 3000 miles I've driven it, it has needed TWO catalytic convertors! It also needed repair on a window that was cobbled together (which of course, I couldn't see). It is also the NOISIEST car I've ever had. It revs up alot each morning when it is cold outside until I've traveled a few miles at higher speeds. I rue the day I bought this car and I'm afraid to drive it for fear the transmission will be next. I clearly have a lemon.




I still love my car!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Pontiac Vibe Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Clocked over 120K in 10 years and still going strong. Fits everything I ever needed it to...Camping Gear, Kayaks on the roof, 46in flat screen, my 3 dogs, and dozens of 8foot 2x4s for the occasional home project. I live in PA and its been to Florida, Boston, New Orleans and everywhere in between. Its my first choice for long trips and gets great gas mileage-upper 30's on the highway. Great in all weather, even snow, but good all weather tires are a must. Odd problems are just starting to happen now...need to change the Catalytic Converter, first fuse just blew last month and something is wrong with the vent in the gas tank. Filling up takes forever. But still the best car ever!




Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Pontiac Vibe Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)

Bought my Vibe with 33,000 miles and now has 108,000 after my 5 years of ownership. Oil changes every 5000 miles. First brake job when it was in the 90k range. Changed the belt and did a few other preventative items at the same time but that's it. Car has been great and is zippy enough to be fun to drive. Ugly GM radio but the sound is good. My drivers window rattles a bit but it's the only one so there may have been some damage to it before I got it. All in all, this is a great car if you are looking for a reliable, sporty, and convenient vehicle to own.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 25
  • cty
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  • 33
  • highway
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Full 2003 Pontiac Vibe Review

What's New for 2003

The Vibe is an all-new model in Pontiac's lineup designed to combine the best attributes of an SUV, a station wagon and a small van. Thankfully, the result is rather attractive and hip, not to mention utilitarian.

Talk About The 2003 Vibe

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detroitdriver
detroitdriver
06-21-2002
I have posted versions of this before on www.generationvibe.com and www.matrixvibe.net (both good sites) but I thought I might get a different sample of info here....


lisan1
lisan1
04-09-2012
I just bought a used 2003 Pontiac Vibe (only 50,000 miles, auto transmission). Where would other Vibe owners recommend that I get it serviced? Toyota since it's basically a Toyota engine, or a GMC/P...


wallyuwl
wallyuwl
10-06-2009
We go through blower motors like crazy on our 2003 Vibe (have one now with a lifetime warranty and have to switch it out every four months). Even with OEM ones we went through once every eight or min...