2003 Pontiac Vibe Consumer Review: Great on gas, but poor engine

2003 Pontiac Vibe - Consumer Review

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Base Wagon (1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Great on gas, but poor engine
By Kristy on


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


I bought my vibe because I have heard such good reviews, and I liked the fact that it is a Toyota in disguise, but I am truly dissapointed. The check engine light came on and when checked out, it turns out I need a catalytic converter, also it has started losing oil so a compression test was done and I need a new engine also, which is why my cat. converter went bad. I have been sooo upset because I dont have the money to just go and put a whole new engine in and I have to have a car. Regular oil changes have always been done in this car so we dont know why the engine has went bad. I hope everyone else has better luck with their vibe.

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it sits fairly high, I like where the gear shift is located, I love the fold down seats, very nice when hauling stuff. I like the interior design, though some parts are cheaply made.
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By kristitahhan
on 05/16/11 20:49 PM (PDT)

Kristy, not sure if this is way to late. but i had the same problem a couple years ago and just to save you thousands and thousands of dollars that i got screwed with. start by changing the ignition coils. doesn't make sense to me but that was the problem in the end and it took soo much money before they finally called pontiac hq and got them to diagnose the problem

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By cestmeme
on 02/27/12 13:11 PM (PST)

I have exact same problem. catalytic converter replaced twice under warranty and needs to be changed a 3rd time. changed oil religiously every 3000 miles but car burns oil internally - down a quart or more every 500 miles. i will try the ignition coil suggestion. thanks

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