Other than tires, regular engine & transmission oil changes, brakes, shocks/struts, a couple of batteries, & replacing the catalytic converter (which I did myself for $ 350 for a stainless steel system), I've never had any mechanical issues...no water pump, alternator, A/C, transmission, etc. The LEDs on the stereo started fading around 140,000 miles, but I got used to it and haven't replaced the dash unit 'cause it still plays great. One dang dependable, economical, multi-use versatile vehicle.
Drive train dead reliable--handling better than good--brakes excellent--runs best at 80--mpg good--had only one costly repair in the 10 yrs we owned it Seats awful--dash rattles & squeaks--ride can be brutally choppy at times--cruise control causes trans to shift out of OD on slight grades (actually shifted down while driving into a headwind generated by a Florida storm; don't buy one of you live in the mountains!)--carpets fit poorly & wear out quickly--tire drone drowns out radio (whose display died fairly early) In crash & totaled out in 2016 because on coming left turner failed to yield & turned directly in front of me (gotta watch them snowbirds)
The Vibe has a lot of storage space. I like the fact that it can fit five people, and the fact that I can put down the back seats and fit two bales of alfafa in the back. The hard plastic in the back makes it easy to sweep. The only thing I do not like is the five speed manual transmission has some weakness at aroung 200.,000, but maybe my expectations are two high. I get more than 40 mpg if I drive 55 mph, and 33 combined if I drive faster.
Only have had reg maintence and two two calls(1 was PCM). Not single other problem and now have 240 K on it. Starting to show suspension weakness after putting 500lbs of brick in the back. Should have no problem getting 300K,knock on wood