Took my Vibe (a rebadged Toyota Matrix) in its first month of ownership on a road trip across the country after taking advantage of the Clunkers program. No major issues or squeaks and rattles have arisen yet. Have only changed the oil/filter and added fuel injector cleaner so far. Was getting a fairly consistent 30 mpg of mostly highway driving with a fully loaded car, bike hitch rack, and a codriver who doesn't know how to smoothly modulate a gas pedal. Vibe has decent midrange punch with the 2.4 to pass and get up the hills. Glad I opted for the bigger engine Overall pretty happy with my purchase as the car has been both reliable and practical. For the money this car is hard to beat
- Great value - 2.4l with 5 speed auto is a good match for this car - Decent handling and comfort at this econo car price point. - Ergonomics are well thought out with telescoping steering wheel, lots of cup holders (6ish?) and usable storage areas. ie glove box can swallow an SLR camera and GPS
- Goodyear RSA's - Why can't Pilots be an option instead? - Blind spots - small car, big blind spots. Need to get a spot mirror. - 5th door - wish the rear window lifted too as my Yakima hitch rack gets in the way. Please also add an inside door handle so I can bungee chord the lift gate down
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