I bought my Vibe new back in early '07 ... here it is five years later and I still love it. She (yes, it's a girl -- with her own name) just turned the corner and has safely and efficiently taken me over 100,000 miles. Can't rave enough about fuel economy. Last road trip was just a few weeks ago (about 900 miles r/t) ... she did me proud with 30-35 mpg!! Really?? YES! I noticed a past reviewer commented on very poor handling in Midwest winter snows. I'd like to chime in on that and say mine was quite the Opposite. She handled herself very respectably in a South Dakota winter -- with FOUR blizzards back-to-back.
I still have my 2006 Pontiac Vibe! 10 years!! And, still going strong. This vehicle is definately one to consider on the used car market. Of course how an owner maintains a vehicle will determine whether it is a good used car choice, but if is was treated well, then you'll appreciate this design. I have yet to be disappointed. I love all the hauling room I get with the filp of a seat. Recently I had to cart off 8 foot long florescent blubs to the recycling center. No problem!! How many compact vehicles can you do that with? I especially love the seats. Because you sit in a "regular" sitting position I don't feel like an 80 year old climbing out of the car! (Sorry all you spring chicken 80 year olds) My radio has lost it's digital screen, but I still get all my stations and the buttons were programmed before the screen died, so I'm not too worried about replacing it right now. Besides that, all is good and still going strong!!
I agree with Edumonds it is sluggish, but 32 mpg city is a definate advantage. The seating is comfortable, road noise is average. It is fun to drive but it's not a sports car. NOW ABOUT THE RECALL - the PCM (performance control module) has issues, it will leave you stranded on the side of the road when it fails. The recall covers specific years, and specific engines so check yours at NHTSA.GOV and have it replaced if yours is recalled! The recall will cover replacing the PCM, labor, and towing to a GM dealer, but it does not cover a loaner vehicle. The dealer is very confident about the reliablity of this vehicle, this is the only issue they have with this vehicle.
This is by far the best car we've ever owned. 220k and still great. Only repairs have been brakes, battery, serpentine belt, wiper blades and tires. Regular maintenance important, done with tranny fluid at each 50k, plugs at each 100k, same with coolant. Oil and filter every 5k. Still have original alternator, a/c unit (no recharge needed on freon), muffler system, hoses. Stock radio w/ 5 cd changer blew after 3 years-replaced with after market. Almost 10 years and this car is still going. Hope to get 230k then it's time to retire the Vibe....with tears in my eyes then I am sure.
No major repairs, only maintenance like fluid changes and brake checks. Enough room for a string bass and 2 children. Great car! We live where there are dirt roads and rough roads, no repairs needed. It has a timing belt. I drive 500 miles per week and average 35 mpg. When I freeway drive it's 40 mpg. I have been rear ended twice. Once by a large pick-up truck (I opted to not repair) and recently by a semi trailer truck and I am still driving my Vibe. This time repairs are needed due to my crunched lift gate. I need to transport the string bass.