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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback

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Great Value, Fun to Drive
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By Dvd67
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback GT 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I purchased my Vibe GT in Oct. 08 and have since put 10,000 miles on it. I find the car very fun to drive and nibble in city traffic, much more so than my old Pontiac Trans Am GTA. The 2.4L has plenty of power to do just about any task you ask it. The interior home is amazing for a small car and the cargo area is more than spacious. Driving in snow and ice is a breeze, at times you almost forget it should be slick conditions. The fuel economy has been pleasing with an average of 28 mpg. I have had as high as 31 mpg and nothing lower than 24 mpg. It's a great sporty little car with economy in mind.


Best Features

The Monsoon radio. Handling in ice and snow. Great agility in traffic and how it feels at home on the highway.


Worst Features

Build quality needs some improvement. From day one the power sun roof has leaked and at 9000 miles a rear brake caliper started to drag. The paint chips very easy.


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My car
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By ken
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I picked the 2.4L base automatic over several other models.I have 7000 miles on it.I have had several issues with it the center caps kept coming off,the steering column had a noise in it when it hit a bump. The dealership found the electronic box on the bottom of steering wheel is bad and now the dashboard pieces that were taken off will not snap together. The plastic clips seem to be very brittle they break off easy. The XM radio is great as long as you don't go through mountains or valleys or even under shade trees signal will go out.The 2.4 has lot of power would not recommend 1.8. I've been averaging 26 mpg city 35 mpg. highway. The wheels make car stand out.


Best Features

The XM radio, the steel blue color which sometimes has a purple cast and also gray cast to it, gas mileage also, gas door opening from inside, the upgrade from stock wheels


Worst Features

Better plastic on dash areas, also the black material on dash and doors mark easy. Car should honk horn when it locks


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Nice Car
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By John
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car to replace my 1999 SC1 Saturn. I was looking at the Toyota Matrix but the Vibe is the same car and I got a better deal. The ride is real smooth and is very easy to park in tight places. The only real gripe is you can not turn off the headlights, even in park. Most cars come with a off switch for the automatic lights but this car does not have the capability.


Best Features

Rear seats fold down flat. Has a 110V power receptical. Tight turning ratio. Excellent radio.


Worst Features

No off switch for headlights. Only one variable setting for the wipers which seems like a waste. Hard too see in the dark because a lot of the switches do not light up.


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OK for the Price
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By Steve Harper
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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We test drove a number of other small sedans/hatchbacks before deciding to purchase a Vibe. The ride quality and offered features seemed to be a cut above the rest of the pack. However, so far we are not too impressed with the build quality (center wheel caps fell off, sunroof leaks, rear view mirror vibrates, paint easily scratched; instrument panel rattles/squeaks in cold weather). Also, the gas mileage is only OK (averaging 24 mpg in mixed driving). Traction in the snow seems to be reasonably good.


Best Features

XM radio, OnStar, rear cargo organizer


Worst Features

Improve build quality; offer 1.8 L engine (for better gas mileage) with full range of options available with 2.4 L engine, which seems to be more powerful than is really needed.


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A Vibe for a Vibe
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By phillip
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2009 Pontiac Vibe Hatchback GT 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought a 2004 Vibe in 2004 and loved it from day one. The fuel economy and versatility was just what my family needed. Never had a minutes trouble with the car. I recently traded the 04 in for an 09. Once again, I loved it from day one. This time I upgraded to the GT model and was not disappointed. It handles great, drives smooth and quiet, and has a little more get up and go than the base model. I highly recommend it to families who need a good, reliable car that gets good gas mileage and has lots of room.


Best Features

Looks, handling, interior room, gas mileage.


Worst Features

None


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