2003 Pontiac Vibe Overview


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4.45 stars

Based on 25 reviews

Amazing Little Go Getter Vehicle! by Boomer73
 — I love my Vibe GT. When we had our daughter, my wife's Acura Integra 2 dr. wasn't going to get us around easily so we decided to trade it in and knowing that the Vibe was really a Matrix (Toyota Coro... Read More
Practical Wagon, Great On Gas, Reliable, And Has "lift" Vvt-li by Justin
 — Sporty, can haul 5 people, cargo space to move large items, and fun to drive. Can't ask for anything better. The Vibe GT is really practical vehicle. Epecially when you have to move stuff. It also... Read More
Amazing Ride by Steve
 — I paid cash for the car a little over a year ago and I have had nothing but good luck with it. I bought the car with a little over 130,000 miles on it and it know has 160,000. Short of putting 2 sets ... Read More

2003 Pontiac Vibe Overview

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2003 Pontiac Vibe

Ah, youth.  How carmakers covet your attention.  As GM's youth-oriented brand, Pontiac has been trying to reinvigorate its lineup by calling on its heritage of performance cars.  The 2003 Vibe is a compact SUV aimed at young and active drivers who don't have a lot to spend.  After the disastrous Aztek, the 2003 Vibe hits the ground with a sportier, more traditional SUV-look.

The sport wagon comes in three trims -- base, AWD, and performance GT.  The front-wheel drive base and AWD come with a 130-hp, 1.8-liter I4 with a standard 5-speed manual.  A 4-speed auto tran is offered on the base model as well.  Due to the weight of the part-time AWD, it only hits 123-hp.  The fastest of the bunch is the GT, with the 1.8-liter I4 engine from the Celica GTS, which hits 180-hp matched to a 6-speed manual transmission.  All Vibes come with split-folding rear seats and a folding front passenger seat.  The cargo area expands to 58 cubic feet and features tie-downs and a rear window which opens separately from the liftgate.  A roof rack is also standard, with bike and ski rack attachments optional.  The 2003 Vibe comes standard with dual front airbags and daytime running lights, but ABS brakes are only offered on the AWD and GT.  Side impact bags are optional.

Power features, cruise control, a sunroof, and navigation system are all optional on every trim level, though the GT does come with a sporty leather-wrapped steering wheel.  A household power outlet accompanies two standard car outlets.  Keeping the features light helps keep the pricetag down, and the 2003 Vibe's seating and storage configurations are definitely utilitarian rather than luxurious.  Drivers love its excellent fuel economy, that easily surpasses regular SUVs, and despite its compact size, the cargo area and headroom is spacious.  The style is hip enough to be appealing, and handling is crisp and easy.  Poor rear visibility, inadequate tires, a noisy ride, and an underpowered engine in the base model are some drawbacks.


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Pontiac Vibe Questions


2003 Vibe 1.8 Litre Manual

Runs great over 2200 rpm. Under it acts like it has a hesitation. Good compression new plugs not sure what else to look at.

9 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

2003 Vibe Won't Start

Manual. One day my car just decided not to start, all electrical works, radio, lights and air turn on with no issue. There is no turnover, or any kind of noise when trying to start. Attempted to j...

116 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

Why Is My Ecm Getting Wet 2003 Pontiac Vibe

When I use the A/C my ECM gets wet and causes the engine to stall, It will not restart until I unplug the ECM and reconnect it. The passenger side floor is also wet. I do not know where the water is c...

26 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 months ago)

Sunroof Won't Close Entirely After I Pulled The Solid Slider Past The Glass...

I have a sunroof which worked properly up until I strongly pulled the solid slider (to block out the sun) past the actual glass part. Now the sunroof won't close because it stops about two inches beh...

663 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 years ago)

2003 Pontiac Vibe Heater And Air Blower

blower motor has 4 speeds and does not work on the first 2 but works fine on the 2 higher ones

467 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 years ago)