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Average User Score
4.4 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 25 reviews
2003 Pontiac Vibe Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 25 reviews
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
Wet Backseat Floor
Whenever it rains hard, water will fill up on the passenger backseat floor first then make its way to the front seat floor? Have yet to figure out why the backseat floor would be getting wet first?
Heater Not Working
Heater not working
Exhaust Odor In Pontiac Vibe When Idling & Heater Fan Is On
I have a 2003 Pontiac Vibe. Last year I began noticing an exhaust fume odor when the car is idling and the heater fan is on. The odor disappears as soon as I start driving, even if I don't open a wind...
My Car Dvd Does Not Show, And There A Massage On The Screen That Reads"for ...
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.