2003 Pontiac Vibe User Reviews

2003 Pontiac Vibe Review Ratings

  • Rank your car

Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 14 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"light" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying 1 - 10 of 25 2003 Pontiac Vibe reviews.

jsmithereen writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
5

Pros

really a nice family, multi purpose car, simple, reliable, cute.

Cons

Not a sports car.

jsmithereen
45

I Love My Vibe. — I love my Vibe. Really a nice family, multi purpose car, simple, reliable, cute. Great Cargo space, with both back seats you can bring down, then you geta nice big and flat space , for example furniture, guitar amps and drums. Low on Gas. But its not a sports car. Though there is this button you can press when you feel a little more "wild". Forgot the name. Sort of like a "Turbo" feel to it. LOL. Over Charge I think. Neat. I'd buy another one exactly the same. Serious. I wonder why they stopped Production. Same as the Toyota Matrix. I guess that's why. And the Economy Crash we experienced.

Primary Use: Family transportation

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Vibe
Looking for a Used Vibe in your area?
CarGurus has 1,313 nationwide Vibe listings starting at $2,499.
ZIP:
Alex writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Surprisingly quick, sleeper look!

Cons

None, no problems at all!

75

Fast And Lots Of Room To Haul! — It is really a sports car in disguise, very quick acceleration and great handling, will run up to 135 no problem and the 6speed tranny really saves gas, 34+mpg! I like to challenge guys in built up hondas or other tuner cars, they think I'm crazy until I blow their doors off! 180hp stock!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Tyrell writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Very fun to drive.

Cons

None.

25

Rated At The Top Of The List By Consumer Report Magazine. — I love the peppiness of the GT. 180 HP out of a 1.8L that's impressive! Hugs the corners and it's very responsive. Braking is incredible and you can put alot of miles on them. Gas mileage is in the high 30's if you baby it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Alex writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
3

Pros

MPG

Cons

It's a Vibe

55

Economy Car — I got this from a trade with my parents. This is the reason why I was able to get my current 2G DSM. It got wonderful gas mileage and was cheap to own. Resale value was high and overall was great for the 2 months I had it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Nathan writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Solid all around

Cons

Gets beaten quick

35

Solid All Around — Very fun car to drive, it can get up pretty high and is easy to throw around. It doesn't break down, but it does feel beaten pretty quickly. Average looks. Sips gas and oil, but tires do go. Once again, very fun and versatile.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Kenny writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

5 Speed Manual

Cons

Girls car

25

Good Car — Nice car to have. pretty good on just about everything. it can go fast when you want it to and gets great gas mileage. it is defiantly a fun car to drive. but not so much in the winter. could be an all wheel drive but didn't get it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Docholiday writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Fun car  to drive good mpg

Cons

road noise is a bit loud, a bit light in the wind

Docholiday
105

Fun Fun Fun — Performance is great I drove it like a typical US car until I read that the power curve Starts at 6000 rpm+ red lines at 8200. WOW what a difference. the car is light and sporty. 28-40 mpg is the range I have gotten from my GT. I run full sythetic oil in the engine and transmission, trans axle, K&N Filter,You can put an AMAZING amount of stuff in this car. 110volt inside plug in, passenger seat folds forward to supply you with a table. it's a bit light in the wind and on snow But I live in SD where we have high wind & cold & Snow.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Vibrant writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base AWD Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Never missed a day of work due to weather

Cons

a little slow on take off

Vibrant
25

True Love — This is the best vehicle I have ever owned, it has 100,500 miles on it and the only thing I have ever done was brakes and oil change every 5000 miles. AWD, highway gas mileage 32 mpg. Oh, yes, I did buy tires at 45000 miles.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
George writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
3

Pros

Redline is amazing at over 8000, it really sounds good winding out

Cons

transmission/shift linkage/clutch

45

Ok Consolation Prize — It's OK. Surprisingly fast but with a weak clutch and lousy shift linkage on its 6-speed manual transmission. It has very comfortable seats, good interior space, very flexible. BUT pieces break and fall off easily. I regularly get 27 mpg in a mix of highway and around-town driving.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
April writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

fuel efficient

Cons

5spd tranny problems

25

Stylin Little Wagon — I expected better out of Toyota drivetrain - had to replace 5spd tranny @ 124k miles, upgraded to a six speed though. Great gas mileage, zippy little car, loaded with options - power everything, moonroof, 6-disc changer, etc. Comfy seats, and enough leg room for four people plus junk!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Is this review helpful? Yes | No

Displaying 1 - 10 of 25 2003 Pontiac Vibe reviews.

Rank your car

Reviews From Other Years

2010 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

2010 Pontiac Vibe By bswartz

The 2010 Pontiac Vibe gets great gas mileage and has a motor in it that will last a long time. The maintenance cost on the 2010 Pontiac vibe is very very low. It has plenty of storage and it drives... Read More

Very Special Little Car. By Beason

This is my second Vibe. I can park it, turn it and drive it with ease. It is very comfortable inside and t the cargo room is exceptional. In my last one I carried dishwashers to job sites with room to... Read More

Read all 3 2010 Pontiac Vibe reviews

2009 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Small Package With Surprisingly Space Inside By Pandboy

Great student vehicle, low cost to own, very versatile and easy to park and drive. Just love it. Unfortunately GM dropped it. Would never sell this car. Interior a little too cheap. Poor insulation so... Read More

Great Commuter Car. With The 5-speed It's Fun Enough To Drive Without Getting Into Too Much Trouble. By clarkstanfill

Great car. Glad I bought it, does summer from some '4-cylinder whine' when being pushed, but is a great car. Very, very reliable and in my opinion, it's better looking than the Matrix. 5-Speed is grea... Read More

Read all 15 2009 Pontiac Vibe reviews

2008 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Solid Car For The Money By odacun

Not great for a long trip, due to the size. MPG and build quality are great. For a compact I liked the looks and it is actually kind of fun to drive. As far as smaller cars you can count on this is ... Read More

This Car Has A Sporty Look To It. By quintons

I enjoyed driving this car except when all seats were being used, then it felt like it was too small. This car would make a great student car or work car because of it good combined city/highway gas ... Read More

Read all 4 2008 Pontiac Vibe reviews

2007 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Great City Car By 2008rlctx

I've had two of these Pontiac Vibes. The Vibe is a twin of the Toyota Matrix. They were made on the same assembly lines and consist of the same parts. You get Toyota reliability and Pontiac pricing. I... Read More

Reliable Economical Transportation That Is Fun To Drive! By Richard

I wish we still had Pontiac around because this car gets great mileage and is fun to drive and easy to park and very reliable! I would love to be able to buy a new one! Since I can't, this was the n... Read More

Read all 10 2007 Pontiac Vibe reviews

2006 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

The Pontiac Vibe Is A Classic Hatchback Style By Thomas_Sky

This auto has been trustworthy; front seats are comfortable for long road trips; lots of cargo room when rear seats are folded down. Engine and Transmission are above par, and the surrounding exterior... Read More

It Is Now A Bit Aged, But A Good Value. By JohnSB

Good value for your money if you can tolerate oil leak. It has a solid feel on the road with good feedback. A/C is mild with replacement compressor. Transmission has been solid. I now have Contine... Read More

Read all 8 2006 Pontiac Vibe reviews

People researching a 2003 Pontiac Vibe contacted a dealer about

Picture of 2003 Pontiac Vibe, exterior
Pontiac Vibe
31% of the time
Toyota Matrix
8% of the time
Honda Civic
6% of the time
Ford Focus
6% of the time
Vibe
Looking for a Used Vibe in your area?
CarGurus has 1,313 nationwide Vibe listings starting at $2,499.
ZIP: