2003 Pontiac Vibe User Reviews

2003 Pontiac Vibe Review Ratings

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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

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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

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Docholiday writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
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4

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Fun car  to drive good mpg

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

Docholiday
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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

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Schwartzy writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
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4

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Fuel Economy, Cargo Capacity, Ride Comfort, Reliability, Accessories, Interior Space, Looks / Style

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Price

Schwartzy
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The Queen Of Versatility — This vehicle is new to my wife and I, and will take over for our Aveo as the weekend and trip vehicle of choice due to the convenience of the automatic transmission. It also replaces my wife's Metro as her daily driver to and from work. We purchased this vehicle after exhaustive research. We had narrowed our search down to the Vibe, the Toyota Matrix, and the Honda Fit. We preferred the styling of the Vibe over the Matrix, as well as the lower price tag. The Vibe won out over the Fit due to a lower price tag, more creature comforts, better seat quality, and a slightly more spacious interior due to the larger footprint. Our main search criteria consisted of a vehicle capable of obtaining a minimum of 28/34 city/hwy mpg, and which possessed power accessories, cruise control, an automatic transmission, excellent seat quality, interior space, cargo storage, and reliability. The Vibe met all of these criteria and we are hoping it will be our primary trip vehicle and family hauler for the next 6-8 years, until we need access to a vehicle which can seat 6. At that point, the Vibe will likely serve as my daily driver to and from work. I have recorded exactly 32.5 mpg on our first tank of roughly 50/50 city/hwy driving.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Bluflamm75 writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base AWD Review
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4

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Great space and good on gas

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Headlights draining battery

Bluflamm75
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It Does Well Until The Temperature Drops. — I love my car, but it dies in the middle of the night because the lights come on when the temperature drops. It is great on gas and sits very well.It has enough room for me, my husband and our two children with room to spare. I would be completely satisfied if not for this one problem....but it is an annoying problem.

Owner for 0 years, 5 months

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

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Todd writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
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4

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Very roomy interior, very good ride, functionality is a plus(household 110V plug in dash), VERY peppy performance, Toyota drivetrain.

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Premium unleaded required.

55

My Pontiac Vibe Gt — I don't think that the previous owner knew how to drive a m/t, because I had to replace the clutch at 59K miles. To the tune of almost $1000. Also, my starter will occasionaly grind. I know what it will eventually cost. Great stereo, stock 16" rims, upgraded to Kumho KH16 tires, removed the roof rack's crossbars to help fuel economy, purchased genuine Pontiac all-weather rubber floormats. Car is lava(red) with graphite(black) interior.

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Steve writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
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5

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Great gas milage, good lucks, 115 V outlet, fun to drive

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Road noise, a little rough ride

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Amazing Ride — 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 of tires on it and a set of brakes, and wheel bearing, this car has been a ground pounder. It starts every time, its been to arkansas 5 times in the last year and even did a run to Destin, Florida. Even with the motors I have no problems jumping in it and going where ever with it. The reason for this is the bullet proof toyota motor transmission thats in it. What a great car....I would buy another one.

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Boomer73 writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
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5

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Performance, mileage, style, room, handling, ride

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An annoying exhaust leak at the front exhaust down pipe seal...radar magnet...Heheh

Boomer73
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Amazing Little Go Getter Vehicle! — 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 Corolla platform vehicle) was a good deal as far as quality, reliability, gas mileage and price. Bonuses of course were the room, versatility, style and last but by no means least performance. Later on down the road my own vehicle (2000 Neon POS) was thankfully written off and the GMC Safari that followed only lasted a year in my ownership due to gas mileage, commuting sense etc. that I went out and got my own Pontiac Vibe GT. Now our family has 2 and were are a Vibe Family. I can't say enough about this car! I look forward to a long standing and caring ownership of both cars.

Owner for 4 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:20,000

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jsmithereen writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
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5

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

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Not a sports car.

jsmithereen
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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

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Steve writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
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5

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Toyota engine and transmission, 36 mpg

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A lot of road noise

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The Best One Yet — I bought this car for well under market value, I did some TLC and the car runs like a top.

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argardin writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
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3

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Gas Mileage, Comfort, versatility.

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reliability.

argardin
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Was A Great Car... Until Now-update — I have 70,000 miles on my 2003 vibe and until now it has been a great little car and has driven me across the country several times. However the transmission is going out. There are bearings going and I am replacing the transmission. A manual transmission failing at 70,000 miles is unacceptable. So as long as this holds up I am planning to drive this little car for a long time. The car now has 130,000 miles and no problems. I change the oil and drive. Since changing the transmission which was a major repair the car has been great. I use this car for everything, it has carried a few hundred pounds of wood on the roof and filled the back with bags of mulch. It just keeps starting in the morning.

Owner for 5 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:14,000

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Alex writes:
2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
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Surprisingly quick, sleeper look!

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None, no problems at all!

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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

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2009 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Great Car, Lots Of Options For The Money By VibeGT

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Great Car With Much To Appreciate By ericd346

This has been a great car for our family. Reliable, fun to drive, and very versatile. Whether we had it crammed with stuff for a move or just running to the grocery store, this car was perfect for u... Read More

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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

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2007 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

Great Car By Sarasota2014

LOVED IT, would buy another but they don't make them anymore. This is a brilliant collaboration between GM and Toyota, the engine and transmission will go approximately 5 more years with low mainten... Read More

Economical Hatchback For Young Driver Or Small Family By nhaerr

The lightness of this vehicle is it's best attribute. It's can be tossed into corners giving it a spirited personality. It has the heart of a race car, but the legs of a sloth with the auto trans ge... Read More

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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

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