2003 Pontiac Vibe Top Comparisons

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    2003 Pontiac Vibe Base AWDReview
    Stephen writes:
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    03 Pontiac Awd Vibe — It's my Dad's car but, at the rate I wreck my cars I drive it a lot. It has crazy good handling and it feels great to drive. The brakes are bad but that's just because my dad killed them. It is a tad bit under powered though. It still gets up there, trust me! But it can be sluggish.

    Pros: Well designed, excellent handling and maneuverability especially in bad weather.

    Cons: The AWD platform would be better with a bigger engine. It still works fine with out it but, a bigger engine would be nice.

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    2003 Pontiac Vibe GTReview
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    Love, Love, Love It! — The greatest buy for a fun-to-drive grocery go-getter. 180 hp and 30 mpg! Holds four people and luggage or more importantly the 100lb Rottweiler!

    Pros: Fun, reliable, great gas economy, lots of room

    Cons: hmmm....supposed to run premium gas, but I've found that the mid-grade is pretty acceptable,  the paint on my radio buttons is starting to flake off

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    2003 Pontiac Vibe BaseReview
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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.

    Pros: Toyota engine and transmission, 36 mpg

    Cons: A lot of road noise

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Pontiac Vibe Base AWDReview
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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

    Pros: Great space and good on gas

    Cons: Headlights draining battery

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Pontiac Vibe BaseReview
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    Great Car For The Price — It has been a great car for my wife to drive to work. 55 miles each way. We bought it used with 12,000 on it in 2004 and it now has over 100,000 on it and we have only done routine oil, filters and tires and it still runs great.

    Owner for 3 years, 6 months

    Miles Driven per Year:35,000

    Pros: It's made by Toyota for Pontiac!

    Cons: could be slightly wider for better comfort and handling. better interior.  Master window panel is cheap plastic.

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    2003 Pontiac Vibe GTReview
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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

    Pros: Performance, mileage, style, room, handling, ride

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

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    2003 Pontiac Vibe BaseReview
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    Pontiac Vibrator/toyota Trix — Amazing in circuit racing or autocross but quite slow in a straight line. I have it lowered 2.5 inches on Tein S-Tech coils. Borla exhaust and Cosmo cold air intake give it a very unique and tasteful tone for a four cylinder. Since almost every part on the car (mechanical) was built with the help of or solely by Toyota, it is indestructible pretty much as long as it's maintained, and I maintain it to a T ;) All of my friends know it is a very unique and fun car. not the fastest or most attractive but I love her.

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

    Pros: Handlles great, peppiness, comfortable, roomy interrior, wonderful in the snow, good gas mileage, durable, Nice interrior, easy to work on.

    Cons: Not THAT fast, kinda of boring appearance if you leave it stock, not very big aftermarket/custom parts market, generally appeals to the older crowd.

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    2003 Pontiac Vibe BaseReview
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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

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

    Cons: Price

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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    2003 Pontiac Vibe BaseReview
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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

    Pros: Gas Mileage, Comfort, versatility.

    Cons: reliability.

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    2003 Pontiac Vibe GT Review
    Michael says:
    vs2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Wagon FWD
    2003 Pontiac Vibe GT winning categories:
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    Power Ranked 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Wagon FWD better.
    "Optional turbo engine"
    Front Seats Ranked 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Wagon FWD better.
    "Heated,leather,comfy and very adjustable"
    Back Seats Ranked 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Wagon FWD better.
    "Foldable and removeable and nice leather on the higher trims"
    Cargo Capacity Ranked 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Wagon FWD better.
    "Removeable and folding back seats and also the front passenger seat folds down as well"
    Family Car Ranked 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Wagon FWD better.
    "Holds five people very comfortably and foldable and removeable seats"
    Value Ranked 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Wagon FWD better.
    "Better buy and better cargo space and a lot more comfortable "
    Would Buy Ranked 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Wagon FWD better.
    "More comfortable and has better cargo space and a lot better styling "

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2010 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

    Review By Arthur

    Si on se fie au modèle elle se compare à matrix Read More

    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

    2009 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

    Review By Robert

    I would love to have it but it is too far away from me. It is a great car. I have had 4 Vibes and I have never found a vehicle that I like as well as a Vibe. I carry all my equipment for inspection in... Read More

    Review By Guru9K2935

    Great car, fair price. First car for grandson. Read More

    2008 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

    Review By Lisa

    Engine good. Body good. Good car .reliable.price fair worth a look Read More

    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

    2007 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

    Review By Guru9875WL

    Compact yet can be used to camp - sleep in when the passenger seat is fully pushed down - move items up to 6 feet long and 3 feet high. Incredible stamina for long drives and very versatile around th... Read More

    Review By Alice

    Any small SUV but Pontiac is a great brand and is part of US automotive history. Read More

    2006 Pontiac Vibe Reviews

    Review By Guru9KYGG2

    Toyota made the Pontiac Vibe, and as such it’s one of the most sought after cars since the start of all this world ending crap! They never die, and will run forever! Read More

    Review By Guru9ZP2P8

    Cruise control. Comfortable on long or short trips. Great fuel economy. Parts are not expensive. Reliable Read More

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