2003 Pontiac Vibe User Reviews

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    Displaying 21 - 26 of 26 2003 Pontiac Vibe reviews.

    2003 Pontiac Vibe Base Review
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    25

    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 GT Review
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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 Base Review
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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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    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

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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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    Eh, it is an attempt to be sporty, but really isnt. It vibrates at high speeds and is really touchy, but its good for family commute. Its simplistic and doesnt have a tape player or auxiliary input, but has the same underpowered engin as the celica, only it wont rev at all.

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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