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It is easy to forget that among the debris swirling in the tornado of claims against Toyota, the Pontiac Vibe is really a Toyota Matrix. Hence, the Vibe is also included in Toyota's recent recall of 2.3 million vehicles to repair accelerator pedal mechanisms that could stick and cause unintended acceleration.

The Vibe was built at the NUMMI plant in a California. The joint venture between Toyota and General Motors became a victim of last year's industry turmoil. GM pulled out of the partnership last June, and Toyota is reportedly ending production there in March.

GM doesn't yet know how many 2009 and 2010 model Vibes are included in the recall. When it receives details on numbers and the fix from Toyota, customers will be notified and they can get their hatches repaired at Buick-GMC dealerships.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I own an 09 Pontiac Vibe.
      I reside in Canada where the brake problem would be accentuated due to the cold weather. It has to do with condensation freezing on the brake manifold suction port.

      I received a recall notice from GM back in October 09. Dropped it off at the dealer in November and the problem was taken care of.

      Wonder why Toyota are just getting around to it now?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That has to be the most ironic thing anyone could think when cross-shopping those two cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Gina ... uhh Buick-GMC dealers WILL be taking care of the problem.
        Just because there are no dealerships with Pontiac logos high in the air does not mean there isn't a place to go for maintence and repairs. GM is cover the Pontiac owners and send the bills to Toyota :)

        Ha... might as well let the Pontiac owners drive directly to a Toyota dealership lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why isn't GM recalling these cars? Oh, I forgot - they closed the dealers that can take care of the problem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it is a shame that this car was not made with GMs ecotec 2.0L turbo. It is a pretty good looking hatch and with that motor it would more 100hp more and be more fuel efficient. It would be like getting a more practical and efficient speed3 without the smile grill.
        • 5 Years Ago
        exactly what i was thinking.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This junker makes an Impreza look like an upscale masterpiece.

        From the rear: the Vibe looks like a cheap Pontiac, the Subie looks like a nice little hatch BMW might offer. From the front, the WRX looks like it's ready to race, the Vibe looks like it's ready for the rental lot. From the side, I fail to see anything appealing about the Pontiac. Just looks cheap.

        The only thing that makes the new Mazda3 ugly in comparison is the smiley grille.

        Trying to compare them is comical. Thanks for making me almost laugh a mouthful of coffee on my monitor.
        • 5 Years Ago

        would have been a fun useful car without the ugliness of the Mazda or the Subaru
      • 5 Years Ago
      Get their hatches repaired?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think they meant, "get their hatchback-style car repaired," and not specifically "get the hatch of the car repaired."

        The recall they're discussing is the gas pedal issue, after all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think they mean "hatches" as an abbreviation. Translation: "Get their hatchback cars repaired"
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope I misread that line, too.
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