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2009 VIBE first drive

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The last one was crappy, and I'm guessing since toyota helped design this one, it will also be crappy.

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A standard telescoping steering wheel and height-adjustable seats aid the view over the Vibe's imposingly monolithic dashboard and finally create a driving position that suits those of full-size proportions.
That was my biggest gripe with the old version. I have long legs, and no telescoping wheel made it almost imposible for me to sit comfortably.

think of the Vibe as a superior alternative to a Dodge Caliber.

Thats not hard to do. :lol:

I would also consider the Suzuki SX4 as a better Caliber alternative.

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Meh...

Not bad. I'd really like to see a hot GXP version.

Now if Pontiac will just market the thing decently, they could add some pretty serious volume. However, I have a feeling that both it and the G8 will be forgotten about on the marketing side.

IMO, Pontiac should probably have the HHR SS and Chevrolet should probably have the Vibe (Theoretically) unless a GXP Vibe is on the way. I mean, isn't Pontiac supposed to be the excitement division?

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They don't rock the GM badge?

Can you do that when it's technically a Toyota? :AH-HA_wink:

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I went cruising the car lots this weekend and got to see the new Vibe for the first time in the flesh. OY! What a misshapen mess it is. I can't say a single good thing about it, inside or out. I truly detest Toyota's latest styling trend of the melted look with these subtle character lines and dips and raised areas in the body panels. There is no mistaking this thing as being Toyota based. Pontiac should be embarrassed to have it sitting in the showroom.

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I went cruising the car lots this weekend and got to see the new Vibe for the first time in the flesh. OY! What a misshapen mess it is. I can't say a single good thing about it, inside or out. I truly detest Toyota's latest styling trend of the melted look with these subtle character lines and dips and raised areas in the body panels. There is no mistaking this thing as being Toyota based. Pontiac should be embarrassed to have it sitting in the showroom.

While at the Mall of America this morning I too saw my first new vibe and had to look twice (after a quick glance I thought it was the G8 because all I really saw was the grille sticking out). I then realized it was not due to the horrible shaped headlights, which are my main gripe about the front end. If the headlights weren't so huge the front wouldn't look all that bad. Overall it was nothing too exciting to look at, I guess it could be worse....

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I wasn't sure if Toyota was the reason or not, I thought that all cars from GM after 06 had the GM badge?

GM only puts the badge on cars that actually "represent the new GM".

Even some '07 cars don't have it, especially those which are on its way out.

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maybe vibe don't get it because it is a joint venture nummi car.

That's f*cked up......

If ur not proud enough of a product to put your badge on it....why sell the product through your sales channels at all....??

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I got to check one out this weekend. The knobs clunk around and the overall car is not well put together. It seemed very typical toyota. And yet the media talks it up . . .

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I got to check one out this weekend. The knobs clunk around and the overall car is not well put together. It seemed very typical toyota. And yet the media talks it up . . .

I've never understood this too. I got a chance to scrutinize a loaded Vibe GT (2008) and a 2008 HHR LT and I couldn't help but say that the HHR was better in every way.

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I've never understood this too. I got a chance to scrutinize a loaded Vibe GT (2008) and a 2008 HHR LT and I couldn't help but say that the HHR was better in every way.

I wouldn't do that far.....The Vibe has a nicer interior, fit and finish and plastics. The HHR has a significantly better ride and handling, not to mention power. The Toyota engine is no match for the ecotec in terms of power, but I suspect those who are buying the Matrix/Vibe are little interested in power.

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I don't give a flying crap about "soft touch" plastics, if the cloth upholstery is as crappy as it is. Yes. The HHR does induce random fits of clausterphobia, and yes, quite a few ergonomic items are questionable, but the upholstery isn't that run of the mill, unsubstantial, every-import cloth.

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The Vibe needs to become a bad memory as soon as contractually possible.

It should not exist.

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The Vibe needs to become a bad memory as soon as contractually possible.

It should not exist.

QFT

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They don't rock the GM badge?

I still have to see the Vibe in person (I saw it at the auto show-but you couldn't get anywhere near it)

I've always had a soft side for the Vibe, and almost everyone I know who has one has been problem free (One I know already has 156k on it with little more than the basic stuff..)

My biggest gripe with it was that the engine had no guts along with a trans that you could push faster...

Time to hit the dealership....

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I don't give a flying crap about "soft touch" plastics, if the cloth upholstery is as crappy as it is. Yes. The HHR does induce random fits of clausterphobia, and yes, quite a few ergonomic items are questionable, but the upholstery isn't that run of the mill, unsubstantial, every-import cloth.

Soft-touch plastics? Where?! :P

The Matrix I sat in was a horror show. I haven't seen such a cheap interior since I had my Grand Am. It's a definite downgrade from the first gen.

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The Vibe needs to become a bad memory as soon as contractually possible.

It should not exist.

Well, if it sells and makes money for Pontiac, and gets people in the showrooms at the same time (especially if it makes "fans" out of the owners)..... what could be bad about that?

I'm not a fan of Toyota by any stretch, nor do I particularly like the Vibe, but I never see Matrix's on the road, yet I see a lot of Vibes, and they seem to always get good reviews, and by using Toyota running gear, it's easy to recommend to people who would not otherwise buy a GM (at least GM still gets a sale and the $$).

And along the lines of fans and sales... picture this - the FWD hidden away and not mentioned (sold, but only per request), the GT becomes AWD, and the drive bias is shifted to primarily RWD (minimum of 50/50, preferably at least 40/60), and gets a s/c or even the Solstice GXP turbo Ecotec.

The Imprezza went wagon/hatch/thing. If it remains in the fight against the Evo, then that means the Vibe can play too, with the right drive setup and enough power. Plus it's in the face of the Mazda 3, and great for "lifestyle" people who buy Scion Xbs or Asteks.

It really could be a useful vehicle, but even just as it sits, if it's moving, it's already useful. I just think they really need to leverage it. But.... lacking the vision of people like Bunkie, Wangers or Delorian, and stiffled and stymied by the schizphrenia of Putz, I fear it won't happen.

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Would be nice to see a GXP with a GM engine in it (turbo Ecotec) and AWD. But is AWD even engineered into this chassis?

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Would be nice to see a GXP with a GM engine in it (turbo Ecotec) and AWD. But is AWD even engineered into this chassis?

The Vibe has had AWD since it's inception save for a few years near the end of its first production run. It returns with this update.

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A scholar and a gentleman. Thank you kindly.

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