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2008 Pontiac Vibe

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2008 Pontiac Vibe Review

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A joint venture between General Motors and Toyota, the 2008 Pontiac Vibe shares most of its parts with the Toyota Matrix. The Vibe offers customers a sporty small wagon wrapped in distinctive Pontiac sheetmetal at a price that fits just about any budget. The front-wheel drive Vibe compares favorably with newer competitors, offering the same economy and versatility as the MAZDA3 and Volkswagen Rabbit but with a higher seating position and a more durable cargo area.

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The 2008 Pontiac Vibe is stylish, affordable and roomy. It uses the same basic chassis as the Toyota Matrix, but its design is more mainstream. The Vibe's hard plastic cargo floor and 115-volt outlet make it perfect for those with active lifestyles.

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The 1.8-liter engine does not have much low-end torque, meaning off-the line acceleration is somewhat tepid, even when coupled to the five-speed manual transmission.

What's New for 2008

A tire pressure monitoring system joins the Vibe's list of standard equipment.

Driving the Vibe

Driving Impressions On the road, the 2008 Pontiac Vibe rides and handles like a small sports car. The steering response is direct and linear, with no trace of torque steer. The Vibe...

is tightly sprung, so it does not lean, roll or pitch like a tall wagon, yet somehow it returns a pleasantly smooth ride. When equipped with bigger wheels and tires, the ride is somewhat diminished, but is still well within the comfortable zone.

Console-Mounted 115-Volt Outlet
The Vibe's console-mounted 115-volt outlet allows you to plug in accessories without the need for a 12-volt adaptor.

Rear Track Tie-Downs
Rear track tie-downs help keep cargo in place.

2008 Pontiac Vibe Details
Interior

Inside, the Vibe is loaded with visual eye-candy, from the pod-mounted center shifter to the stylish aluminum dash trim and glowing orange instrumentation. The driver's seat height is adjustable, as is the steering wheel, making it easy for drivers of all shapes and sizes to find a comfortable perch. The Vibe's long rear doors make it possible to exit and enter without bumping into the doorframe, and there is a good deal of real useable space behind the second row seat. One really nice feature is the flush-folding passenger seat that can serve as a level workspace, a place to lay out your lunch or just make room for your surfboard.

Exterior

The racy 2008 Pontiac Vibe looks more like a sporty coupe than a mini-SUV. Its tall doors are hidden by the upswept beltline and tapered roof that come together at the rear hatch to form a squat pillar. A built-in roof rack provides additional storage for bikes or skis. Pontiac has often been praised for its wheel designs, and the Vibe's optional 17-inch alloys are no exception.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Pontiac Vibe has a five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, rear defroster, illuminated entry, fog lights, automatic headlamp control, dual power mirrors, 115-volt outlet, AM/FM stereo with CD, tilt wheel, tachometer, full wheel covers and a rear wiper/washer.

Optional Equipment

Options include a four-speed automatic transmission, StabiliTrak, front head-curtain airbags, leather seats, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, cruise control, power glass sunroof, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), six-disc CD changer, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, Monsoon 7 premium sound and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

Unfortunately, the 2008 Pontiac Vibe's 1.8-liter engine is not terribly quick, with only 126 horsepower on tap and not an abundance of torque. Fuel economy, on the other hand, is among the best in class, rated at 33 mpg on the highway when equipped with the five-speed manual.


1.8-liter in-line 4
126 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
122 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/33 (manual), 25/31 (automatic)

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2008 Pontiac Vibe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 730 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Love this car! The AWD is great in the winter!

By on Friday, April 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love this car so much that I bought my son a used one and he's had good luck with his also. I'm the one and only owner and I plan to keep it."

Best vehicle ever owned

By on Monday, March 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 194,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great functional transporation"

Cons: "sorry GM stopped making the vehicle"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great car - 194,000 miles 11 years old. Just runs - the only out of the ordinary maintenance was to replace some intake valves. Handles nicely, good gas mileage - good styling."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

great car, too many rattles on dirt roads

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: 100000 miles is about my limit

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "very good all around vehicle"

Cons: "rattles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I live on a dirt road which, at times, is pretty much a washboard. I loved this car but it was getting up in miles and had some rattles I could not fix. I didn't want to sell it, but with 100,000 miles on it I felt it time. It was a great car for me and my 2 dogs, I could fold down the seats and they had the whole back to move around in. Also great for hauling about anything as the front passenger seat folds flat. Really miss this car. I did buy another Vibe, a 2009, and that one is rattling a bit too."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

perfect for us

By on Saturday, March 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great for road trips and family outings"

Cons: "hard to clean between the seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great little car. The interior can be reconfigured easily, the seats are all comfortable, drives great in poor weather, and the whole time we've had it, the gas mileage has exceeded the average for this vehicle."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Handles well, adequate cargo space, reliable,

By on Monday, February 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 137,800

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good all season driving. Comfortable on long trips"

Cons: "Low mpg, elec.sys.quality low,dashboard design"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"One concern being the location of heating/AC/dashboard controls. The gear shift is too close to the controls making it difficult to use them when in "Park". MPG a little lower than expected (20-24 mpg.)Electrical system performance was rated low according to Consumer Reports. I found it to be true. Cruise control design/location poor Overall performance was good."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

280,000 miles & counting

By on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 280,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"ive had my vibe for 5+years and LOVE it!!! great mpg, handles mtn roads great. i kayak & the roof rack is groovey,no major problems. lots of recalls, tho!! fold down back seats make lots of room for cargo and animals, my dogs love it too;)"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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