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Best Car I Have Owned Since My 82' Toyota 22r Pickup by Jimmy on 04/21/2013. Trim: 2003 Pontiac Vibe AWD.
Pros: Love this car! Hauls: Have moved washing machines, stoves, bikes, sheet rock, all furniture but couches, I even hauled 300 sqft of carpet on the roof, and three full rolls of carpet pad in the car. B) Reliable: Very few small problems. No engine issues yet. (165000) same engine as mr2, tercel, and Lotus Exciage. With my car i did have to replace the transmission at 155k, but to be fair I drove it like a tank during the snow season in upto 24" of snow, and it handled friggen awesome! Was leaving humvees in the dust! Had I not raced around like a mad man I probably wouldn't have blown the tranny. The guy at the shop said it was the first AWD Vibe they had to replace the transmission on.
Cons: I had to replace the transmission once, but to be fair I drove it pretty hard the last winter, see above. The transmission shop said this was the first they had seen of the vibe AWD failing. It has a very loud interior and is NOT A SPEED DEMON, but if your a utilitarian such as myself, it won't bother you much! :)
Overall review: I would recommend this to any guy or gal who doesn't have the cash or space for a beater work truck but still wants the freedom to go places, and do things trucks might allow you to do. The AWD is very effective, I wish I could post some of the places I have been with this car. Lol, As mentioned earlier if you drive like a mad man and treat it like a subaru your gonna have to replace the tranny, but you should take confidence in the fact that the AWD Vibe will climb a 40%, rocky grade, in the pouring rain, essentially driving up a creek bed (as long as you have clearance). It will also get you out of your parking spot irregardless of the 2-3ft snow berm piled behind it. Point in case, This car rocks, and even though I have abused it to death!!!!! I have had only one problem with it and I caused that. Buy one, you won't regret it.
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