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    I'm getting ready to purchase a 2008 Pontiac Vibe for $10,000 on the road. Is $10,000 a good price to pay?

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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

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    I'm getting ready to purchase a 2008 Pontiac Vibe for $10,000 on the road. Is $10,000 a good price to pay?
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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    Oh YEAH!!! Ten large is a fine price to pay for this handy young wagon.
    The car is soon to be 8 model years old. It cost $16,000 to $20,000+ new.

    I'm seeing prices of $7000 on down with one optimist asking $9000.
    http://www.cargurus.com/Cars/invento...sModified=true

    For another five to eight grand over your ten bills you can have a new Soul with a 5/60 and 10/100 warranty and no used car issues.

    Best of luck in your search.
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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    Sounds pretty high unless it's an absolute creampuff. Better have really low miles for that too.

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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

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    Sounds pretty high unless it's an absolute creampuff. Better have really low miles for that too.
    Doesn't a Toyota badge add $1,000 minimum?
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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    It has 39,000 and it is a base model. I should have mentioned that before. Thank you for your feedback

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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

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    It has 39,000 and it is a base model. I should have mentioned that before. Thank you for your feedback
    If you are buying from a dealer, I would think around $8,000 would be fair. Private party, $1,000-$1,500 less.
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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    http://www.cargurus.com/Cars/invento...sModified=true

    Base model in Worthington MN with 28K asking $9950. Unless severely financially constrained or wanting a Vibe for whatever reason, I'd shop new cars. A new base Soul automatic can be had for perhaps 15 grand. Other brands offer similar bargains.

    http://www.cargurus.com/Cars/new/sea...1&distance=500

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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    I'm financially restricted to $10,000. I want the Vibe for the "Toyota Quality" and because I can have it serviced at my Chevrolet dealer

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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    I think you are painting yourself in too small of a box, if $10,000 is you budget, that is fine; you can certainly find a car within that budget, but then limiting yourself to only Toyota based GM's takes it a step too far......

    Based on screen name you want a GM, based on your comments you want "Toyota Reliability" for low repair costs. Servicing at the Dealer, is not the low-cost option.

    Additionally at some point age outweighs the "Toyota Reliability" real or perceived....... As it has been stated, you are looking at buying an 8 year old car.

    Lastly; not that this is relative today, but in 2008/2009 when the economy was in the tank and GM was pulling the plug on Pontiac, for a short time I considered buying a modestly optioned Vibe new, as they were being sold for about $14,000.

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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    KBB.com tends to agree with the other posters here. This is a very miles example, but that might represent a premium in the hundreds, not thousands, of dollars. According to KBB.com, the car you are looking at is $8K tops, not 10K. There are other Vibes out there.

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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    "Doesn't a Toyota badge add $1,000 minimum?"

    Maybe in some areas. When I bought my '05 there were lots of Vibes but almost no Matrix around St Louis, really hard to make a fair comparison. But from what I saw I would have believed $500. I'm not generally a Pontiac fan but the Vibe's styling appealed to me a lot more than the Matrix.

    GM, if you are sticking with your budget to buy with cash then good on you, stick with it. But I think that's a pretty high premium for the low miles. Maybe you can bargain it down a thou or so. Or move up a year or two.

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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    Quote Originally Posted by GM lover View Post
    I'm financially restricted to $10,000. I want the Vibe for the "Toyota Quality" and because I can have it serviced at my Chevrolet dealer
    did you tell that to the dealer or something? offer him 8K and see what he says
    also would not recommend to take that to a GM dealer for service, you are better at a Toyota dealer (they actually would know how to fix it)



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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    the Matrix/vibe are a very good car and yes the "Toyota" reliability thing applies to them
    IMHO I would go to the Toyota DEALER NOT the GM dealer as it is essentially a Toyota BUT @ 8 years old NO dealer will be "thrilled" to work on it and the aftermarket shops will offer better prices and as quick parts availability + BETTER repairs as that is what they work on day in and day out

    to me the price is "optimistic" for a NON AWD/GT version and as posted should be closer to 8K

    I would check for a used soul a base may be had for 10K range and retain SOME warranty and is NOT an "orphan car"
    or a SCION xB assuming a "city utility" type of thing is your requirement
    the early xB is a bit of a sh&T box as it is based on the ECHO, the second gen is based on the Camry drive train which has plenty of spares available in the USA

    and 10K is closer to a 2012 model
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    Re: Buying a 2008 Pontiac Vibe

    Yikes, seems a bit pricey. I loved my Vibe, but would have a tough time coughing up 10 grand for one today.

    On a strange note, I once went to the Pontiac dealership to buy wheel lugs for winter tires. They wanted $20 (not a typo, $20.00) per lug! The parts guy shrugged and said 'If I were you I'd go to Toyota and get lugs for a Matrix'. I did, and they were around $2.00 each. The GM parts guy couldn't explain why they were so expensive, but I appreciated him sending me elsewhere!
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