Well, not really. But close.
As the person who most often used the name "Toyota Vibe", did I ever expect to be buying one? No. Well, that's not completely true, I did have a big thing for the Vibe way back when it was first introduced. But still...
This past weekend I went down with the intent of using nearly $4,000 in GM Card points on a replacement for my Safari with the "All or $3,000" much-better-than-a-freaking-top-off offer. Unfortunately GM simply does not make the same sort of affordable, versatile and boxy vehicle with fully removable seats anymore. We looked at a GMC Envoy as they had some good deals on those, but the starting MSRPs were too high in the first place. Neither of us liked the trucks much either for what we use a van for. They had one pricey conversion Savana and no passenger Savanas.
But the Bonneville SSEi was getting on in years needing many costly and minor repairs, and this would likely be our last year or so for an "owner loyalty" bonus since it was a 2000. The AC was out and the rear passenger window hanging open and loose, among other things.
My wife suggested I take advantage of the deal by trading in my Suzuki wagon. I still liked my wagon, so nothing made sense to replace it.
Then I remembered the Vibe, newly redesigned for 2009, and how the incentives on it have generally stunk in the past. GM card points were often limited to $500-1000 redeemable.
So now I could redeem almost $4,000 on a Toyota, er, I mean Pontiac Vibe.
As far as I can recall, this is the first time GM has ever offered such a deal on its NUMMI plant-manufactured car. "Top Offs" never applied to cars like the Vibe - especially the Vibe, due to redemption limits on my card.
I checked it out. I cross compared with a G6 and haha! a G3. I have to admit that I really liked the Vibe. It had a bit less room in the back compared to my Forenza Wagon. but it feels like a much more "solid" vehicle, and the engine/trans is quite smooth. And it has a hatch and is sort of wagon-like, which I love. It has 6 air bags, and feels safer than my Forenza did --- nice since we do cart around the little one on the weekends, and my wife did borrow my Forenza from time to time.
So I bought it. About $7,000 off the MSRP. And the Bonneville trade-in on top of that for another $2,000 (it will cost at least that much again to fix the problems, but they are a Pontiac dealership, so they can swing a better deal fixing it than I could and said so).
I now have space in my garage (just barely) for our Safari, too, now that the Bonnie is gone along with the Forenza.
Sad in a way, but the Vibe just feels...solid. There's that word again. Loving the XM Radio, too!