Ming buys...a Toyota!?!

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    Ming buys...a Toyota!?!

    What!?!?!?

    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!






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    Re: Ming buys...a Toyota!?!

    Congratulations!!

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    Congratulations, Ming!

    My brother does said he did not like the steering in his 2003 Vibe. I let him drive a 2009 Malibu rental I had and he said the same thing about it. Now that I know what his standard is I can now discount it as ridiculous.

    No reason not to take advantage of such a great deal on a very useful car.

    Do you see yourself adding accessories to it in the future? If so, what would you get?

    Have fun keeping that dark color looking pretty.
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    Indeed, congratulations. As I wrote in Nsap's thread, I just bought a new GM car too. Won't hijack the thread, so... many fun, trouble free miles to you too!
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    Re: Ming buys...a Toyota!?!

    So, you traded in TWO cars?

    Good choice on the Vibe. Made right here in the U.S.A.

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    Re: Ming buys...a Toyota!?!

    Congrats. It does seem to be "Buy a Pontiac Week at GMI".

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    I feel left out. Everyone's getting new cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    I feel left out. Everyone's getting new cars.

    Congrats!
    But we don't get all those awesome "test drives" you get. Your time will come young warrior.
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    Re: Ming buys...a Toyota!?!

    That tears it, I'm car shopping this weekend!!1!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buick61 View Post
    That tears it, I'm car shopping this weekend!!1!
    The question is what decade vehicle will you be shopping for? Not that your classic rides are not completely awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    I feel left out. Everyone's getting new cars.

    Congrats!
    awww, how sad. you will get a new car one day....so relax
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman1970 View Post
    The question is what decade vehicle will you be shopping for? Not that your classic rides are not completely awesome.
    Sigh, either the '00s or the '10s....I don't have the capacity for all the '50s cars on my "Must buy before I die" list.

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    Re: Ming buys...a Toyota!?!

    I was going to drop dead...becouse I thought it was branded Toyota. Anyways, Why Vibe in place of HHR?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buick61 View Post
    So, you traded in TWO cars?

    Good choice on the Vibe. Made right here in the U.S.A.
    Yes and Yes. The salesman said he did a couple of 3-for-1 trade ins. He was also able to swing the $750 Owner Loyalty despite the Bonneville being the secondary, much older trade-in.

    Hitman: Do you see yourself adding accessories to it in the future? If so, what would you get?

    Have fun keeping that dark color looking pretty.
    My wife wants to add a roof rack but I'm not sure how easy that is for the dealer -- I know the old Vibes came with them but I wouldn't want it loose mounted in the sheetmetal or for them to have to tear apart the currently squeak and rattle free headliner. It has rubber runners along the top so perhaps there is a place to bolt a roof rack down under it --- I didn't see any 2009 Vibes with roof racks on the lot, though.

    I'll probably add a cargo mat in the back. Despite it all being plastic with new rubber runners, my wife and I do a lot of gardening and hauling of stuff that can scratch.

    At least this is a black metallic so it helps a little with that. You would know since you had a glossy black LaCrosse, right?

    Note how the cool factor is gone with my daughter's frou-frou baby seat covering. I may move the seat cover to our Safari's car seat.



    Why Vibe in place of HHR?
    All Pontiacs allow full use of GM Card points with no redemption limits (someone mentioned they top out at $5000 if you have that much or more on your card.

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    Fear not. My G8 GT sports a dark and light blue booster in the Cylon Raider Commander back center rear position for my daughter.
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