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2005 PONTIAC VIBE HAS NEW LOOK AND FEATURES

CHICAGO - A popular performer and an important part of Pontiac's ongoing product renaissance, the Vibe has been freshened for the 2005 model year with a new, distinctly Pontiac flair. Introduced originally in 2003, the Vibe marked a return to sporty, fun vehicles at Pontiac. The renaissance continues with the introduction of the 2005 Vibe at the Chicago Auto Show.

Styling changes include a restyled front fascia and a grille inspired by the 2006 Solstice roadster. Like the Solstice, the Vibe's new appearance characterizes the contemporary performance look of other recently introduced Pontiac models, including the G6 sedan, GTO and Bonneville GXP. All of these new products strengthen the momentum of Pontiac's design and performance renaissance.

"The Vibe has invigorated Pontiac with its unique spin on performance and versatility," said Jim Bunnell, Pontiac-GMC general manager. "It is bringing to the showrooms new buyers who previously didn't consider Pontiac - or, often, any other GM vehicle. The Vibe is our number one conquest vehicle, which means these new buyers aren't currently driving a GM vehicle."

Additional features on the '05 Vibe include:

- Available "Moon & Tunes" package with integrated sub-woofer
- Available StabiliTrak vehicle stability enhancement system
- Available leather seating
- New fabric patterns in Slate and Graphite colors
- Standard passive suppression advanced air bag system on passenger side
- Available side curtain air bag system coupled with side thorax air bags (in seat)
- Available programmable automatic door locks (available with automatic transmission and power package)
- Tire pressure monitor standard on GT and AWD models
- Available OnStar (with one-year Safe & Sound services).

The 2005 Vibe's standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (1ZZ) meets 2007 Ultra Low Emissions (ULEV II) standards. The dual-overhead-cam engine employs variable valve timing to continuously optimize performance and fuel economy. It is rated at 130 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque.

Vibe's increasing popularity with enthusiasts is backed by GM with a line of tailored accessories and performance parts from GM SPO, including a sport package that includes front and rear fascia extensions, side skirts and dual spoilers. A supercharger also is available, which boosts horsepower by 30 percent and torque by 18 percent.

Vibe posted 56,922 sales in 2003 - an increase of more than 45 percent over 2002. Production of the 2005 Vibe begins in May at New United Motor Manufacturing in Fremont, California.
 

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Stability control, side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring. All good stuff. Toyota err Pontiac is really packing some features into this car. The new styling looks good too.

Mark
 

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Adding the Stabilitrak is a good move. Wish you could order the supercharger
as a factory ordered option with gearing changed to better match it. Having
a 2.4L Ecotec as an option would be better than the supercharger.
 

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Originally posted by usa1@Feb 1 2004, 02:12 PM
Stability control, side curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring. All good stuff. Toyota err Pontiac is really packing some features into this car. The new styling looks good too.

Mark
Not sure about the Airbags, but Tire Pressure momitoring systems have been standard on GM sedans for at least a year now. And Stabilitrac is a GM stability system. Toyota has some 3-letter acronym like SRS or something like that...
 

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ugh... i read an article the other day that didn't have much good to say about the NUMMI plant where the vibe is built. i can't quote it properly (as i've long since deleted it), so you can take this with a grain of salt, but i know the article said that the plant wasn't living up to GM's quality expectations, and that at some point the line was stopped while 1000 completed vibes were repaired. i don't think the article mentioned if the toyota cars built there were affected. it said the problems were caught in part by the complaints of vibe drivers (squeaks, rattles and buzzes)... problems i've read about here in other threads. guess it's always better that these glitches were caught before the cars were released, but it doesn't inspire confidence in current vibe owners!

<--- current vibe owner :p
 

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Sorry to hear NUMMI is having problems. The '96 Prism I had that came out of there was a good, reliable if underpowered car. Saturn's Tennessee plant seems to be having problems as well getting well assembled ION's out the door.

As for Vibe, it seemed like a decent little "sports wagon" but discovering a measly 123 Hp engine was all that could be had on AWD models was a deal killer (here in LA, CA, that kind of power will get you run off the freeways in short order).

Will the supercharger be available for AWD versions of the vibe?
 
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