2008 Pontiac Vibe

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25 CITY / 32 HWY
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What Changed for 2008:
  • Optional side-impact and head curtain side air bags

  • Standard tire-pressure-monitoring system

  • OnStar available

  • Optional stability control system

  • Optional 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)

  • XM satellite radio (3 months free)

  • Optional upgraded audio systems
For 2008, the compact Pontiac Vibe small station wagon is virtually all carryover from the 2007 model year. An all-new design debuts in 2009. The front-wheel drive Vibe is equipped with a 1.8-liter, 126 hp 4-cylinder engine and standard 5-speed manual transmission, with a 4-speed automatic transmission available. A tire-pressure-monitoring system is standard, while a stability enhancement system and 4-wheel ABS are optional. The Pontiac Vibe was co-developed and shares its platform with the Toyota Matrix.

Model Lineup
For 2008, Pontiac Vibe is available as base wagon only, although packages and stand-alone options can be added to jazz it up. Standard Vibe equipment includes a 5-speed manual transmission; rear window defogger; air conditioning; AM/FM stereo with CD player and 4 speakers; front bucket seats; power outlet; tire-pressure-monitoring system; luggage rack; and fog lamps. Options include power windows and door locks; power sunroof; upgraded audio system; automatic transmission; stability enhancement system; 4-wheel ABS; and 16- or 17-inch cast aluminum wheels.

One engine powers the 2008 Pontiac Vibe: a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing that delivers 126 hp at 6000 rpm and 122 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm. Power is transferred through a standard 5-speed manual transmission, while a 4-speed automatic is optional. Also available are a stability enhancement system and 4-wheel ABS. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the automatic transmission and 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway for the manual.

Vibe safety features include standard or available 4-wheel ABS; stability enhancement system; theft-deterrent alarm system; daytime running lamps; tire-pressure-monitoring system; dual-stage frontal and side-impact air bags for driver and right front passenger; head curtain air bags for front and rear outboard seating positions; 3-point safety belts; child security door locks; and Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) for child safety seats.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Pontiac Vibe with side air bags receives a perfect 5-star rating for driver and front passenger frontal-impact testing, and a 4-star rating for front passenger and rear side-impact testing, and a 4-star rating for rollover testing. The Vibe without side air bags receives a 5-star NHTSA rating for frontal driver, a 4-star rating for front passenger, a 3-star rating for front side-impact testing and a 4-star rating for rear side tests and rollover testing.

Equipped with a standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and 4 speakers, the 2008 Pontiac Vibe offers two optional audio systems: an AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer, theft-lock and programmable equalizer and Monsoon 7-speakers; or an AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and Monsoon 7-speaker system. A power sunroof is available separately or as part of the Sun and Sound package that also includes an AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 playback and 7-speaker Monsoon system. XM satellite radio (3 months free) and available OnStar round out the cool tech features available on the 2008 Pontiac Vibe.

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  • Name 4dr HB Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 16855.00 Engine 1.8L/109 City/Hwy MPG 25/31
  • Seats, front bucket, includes vertical adjustable outboard head restraints
  • Seat, front passenger flat-folding seatback with rear table surface and vertical adjust head restraint
  • Seats, rear 60/40 split-bench, flat-folding with outboard vertical adjust head restraint
  • Seat adjuster, driver manual height
  • Console, floor with cup holders and armrest
  • Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted front and rear
  • Steering column, rake, adjustable
  • Instrumentation, analog, chrome-accented with speedometer, tachometer, trip odometer, engine temperature, fuel gauge, outside temperature display and warning system for front passenger safety belts, ignition key, headlamps on and door ajar
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Windows, manual, front and rear
  • Door locks, front manual
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual with air filtration system
  • Heat ducts, rear seat
  • Defogger, rear-window electric with front and side window outlets for the driver and right-front passenger
  • Power outlet, 2-prong, household-style on instrument panel, 115-volt, 100-watt, 1-amp
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night (Included when (CF5) power sunroof or when (PDE) Sun and Sound Package and (PCM) Preferred Package are ordered together.)
  • Lighting, interior with cargo area light
  • Storage, includes 3 rear cargo bins, driver-side pull-down (left of instrument panel and below shifter), interior rear track accessory system with 8 tie-downs and 8 chrome tie-down hooks in rear cargo area)
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors with visor extension (Not available with (AY0) side-impact driver and right-front passenger and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating position air bags.)
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard with coat hooks
  • Cargo mat, rear
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) steel with bolt-on wheel covers
  • Tires, P205/55R16 all-season, blackwall
  • Luggage rack, roof-mounted with side rails
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control and flash-to-pass feature
  • Fog lamps, front fascia integrated
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front and rear intermittent with washers
  • License plate bracket, front (will be included on orders with ship-to states that require a front license plate)
  • Liftgate, rear with liftglass
  • Engine, 1.8L VVT-i 4-cylinder (126 hp [93.9 kW] @ 6000 rpm, 122 lb-ft of torque [164.7 N-m] @ 4200 rpm)
  • Transmission, 5-speed manual
  • Front wheel drive
  • Suspension, front independent, rear torsion beam with front and rear stabilizer bar
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, frontal, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable with pretensioners and load limiters on front seats
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats in the 2 rear outboard seating positions only
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player, digital clock, Radio Data System (RDS), TheftLock, programmable equalizer and (UW4) 4-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, 4-speaker system
    • Antenna, roof-mounted

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