Q. I’m on the lookout for a reliable used automobile for an affordable worth. The automobile I’m is the Pontiac Vibe. I like the concept of this little wagon, and since it’s powered by a Toyota engine, it ought to final a very long time. Do you have got any recommendation on the actual mannequin years I ought to have a look at?
A. Right here within the Northeast, it at all times makes some sense to have a look at the most recent mannequin 12 months attainable to keep away from rust. Some individuals take into account the 2010/2011 Vibe a attainable collector’s automobile as a result of it could have been one of many final Pontiacs manufactured. (For what it’s value: I don’t suppose the Vibe will ever be a collector automobile, a minimum of in my lifetime.) The Vibe provides a cushty trip, good use of inside house, and first rate dealing with. Except you want all-wheel-drive, I might search for a second-generation Vibe, such because the 2009-2010 mannequin with the bigger 2.Four-liter engine. The 1.Eight-liter engine is ok however the added 26 further horsepower simply makes the Vibe extra satisfying to drive.
John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Automotive Physician. He has over 40 years of expertise within the automotive enterprise and is an ASE licensed grasp technician. E mail your automobile query to firstname.lastname@example.org.