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Can't Decide Between the 2003 Toyota Matrix or the 2007 Pontiac Vibe!


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Hi i just turned 16 and have started to look at cars to buy. My budget is up to 8k. Two cars i have been interested in are the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix. I have done some research and know that they are practically the same (toyota made a deal with pontiac and made the same car) but found two similar deals in my area of residence and cant decide between the two. Heres the link for the Pontiac :http://denver.craigs...2802330271.html. If the link doesn't work then this is what the description says:


2007 Pontiac Vibe, 71,000 miles.

Exact same car as the Toyota Matrix. You can expect the reliability of a Toyota. This is a solid car, great brand.

Automatic Transmission.

Four door.

Hatchback liftgate with separate liftglass

Large carrying capacity - great for hauling bikes, skis, strollers...

Seats in back fold flat, great for car camping - you could even make a bed back there.

Air Conditioning, Dual Air Bags, Roof Rack, Sun Roof

The front console has a handy 115V plug outlet (that is like a two prong wall outlet).

Front wheel drive.

New wipers. Tires recently balanced and rotated. Recent oil change.

Cautions: Windows and locks are manual; CD player doesn't work (radio does), no back wiper. This car doesn't have bells and whistles but it has a reliable brand. -$6900



The Toyota Matrix i found said its a 2003 matrix xr automatic transmission with 60,000 miles and has a sun roof also. The seller is asking for $7900 but im pretty sure i could bargain him down to $7500. My main delima is that the pontiac is four years newer, a bit cheaper, but has 10,000 more miles and does not have a working cd player (cheap to fix), has manual windows and locks, and has no back wiper. Both cars are in good running condition and seem to have been taken care of well. If anyone knows anything or might have some advice, please comment. Thanks.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Like you said, you have to consider that you are cross-shopping the same car. If you are asking which you should get out of the two you won't get any answers here because that is ultimately up to you. Do you want the sunroof, etc? For instance, I can do just find with power nothing and nothing but pedals and a steering wheel. You have to decide which options you will actually enjoy and weight it with the condition of the car vs. price.

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