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Bought this '05 Pontiac Vibe to replace a '01 Corolla that burned through a quart of oil every week. Knowing that the Vibe has pretty much the same engine and eventually probably will have the same problems, I went ahead and found this one at a Subaru dealership in Kansas. Decided on a Vibe due to more cargo room, yet gets about the same gas mileage as the Corolla did. I think I lucked out on this one, cause turns out it was traded in by an older lady who only drove it 5-6 miles a day and always had it serviced at dealerships. Bought it for $11,000, when it was all said and done (3 year warranty) with 36,000 original miles. Not too long after I started making payments on it, I started adding things to it to make it my own. First thing I did was take the fog lights out and placed a yellow film over them. Later added things like Weathertech floor mats up front, a cargo mat in the back, and switched out the factory stereo with a Sony head unit that has an auxiliary plug in. Probably a year or so later, I found a factory spoiler on eBay that was already painted the factory black color and went ahead and bought it. It was a bit tough getting the screw holes to line up after I had drilled them out, but it eventually worked out. The little rubber gaskets that go between the spoiler and the paint on the rear lift gate, that was included with the spoiler, are junk. They have recently fell apart. Then later on I added a bug shield up front, which only took 10 minutes to install. Then added aftermarket mud flaps on all four corners which took a little while to get them lined up the way I wanted. I didn't care for the factory mud flaps and these were cheaper for the set. Ever since I bought the car, it had factory steel wheels with plastic hub caps and I'm not a fan of hub caps. I had them off for a little while, then I decided it was time for better looking wheels. I found a salvage yard nearby that had the OEM 17'' wheels for the Vibe, so I ran over and bought 3 of them that were in decent shape, then bought the 4th online. Took the wheels to a local sandblasting shop, then brought them to my work where I powder coated them a nice gun metal gray metallic and then applied a powder clear coat for durability. One of them had a little black spot on it after I pulled them out of the oven, but it quickly got covered up by the factory Pontiac center caps. Not too long after that, I went to Sam's Club and had BF Goodrich G-Force Comp-2 all seasons mounted on them. Made payments on it for a few years until, on January 17, 2017, I was driving to work one morning like usual. I was going about 55 mph, give or take, when a deer ran out and broadsided the driver side of the car. I immediately pulled over to the side and slammed the brakes. Luckily, I was completely unharmed and the deer (unfortunately) managed to live on after that. The front bumper, driver side headlight, hood, driver side fender, driver door, driver inner fender, and driver side inner frame were the only things that were damaged. Surprisingly, my windshield, driver side window and mirror were unscathed. Even the driver front wheel, tire and overall alignment wasn't damaged. Had the car towed to the nearest body shop and after waiting about a week to hear the news from my insurance company, I get the call that they deemed it a total loss. That didn't sit well with me since I just put on new wheels and tires, so I bought it back. So after getting it back home, I started taking it apart to see how severe the inner frame damage was and looked for a body shop close by that does frame straightening. Found Bossert's Body & Tow in North KC, MO that has been in business since 1951 (I think). I bought all the necessary parts including a decent driver door from a salvage yard to get it back to normal and took it to Bossert's to have them straighten the frame out, do all the body work and paint it. Now it's back home and everything is back to normal.
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