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A good Vibe


Last week we featured a Volkswagen Jetta owned by Dave Peregrim of Scranton. Not to be outdone, Dave’s wife Lucia Maria Piccolino-Peregrim submitted her 2004 Pontiac Vibe.

As the Pontiac nameplate gets ready to ride off into automotive history in 2010, the Vibe has been one of the model’s few successes in the past few years. The last Vibe rolled off the assembly line in Fremont, Calif. on Aug. 17. The car, produced by New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota, is an almost identical twin to the Toyota Matrix.

Peregrim’s Vibe is first generation, produced from 2003 through 2008. It was designed to be a “crossover” vehicle, combining the features of a sports car and the roominess of an SUV. Its powertrain is a Toyota-built 1.8 liter straight 4-cylinder 16-valve engine capable of producing 118 horsepower.

For most of its run, the Vibe was the most fuel-efficient vehicle sold by GM in North America. The Vibe features a double overhead cam, variable valve timing/camshaft and has four valves per cylinder.

The exterior of Peregrim’s Vibe is “Fusion Orange Metallic,” and she’s added black and gray custom decals on both sides of the car. The rear window features a “Ricochet’s Rapid Detailing” graphic done in orange, white and yellow, to compliment the color scheme of the car. The interior is dark graphite.

Piccolino-Peregrim takes her Vibe to several of car shows in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, so be sure to stop and check out her Pontiac next spring.


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