Post by Paul in Houston TX Post by Steve W. Post by Percival P. Cassidy
I have a 2008 Vibe and want to get a set of used steel wheels on which
to get snow tires fitted. The installer (Costco) says they are not
allowed to install tires if the vehicle originally had TPMS and does
not have functioning TPMS.
I have just discovered that a local junk yard that lets people remove
parts themselves has a 2003 Vibe. If I can get the wheels for a good
price (with the TPMS sensors, assuming it has them), would they work
with the 2008 TPMS? Same frequency, etc.?
03 won't have TPMS. TPMS didn't start on the Vibe until the 05 model year.
Go to carpart.com punch in the information and it will show you salvage
yards in your area that have the wheels you are looking for.
Used wheels specifically listed as for a Vibe cost more than new after-market wheels from
What other vehicle is likely to have the right size wheels and compatible TPMS sensors?
Might want to call Toyota and ask if the wheels from a Matrix / Corolla will work.
Same vehicle, different name, but I don't know if the electronics are same.
I found the TPMSdirect.com Web site, which shows the same Part# as I
found on a GM parts Web site (88974915), but none of the other makes and
models (whether GM or Toyota) I've checked on the TPMSdirect.com Web
site seems to use the same part.
I don't have much time to take advantage of Costco's $70 discount on the
tires I want plus $60 discount on the installation charge, so maybe I'll
settle for just the wheels from the pick-your-part Vibe, and let Costco
charge me for a new set of TPMS sensors; that's what I had to do to get
them to install snow tires on the steelies I put on the Chrysler 300M
two winters ago -- the only trouble with them is that I have to go back
to Costco every winter to have them reprogram the car's TPMS receiver to
recognize the "foreign" sensors.