We apply the recently defined multipole vector framework to the frequency-specific first-year WMAP sky maps, estimating the low-l multipole coefficients from the high-latitude sky by means of a power equalization filter. While most previous analyses of this type have considered only heavily processed (and foreground-contaminated) full-sky maps, the present approach allows for greater control of residual foregrounds and therefore potentially also for cosmologically important conclusions. The low-l spherical harmonic coefficients and corresponding multipole vectors are tabulated for easy reference. Using this formalism, we reassess a set of earlier claims of both cosmological and noncosmological low-l correlations on the basis of multipole vectors. First, we show that the apparent l=3 and 8 correlation claimed by Copi and coworkers is present only in the heavily processed map produced by Tegmark and coworkers and must therefore be considered an artifact of that map. Second, the well-known quadrupole-octopole correlation is confirmed at the 99% significance level and shown to be robust with respect to frequency and sky cut. Previous claims are thus supported by our analysis. Finally, the low-l alignment with respect to the ecliptic claimed by Schwarz and coworkers is nominally confirmed in this analysis, but also shown to be very dependent on severe a posteriori choices. Indeed, we show that given the peculiar quadrupole-octopole arrangement, finding such a strong alignment with the ecliptic is not unusual.