1986 Pontiac 6000 STE 2.8

Summary:

Great commuter

Faults:

Enjoy the 6000 STE. Replaced head gaskets at about 170000. Don't know the actual mileage, as the speedo cable gave way @ 150k. Not something to toss $ into.

Having issue now with no start. Last week it ran poorly on the way home. Upon opening the hood, the coil wire was arcing to the gray connector of the coil wiring. The connector was damaged from the head gasket rebuild job & glued together. I thought the coil was the culprit. Replaced the coil & heavily taped the connector. The car ran for 10 minutes & quit to never start again. I exchanged the coil. Still no start. I'm about to change the ignition module, thinking the arcing coil fried the module. Still surprised it ran 10 minutes then quit though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2010

1986 Pontiac 6000 2.5

Summary:

Dependable

Faults:

Boot ripped.

General Comments:

These are great reliable cars... the Japanese have nothing on the 6000. It is my third 6000 and I expect it to reach 300,000 miles like the previous two. I use them on as a delivery vehicle on a rural route for the Postal Service.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2007

1986 Pontiac 6000 LE

Summary:

This car is part of the family!!!

Faults:

The major problems with the car happened in the first few years that we had it.

I can't even remember how many times we had to replace the motor mounts and alternator belt.

The car would stall in the rain (Hasn't happened for years now).

A/C went about a year after we bought the car. Never bothered trying to get it back though.

The engine was rebuilt when the car was 13 years old.

A few years ago, my daughter has put this car through hell- TWICE. When she was first learning, she lost control, and somehow managed to rip the ENTIRE wheel of the back left tire off. When this happened, the back end of the car smashed on the ground, and has caused heavy damage to its undercarriage. Then a year after that, she ran the car into a ditch about 4 ft. high in snow when she encountered black ice for the first time. Luckily, only a few fuses had to be replaced.

The car is 21 years old. Naturally rust and the accidents my daughter has made its toll on the car, and it's now in desperate need of bodywork.

General Comments:

This is THE best car I have ever owned. We also own a 1998 Honda Accord, and our Pontiac literally makes it look bad. Mechanically, this car has gotten better with age. All of the problems we had with the car in the first couple of years that we had it have vanished! I think I've only had to put about $250 into it in the past three years, which I can't say for the Honda. It has given my family nothing, but great and reliable service for the 16 years that we have had it now. No matter what it's been through, it always starts right up again (I think my daughter has proven this). If I was given a million dollars, I would put as much money as I could into bodywork for this car, which is probably the only way I can thank this car. GM should be proud!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2007

28th Mar 2007, 18:03

What problems are you having with the Honda? My brother never opens the hood of his 99 Accord and now at 96,000 miles it needs a timing belt and the dipstick never shows oil on it. that is the only thing that has ever happened from never opening the hood. Could the Pontiac do that?

14th Apr 2007, 00:08

In regards to the Honda, I've had to replace the transmission just last year. My 6000-LE still has its ORIGINAL transmission. That is probably the most expensive problem I've ever had with it. The car used to frequently stall, which resulted in me having to buy a new computer, which was also pricy. In all fairness, the car was bought used, but so was my 6000. Please take into consideration that your car is MUCH younger than my 6000, even though a 1999 is not considered young. The most testing time for my 6000 came when the car was 13 years, when we made the decision to get the engine rebuilt. As the years have passed since then, I've had to put very little into this car, which I've now owned for 16 proud years.