1983 Pontiac 6000 Reviews

1983 Pontiac 6000 LE 2.8 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carFord F100

Summary:

Wish I still owned it

Faults:

Alternator belt, head lamp oil-sending unit, moon roof leaks, power driver seat doesn't work, driver side window comes out of the track.

General Comments:

I loved this car, and for my first car it was awesome. I wish I still had it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2009

1983 Pontiac 6000 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

It was one of my favorite cars of all time

General Comments:

The only problems that I had with the car was that it needed a new radiator. Some other problems that I had with the car was that the started went bad and the transmission was going bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2004

1983 Pontiac 6000 STE 2.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired44802 miles
Most recent distance248225 miles
Previous carJaguar Jaguar 340

Summary:

A fine American touring car, but under-supported, therefore cheap to buy, but tricky to maintain

Faults:

At 220,047 miles, the engine experienced some significant failure while my younger son was driving home from college and I had a rebuilt motor installed.

The cruise control failed in '94. It is an of an old design expensive to repair. After one short-lived go-around at repairing it, I've done without.

The a/c still works, but the sensors and wiring are a little quirky, perhaps as a result of the engine replacement.

The CV joints had to be replaced once, but I attribute that to poor maintenance of the protective boots.

The carburetor has required some maintenance, but, despite its complicated nature, performs well.

General Comments:

Incredibly, to me, the transmission has lasted all these quarter million miles, with just replacement of a pump and fluid & gasket replacements.

The car was purchased because it outperformed other cars of its era (rated by Road & Track magazine as one of the 10 best in its class) and it's quiet, comfortable, handles very well, has a good sound system (for the times) and an after-market "moon roof".

A very fine American touring car ("STE" = "Special Touring Edition" and suspension and some other parts are stiffer and stronger than the regular 6000).

The very comfortable seats are adjusted mechanically to a multitude of positions, but the mechanism has broken & doesn't work well any more. I found it too difficult to repair or get parts, but have had them re-covered, along with replacement of the headliner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th April, 2004

1983 Pontiac 6000 STE 2.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1983
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance92136 miles
Previous carMercury Capri

Summary:

Great "Touring" sedan that performs admirably

Faults:

Car had electrical maladies when new, such as alternator replacement at 500 miles and fuses, circuit, air suspension repairs.

Some oil leaks from valve covers.

Transmission and torque converter replaced at 66,000 miles.

Rear air shocks do not last and are difficult to find as original, old stock replacements.

Power steering rack replaced by manufacturer under secret, extended 50,000 mile warranty.

Still experience intermittent carburetor malfunctions and electrical gremlins.

General Comments:

Though one must always monitor the car's electrical system, the 6000STE is a fine touring sedan even by today's sport sedan standards.

Highway performance superb.

Interior components elegant for a 1980s American saloon.

Understated first year exterior styling remains quite attractive, if somewhat dated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th April, 2002

11th Nov 2002, 10:47

I drive the exact year and model you have described. I have had none of the problems you have. I do not believe they are representative of the whole line, but, perhaps you have just had some bad luck.

9th Feb 2003, 21:55

I drive the `83 6000 LE and except for the TPS sensor (Throttle Position), everything else if still good at 126,000 miles (as of 2003, believe it or not!). Granted, I just got it a couple of months ago, but still...

Has the 2.8 V6 too...

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews