1986 Pontiac 6000 Reviews - Page 4 of 7

1986 Pontiac 6000 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles

Summary:

This car won't let you down

Faults:

There's nothing wrong with the locks I don't think, but I can never figure out how to work them. Sometimes locking one door with lock all of the other ones and sometimes it doesn't. I guess it depends which door I lock.

The light stopped working.

General Comments:

The car runs smoothly and it doesn't take a scientist to use it.

It's not the most roomy car and it's not comfortable.

The chicks seem to love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2003

28th Nov 2003, 22:19

I owned a 1986 Pontiac 6000 LE, I have the same problem with the locks. Whenever I try to open them all using the power locks, the one on the passenger side door sticks.

1986 Pontiac 6000 Landau (2 door Coupe) 2.5 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

Cheap runner, not a lemon, but 2.5 L too weak, 6 must be better

Faults:

Frequent stalling.

Noisy engine. Changes idle speeds frequently for no apparent reason. Vibrates way too much.

Alternator problems, on third rebuild.

Brakes calipers seized.

2 Doors are too heavy for hinges and are hanging., a Chevy thing.

General Comments:

Car was a steal with 35,000 miles for $500. Practically brand new and must have cost a fair bit in it's day.

Poor acceleration with weak 2.5 L 4 engine which is loud and winy, but it gas mileage is good for a larger car. At 150 K it is still strong, not burning oil.

Landau model must be rare. Its actually a pretty tastefully designed car. Not too tacky like 90's Pontiacs and the interior, especially the dash are very tastefully finished. Looks OK for 2003, but hardly noticed.

Reliaibility isn't great, but parts are cheap and mechanics have an easy time with this. Most of the usueal stuff goes as with any aging car i.e. fuel pump, alternator, brake components.

'Ralleye Suspension'...whatever, I say. It's not mushy, just right. Decent considering this is not a sports car.

Comfort is fairly good. Open and bright. Nice seats, quality fabrics.

Overall quality is good.

A/C, tranny, power windows, suspension are all factory and still going strong!

Quite please all around, except for the weak engine. This begs for a 6 cylinder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2003

16th Mar 2005, 09:30

I'm not entirely sure where you purchased your Landau, but I know mine came with a 125 HP 2.8l F/I V6, which screams power up to about 65-70 mph, as for gas mileage, I get little more than 20 mpg highway driving.

28th Mar 2006, 18:58

That 1986 Pontiac 6000 eventually died on me..the 4 cylinder engine seized up while I was driving about 160 Km/H.

So I chanced upon a 1989 Pontiac 6000 SE with the 2.8 V6 for a whopping $300! 2 years later it is reliable as ever, great acceleration, and the rust is setting in nicely. I had it up to 170 km/hr and got pulled over around 150 km/h. It took a good distance to stop it at the speed trap!

What a difference the V6 makes! I strongly suggest one only to consider the V6. Acceleration is actually quite good and gas mileage with 3 speed w overdrive better than what I had with the 4 cylinder.

Only repairs have been 2 serpentine belts, brake pads, and muffler. Steering has a little play, but that's character.

Next I hope to get a Safari Wagon with V6 and panelling. One with a lot of rust!

1986 Pontiac 6000 LE 2.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance390000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Chevette

Summary:

Wish I could find another one in better physical shape

Faults:

Very little is wrong with this car. Over the years the regular maintenance items such as rotor, plugs, exhaust, brakes, belts etc. have been replaced.

There is a switch/relay on the transmission which tells the starter the vehicle is NOT in park which has had to be replaced a couple of times ($30 / occurrence).

After 15 years, the body and frame are badly rusting.

General Comments:

Most reliable vehicle I have ever owned.

This past winter, it sat parked for 3 months while we were away. Upon our return, it first reluctantly turned twice (low battery,) then promptly fired and started right up.

The engine is still relatively perky for the mileage, but the body is rusted badly.

It has been a comfortable vehicle for both long trips and those to the grocery store due to its roomy truck and roomy interior.

Sadly, it is time to park the old 6000 due to its body condition and look for a newer vehicle. Shame since it still starts and runs well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2002

21st Mar 2010, 18:33

To the above commentor: Why get rid of it? It's in good shape, it runs well. What's wrong with that?

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 26 reviews