1988 Pontiac 6000 LE 2.8 from North America

Summary:

Reliable member of the family

Faults:

Replaced water pump and transmission, head gasket now leaking, but what can you expect from a car with 365,000km on it. I am not complaining about it at all, it has been a very reliable car.

General Comments:

Love the car, very comfortable lots of power, reliable and for a 4 door sedan it handles great.

The power windows, seats and cruise control make it a dream to drive.

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

Review Date: 24th August, 2009

1988 Pontiac 6000 from North America

Summary:

Worst car I have ever driven

Faults:

Paint peeled off. Eventually left with mostly primer on the hood, roof, and trunk.

Check engine light was on constantly. Code said it was the MAP sensor, but replacing the sensor and ECU didn't fix it. Eventually I just put electrical tape over the light.

Driver's side seat was broken, and wouldn't slide properly in its tracks, so it was fixed in one position.

Transmission would slip. You had to accelerate very slowly away from a light, or else the engine would backfire.

Drivers door lock broke, and the passenger one went soon after that. Also, it was possible to start the car without a key. So any thief could have stolen this gem at any time. Yet for some reason, nobody would take it.

I'm sure there's more, but I have blacked it out of my memory.

General Comments:

My grandparents purchased this car brand new in 1988. However, after they passed away in 1991 it became my first car.

Pretty much everything that could go wrong with this car did. The paint peeled off, hubcaps fell off, rust started, engine would knock and make ridiculous amounts of noise, and more. It was horribly underpowered, and despite its small size drove like an SUV.

Overall the worst car I have ever driven, and it reminds me why I'll never buy an American car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th April, 2008

1988 Pontiac 6000 LE 2.8 from North America

Summary:

I'm in love with my grandpa car

Faults:

I bought my burgundy '88 Pontiac 6000 V6 end of April '07 from a dealer. It had obviously been babied by a grandpa. Only 80,000 miles & in pristine condition. Even the paint looked good. All new belts, hoses & catalytic converter. Rebuilt tranny.

A CV boot was busted & the alignment really bad. The dealer had those things fixed week one.

It has a minor drive train oil leak, but the inspecting mechanic said, "Don't worry about it." It's drunk one litre of oil in three months, so I won't. No oil stains on ground.

The cassette player doesn't work. For the age of the car, I'm not shocked. The radio is so-so, too much static. Because the dash is huge, you have to lean too far to adjust dials. Unsafe.

It began surging on hills & about once a week, stalling right after I started it. After mechanics telling me just diagnostics would be $200-300, I took it for a fast boot on the highway. The surging fixed itself. Seems all it needed was carbon blown out. Didn't know you could do that in a non-carbureted engine :-D.

It still stalls about every two weeks. Once I restart (on a simple key turn), it doesn't do it again. Puzzling. I tried higher octane gas & changing stations ---in case of water in pumps---& that hasn't helped.

It took a few weeks to adjust to the stiff suspension & wide wheel base/body for turning. I'm still working on parking. Biggest car I've ever had.

Ugly bumpers. I wish they were chrome instead of painted unibody.

The seats are comfy, but could be more so. Wish I'd found an STE with the luxury features.

General Comments:

This Pontiac has stolen my heart. At first I thought I'd made a mistake due to its size, "grandpa car" image & a couple of problems.

However---I feel 100% safe in it, as if it's a good Texas Quarter Horse. It drives like it's anchored to the highway, even in heavy rain. I have spinal injuries, & know it would take a head-on with a semi to get further damaged in this car.

It beats new Hondas, Mustangs, Toyotas & even Jags out of stoplights. Unbelievable. The V6 feels the tiniest bit too small for the body size, but it GOES. This car has heart.

I feel safe speeding a bit. Cops' gazes slide over me & focus on the little sporties. I've had an incredibly easy time getting through border crossings in this car. I'm fairly young, hip-looking & a musician, but the Pontiac seems to tell authorities I'm conservative. Maybe it arouses fond memories of grandparents :-D.

I like the look of it. It's distinctive among the ugly new boxes. Love the funky green & orange instrument lights & pinstriped burgundy upholstery. Friends comment on its comfort. "It's like a couch."

Not quite as comfy as a Caddy or Lincoln, but I can't afford a V8! It runs so quiet, sometimes I think it's stalled. A guy with an advanced degree in mechanical technology told me the P6000 is one of the best-engineered cars ever.

Re: gas mileage. I spend $35 CDN about every 10 days. My 4-cyl. Chevy Cavalier was $25. Insurance is $20 more per month ($85). For a few dollars more, I have tons more luxury, safety & power.

I plan to own this car until it reaches 400K. Maybe I'll do some rebuilding, too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2007

7th Mar 2008, 20:44

I have the same car and color.

However I have never had any of the above problem... the only thing is the rear main seal has a leak in it.

May I suggest that you port and polish your throttle body, and replace the stock exhaust with a high quality one and possibly a short ram or cold air intake. All of this will give you a little bit more power, but most importantly increase mpg... good luck :)

31st Dec 2009, 00:35

Yeah, like I know what you mean.