1988 Pontiac 6000 Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1988 Pontiac 6000 2.8L 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8L 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance163000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Too bad that someday I won't be able to get the same car again

Faults:

The muffler has to be replaced.

Some trimmings are broken.

Conditioned air no longer work.

General Comments:

The most amazing thing with this car is winter handling. In the snow the car runs steady and evenly. The balance between sensing the road and comfort is perfect. The interior comfort is great too. It's warm, cozy and practical. A lot of dials and indicator makes it easier to monitor the oil pressure, alternator and coolant temperature. The Delco sound system is very good as always. All parts can be easily found and replaced from a scrap yard at a ridiculous cost.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2004

15th Apr 2004, 22:54

You say that you'll not be able to not be able to buy that car again someday. Well, if you keep the rust off of it, and maintain it religiously, you can probably drive it longer than you think! I see you drive it in the winter (and probably through salt), so rust proofing is a must. Try Krown Rust Control- they're the best in Canada (I'm guessing you're in or near Canada), giving a lifetime warranty for new cars if you go every year. If your car is too rusty, maybe you could find a nice rust free Southern one? I have a friend who had an '89 Celebrity (similar to yours) and drove it till about 350 000 km! Good luck!

12th May 2004, 14:09

I fully agree with you about winter handling. I used to own the same car,i put some mud and snow tires on that baby and boy I felt like a street cleaner because no amount of snow held me back. it was an amazing car best first car to own for sure. It'll save you a lot of money.

1988 Pontiac 6000 LX 2.8 EFI from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 EFI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance183000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Very reliable, decently fast, lots of room

Faults:

Fuel injectors went out 1 week after buying (there is a reason, car had been "totaled" in a t-bone accident) $150.

Brake line blew around 160,000-also had to rebuild rear brake cylinders ($300)

Water pump went out around 170,000 miles $50.

Both passenger side electric window switches died.

Paint flecked off badly.

Had to replace sway bar, used one from a Pontiac station wagon with very nice results.

General Comments:

Bought car for $25.00 after some guy's insurance company declared it totalled.

Drove it for six years during high school and college, driver's side door bashed in a foot, but very reliable.

Pretty decent Delco stock stereo, good reception, pretty loud.

Took car on 3 or 4 1000+ mile trips, right up until got rid of it.

Fast enough to take on an old V6 Camaro RS... and win 3 times.

Only got rid of it when I didn't want to spend money on exhaust to make it pass emissions.

I beat on this car mercilessly, in fact I actually tried to kill it toward the end, but it wouldn't die.

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

Review Date: 6th April, 2004

1988 Pontiac 6000 Plain old 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance174000 miles

Summary:

Bang for the buck

Faults:

Struts were bad when I got it (for 500$ what did I expect?)

Rotors wore out quickly.

Timing Gear went.

Fuel Pump went.

Catalytic converter has been patched several times.

A ball joint was bad.

Alternator went.

It's always stalled randomly.

The engine is now dying.

Rust has taken over the doors pretty badly.

General Comments:

All in all, despite that list, I have been happy with this vehicle. Every problem I had was due to the age of the vehicle and the fact that it was parked and not driven for a full year before I got it.

It is excellent on gas mileage, with more than 40 miles per gallon.

The ride is smooth, which doesn't happen much with older cars.

When I first bought the vehicle, I didn't expect it to last me six months. it was my first car and has lasted me 3 years and 60,000 miles, but it's time to retire her.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2003

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 23 reviews