1988 Pontiac 6000 Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1988 Pontiac 6000 4-cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4-cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance230000 kilometres

Summary:

This car has got more moves than jello

Faults:

Torque converter lock - disconnected it and it runs perfectly. This is the cause of stalls after slowing down from a high speed. The disconnect will hurt the highway fuel efficiency.

Rack and pinion steering was replaced at 290,000km.

General Comments:

A fantastic car. It just keeps running and requires such low maintenance. For the size of the engine, you get a fair amount of pep. A super-bad vehicle that I can depend on.

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

Review Date: 7th October, 2003

21st Nov 2003, 11:55

I made an error in my 1988 Pontiac 6000 review. The most recent distance is not 230,000km, but rather 320,000km.

1988 Pontiac 6000 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired320515 kilometres
Most recent distance320525 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

For sale, $50, blind chicks included!

Faults:

Everything is wrong with this car!

The hood was bent, so I took it off.

The heater no longer turns on when the motor gets up to temperature and it almost overheated.

My tool box will not fit in the trunk without the lid wide open. Also my driver side mirror no longer works.

The tires on the car are not all the same size, so it handles like a bent shopping cart from hell.

The seat no longer moves back.

My block is covered in oil sludge from my valve cover leak.

The gas gauge is off by about 1/4 tank.

Intake system is inadequate and the exhaust system has broken off where the catalytic converter is joined to the down-pipe, and the down-pipe now drags along the ground.

The headlights are missing in action.

The horn to warn people of the presence of such a hot-rod no longer functions.

The car is rusting as fast as 80's music is going out of style.

This car gets started with a screwdriver. Also the car is no longer matching with red Oldsmobile steering wheel and Buick pimping granny hub caps.

General Comments:

I work at a junkyard in Saskatchewan near Saskatoon. And this is one of the better yard cars we have! The car runs half decent except for a loud rod knock that you cannot hear at 5% throttle due to the open flow exhaust. This car will never be street legal again and will never see an oil change! This car will never get stolen. But I have to admit, blind chicks think it's cool!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2003

23rd Jun 2004, 23:49

Every car needs love and lots of love. No matter how old or new it is. They don't fall apart on their own and they don't hold their own, you do. It's a car and you're in control.

18th Jul 2004, 15:45

I have a Pontiac 6000 LE myself, and because it was well cared for before I got it, it has worked beautifully. Granted, sometimes I have to coax her into starting, and the color isn't my favorite, but she runs beautifully. The only major repair we had to do was replace the bathtub silicon some nitwit had used in place of gaskets. But that has nothing to do with Pontiac... that was someone else's bad judgment.

As for the paint flaking off, my car, brown as it is, has not one speck of rust on it. I would think that, as with any other vehicle, the reliability is based more on who cares for it that who makes it. Give what you get, right?

As for fuel efficiency, if I can drive 2 hours to a major city, bomb around for the weekend, and then drive back home on $16, I'd say she's doing pretty well.

1988 Pontiac 6000 2.5 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 liter Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance103600 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

It's sweet

Faults:

The exhaust manifold cracked. Seems from the dealer and junk yards, they all do this.

Headliner came down.

Rust on right side by tail light.

General Comments:

Of all the cars I've ever owned. I got comfortable with this one the quickest. It's a dream to drive on the highway.

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

Review Date: 16th August, 2003

1988 Pontiac 6000 STE 2.8 MPI from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8 MPI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired187000 miles
Most recent distance192000 miles
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

Awesome cars!

Faults:

The fantastic radio failed after 2 weeks of owning. Has been in a repair shop for 2 months, waiting for parts.

Rust has shown its presence. Now being garaged should hopefully help.

General Comments:

This is my third 6000STE.

A new 1986-ABS, Dual Power Seats, Pop-Up Sunroof.

A used 1987 Dual Power Seats, Bought it with 130,000 donated 1-2003 with 188,000 miles.

A used 1988 Dual Power Seats, Memory Seat, Power Moonroof. Bought it 12-2002 with 187,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2003

4th Jan 2010, 23:53

Wow! Your third STE. I own two 85 STE's, one purchased in 11/88 and the other in 11/07. So I understand your fondness for the cars.

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