1988 Pontiac 6000 LE 4 cylinder from North America
Keeps going, and going, and going...
Dead battery (old age).
Clogged windshield wiper nozzle (dirt).
Radiator hose leakage (old age).
Intake regulator malfunction (unknown cause).
One of premier cars on the road! Too bad it was discontinued. Along with the Buick Century and the Chevrolet Celebrity, it was one of the best built models in America. I have had my 13 year old car for 2 1/2 years and have had a total of $150 worth of repairs. That's it! I love this car! And every other 6000 owner I have spoken too loves theirs as well.
When I need to get a new car, I'm gonna look for another 6000!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th January, 2001
Yep. I've had my '88 LE 18 months and have only had to replace the alternator. It was easy to find a rebuilt alternator and get it installed. Total was $150. The driver's side door lock has given out, and I'll figure out how to fix it myself.
I love these cars - Buick Century, Oldsmobile Ciera, Pontiac 6000, and Chevrolet Celebrity. I've driven all four, both as a taxi driver and as rental cars. Yes we used to use these as taxis in the 1990s.
All are bulletproof reliable, with great outward vision and good handling; while nearly identical the have slightly different styles, some softer and some more sporty. It depends whether they had the 3.3 V6, the 2.8, or the 2.5 four cyl.. the 3.1 which came later wasn't very good. Of course the Pontiac and Chevy had 'euro sport' versions as well.
Personal favorite - the Century with the 3.3.
The problem is today, it is difficult to find a 6000 in any condition.
Our first "modern" used car was an '89 Pontiac 6000 LE station wagon that was bought for $350 in the late '90s. It was a pretty good car, though the front struts were shot and the front end bounced a lot. My dad loved it because it was the first car we had with intermittent wipers, fuel injection (though our third front-wheel drive car), and got much better mileage than our former full-sized station wagons with big V-8's. The check engine light was always on the whole time -- put a piece of tape over the dashboard. It made several 2,000-mile round trips and was a good runabout for several years until the transmission locked up at slightly over 200,000 miles in the early 2000s. I very rarely see them anymore, but it was a great $350 car!