1989 Pontiac 6000 LE 2.8L from North America


A reliable P6K!


The Automatic transmission decided to go at about 150 000 KM. Once it was replaced the car seems to shift good again.

The suspension is getting weak and some components need to be replaced, but the car is all original. 15 years of service is good for me.

Other than that one major problem, nothing other than regular maintenance has been done to this car.

General Comments:

The 2.8L engine seems to enjoy fuel, but I don't complain, it isn't too bad and I don't mind paying for it. She hauls the car around pretty good I think for a small engine.

The car seems to have some body roll, but with some suspension upgrades, that can be changed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2004

1989 Pontiac 6000 LE 2.8 6 cylinder from North America


It is a gas guzzling tank that needs to be repaired too much


It has had an ongoing problem with a leaky gas tank.

I have had to replace the gas tank once because it was almost rusted out underneath.

Shifts smooth for a little while after getting a new transmission, but then it jerks really bad going into gear.

The gas mileage is very bad, the best I have gotten is 28mpg on the highway, that's Canadian gallons.

The car smells of gasoline very strongly, especially after driving for a couple hours.

General Comments:

It has good acceleration except for the jerky shifting.

It handles around turns OK, so long as they are not very sharp and you aren't over 80 kilometers per hour.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th February, 2004

10th Feb 2004, 13:03

I wouldn't complain about a car that has 400,000 kms on it. I would be quite happy. The problems are normal with that mileage. 28 mpg for a V6 is normal. Higher mileage cars tend to burn more fuel. The 2.8L V6 was GMs best and most reliable engine. I have seen many other 2.8 powered GM cars with super high mileage and still running strong. Why buy a car with 300,000kms in the first place?

15th Mar 2005, 12:09

I totally agree with the commentor above. These cars are great!

4th Aug 2005, 14:17

The pontiac 6000 rocks!!! but after driving it for five years the frame finally let go on me... oh well I had lots of fun with the pontiac 6000,it's a very fun and fast car and very comfortable. that car just rocks!!

24th Dec 2008, 19:06

Dude, try fixing your car. The transmission obviously wasn't new, my 222k mile transmission in my 6000 is original and shifts perfectly smooth. Abuse, and neglect are big factors in cars. Don't let a shop rebuild your tranny if that's what you did, because they will half ass it and throw it together and it will be garbage. My 6000 has the 3.1 V6 and it gets easily 31mpg on the highway (US Miles)

1989 Pontiac 6000 LE 4 Tech 2.5lt from North America


A very reliable and energized car


My cooling fan stopped running two weeks after I bought my car.

My inner-tyrod end went when three weeks after I bought my car.

My back passenger side window does not go down.

My back taillight is for some reason dimmer than the other.

The motor mount clunks when I put it in gear. (usually more so when in reverse)

General Comments:

I love my car to death. It runs great and has given me no problems starting this winter. My friends and I call it the orange beast. It will make it through mostly anything. I hit a deer going 85mph, fixed the car the next day and the car still runs great. I also love how it goes 115mph with no hesitations. The seats are so comfortable. I don't know how many times I have fallen asleep sitting in them. Over all I love my car very much.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2004

1989 Pontiac 6000 STE AWD 3.1 from North America


The best cars built


The automatic leveling control had stopped working at 100,000 miles.

General Comments:

It's a rare find and hard to get parts for, but I love it. The car is still going on its original drive train.

There has been rust under the car, but that's about it.

The car handles and excellerates like a dream.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2004

31st Mar 2004, 11:33

I agree with you 100%! These are some of the finest cars out there. You get full-time AWD, torquey V6 power, and lots of electronic goodies, all wrapped up in a stylish body. Hang on to this car; as you mentioned it is quite rare. There were only a few thousand 6000s built with AWD from 1988-90.

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