1990 Pontiac 6000 LE 3.1 MPFI V6 from North America
This car will last longer than me
The only things I've had to replace are things that you would expect to on a 12+ year old sedan. The alternator, starter, battery, fuel pump, brakes, and the simple stuff. (Fluids etc.) The one big thing that went was the transmission, but after 175,000 miles, there's no way I can complain. Besides, I got another one for $500.
This car's strength is absolutely amazing. The odometer is pushing 205,000 miles and the car still starts right up every time, doesn't hesitate or burn oil, and has excellent power. I have restored the car quite a bit, replacing bumpers and repainting it. Out of all the people I know who own 6000's or any A-body, they all speak of the hardiness of these cars. There is no way that I'm getting rid of mine, and yes, they're probably going to bury me in it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2003
I own an 84, and I love it. The 6000 LE is a wonderful car, and it will not die. Mine has just needed routine maintenance, and it's at least 200k miles. I agree that it's the car I want to be buried in.
A-bodies are wonderful. My father's 90 Century made it to 250,000 miles before the transmission went (only major thing that has EVER gone wrong with it), and my Celebrity made it to ~160k before I totaled it. Great, great cars...
My dad had an '89 Pontiac 6000 LE station wagon that he bought for $350 because the "check engine" light was always on and the previous owners were scared off.
For that cheap price, he just taped over the light so it wouldn't be so annoying and kept driving it.
He loved it, and it was the most modern car he'd had in years. He drove it between Wisconsin and West Virginia several times and it ran great.
At about 225,000 miles the transmission finally locked up, so it wouldn't go into any gear out of park. It always had a jerky transmission, like you'd put it in gear and five seconds later it would slam into gear, or sometimes you'd put it in reverse and nothing would happen, so you'd have to shift back into Park and then try Reverse again.
Certainly no complaints on a $350 car with over 200,000 miles.