29th Oct 2001, 00:47

Just wanted to say that the Pontiac 6000 is not the best car ever built. It was built cheap, the motors are garbage. On mine the lifters all had a quarter inch wear on them after 150,000 miles.

2nd Nov 2001, 16:10

I think that the engine will be the last thing going on our 6000. It's got 360 000 km and still purrs like a kitten. Nothing major has gone wrong (knock on steel) even though the frequency of oil changes has been questionable for the last couple of years at least (no clue on previous owner).

17th Jan 2002, 16:59

ABS for 86 and 87 STE owners! Remember to pump the brakes 25 times before you check the brake fluid level. Overfilling is common for that reason.

Change all fluids, brake (4 years), radiator (2 years), engine (3,000 miles), transmission (2 years). Keep your eyes on the rear calipers. Spray graphite in the can on moving parts and bolts and threads. Do not spray pads and rotors! Shop for quality. GM still had a lot of necessities. Take a parts-man to lunch. You might even learn how to buy at dealer net price.


7th Jun 2002, 21:10

I bought a 1989 Pontiac 6000 STE AWD two years ago. I’ve had rare problems with it the latest was a bear to figure out…I had a bad injector which took out two others (they are wired like old Christmas lights).

Anyway the car works great, but I need a new EGR hose because mine is toast, it has a hole. Does anyone know how to locate parts easily for this thing? Most of the time when I go to parts store they don’t think that I’m stupid, but they do give me a weird look when I asked for rear shocks for the back and they didn’t even have a listing….I found out why, its because they are rear struts!!! I felt stupid.

All in the entire car works great, but I need to fix the lumbar support.

The car has 153,000 miles on it and I’m driving across the country in 3 days. I expect no problems because the car works great.

About the AWD it works great, I was caught in a snow storm through Nebraska last winter that was dumping snow on an already fresh 4 inch’s! I was on I80 and only slowed down to 65MPH…no problems at all! The car handles great.

Pontiac 6000’s are awesome.

24th Jun 2002, 21:40

If anyone needs any help, has questions, or just wants to shoot the breeze about the AWD Pontiac 6000, feel free to drop me an e-mail anytime. I'm doing everything I can to keep these cars on the road!


16th Jul 2003, 06:52

Hi there.

I recently purchased a 6000 LE 88 and have since changed the battery and starter due to the fact it would not start after I stopped for gas one day.

The only thing I'm curious about is that the service engine soon light comes on after I drive about 10-15 minutes, especially in the city. It comes on for about 5 to 15 seconds and usually goes off if I respond to it by speeding up. Actually I noticed the light rarely comes on at all if I drive consistently around 60 mph. I always know it will come on if the highway is busy and I have to drive around 45-50 mph. Is this the oxygen sensor? Does a bad oxygen sensor not show up as much at higher speeds? Or possibly an egr valve?

I don't notice any loss in gas mileage. Sometimes it jumps when I first pull out of the driveway after starting, as if I hit the gas pedal, but I don't. Other than that it seems to run well.

Thank you for any help


31st Jul 2003, 17:45

I'm glad there's more people out there that have a car like ours and like it. Ours is a 1990 6000SE AWD and right now I'm having trouble finding the rear air struts. My Pontiac dealer tried finding me some, but could only offer me what Pontiac still has available, which is one side. Any ideas or information would be appreciated, especially if it's available in Canada. We live in northern Alberta and so far this car has been terrific. - Larry

Email: philipwithjoy@yahoo.ca.

12th Apr 2005, 17:52

I own a 1989 6000STE with AWD and love the car!It finally had to be parked last year, after there was a problem with the ABS system and the brakes simply will not work. Nobody seems to know how to fix it without replacing the whole ABS system. But, it a one of a kind Car and I refuse to take it to a junk yard. Any suggestions?

5th Jan 2010, 00:16

I hope and pray the owner of the AWD Pontiac is still active with providing help for those with the unique traits of the car. I know it has been years since you posted on this site, but you can also go to http://www.a-body.net/forums/index.php for more information on the cars.

30th Nov 2017, 02:37

As with any engine, you are expected to change the oil and oil filter periodically. If properly maintained, lifter wear as you described does not occur.

30th Nov 2017, 02:41

Jason, what code are you getting?

30th Nov 2017, 02:44

The brakes will still be fully operational if there is any problem with the ABS. If you have no brakes, it's the master cylinder, not the ABS, that needs attention first.

30th Nov 2017, 02:46

I have two STE AWDs. I'd be happy to discuss this model. Just email me at: cotronix@aol.com