Yes the "all wheels" are out there. In fact I keep one myself. The brake system is not nearly as bad as they are made out to be. Many parts are available for the brakes on other GM models. The 85 STE was also equipped with the same system.
The cross-groove joint on the prop-shaft is the hardest thing to find. Rockford's replacement is not ideal.
I have just purchased a 1990 Pontiac 6000 SE AWD with 120200 miles on it. The previous owner purchased new in 1989, and had just spent $1300 for a complete brake job when he was told that the auto leveling system was shot. If anyone can supply me with wiring diagram for the switch of the control computer. I would be in your debt.
Proud owner of a '90 SE AWD! 104,000 miles at the time of purchase, with very few put on since then. I was able to acquire it for a VERY low price (read: free) and for the cost of 3 spare fuel injectors I had laying around, it now runs like it came off the showroom floor. Absolutely no problems with either the Teves II ABS or anything AWD specific to speak of.
I am retired; but one of my fondest memories was owning a 1989 Pontiac 6000 STE. I traded the car in 1993 and regretted it for years. While taking a drive in the country I saw one sitting in the garage of a rural home. I stopped and asked the home owner if I could just look at it. One thing led to another and the lady sold me the auto for $2000.00. It had only 21000 miles. After minimal restoration I now have, again, one of the finest automobiles ever made.
To the above poster, check out www.a-body.net. They should be able to help you find the parts you need. Don't give up on that SE; they're quite rare, and officially even GM doesn't know how many were made that year.
While I was surfing the 'net this evening, I came across a site that might be good for those looking for parts for their 6000. I added it to my favourites because I'm on the hunt for my 3rd 6000 (hopefully another 1991.. the 1st 2 got written off thanks to idiot drivers). www.car-stuff.com/pontiac6000parts.htm
Hello. I have a 1988 AWD 6000 STE. I live here in Toronto, Canada, and purchased this car as a winter beater.
I laughed at the seller for saying it was an all wheel drive, but the joke was on me. This car goes through the snow like this is what it was made to do.
I'm starting to have things going wrong on it. ABS, the rear shocks don't hold the air too long, (two days), gas mileage was getting bad, but found that if you use voltage stabilizers and a couple extra ground wires, I get better gas mileage now then I did before. Also a K&N filter.
The body is in great shape (a little rust at the bottom of the doors and hood). I was going to sell it, but now I am going to repaint it burgundy with black rims.