1971 Pontiac LeMans Review

1971 Pontiac LeMans 5.7 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles


Power Machine!


Basic muscle car fixes. I did a complete engine overhaul. I had to replace the heads due to burnt out valves. New gaskets and seals. New exhaust system. I had to replace the cam because all the lobes had worn down.

General Comments:

This car is FAST! Without a doubt it is the fastest car that I have ever owned. After all my modifications and the engine overhaul, the horsepower jumped from 320 to 400! The transmission never had a problem. It leaked just a little bit of oil every now and then. This car pasted everything, but the gas station. I beat a Ford Mustang GT 4.5 off the line without any problems. Even though it was an automatic, this car would fly! I still dream about this car. I now own a 1972 LeMans and I can't wait to put it on the road to burn rubber once again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2004

24th Jun 2010, 09:26

I also have a 1972 LeMans. It's a Canadian car. When I bought it in 2010, I saw it had a Chevy 350 orange block and pulled the motor out. Then I was on the Canadian poncho site, and saw Robin McKay's luxury LeMans with a factory Chev 350 in it and almost died. I was so happy to know it is the original engine for the car. So I painted it up, put in a new timing chain and oil pump when noticed the block casting #3970014. so I looked it up and found it's a 245 to 300 H/P motor also. So it's back in the car and running smooth. Only in Canada did they use a Chev 350 in the Pontiac. If you found the same car let me know.


5th Sep 2010, 16:10

I have a 1973 LeMans, and it also came with a Chevy 350 motor. Funny thing is, when I added the quadrajet 4 Bl, it sits on a Pontiac blue intake manifold??

I've had the car for 31 years, and just recently put in on the road after 13 years in my garage. I changed the fluids and primed the carb, and it started on the third try. You just can't kill these engines!!

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 1 review