1988 Pontiac LeMans Reviews

1988 Pontiac LeMans Aerocoupe 1.4L from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 1.4L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Karmann Ghia


Overall a pretty good little car

General Comments:

My first new car and it was okay. Got great mileage and I could sit in it all day.

I could put a huge amount of stuff in and still close the hatchback.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th June, 2008

1988 Pontiac LeMans LX 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership1994
Engine and transmission 1.6L Automatic
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Previous carPontiac Bonneville


A little street fighter.!


- replaced brake pads-$200

- replaced CV joints

-replaced carburetor base plate-$125

-replaced thermostat-$195

-replaced all the exhaust system-$340

-replaced alternator at 98.000 miles

-replaced spark plugs/cables

-inoperative horn.

General Comments:

Overall, this vehicle isn't good at all. You don't want to buy a car that is sitting in a mechanic's garage most of the time. Do not spend your hard-earned cash on this lemon.Don't buy it. It will save you grief in the long run!

This car is seriously underpowered.

Therefore, it really doesn't go faster than 50 miles/per hour.

It has starting problems in the winter time and the engine stalls when you shift from Reverse into Drive.

The interior is crude plastic and there is also a very cheap radio.

The exterior of the car looks like a box and the paint is very poor quality.

The seats are very uncomfortable because of the high seating position.

This was the worst car I ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2004

26th Aug 2004, 09:54

You called this thing a "little street fighter" but your entire review is complaining about all the problems you have had with it.

Do you mean it was fighting with you?

21st Jul 2005, 10:39

I have a Pontiac Lemans 1.6 automatic (1989) I had the same problem, the car didn't pass the 50-55 mph, but I fixed it easily replacing the Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) just $17.00. The location of this sensor is on the right side of the carburetor, when you stand in front on the engine.

1988 Pontiac LeMans 1.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.2 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix


Awesome car. Wish I had a coupe to go with it


Wheel bearings went out. Of course it was my fault.

The radiator broke; it kind of froze.

Replaced the transmission once, & the starter & alternator.

Driver's side seat needs to be replaced, & oil seals need to be replaced.

General Comments:

This is the best car I've owned in a while. It doesn't have a lot of HP, only 92, but it is a working car. It can pull a lot more than it weighs, like a 52 foot U-Haul out of a ditch twice.

I'm going to be buried with this little car. I drove it from Florida to Illinois with $25 in gas.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2003

1988 Pontiac LeMans Base 1.6L from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired176000 miles
Most recent distance234000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Astro


Nice, cheap, reliable and easy to work on


-repairs at 17600 miles-

Replaced leaky valve cover gasket.

Replaced starter with junkyard starter.

Replaced both front caliper piston halves/pads and rear shoes/springs.

Replaced all dashboard lights at 189000 miles.

Replaced shift boot at 189600 miles with aftermarket boot.

Replaced broken passenger seat adjuster knob at 190000 miles with junkyard part.

Replaced Air conditioner compressor hoses and recharged system with R-134 at 192000 miles.

Replaced fuel pump at 192330 miles (it was 14 years old for God's sake!). Fuel pump to tank gasket is only $10 but very hard to find-Pontiac ONLY has them


Replacing camshaft (Advance Auto Parts-$160.00 U.S, rockers (Only Pontiac has them again-$100.00), and valve lifters ($88.00-Advance Auto Parts) at 234000 miles.

General Comments:

I didn't have to spend much on it for the first year I owned it (bought it used with 176000 miles on it for a couple hundred bucks).

Now just replacing the things that wear out at 100000 miles or more.

This car is peppy for a small four cylinder and although it has lived two lifetimes already, after restoring the above components, it should last at least another lifetime. AND it gets 45 MPG.

Parts are cheap, but not available all in the same place- ya gotta hunt for 'em sometimes.

The car is also an Opel Kadett, so parts for much of that car work on the Lemans as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2002

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 11 reviews