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Pontiac 6000

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Pontiac

6000
Vehicle Model

A car produced by Pontiac.  Based on the Chevrolet Celebrity.

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Haynes Manual for General Motors 1982-1996
Chilton Manual for GM A-Body 1982-1985

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1982 Specifications


History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Pontiac 6000 page on 12 September 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Pontiac 6000 is a mid-size car that was introduced by Pontiac in 1981 for the 1982 model year, positioned between the smaller Phoenix and larger Bonneville (previously the Le Mans). It shared its platform with the Buick Century, Chevrolet Celebrity, and Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.

In 1978, GM had introduced downsized RWD midsize cars on the A-body platform (Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac Le Mans, Oldsmobile Cutlass, and Buick Regal). Then in 1982, a new line of separate FWD midsize cars were introduced, also referred to as A-bodies, but actually based on the compact X-body platform. Since GM had not monetized the tooling costs of the RWD A-body platform, they were forced to continue producing them alongside the newer FWD models.

The 6000 was built at the Oshawa Car Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada from 1981 to 1988 and in the Oklahoma City Assembly plant in Oklahoma until production ceased in 1991. They were also made in Tarrytown, New York for a few years. By 1984 the 6000 was Pontiac's best seller, with over 122,000 units sold. Since the demise of the 1000 after the 1987 model year, the 6000 was the last remaining Pontiac to bear the "000" in its name (the 2000 Sunbird was the first Pontiac to drop it in 1985).

In 1982, two trim levels were offered: 6000 and 6000 LE. Both came standard with the new-for-1982 2.5 L (151 cu in) Tech IV four-cylinder with throttle body injection. It made 90 horsepower (67 kW). Optional engines were GM's 2.8 L (173 cu in) V6 with a 2-barrel carburetor which made 112 horsepower (84 kW), or a 4.3 L (263 cu in) Oldsmobile diesel V6 which made 85 horsepower (63 kW). The diesel engine was problematic and unpopular and was discontinued in 1985. The 2.8 was updated for 1985 with multi-port fuel injection, raising output to 135 horsepower (101 kW) exclusively for the STE. The fuel-injected 2.8 made its way into the Base and LE models for 1986, however in these trims it only made 125 hp. The Tech IV was given various updates over the years but was mostly unchanged. For 1984, a station wagon known as the 6000 Safari was introduced to replace the rear-wheel drive Bonneville Safari wagon. In 1987, an S/E model arrived with the STE powertrain but fewer features, and the quad-rectangular headlamps were replaced with the composite headlamps. In 1989, the coupe model was dropped, and the 6000 received a more-rounded roofline with the Buick Century and Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, and was facelifted for the final time with slightly wider headlamps and a new grille. In 1990, passive front seatbelts were introduced and a 3.1 L (191 cu in) V6 replaced the 2.8. After the STE model was dropped from the 6000 line for 1990, the S/E model gained its all wheel drive option. This was later dropped for the 1991 model year. The 6000 was dropped after 1991, replaced by the Grand Prix sedan. In addition, the Pontiac 6000 wagon was the final GM designed station wagon offering from Pontiac, as it was replaced by the Pontiac Trans Sport in 1990.

The last Pontiac 6000 rolled off the assembly line on July 22, 1991.


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1988 BookPontiac 6000 Service Manual; General Motors Corporation


Photographs

Pontiac 6000 LE Coupe LE
1982-1984 Pontiac 6000 coupe photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo by Bull-Doser
View photo of Pontiac 6000 LE Coupe - 71KB
Pontiac 6000 LE LE
1982-1984 Pontiac 6000 photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo by Bull-Doser
View photo of Pontiac 6000 LE - 71KB
Pontiac 6000 LE Coupe LE
1982-1986 Pontiac 6000 photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo by Bull-Doser
September 26, 2007
View photo of Pontiac 6000 LE Coupe - 265KB
Pontiac 6000 1982-1988 Pontiac 6000 photographed in USA.
Photo by IFCAR
View photo of Pontiac 6000 - 97KB
Pontiac 6000 1982-1988 Pontiac 6000 photographed in USA.
Photo by IFCAR
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1985 Pontiac Catalog - Pontiac 6000 1985 Pontiac Catalog
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1985 Pontiac Catalog - Pontiac 6000 1985 Pontiac Catalog
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1985 Pontiac Catalog - Pontiac 6000 1985 Pontiac Catalog
View 1985 Pontiac Catalog - Pontiac 6000 - 8.8MB
1985 Pontiac Catalog - Pontiac 6000 1985 Pontiac Catalog
View 1985 Pontiac Catalog - Pontiac 6000 - 8.4MB
1985 Pontiac Catalog - 1985 Facts & Figures 1985 Pontiac Catalog
View 1985 Pontiac Catalog - 1985 Facts & Figures - 3.7MB
1985 Pontiac Catalog - 1985 Facts & Figures 1985 Pontiac Catalog
View 1985 Pontiac Catalog - 1985 Facts & Figures - 5.1MB
1985 Pontiac 6000 STE 1985 STE
Photo by "IDriveA6K"
284KB
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Pontiac 6000 LE LE
1985-1988 Pontiac 6000 photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo by Bull-Doser
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1986 Pontiac 6000 LE 1986 LE
1986 Pontiac 6000 LE 4-door sedan photographed in Lansing, Michigan.
Photo by Taxiguy57
November 16, 2009
View photo of 1986 Pontiac 6000 LE - 521KB
Pontiac 6000 1986-1988 Pontiac 6000 photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo by Bull-Doser
September 10, 2007
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Pontiac 6000 1987-1988 Pontiac 6000 photographed in Beltsville, Maryland, USA.
Photo by IFCAR
May 1, 2009
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1988 Pontiac 6000 Station Wagon 19881988 Pontiac 6000 Wagon photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo by Bull-Doser
View photo of 1988 Pontiac 6000 Station Wagon - 72KB
Pontiac 6000 LE1989-1991 Pontiac 6000 photographed in USA.
Photo by IFCAR
May 5, 2007
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Pontiac 6000 Safari 1989-1991 Pontiac 6000 Safari photographed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at the Byward Market Auto Classic 2009.
Photo by Bull-Doser
May 29, 2009
View photo of Pontiac 6000 Safari - 281KB
Pontiac 6000 Safari 1989-1991 Pontiac 6000 Safari photographed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at the Byward Market Auto Classic 2009.
Photo by Bull-Doser
May 29, 2009
View photo of Pontiac 6000 Safari - 217KB
Pontiac 6000 S/E S/E
Pontiac 6000 photographed in Washington, D.C., USA.
Photo by IFCAR
March 12, 2009
View photo of Pontiac 6000 S/E - 301KB
Pontiac 6000 STE STE
1986-1988 Pontiac 6000 STE photographed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Photo by Bull-Doser
April 9, 2008
View photo of Pontiac 6000 STE - 371KB
1991 Pontiac 6000 LE 1991 LE
Photo by "Chuck the Writer"
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1982 Specifications

ModelSTE Automatic Transmission
0-60 mph*11.2 seconds
80-0 mph*276 feet
Cornering Capability*0.782g
Interior Noise @ 70mph*72 dBA
Fuel Economy*18.1 mpg
*=Test conducted by Road & Track, October 1982 issue



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