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Pontiac J2000

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A car produced by Pontiac for the 1982 model year.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Automotive Industries page on 1 May 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

For 1982, the rear-wheel-drive Sunbird was replaced by a new front-wheel-drive compact called the J2000. Appearing as a sedan, coupe, wagon or hatchback, the J2000 was powered by a carburetted, overhead valve cast-iron 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine. Power was 88 hp (66 kW). During the year, this engine was joined by a new 1.8-litre four, a single overhead-cam unit with an aluminum head imported from GM of Brazil. This engine used throttle-body electronic fuel injection, in contrast to the carburetor that was used in the previous engine, making 84 hp (63 kW). It was initially only available in conjunction with the automatic transmission. The J2000 shared GM's internationally used J-Body platform with the Chevrolet Cavalier, Oldsmobile Firenza, Buick Skyhawk, and Cadillac Cimarron in North America.

For 1983, the J prefix was dropped. This was in an effort to market the J2000 as a smaller version of the Pontiac 6000, which had a similar appearance. A five-speed manual was newly optional. The standard engine was replaced by the fuel injected Brazilian engine, while a stroked 2-litre fuel injected version of the overhead-valve 1.8 became the optional engine, producing 88 hp (66 kW). A convertible called the 2000 Sunbird was also new for 1983.


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1988 BookChevy Cavalier, Buick Skyhawk, Cadillac Cimarron, Pontiac 2000, Olds Firenza 1982-1987: All U.S. and Canadian front wheel drive models; Chilton Book Company
1995 BookGeneral Motors 1982 thru 1994 Automotive Repair Manual: Buick Skyhawk, Cadillac Cimarron, Chevrolet Cavalier, Oldsmobile Firenza, Pontiac J2000 & Sunbird by Larry Warren & John H. Haynes; Haynes
1996 BookCavalier/Sunbird/Skyhawk/Firenza 1982-94 Repair Manual: Covers all U.S. and Canadian models of Buick Skyhawk, Cadillac Cimarron, Chevrolet Cavalier, Oldsmobile Firenza and Pontiac 2000/Sunbird by Matthew E. Frederick, Chilton Automotive Books


Photographs

Pontiac J2000 Drag Racing Scale Model Subject:  Pontiac J2000 Drag Racing Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Indian Uprising Model Car Show
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Pontiac J2000 Drag Racing Scale Model Subject:  Pontiac J2000 Drag Racing Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2011 Indian Uprising Model Car Show
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1981 Specifications

ModelAutomatic Transmission
0-60 mph*16.3 seconds
80-0 mph*283 feet
Cornering Capability*0.730g
Interior Noise @ 70mph*75 dBA
Fuel Economy*22.0 mpg
*=Test conducted by Road & Track, August 1981 issue

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