Pontiac 6000
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Pontiac
Model: 6000
Pontiac 6000

On the bright side of things, the Pontiac 6000 STE was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list three times, from 1983 to 1985. This model was a reserved mid-size car released by the Pontiac division of General Motors in 1981 for the 1982 model year. It was slotted between the Bonneville and the Phoenix and it shared its platform with the Buick Century, the Chevrolet Celebrity, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera and the Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser station wagon. The STE, Special Touring Edition that was mentioned above, was added in 1983 and morphed the 6000 into a road car capable of competing with sports cars from abroad. This competition included the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz 190E. The 6000 wagon also made its first appearance in 1984, and later in 1987, a sporty S/E sedan and wagon that came with ground effects and much of the STE's running gear also showed up. Further, a 5-speed manual was available on some models beginning in late 1987. By the year 1989, changes were in store with a restyling of the rear window and other minor cosmetic upgrades. The rear window was now curved and more aerodynamic than the last model's formal rear glass. Furthering the changes, the two-door coupe was dropped in 1989. Then, by 1990 the 6000 was scoring very highly with customer satisfaction, so highly that GM thought about a redesign of the model for the mid-1990s. Sadly, this never came to fruition, and production of the 6000 ended on July 5, 1991. At this point it was replaced by the sedan version of the Pontiac Grand Prix. The 6000 station wagon was last produced in 1990. While they were still on the line though, the 6000 was built at the Oshawa Car Assembly plant in Ontario, Canada from 1981 to 1988 and in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma until production ended in 1991. Further, they were also made in Tarrytown, New York in limited numbers.

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