Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I am going to start out with this gem I found on Craigslist. This is a car that GM decided to produce in the late 80’s to try and compete with Audi and BMW. The STE was introduced for the 1983 model year, and featured a high output V-6 engine, 5-passenger seating as standard, specific alloy wheels, and most of the luxury features offered on the imports. The last 6000 STE was produced for 1989 before the STE nameplate moved to the Grand Prix. So is this last year model desirable?
According to the detailed Craigslist Listing:
This is a very rare and very special vehicle. If there’s another one like it anywhere, I haven’t found it.
The 1989 Pontiac 6000 STE (“Special Touring Edition”) is a luxury sport-touring sedan. Moreover, it was GM’s very first offering with full-time all-wheel-drive. There is a center differential such that traction is smooth and car-like, not like a truck. It was also the very first time that GM offered headrests and shoulder belts for rear seat passengers.
The STE came with an on-board air compressor for automatically adjusting suspension firmness, for adjusting the driver’s seat lumbar support, and for adjusting tire pressure.
The dash is all electronic and digital, which was quite novel in 1989. So were the steering wheel controls for the premium audio system. Power seats, windows, locks and mirrors were, of course, standard. Also standard were four-wheel disc brakes with ABS all around.
This is a one-owner vehicle with only 70,020 miles that has always been garaged. My father (for whom I am selling this) is a retired GM engineer. He drove this as a company car, fell in love with it, bought it, and has pampered and doted on it ever since. The spare tire has never been used and the factory “accessory kit” (consisting of a spotlight, rain gear, first aid kit, tire inflation hose, etc.) is also included. Also included are the owner manuals, the original purchase paperwork and window sticker, and complete service/shop manuals.
Only two known deficiencies: 1) a BB-sized hole in the right headlamp lens, and 2) headliner fabric has come unglued in the back and is currently held up with upholstery pins.
Asking price for this unique bit of Pontiac History is $6,000. Take a look at the Listing Here, and tell me if this is a car worth saving, or not.