1990 Pontiac 6000 LE keep or junk?

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Well I have a 1990 Pontiac 6000 LE AUTO 3.1L V6 148,602 Miles
it has 2 problems and i have some ideas as to what might fix them. someone correct me here because i really like this car and wouldnt want to trash it.

1. When i go 45, 50, or 55 MPH, the service engine light comes on.
2. When the car is warmed up i head to school and go through a lot of stop signs. When i stop at one and then go to move again, the engine revs but the car doesnt move. this happens for about a second and then the car either moves or jerks forward depending on how much gas i am adding. As fun as this is doing burnouts, its very frustrating. I stop on a back-sloping hill, and when i go to move agian the car rolls back and then only moves. i am always afraid to hit the person behind me.

For problem #1
1. Dont mind it.
2. Get the wire going to the dashboard that activates the light disconnected

For problem #2
1. Try a fuel injector cleaner. however this has had negative effects in the past. the car was shutting off randomly. then again if the car is revving before it engages then there is fuel coming to the engine so that cant be the problem
2. I have read of things called "Gear Links". Something that pulls the gears in place. this is an automatic car that i have. and the procedure or replacing the link may prove costly and ineffective.
3. Dont mind it (kinda a bad idea but if you say that this is nothing to worry about and its natural in old cars, then i will just leave it alone)


posted by  6000LE

For the first problem, as long as you're sure that there isn't a problem, then either of your suggestions will work. For the second one, I can tell you that it is definitely a transmission problem of some kind, not real sure what because I've never experienced a problem like that before. Your second solution sounds like it may be the answer.

posted by  hondaman

Well thats what i dont know. Ive seen these cars going over 200k miles and people still drive them. I just dont want to fix something that is not needed. If this is not a fatal problem, then i just wont bother with it, but if it is then i might fix it. I also want to start modding the car as dumb as this may sound. Just a sound system, but i still want to be assured that my investment will be protected.

posted by  6000LE

check your trans fluid, for starters. see if it's low, and smell it. if it's brown and has a nasty, burned smell to it, you've definitely got a bad trans. if it's low, put more in and fix the leak. if it's full and looks ok, you could still have a bad trans, though.

btw, sound systems are generally removable and transferrable when discarding a vehicle...

posted by  dodger65

fluid is brownish i checked before
thought of draining it and refilling
cant go wrong with a $20 try

posted by  6000LE

keep in mind that this car has quite a few miles on it
148k and then some
so the burning smell can just be somethiing that naturally happens
when i open the hood, its like every other old car
engine has leaing motor oil everywhere

posted by  6000LE

I went to the mechanic and he said its either the $1000 Transmission Pressure Pump or we can try the Fluid for $5
Turns out that there was no fluid at all
For some years now
So basically in the 8 years my dad owned the car he never checked it nor added it. Runs beatifully now. Engages right on target.

posted by  6000LE

junk It !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by  google.com

why, thank you... :wink2:

posted by  dodger65

Start saving some money, 'cause odds are you will need to rebuild the trans in the near future. :2cents:

posted by  srober32

How long have you had the car and how do you drive it? I have a 6000 LE that my sister bought for me in 2002 for $900 and it has 207800 mileson it. When I first got it it would cut off if I drove it too hard (hit the gas then brake then gas then brake, etc) or if driven for long periods of time. I cut back to driving only to school and back (about a 2 minute drive) and to pick up my sister (another 2 minutes). After a few months it ran better and smoother and didnt mind racing on the roads. Just try puttin 93 gas in it once every week or so, try to keep more than half a tank in it for a few months, and drive it easier. This also salved my problem where it would pull at 35MPH if i tried to ride at that speed,
And as far as the service engine light, mine comes on when it's low on something (oil, trans fluid, or coolant). Try checking those or getting them changed.

posted by  ReaRea

Your first gear isnt engaging when it should be for problem number 2

posted by  Oomba

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