Looking for Pontiac 6000 front bumper assembly, preferably near Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Thank you so much for the referral. I checked that web site and it has a very long long list of the available part that I am looking for. I had never heard of this web site car-parts.com It looks like all the parts are from the USA but there are so many listings that I will need to double-check them to see if any are in Canada. Problem with getting the part from USA is that some USA companies won't ship to Canada. Also, I hope that I won't be scammed because there are so many scammers. I paid $500 US for this part to a Wyoming outfit and found out they are fraud and I lost my money. Foolishly, I sent them an international money transfer as they said that was the only way to pay. Bank said that is like sending cash and no way to get the money back. Thanks again!
 

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I'm looking for a list of which 1990 Pontiac engines were non-interference engines and which were interference engines? I'm particularly interested in the 3.1 liter v6 engine in 1990 Pontiac. Also interested in all 1990 engines regarding whether they are non-interference or interference engines?
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The 3.1 is an interference engine based on Google "GM 3.1 interference engine".
If you have a specific GM engine in mind try the same thing.
 

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Hi melsg 5. Thank you for the information on letting me know that the GM 3.1 liter engine in my Pontiac 6000 is an interference type of engine and how to find that information on the web for GM engines in general. I also want to update you and thank you for information on the car-parts.com web site to find front bumper for my Pontiac 6000. I found the bumper and have obtained it and have had it i
nstalled! There was one good bumper listed in Canada and I called the company. They said it had already been sold. There were many listed in USA. I called an Ohio company. They sold me the bumper. They said that they don't ship themselves to Canada. They advised me that I could call a shipping company to myself arranging shipping to Canada. So, I called R&L Trucking Shipping and arranged shipping with that company. They picked up the bumper at the Ohio dealer and delivered it to the body shop that I am using in Toronto. It was also necessary for me to arrange to have a broker company do the paperwork at the border for the international passage, and I found a reasonably priced broker. This time I researched the companies thoroughly to help ensure they were legit, including a Dun & Bradstreet report on the Ohio dealer. Both the car parts dealer and the broker accepted my credit card so that helped me to have confidence that they are legit. So, I am so grateful that you told me about car-parts.com I would never have been able to get a replacement front bumper without knowing about car-parts.com !
 

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Hi again melsg 5. Doing a web search using the suggested phrase yields inconsistent answers. Some say the 3.1 is an interference engine, some say it is a non-interference engine, and some say it could be either depending on the year of manufacture of the engine. For example, on the web site 1998 Lumina 3.1L belt or chain? - Car Forums and Automotive Chat the information is that it is a non-interference engine. I've copied the comments from that web site:

1998 Lumina 3.1L belt or chain?


lumina_98
11-09-2007, 04:36 PM
New here so hello and new to Chevy. Just bought a 1998 Lumina garaged, one owner, looks factory new. Does the 3.1L have a timing chain or a belt? If a belt is the engine an interference type?
maxwedge
11-09-2007, 06:50 PM
Welcome to AF, chain.
jeffcoslacker
11-09-2007, 07:59 PM
It's a real motor...chain...non interference ;)
john51md
11-10-2007, 06:58 AM
It's a real motor...chain...non interference ;)

Jeff, you know if all 3.1's are non interference engines?, i have read a dozen posts here and there, and half say no, other half say yes.
I have a 93 GP 3.1 i put in my 89 Z 24.
lumina_98
11-10-2007, 07:28 AM
It's a real motor...chain...non interference ;)

Excellant! thanks
 

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Good to hear you got the bumper. This shows the 3.1 as interference, why are you asking?
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Thanks for the good comment on the comment. Your kind advice sure has helped me greatly! I am totally confused with the link that you just sent me. It doesn't list a 3.1 L GM engine. It lists a 3.0 L GM interference engine but I don't think that the 3.0 L engine is the same engine as the 3.1 L engine. The reason I am asking is that I prefer non-interference engines and I would be happy if my GM 3.1 L is of the non-interference design. And, out of curiousity. It seems that some sources say it is an interference design, some say it is non-interference design and some say it depends on the year of manufacture (pardon my repetition on that). On another topic, I reside in the Toronto area and have been driving my 6000 for 4 years. I have NEVER seen another 6000 on the road! Not any year, let alone a 1990, which is the one that I drive. My mechanics at 2 shops say that they have zero customers with a 6000 and that they have also never seen a 6000 on the road in many many years. GM sold so many 6000 cars yet they have disappeared! Difficult to understand.
 

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Sorry about the bad link. You have the second generation 3.1 know as the LH0. Trying to narrow down which generation, if any, is interference is difficult. Depending on the mileage on the engine you could be proactive and replace the chain. Concerning your mechanics, I have no idea how many were sold in Canada, combined with the last one sold was 30 years ago , and finally the age of your mechanics.
 

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Thanks for your reply! My main mechanic is 70 years old, and a GM specialist for over 40 years. Believe it or not, he looks like he is 45 and he loves his job and he knows GM cars inside out. He has fixed a lot of problems that younger mechanics just look at and scratch their heads and he is honest and finds a minor very inexpensive solution to a problem that other mechanics might mistake for a major problem The younger mechanics say they can't fix the car because they don't know about it,
 

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On your comment regarding the chain, I talked to my mechanic about it a year ago. He said that it doesn't need to be changed, and he said to leave it alone. Regarding mileage, the car has 140,000 miles on it, which obviously is very low for a 30+ year old car. And, I see that figuring out whether the engine is interference or non interference is really difficult, since the 3.1 L engine had many versions built. I think I will ask my mechanic whether the engine is interference or non interference, to satisfy my curiosity. Sure is a fun car to drive!
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I hear that very many 6000 cars were sold in Canada and that it was a very popular choice. Well, people don't keep cars for 30 years unless they reside in Cuba. And, low mileage helps to be able to drive a 30 year old vehicle, of course. I really appreciate your kind responses!
 

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Hi Doug, Nice to hear that SOMEONE drives 90s Pontiacs. I obviously am a big fan of Pontiac vehicles. Bravo on your well maintained 90s Sunbird and Silverado (I'm sure you baby them)! I do occasionally see Pontiacs around, just never a 6000. And, sometimes, sadly, the Pontiacs I see aren't well maintained, with no paint in many areas and rust where the paint is gone. I'm happy when I see well maintained Pontiacs on the road. A month ago I saw two beautifully maintained circa 1965 Pontiacs when at a gas station getting gas with my 6000. Enjoyed see them. I can't remember the models though. Thank you for your message.
 
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