God's own grocery getter!
A minor computer problem occurred at 89,000 miles, however, many GM cars of this year (including the 1988 Fiero I have) had computer problems that could occur between 50-100K miles. Neither car stopped running, it just ran rough.
The transmission started to rumble in 2nd gear, but this was due to a low amount of transmission fluid. Easily fixed. Still drove with the problem.
The starter motor started to go at 112K miles, however, I drove it for 5 days after the problem occurred, and I was never stranded.
The head gasket blew at 120K miles in 2000, but the car still drove home. The coolant mixed into the oil, and cylinder #4.
Car accident heavily damaged the rear suspension in winter of 2001, but rubber blocks inserted into the rear springs made the car drivable again.
Summer 2001, cylinder #4 spark plug thread gives out, given aluminum is not very strong. Plug is 1/2 inch out too far, but engine runs.
Engine starts loosing steam due to cylinder #4 issues, which is easily repairable, however, the rear end is giving out due to the accident.
This is the best car I have ever owned. Sure I have a Fiero that handles like it's on rails, but this car handles like a rally sport car. I loved driving this car at 70 MPH on the heavenly back-roads of East PA.
The paint, trim, and chassis held up beautifully (till the accident)! Even when it was near the sandy and humid beaches of Long Island, New York, in stop and go driving.
The interior is beautiful. The front and rear seats are so comfy, and the controls are perfectly placed, as well as seat belts that are never too tight, or too loose. The headliner is still good too.
The engine is wonderful! The fuel economy is excellent, even with a 3-speed auto. And there's even a turbo model out there.
I never needed a tow truck once. If I ever had a problem with this car, I either had fair warning, or was able to drive it normal with the problem. It's like a cat that's got 9 lives from the factory.
I drove it to the junkyard, and I bet my beloved Pontiac Fiero, that if I were to go into the junkyard I brought my car to, and charge the battery, it would be able to drive out of that junkyard, go to the store, go to my house, and then drive back to that junkyard, without failure!
If it were not for the accident, I'd still have that car, but I'd drop the turbo motor in, and a 4-speed auto, along with bigger wheels.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th October, 2002