1984 Pontiac Fiero Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1984 Pontiac Fiero from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance174000 miles
Previous carDatsun 280ZX

Summary:

Been there, done that, had a blast!

Faults:

Throttle body carburetor was automatic choke set, and wouldn't start all the time. Sometimes it got too much gas, other times no gas.

Parts were expensive compared to my old Datsun 280ZX. A park light lens was 50.00 used. The serpentine belt was about to break and was $400.00 to replace.

The seats were very hard, and long trips were painful. I drove mine to Texas from Oregon, and after 400-450 miles you had to stop for the day, and I'm a small person. ANYONE over 5'10" had a hard time driving or riding very far at all.

General Comments:

This car DID seriously feel like you were on rails. Cornered like nothing I had ever drove before. On the way to Texas, at almost every gas or bathroom (a lot more bathroom than gas stops) people would come up and ask if it was fun to drive. My answer was "Yes it is!"

I only had it about a year, then things started going wrong, one right after another. The throttle body carburetor was right away first, then sensors one after another. The starter was next. After that the Micky Mouse stuff. Last was the belt.

I decided to sell it, and one night it was vandalized. Mirrors, lights, windshield all broken. The lights and mirrors were very expensive to replace.

On a good note, late one night before it was vandalized, I was flying down a country road in Oregon. Before I knew it, the road turned to gravel. I had just started to slow down and a BIG Buck deer ran out in front of me. I knew I'd lose it I hit it, so I swerved; Yahoo, I slid forever sideways until I saw the mail box with a big heavy pipe cemented into the ground. I corrected or really over corrected, and the car went into the ditch and flipped up on the passenger side. I got out, flipped it back down (after I was done shaking) and looked it over. NOT A SCRATCH!

I jumped in, it started right up, BUT all 4 tires were off their rims.. It WAS FUN TO DRIVE!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2008

1984 Pontiac Fiero SE 2.5L, 4 cylinder. 92 hp from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5L, 4 cylinder. 92 hp Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired151000 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carGMC Sonoma

Summary:

Truly a top-shelf concept that was, unfortunately, built with "on-the-shelf" parts

Faults:

I bought my Fiero on Ebay for $177.50. It was advertised as "not running" with "electrical problems". I trailered it home, changed the battery, plugs, wires, cap, rotor, and gas and it fired right up. It hesitated badly, but a quick trip to the muffler shop for a new catalytic converter cured that. The car ran great for four months, and was the definition of pure joy to drive.

Aside from the engine having a red-line of only 5000 rpm, the following is not the car's fault.

I was attempting to merge with traffic doing 65 mph, but the lady in front of me on her cell phone was only doing approximately 30 mph. I shoulder checked, downshifted from fourth to third, dumped the clutch and nailed the gas. Unfortunately for me, I did not get the shifter pushed far enough forward. The transmission being a little difficult to shift at times, immediately popped out of third gear into neutral and I watched as the tachometer hit well above 6000 RPM, before I could take my foot off the floor. I could not get back into the right lane and was forced to drive the car another 1/2 mile before I could get pulled over. In that time, the car overheated and blew a head gasket.

General Comments:

At this time, I decided to do something never done before, and was nearing completion when I was called to active duty for an 18 month long tour in Iraq. But once I get back home, I will resume this astronomical undertaking with renewed vigor. Due to confidentiality, I cannot share more details, but I can tell you this: The Iron Duke is dead and a Nissan engine has received the nod to take its place.

As the only mid-engine car ever produced in America, I am truly surprised that the Fiero has not achieved super-star status. However, with their numbers decreasing rapidly, I would not be surprised to see their value begin to climb.

The handling is on par with that of much more expensive cars. I have never in my life driven a car more nimble and responsive than the Pontiac Fiero. And the common misconception about these cars is that they are fireballs waiting to happen. These cars were originally designed to be their own cars, but last-minute budget cuts reduced it to yet another "on-the-shelf" parts car, thrown together with a hodge-podge of parts from other lines. The result was a fairly decent car with a fast looking stance and no hardware to back up the looks.

The 2.5 liter engine was taken from the S-10 pick-up of the day, and when a sports car is equipped with a truck engine, disaster can be the only outcome. People that buy sports cars are often guilty of driving their purchases like sports cars. But if the heart and soul of your sports car is a truck engine, then it must be driven like a truck if it is to survive. Weak connecting rods often failed, and would punch through the side of the block, showering the super-hot exhaust manifold with a flammable oil mist, capable of engulfing the engine compartment within seconds and the entire car within minutes. This is the reason behind the famous fires that tarnished the Fiero name and forever buried the Pegasus. Pontiac remedied this problem by doing the American thing and taking the easy way out. Rather than replace the weak components, they simply placed a heat shield between the side of the block and the exhaust manifold.

If Pontiac were to ever come out with a retro model, such as Dodge with the Charger and Ford with the Mustang, I would HIGHLY suggest that they do it with the Fiero. Fix the flaws, do it right this time, and for God's sake, ignore the gas guzzling V-8 crowd and go with a turbocharged, water-injected, high-revving, super high output, dual overhead cam, 16 valve, 4 cyl. capable of generating 180+ horsepower. Get it under 1900 lbs. and get the power to weight ratio down around 11-12:1.

If the American automakers wish to compete with the Japanese, they are going to have to dig their heads out of the sand and start competing with them on their own level. Times have changed, and not everyone in the world wants a V-8 that can pass anything, but a gas station.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd December, 2006

22nd Dec 2006, 12:27

Except for your unrealistic 1900 lbs. weight limit, you've just described the 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP...

27th Dec 2006, 09:41

1900 lbs: Lotus did it with the Elise :)

4th May 2007, 22:53

A friend of mine put a v-6 supercharged engine in a fiero, on our school's dyno it ran a 11 second quarter mile, fast fast car, I think they should come out with another fiero.

30th Oct 2008, 20:41

I agree with you guys about Pontiac making another Fiero, the Fiero is the best thing GM made except for Saturn. People can say they have had nothing but problems with their Fieros, but who cares LOL, my Fiero had 150,000 miles on it when I sold it, and it ran until 210,000 before it seized because the guy I sold it to didn't put oil in it.

If you want one, get the V6, it gets almost 30 mpg and is pretty powerful with the four speed manual trans.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 22 reviews