This car is my baby.
It was the first new car I ever owned, and the best investment I could have made.
It's a red Sport Coupe with the alloy wheel package. It looks exactly like the Fieros that Pontiac used in their magazine ads that first year.
$9,489 from Sullivan Pontiac in Merrillville, Indiana. Ordered in October 1983, delivered in April of '84.
Gas mileage is 23-30mpg.
I drove it 50,000 miles in the first three-and-a-half years. It ran like a top.
Putting on Goodyear Eagle GTII's in place of the "performance GT+4's has made all the difference in wet weather handling.
Luggage space? I have carried everything from brick pavers to bags of mulch to a Christmas tree to a month's worth of groceries in this car, in the front and rear trunks and behind the seats. Not a problem.
At 5-10 and 145 lbs., I find the seats extremely comfortable and durable. More than enough leg room.
People who complain about how balky the 4-speed manual is should drive a Triumph TR6 for comparison.
"But it only holds two people!" And how many people are in most cars on the road, even hulking 7-passenger SUV's?
0-60 times are 8-9 seconds. More than fast enough to merge onto a busy expressway. Drag racing!? I'm 46!
Thanks to its plastic body panels, it looks almost as good now as it did when it was new. But then, it's been garaged for all, but two months of its 19 years.
Since it barely gets driven 3,000 miles a year these days, the oil gets changed every 3 months.
If I could change three nitpicky things about this car, I would give it a dashboard glovebox, trade one of its two ashtrays for an oil gauge, and most important, turn it into a convertible.
I have finally found a Pontiac dealer with a mechanic who went to school to learn how to fix Fieros. As he told me to my horror, many dealers didn't have one Fiero-trained mechanic even when Fieros were being made, let alone now. My previous Kafkaesque dealer service experiences began to make perfect sense.
This car and I will ride off into the sunset together, passing rusty, flat-tired MR-2's.