1985 Pontiac Fiero GT 2.8 from North America
Fun, fun, fun!
Currently undergoing a mechanical & cosmetic restoration to the cruiser/fun car level.
The untouched 175k motor (still had GM part#'s on every part and gasket besides water pump, belts, and tune-up parts) needed only to have those things replaced and leaky gaskets changed. Runs as good now as a new car.
Had been parked for a year because of overheating due to a cheap aftermarket plastic impeller water pump. Also needed a TCC solenoid. Last major mechanical problem to fix is to trace down an A/C leak and finish the retrofit to R134a.
Fun, inexpensive enthusiasts' car. Underappreciated and undervalued. Undeserved negative reputation. Great, but small community of fans willing to help and share knowledge. A handful of great vendors to support the car.
Much easier to work on than most think. One of the easiest and least expensive cars out there to upgrade and mod. Tons of proven mods with plenty of DIY info out there. Nearly any GM transverse-mount 4 or 6 cylinder engine can be swapped in relatively easy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th January, 2019
3rd Feb 2019, 04:47
Very nice review.
This is a true parts bin car.
The downside is its refinement due to the mix of Chevette (T-Body) and Citation (X-Body) parts.
The upside is its repair needs are easily addressed by its mix of Chevette (T-Body) and Citation (X-Body) parts.
Given it has a 2.8 V6, keep up with coolant flushes and be careful to not let it overheat. Head gasket integrity is not too strong on the fuel injected Chevy 60-degree V6. Aluminum heads on a cast iron block did not auger well at that time.
Other than the TCC solenoid, the TurboHydraMatic 125c is a good transmission - I worked for a Buick dealer for 4 years, and other than the TCC solenoid, no problems - a refreshing change from the other GM transmissions of that era.
3rd Feb 2019, 11:55
So, the upside is the downside, and the downside is the upside?
What about the 1988 model with the redesigned suspension? Would that be the upside-down-side?
4th Feb 2019, 21:30
These came out when I was in elementary school and at the time as a kid I thought they were very cool. The issue the Fierro had was the same as many GM products of the time. What had started as a very promising program wound up being ruined by bean counting and cost cutting. The suspension and braking systems were awful seeing as how they just took the same parts used on much cheaper cars like the Chevette.
It's a shame because the plug was pulled only 4 years after introduction.
10th Feb 2019, 04:25
The 1988 Fiero was a much improved vehicle that didn't get a fair shot at survival.
Quality was getting better, as they refined the X-Car/T-bits that comprised the car, as they underpinned other cars that sold more units, and would move the needle for the company's reputation as a whole.
Moreover, the suspension kinematic improvements in particular made for a much nicer vehicle to drive. Suspension geometry is critical when you have a tail-heavy, mid-engine car, and the critics liked what the engineers did.
It's sad GM pulled the plug on this car when they finally got it right.
Too many MBAs in The Corptrate Anthill methinks ;)