1985 Pontiac Fiero Reviews - Page 3 of 6

1985 Pontiac Fiero 2m4 2.5 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 kilometres
Most recent distance63000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Fiero

Summary:

Pretty on the surface, but a mechanical nightmare under its skin

Faults:

Several little things at first until ultimately the old duke threw a rod. Fuel pump relay at 32000km no start tow truck, 39000 KMS fuel pump on the highway tow truck, left headlight motor stopped working at 42000kms, fuse panel fire at 46000KMS, blower motor quit at 48000, 12V plug died at 49000KMS, tail light bulbs started blowing regularly at 49000KMS. 52000KMS e-brake quit (surprised it lasted as long as it did. Rear right brake caliper seized up at 53000KMS, blew 3 fuses after a car wash strange never happend before at 58000KMS. Exhaust manifold gasket and thermostat at 61000km electric fan died at 62000kms. Small engine compartment fire due to battery at 64000kms on the way back from the mall. Thankfully I carried a fire extinguisher after all the horror stories I heard. Last, but not least the infamous Iron duke threw a rod right through the side of the block and there was oil everywhere. I said goodbye right there on the side of the road. I checked and changed my oil religiously and the car was too dang slow to abuse... not recommended.

General Comments:

It was slow, but fuel consumption was decent. the car was different and I thought that was kind of cool. It was a bit of a pain to fix at times, especially the electrical problems. Cheap to fix usually, but a really cheaply put together car. GM must have spent so much money developing the space frame chassis and enduraflex body panels they really cheaped out on the mechanical engineering. I'll admit having had a Fiero addiction I even owned an 87 GT before my 85 (no comparison to my MR2), but I soon realised what I was driving. It was weak then and still worse now! Buyer and collector beware, don't believe the hype.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd May, 2007

1985 Pontiac Fiero SE 2.5LT from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5LT Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Tons of fun!!!

Faults:

Hydraulic clutch line failed at 60,000 miles.

New clutch at 61,000 miles.

New rear axle at 62000 miles.

General Comments:

This little car is just a toy. It's not my primary vehicle. Used only in the summer and stored in the winter.

Handles very well with decent acceleration for 4 Cly.

Also very easy to work on. Parts are cheap and easy to find as it shares many components with other GM cars of it's day.

Still turns heads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2007

1985 Pontiac Fiero 2m4 from North America

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance39000 miles
Previous carGeo Storm

Summary:

A big disappointment.period

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong yet. The car just eats gas and is the biggest dog I have ever driven. Even with the manual this car has no get up and go.

The fact that you can only wind it up to around 5000 doesn't help much either. Its got torque, but no snap. The thing hardly does a burnout when I drop the clutch, unless its raining. The body and style is pretty cool, but I thought I would be able to pull a little more performance out of it than I can. The thing handles like hell around corners, it just can't accelerate out of them fast enough for my liking. No top end either. I think she hits about a 100 mph. My Geo metro can keep up with this car, my Geo storm kills it.

General Comments:

Cool looking car.

Handles nice.

Stick with the V-6 models, the iron dukes are slow.

Lots of room even for tall guys like me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2005

27th Mar 2008, 23:06

Well.. maybe it's cause the 4 only has around 92hp, and that it was geared to get 50mpg.. I dunno, it's crazy but that might have something to do with it.

1985 Pontiac Fiero Coupe 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

A sleeper of a sports car right now, that a select group are aware of

Faults:

The starter and then the alternator needed to be replaced, as did a few other small things, but again it is almost 20 years old now.

We own 19 running Fieros of all years and models to date, so that just shows you how nice a car it is to own and maintain, for us to end up with that many.

General Comments:

The Fiero is a very reliable car.

This '85 is just one great example of how much potential these cars have, to be able to almost anything you want to them.

We have some that are strictly stock, and some that are customized quite a bit.

We swapped the stock seats for racing seats, added a Pilot steering wheel, roof scoop, side ground effects, changed the front and rear bumpers to a GT set, and added a chin spoiler, full interior and exterior under car neon lighting, rear deck lid scoop, hood vents, larger 17" rims by Konig wrapped with Nankang low profile tires, dual LCD/DVD screens, center console sub woofer and a LOT more. See it at:

http://www.cardomain.com/id/fiero5 along with the rest of our Fiero fleet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2004

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 21 reviews