1986 Pontiac Fiero Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1986 Pontiac Fiero SE High Output 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission High Output 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

Fun

Faults:

Fuel pump.

General Comments:

Well I bought the car from a collector for $500; his wife was making him give up some of the cars he had.

I only had to put a fuel pump in it, and she was out of the garage in a few hours.

I can say I like the car; its big brother is a 98 Firebird V6 (which I still have), and this lil thing I think is faster than my Firebird; I'm not sure yet.

Lots of leg room, but I'm 5.9.

It has the high output V6 automatic transmission, and I only got it with 70000 on it. Can't wait to see how it does.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2008

1986 Pontiac Fiero SE 2M6 2.8L V6 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired128000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Wanna have some fun? GO BUY ONE!

Faults:

Most of the problems I have had with this car were related to the neglect of her last owner.

Not the most torque-ish thing in the world.

Limited cargo space.

General Comments:

Modifications:

Hardwired radiator fan

Removed restriction plate

Best damn car I've ever driven, let alone owned. It takes off like an F22 jet, and has handling to match. It sticks to the road forever, and when it does finally let go, it is is so manageable. I've yet to be out run by anyone's Honda Civic or any other imported car. I've even out ran Mustangs in my stock Fiero.

This vehicle's braking ability is only comparable to hitting a wall. The exhaust sounds like an angry lion.

Behind this monster is a very civilized calm car. She will be a calm ride... as long as you keep it on a leash.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2008

1986 Pontiac Fiero SE 2M4 2.5 I4 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 I4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carMazda B2000

Summary:

Soon to be an American classic

General Comments:

Not fast on the straightaways, but cornered like it was on rails.

Put a nice set of wheels on it, and people that didn't know better said it looked like a Ferrari.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2008

1986 Pontiac Fiero GT 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

A fairly fast, decent handling, fun car to drive.

Faults:

Headlight motors, easily rebuilt to better than new condition.

Replaced original clutch at 138,000 miles.

Fuel Pump.

Alternator.

Years later, I replaced the transaxle at 166,000 miles.

I also replaced the original, tired V6 with a rebuilt long block at 166,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car was pretty high mileage when I bought it. I drove it another 10 years. It has always been very dependable. Even with the worn out transaxle and engine, I could still drive it just fine.

After owning it for 14 years, I still like it as well as the first day I bought it. Maybe even more. So, I decided to rebuild it to like new condition. I'm a mechanic/machinist so it wasn't a problem for me. In fact, I think a Fiero is one of the easier cars to work on.

I've color sanded and polished the paint until it looks like a black mirror. I've actually had pedestrians stop walking and just stare. I imagine they are trying to figure out what kind of car it is. I even had one guy ask me if it was a new electric car. That's a pretty good testament to the styling of a car that is over 20 years old.

Gas mileage is pretty good, 21 City/30 Highway and easy to find a parking spot.

The A/C and heater work really well, not a lot of cabin space to heat or cool.

The interior feels like you're wrapped in a cocoon, real cozy, but with plenty of leg/head room.

I especially like cruising at night, with the pop-up headlights up, the sun roof (Vista Vent) open, listening to some cool music and the sound of that little V6 behind me. Seriously, it doesn't get much better than that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2008

11th Apr 2008, 13:05

So you would recommend buying one of these? There is an '86 GT for sale, $2,995. It looks like its in great shape, minus the inevitable tear in the cloth seats.

It'd be my daily driver.. I'm growing tired of my Plymouth Neon!

11th Jul 2008, 10:11

As I used to own a Neon, I'd say go for the Fiero. You'll spend about the same in maintenance and have the joys of driving a Fiero.

21st Jul 2008, 15:22

I actually sold the Neon, soon after someone else bought that '86 GT. I've found another Fiero, and I think I'll go with that one!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 35 reviews