1987 Pontiac Fiero GT 2.8 V6 from North America
A sweet little car that performs as good as it looks!
At 145,000 miles the crank shaft broke, locking up the motor. Bought re-manufactured motor for $1200 and installed it. The new motor would start backfire and die. Turned out that the coil wasn't sending a powerful enough spark, but it cost less than $30 for a new one. Bad problems with the paint fading.
I would give my Fiero the award for best bang for the buck. It has enough power to be fun just don't race a Mustang GT and expect to win. It handles better than you would expect, but can get you in trouble in a hurry if you aren't careful. Zipping around 90 degree bends in the road at about 35mph is pretty fun, but if you try and change lanes to quick at 55mph you will end up in the ditch like I did. I love that it's a 2 seater and has power everything and its actually quite rare to see one that's in good shape inside and out. Don't be afraid of working on them because there is actually more room in the engine compartment than appears. Parts are dirt cheap in comparison to any newer car and there is very large aftermarket following. The inside is close and comfy, not unlike a Corvette. A larger person may feel cramped, but I'm 6'1" and the closeness of everything gives me a feeling of control. It does sit very low, but that's part of the fun. All in all it's a cheap, reliable, and slightly rare little sports car that is a world of fun to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th January, 2003