1988 Pontiac Fiero Reviews - Page 3 of 8

1988 Pontiac Fiero GT 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance52500 miles
Previous carPontiac Firebird

Summary:

I've had this car for 20 years and have no plans to sell it any time soon

Faults:

Oil pressure sensor was a continually failed due to water intrusion. Sensor was relocated and is not an issue anymore. Clutch failed at 5000 miles due to a rear main seal leak.

General Comments:

I have always enjoyed this car and still do to this day. It still excites me to drive it. It's a shame GM screwed up so badly with this car. They finally got it right in 1988 and then they killed it. If they had built it this way in 1984 it would have been around for many more years.

This Fiero is very refined and a pleasure to drive!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2007

1988 Pontiac Fiero GT 2.8 Litre V6 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 Litre V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6400 miles
Most recent distance12200 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

I love this little car!

Faults:

Replaced the master and slave clutch cylinders when the car was 17 years old. Seals had dried out from minimal use.

General Comments:

I bought this car as an affordable "collector" car with future appreciation potential. The 1988 model was the best (and last) year for the Fiero. I drive it for pleasure, to car shows and in Fiero club events.

With the V6 and a 5-speed manual, this car is surprisingly quick. I'm 6'3" and I fit in it fine, with lots of leg room. Getting in and out is not the easiest thing because the car sits very low.

Even at 19 years old, the 1988 Fiero GT still looks fresh and exotic. The plastic body panels hold up extremely well, as does the paint and the interior.

The car handles like a go-kart and sounds like a V8. The mid-engine gives the car great balance. Although my Fiero has low mileage, we have many in our club with well over 100,000 miles that still run great. I saw one with over 400,000 miles on it's 4-cylinder engine and it was still running. If you want a fun car at a very reasonable price, get a Fiero soon. They are beginning to escalate in value and price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2006

1988 Pontiac Fiero Formula 2.8L V6 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired86500 miles
Most recent distance86650 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Greatest car ever produced that won't kill your bank account

Faults:

The previous owner kept a meticulous maintenance history. Since I have had it, there have been no problems.

Shortly after the original owner purchased it in 88 it had a faulty headlight motor, replaced under warranty.

In 2001 the suspension was replaced with 88 Stock setup.

In 2002 the interior was upgraded to leather with MRMikes leather seats for Fieros. Also replaced the muffler with a performance high-flow muffler.

The oil has been changed every 2000 miles.

It is in amazing shape and I cannot believe it is a 19 year old vehicle. It looks and performs like it was made in the last three years.

General Comments:

I was a kid when this car was originally produced, my parents bought one, and I was hooked on it. Ever since I wanted a Pontiac Fiero. Since that time I have purchased two, a 1986 4 banger to drive around in, and the 1988 formula to pamper and drive on nice days.

I am 6'4" tall, and I still fit comfortably in the car.

The interior is beautiful, and the 5 spd manual has so much torque you have to try not to spin the tires at a start.

The silver paint still looks as good as if it came off the assembly line.

This car is a major head turner, every time I drive it I get compliments and attention.

Best gas mileage for performance I have ever seen I get 28-30 highway miles, but I can still pass anyone on a whim, and tear up the asphault.

GM should never have terminated this production.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2006

1988 Pontiac Fiero GT 2.8L V6 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 miles
Most recent distance41000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Sidekick

Summary:

Best bang for your buck for a stylish, fun to drive sports car

Faults:

Alternator at 36,000 miles.

A/C needed replacement to change to new refrigerant at 36,000 miles.

Ignition coil went out while preparing for mountain run (morning of the run).

Torque converter lockup solenoid went out at 39,000 miles, made the car stall constantly.

One front shock got jammed, had to be cut off. KONI adjustable put in its place (on both shocks up front).

Headlight motor went out at 37,000 miles. Easy replacement.

General Comments:

I absolutely LOVE this car. It has its issues, but any 17 year old car will.

Handles great. Very low car. Only car I've seen that was lower to the ground was a 2002 Lotus Esprit. Easy car to handle, likes to stick to the pavement. It's a handful if you lose control, back end likes to come around.

Looks like a Ferrari. Gets MANY looks and good comments.

Fun car to drive, fairly easy to work on (just like any FWD car, has a FWD setup on the rear axle).

Love the mid-engine layout. Only American production mid-engine car. First Pontiac 2-seater.

Interior is rather comfortable if plasticky. My 6'2" cousin can fit in easily.

Gas mileage is a disappointment, 17-18 city and 23-24 highway. I've owned V8's that get better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2005

31st Mar 2006, 11:11

What's wrong with your Fiero?!? Mine gets at least 29 miles to the gallon...

14th Jan 2011, 10:19

I get a good 23-25 miles in town with my V6 1988.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 27 reviews