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Old 08-29-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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Question Anyone have any experiences with a Pontiac Fiero?

I am looking to get a small car to use back and forth to work/school cause the ole Jeep just isn't gonna cut it. I'm going to look at an '86 Pontiac Fiero on Monday and I'd like to know what I need to look for other than the usual stuff. It's got a 2.5L "Iron DukeTechIV " Engine with a 5 speed manual trans. Just under 100,000 Miles so I'm hoping its still in good condition. It looks clean. Here's the link to the ad. Thanks for any help!

Cars for Sale: 1986 Pontiac Fiero Sports in Xenia, OH 45385: Coupe Details - 325895822 - AutoTrader.com

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Old 08-29-2012, 01:37 PM   #3
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I don't know a lot about fieros but I believe that I heard that their parking brakes are known to be weak and fail.
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I just bought an 88 GT a couple of weeks ago after looking for a few years off and on. The 4cyl will be a good commuter, but by no means will it go as fast as the design implies . The parking brake is a weak spot - mine doesn't hold at all and I've had no luck with the self-adjusting method described in the service manual. Other main weak spot is the headlamp motors, you can upgrade them to the later 87-88 design which is better, though. Check for rust in the engine cradle and the panels underneath the front and rear trunks - just because the body is plastic doesn't mean there isn't metal to rust elsewhere. I'm kind of amused by the 28mpg claim - my V6 got better than 28mpg on the drive from Austin to Atlanta and I was going 70 most of the way, so with a full tuneup I'd expect you to do a good bit better. I seem to recall with the "economy" gearing option Pontiac claimed 40mpg or so from the 2.5 on the old-style scale. Mine:

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Old 08-29-2012, 07:13 PM   #5
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this was my dream car when i was 17..lol I saved up my money to buy a used one at 19 - my daddy wouldnt let me... lol
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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I think it's gonna be a fun little car to drive if I get it. I watched some videos on youtube from car and driver or something similar that claimed they got their test vehicle (2.5L 5 speed manual) up to 110. It's not a very powerful engine but it's really light weight.
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They're a blast to drive. Go-cart like handling and a very unique car for its time.

The only negative I know is changing the spark plugs on the V6 is a true test of your mechanic skills.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #8
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Yeah, I've read that if you have bigger hands you basically have to pull the engine. Fortunately I'm not a big guy so I hope it doesn't come to that! At this point I'm just trying to fix an EGR code that's being thrown so I can pass emissions and register the damn thing, and it'd also be nice to fix the ground issue so all the lights don't flicker. Fixed the hazards not working when the engine wasn't running today, at least
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:10 AM   #9
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I pulled the trigger on the car and I'm bringing her home Thursday! Pretty excited. I loved the test drive I took. I had a little trouble with lag in the throttle but it's something I'll get used to. My dad is already givin me sh** about having a small car. I realized I'll now be the butt of all the jokes I made about all small cars. Kind of an eye opener!
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I pulled the trigger on the car and I'm bringing her home Thursday! Pretty excited. I loved the test drive I took. I had a little trouble with lag in the throttle but it's something I'll get used to. My dad is already givin me sh** about having a small car. I realized I'll now be the butt of all the jokes I made about all small cars. Kind of an eye opener!
Dont worry, when I bought my Stealth R/T my cousin visited me in florida and ragged on me for buying "some crap import with only a v6 in it". I reminded him it makes more power than our uncles Mustang gt and proceeded to blow the doors off the next one we saw at a light. More recently when I had moved back to michigan and he was giving me more grief about it, I lined up with him in his z71 silverado and we did a 3 mile drag down the main road outside of prescott mi (basically one light and the general store doubles as the gas station. Let him get about .5 mile ahead of me and screamed past him before he even touched 1.5 miles. Remember You buy the car for yourself to hell with what others think make it yours and love it and there is nothing better than getting behind the wheel.

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Congrats! Dunno if you found an issue with the parking brake, my problem turned out to be I wasn't engaging it right based on what the seller told me to do - I was pushing the button when trying to set it, which causes the dash light to come on but doesn't actually do anything. As soon as I stopped that nonsense it worked fine (that may sound dumb to anyone that hasn't operated a Fiero parking brake, but it's weird trust me). Even managed to pass emissions without fixing the EGR earlier today
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When I worked for Pontiac in the 90's as a Tech the Fiero was one of the cars the dealer trained me on. Just my opinions based on past experience but the only good thing in that car is the Iron Duke and the tranny. We had issues with the braking system, Electrical, and the cooling system mainly. I remember one master tech telling me that they were a mistake that should have gone the way of the Edsel. As far as the body issues, they are like the Camaros of that era. Rough, rattling monsters that were really not very good quality cars. The Iron Duke is a great engine, but the rest of the car might give you problems. Ayway, good luck and I hope it all works out.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:45 PM   #13
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Thanks all. I'm pretty excited to pick her up. I love the jokes because the way I look at it. You have no right to laugh at someone. (or their vehicle) unless you can laugh at your self(or your vehicle) Any ideas for a name?
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:30 PM   #14
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Here she is!




The Iron Duke Tech IV!



Not very Much room in the back.



It's pretty clean.. well its kinda dusty but it's not beat all to hell.



Fiero Means proud in Italian!

She is a blast to drive!!
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oops! forgot about the interior! my bad
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oops! forgot about the interior! my bad
Maybe you already posted it, but can I ask how much you payed for her?
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maybe you already posted it, but can i ask how much you payed for her?
$1500

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