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    Thread: Pontiac Fiero appreciation thread - America's only mid engine car to date.

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      03-06-2005 11:42 PM #1


      The Pontiac Fiero was introduced in 1984 with a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine dubbed the Iron Duke. It was mated to a 4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic.

      In 1985 a 2.8 V-6 was added to the line up and a 5 speed was put in for the 4 cylinder while the V-6 kept the old 4 speed. The 5 speed was a unit manufactured by Isuzu and was not considered strong enough for the V-6. This was the first year of the GT and was the only year that the GT was a notchback style.

      In the middle of 1986 the V-6 was given a 5 speed designed by Getrag and built by Muncie and the GT was updated by giving it a fastback design and new tail lights with multi-colored lenses.

      1987 had mostly cosmetic changes to some of the trim levels.

      1988 got vented 4 wheel disc brakes and a revised suspension that removed the bump steer problem of the earlier cars. A rear sway bar was also added and the rims were staggered in sizes to better balance the car during cornering. The engine was also balanced differently from the 85-87 V-6s.

      Now...
      The Black GT pictured below is exactly what my old 1987 Fiero GT looked like. I owned it for a little over a year back in 1995. It was a fun little car. I think i paid $2,000 for it, don't remember the mileage.

      Does anyone like these cars? Ever owned one? Or have wanted to pick one up in the future?


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      03-06-2005 11:47 PM #2
      I'll have to admit that I wanted one a little over 10 years ago. But after reading all the horror stories about it, I ended up getting a Golf instead. I still like the styling though!

    4. 03-06-2005 11:51 PM #3
      I wanted an 87 GT the first time I heard one rip down my street. I remember seeing examples of people throwing Northstars in a while ago.

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      03-06-2005 11:53 PM #4
      Had an '86 GT for a couple years and it was the biggest piece of **** I've ever owned.
      Loved the exhaust note, tho.

    6. 03-06-2005 11:54 PM #5
      hmm Id love an LS2 With an S/C in a fiero

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      03-06-2005 11:55 PM #6
      I liked the styling also, I drove one once, the 4Cyl. I only remember the handbrake system was very odd to use.

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      03-07-2005 12:09 AM #7
      Actually you could buy an '86 notchback, the fastback was '86 1/2. My Dad bought an '86 1/2 and restored it although it didn't need much. the '88 is really the only one to pursue if you want a Fiero.

    9. 03-07-2005 12:21 AM #8
      [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      my g/f's brother in law has built a fiero GT with a GTP engine in it.
      right now the harness is out because he got offered alot of $$$ for it, but when it was running that thing sounded MEAN!!!

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      03-07-2005 12:40 AM #9
      The Fiero is not the only mid-engine American car. You are forgetting about the Corvair.

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      03-07-2005 12:44 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by jacobyb »
      The Fiero is not the only mid-engine American car. You are forgetting about the Corvair.
      Rear-engined. Might swing the Pantera but that's pushing it.

    12. 03-07-2005 12:49 AM #11
      where is the engine in the gt40? for some reason I think it's a mid engined car but it could just be late.

    13. 03-07-2005 12:51 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Cubster »
      Rear-engined. Might swing the Pantera but that's pushing it.

      Beat me too it

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      03-07-2005 12:53 AM #13
      I've got a couple fieros out in the driveway, maybe I'll fix up the 88 notchback this winter. They're fun cars to drive after driving more...solid...automobiles most of the time. It's sorta fun but scary, I drove the 88 around for a week before I took the tags off it and it's got bump steer like whoa and feels like it's floating. New shocks & struts along with all new brakes would be the 1st thing I did to the car if I decided to put it on the road. 2nd thing....Caddy 4.9 swap

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      03-07-2005 12:56 AM #14
      I think I have my years screwed up in my above post. Was it '85 1/2 or '86 1/2 that introduced the fastback?

    16. 03-07-2005 01:01 AM #15
      So I'm guessing the title excludes cars like the Saleen S7 and Mosler Photon?

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      03-07-2005 01:03 AM #16
      I have always loved the look of the GT's...look like a baby exotic to me. My best friend in high school had one w/ a 450hp LT1 in it. Probably the most fun, most raw car i've ever had the pleasure of riding in. Absolutley stupid, but soooooo cool.

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      03-07-2005 10:17 AM #17
      Ford GT40....Ford GT...Mosler Raptor...Consulier GTP....Saleen S7....Vector W8...

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      03-07-2005 05:40 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by Taimar2 »
      Ford GT40....Ford GT...Mosler Raptor...Consulier GTP....Saleen S7....Vector W8...

      Come on now guys... did i really need to put "Excluding Super Cars" in the title.

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      03-07-2005 06:08 PM #19
      actually....yes.

    21. 03-07-2005 06:18 PM #20
      As a kid I had two neighbors (at different times, same house though) that owned a Fiero. Don't remember what year they were, both were notchback models, but they were black Fiero 2M4s. Both of them had them as their second personal car in addition to "family car" (one had an 86 Pontiac 6000 STE, the other an 86 or 87 Audi 4000CS).
      The only things I really remember about those cars that stuck out was that they had stereo speakers in the headrests and they had composite bodies.
      But even then I though that the MR2 of that era was still the better/cooler car.

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      03-07-2005 06:22 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by Gateway »
      Come on now guys... did i really need to put "Excluding Super Cars" in the title.

      This is the car lounge

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      03-07-2005 06:33 PM #22
      One of the coolest cars I have seen in recent months was an '87 (I believe) Fiero GT with a Northstar swapped in. This wasn't one of your typical rough-and-tumble Frankenstein cars, this was a full-on show car. The owner even had mirrors laid under it to show off the spotless chassis.
      My level of Fiero appreciation ratcheted up big time at that show.

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      03-07-2005 06:34 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by Boxer2100 »
      One of the coolest cars I have seen in recent months was an '87 (I believe) Fiero GT with a Northstar swapped in. This wasn't one of your typical rough-and-tumble Frankenstein cars, this was a full-on show car. The owner even had mirrors laid under it to show off the spotless chassis.
      My level of Fiero appreciation ratcheted up big time at that show.

      Did you take any pics?

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      03-07-2005 07:10 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by Gateway »
      Did you take any pics?

      Unfortunately, this is the only one I got. It was becomnig sensory overload with all of the nice cars around, and I didn't get shots of everything that I wanted to.
      This was at the Woodward Dream Cruise last summer, BTW...

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      03-07-2005 07:18 PM #25
      wasn't the 88' Fiero to be ther 1st production car with electronically powered Power Steering??? No belt driven pump like all other cars, but a DC motor to spin the p/s pump???

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