So what is the story with Fieros?

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  1. PanzerAce

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    I found one nearby (an 87) and was wondering what the deal with them. First I really have heard of them, never knew Pontiac made a mid engine car :dunno:
     
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    there great if you wanna make a redneck ferrari? :dunno:
     
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    GM never released a point on reason for killing the fiero. essentially, everyone pretty much believes that it was because what was meant to be a small, cheap, economy car, turned into a sports car that was outperforming the f-body and corvette in some areas of performance, which hurt their sales. fieros are cool as hell and are a blast to swap a bigger motor in. bodys usually stay great since they are plastic, and they handle pretty well too.
     
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    :cool:

    I almost figure that for 700 bucks, it almost doesn't matter what condition it is in. If I do get it, I'll probably just have fun with it and not worry about how it looks.
     
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    swap in a 4.3L V6 or a Northstar V8 and have a blast
     
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    cost of engine + time needed for swap?
     
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    My friend built a Northstar'd Fiero for under 5K (cost of car/drivetrain/addt parts). It hauls ass, and him and I did the engine swap in a day. I'm sure your average backyard mechanic could do it in a weekend.
     
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    supercharged 3800s are pretty common, so are the later model gm 2.4s i believe, like out of grand ams, z24 cavaliers, as well as turbo ecotecs that can make a mad amount of power .
     
  10. Great engine! Junkyards have them pretty cheap + overdrive pulley for blower = plenty of cheap power.
     
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    The Fiero was GM's answer to the Toyota MR-2. It's built from two Mercury Capri front-ends, stuck back-to-back, with slightly different bodywork.
     
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    One of my old girlfriends had one with the V6 and 5 speed, it was actually a really fun and good handling car for what it was.
     
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    i just dont know what to say
     
  14. Jake!

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    I had one for a few years ago. I paid $1500 in 2001 or 2002. An 86 with 67,000 miles.
    It was a fucking blast to drive. If I had room I'd get another.

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    Those wheel covers were horrid.

    I even had the Holley air scoop! But I can't find any pics of mine.
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    A friend back home has a Gold 88 GT V6 Manual with T-tops & 30-some thousand miles. He won't sell it :mad:
     
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    :eek4:

    I don't think I'll be putting an LS1 in there, something that is a little more of a known quantity though....;)
     
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    You're right, that wasn't the right donor car. Damn if I can remember the correct name, but it is made from two front-ends of a front-engine, front-drive car.
     
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    after reading that I'm grinning like an idiot in class.
     
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    Friend had one. What a piece of junk. Alot of problems with the engine and trans.

    It's like driving a go-cart...
     
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    Good :eek5:
     
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    shit, these things are cheap out here. 2k is about the MOST I am seeing them for, and those are in absurdly good condition.

    Now to find a new engine :naughty: Thoughts on what I should look for?
     
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    I would deff go with the 6 banger with the supecharger. Seems like a good budget buildup with plenty of power.

    IMO I wouldn't go with a caddy engine. If something breaks and you are on a budget, you might end up scraping hte whole idea due to cost 1/2 way through.
     
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    more info about the 6 + super? I never really paid any attention to American engines until I caught this bug :o
     
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    Extremely cool cars with an engine swap. I'd go Northstar personally. They sound awesome, rev freely, run silky smooth and have a fairly high redline. The 3800 not so much.
     

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