first wrote this, I had a white, 5-speed, Ď87 GT. One
jacked-up Ford F-250 pick up in a 55 mph construction
zone and now five months later, I have a red, 5-speed
Ď88 GT; but more about that later.
Fiero came out while I was in college. Although
beautiful, I wasn't overly interested in cars at the
time. My Datsun 210 was enough to get me back and forth
and, to be honest, I didn't know cars could be fun.
After all, I had a base model Datsun 210!
letís jump to the 1990ís. I still thought Fieros were
beautiful, but impractical, and my '87 Plymouth Sundance
was getting me around. Then a guy at work said he was
going to get his daughter a Fiero for school because she
couldn't load the car with all of her friends. For some
reason that conversation came back to me in 2013 when it
was time to get my daughter a car. I did some research
and found out Fieros are safe and available. This
assertion was tested fairly well by the incident with
the F-250 mentioned above.
September 2013 we purchased an '87 GT from a guy on the
other side of Atlanta who brings Fieros back to life.
The car was clean, A/C worked, and everything seemed
good to perfect. We picked the car up after geocaching
in the only Georgia State Park we had not yet visited
and drove the two-plus hours back home. It was a blast
to drive and averaged over 31mpg. The engine revved
cleanly well past the 6000 rpm red line. Everyone who
drove it, including the minister down the street, put
the tachometer well into the red before shifting. The
engine just did not protest! Maybe not the best car for
my daughter, but it had about as much horsepower as a
modern Nissan Sentra; this is just one of the reasons I
purchased a Fiero. The others are: it had a manual
transmission, the right price, safety, and two-passenger
convenience for my daughter to drive to school and back.
She learned how to drive a stick shift and even pulled
out cleanly in 3rd gear when the select cable unraveled.
We put about 2,000 miles on the car after purchasing it.
a lot to learn, which was interesting since I was not
mechanically inclined. Lucky for me, my wife had a
coworker in the Navy who wanted to be a mechanic. When
the car made a terrible noise he came over and diagnosed
the water pump as the issue. We replaced it along with
the belts. That gave me the confidence to replace the
alternator, the select cable, and the clutch slave
cylinder when they went out. Other than that there were
only a couple of other issues that arose.
Another story about driving the Fiero was when I was
helping out at a car show with the CSRA (Central
Savannah River Area) Mustang Club. My wife has a 2011
Mustang V6, 6-speed manual convertible that is unique
because itís the only one in the CSRA Mustang Club and
is still stock. So instead of bringing the Mustang, I
brought the Fiero. They lined me up with the Mustangs,
so when they raised their hoods, I raised mine. It
looked pretty funny with all the V8s being shown off and
my hood flipped the other way. The Mustang owners parked
next to me were shocked my car didn't get an award
because more folks talked to me than them. Last year I
brought my '88 Fiero GT to the show. Lots of folks
stopped by and relived memories.
currently own the Mustang and a Ď08 Toyota Siena
CE. From 1996 until 2011, I owned a Ď96 Pontiac Sunfire
convertible with a 2.5L and manual transmission. I still
miss that car. If I had a lousy day I could put the top
down and feel as if I was baptized in the sun.
dream car has always been the Corvette ever since seeing
them at a garage called Corvette Corner in Hialeah, FL
when I was five or six. Even used, the Corvette dream
kept me from studying a few times while I was attending
Florida State; however, the Mustang is ruining that
dream because it's not a lot of fun to drive. There's no
excitement getting up to speed. The Mustang can do 60
mph in second gear and doesn't get near the redline
until 70 mph. Although a beautiful car, there's no
thrill in driving it. Would a Corvette be as
January 2014, the day after I joined NIFE, my daughter
pulled out in front of the F-250 mentioned above. She
and her sister are fine, but their guardian angels are
getting exhausted. My oldest had to wear an immobilizer
on her left knee and had a scratch on her forehead as if
she bumped into a tree. My youngest had a cut on her
left hand like she had fallen off her bike. Both were
sore from the seatbelts, my youngest saying it felt like
a bad gymnastics work-out. It is amazing they are both
fine, thank God and Jesus. The county lowered the speed
limit on that road the next week after the accident.
2014 I purchased a Ď88 Fiero GT as a daily driver. My
daughter is now driving the minivan. This Fiero's
interior is near perfect, but I've had some mechanical
problems. The distributor went out on the way to work
and later the catalytic converter had to be replaced. I
havenít made many modifications to this Fiero yet. I am
mostly fixing what breaks at this point, but I did put
in keyless entry. OK, fine, I didn't really do it. I
actually paid an Army mechanic to do it for me at his
house and he ended up showing me how to do it myself. He
only charged me $15, so I over tipped him more than
that. Getting the mechanical aspects working has
prevented me from making other modifications like the
keyless entry. Still, I managed to enjoy my first SCCA
event at the Michelin Proving Grounds in Laurens, SC. I
had a blast and I expect to enjoy it again next year.
There's just something about the way a Fiero drives.