1985 Pontiac Fiero User Reviews

1985 Pontiac Fiero Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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"ride" 13 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"seat" 3 reviews
"heavy car" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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QuantumJ writes:
1985 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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4

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Exotic styling that is affordable. Many GM model replacement parts fit it. Interior has surprising head/legroom. Head turning looks and curve hugging ability  completely stock. Body panels never rust.

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Headlight motors often go bad. (Lights can be rolled up manually though.) Requires four wheel alignment. Emergency brake can lock up on occasion, pull handle at own risk. Watch for frame rust under Northern cars.

QuantumJ
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Saw Them Brand New Way Back In 1984, Been In Love Ever Since. — A fun toy that is embodies the '80's. Have owned both four cylinder and V-6 versions. I would say that the "Iron Duke" 4 is a little more reliable and easier to tune up. At just under 100 hp, it isn't fast, so I recommend getting a Fiero with a manual transmission behind the Duke (auto is okay, though). It is, however, great on gas and suitable for normal driving conditions. The 2.8 V-6 Fieros (either auto or standard trans versions) will run circles around the 4 cyl models, but at the sacrifice of some fuel efficiency. If you purchase a V-6 model, hang on tight, because these cars seem a lot quicker that the 140 hp factory rating suggests. These cars will take care of you the way you take care of them. If you keep your lead foot in them all the time and drive them hard, they won't last long. However, treat them with respect and drive them normally, and they will last a surprisingly long time. Even with modifications such as souped up supercharged 3.8's, and wild suspension and exterior mods, these cars are not $200,000 sports cars--nor were they ever intended to be. Too many of these beautiful, unique cars are getting chopped up to make replica cars, butchered beyond recognition, and wrapped around trees by unskilled, wannabe racers. Factory stock, unmolested Fieros are quickly going extinct. Grab one while you can. And most of all, have fun.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Brandon writes:
1985 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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love that its fun to drive

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hate that i dont have her anymore

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Solid Car If You Know How To Take Care Of Them — these poor cars dont get the respect they deserve all anyone thinks of them as is the car that starts on fire as soon as you leave the lot. what they dont tell you is that its due to improperly maintaining the vehicle mine made 226,000 miles just fine. im not sure about the 2M4 is but as far as the 2M6 models they accel great and for saving they have a governor they go 140+ the style is sleek and looks great with racing stripes. overall this car is so fun the drive.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Andrew writes:
1985 Pontiac Fiero GT Review
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Easily customized for a real enthusiast that isnt afraid to put personal time in the garage.

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If you like cars, but don't aren't mechanically inclined or have no desire to be, then dont get a Fiero.  Fieros: Making Ordinary Men into Mechanics since 1984

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Love It And Plan To Tackle The Scca And Autocross World — Performance: quick accel off the line with a burst to about 55 then starts to mellow out. Good for stop light runs, but the car was built for the twisties. Build Quality: ive restored this car over the last 4 years so the car is up to my OCD standards Apearance: repainted the car two summers ago Viper red and jet black trim. interior is beechwood (tan) with new dual material seats (marine treated cloth center for comfort ad leather bolsters for strength) 2, 3" speakers in each head rest. Handling: this is why i bought a Fiero to begin with, anyone can put 10k in a motor and mash the throttle in a straight line for a 1/4mi, but to really test the driver you actually have to turn the wheel. yeah, i dont have top-end power, but the torque is where you want it while your huggin the corners.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Rob writes:
1985 Pontiac Fiero GT Review
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good on gas, fun, fast, comfortable, mid engine, 2 seater,

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notchback, auto,

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Poor Mans Supercar!!! — great looks for a car made in 80's. 2.8 is great for such a lite car. good gas mileage, easy to fix. seats are comfortable but very low to ground reminds me of nsx, and triumph. lots of traction, needs bigger rotors.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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jamnblues writes:
1985 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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Was there ever a more beautiful cheap commuter car? Powerful with the V6- economical with the 4- reliable, quick steering, good cornering with the weight in back, fun to drive-  The plastic body eliminated door dings and rust.

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No storage space, weak brakes, performance disappointing for those who expected a mid-engine Ferrari.

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Loved My 1985 Fiero 2m6 With The Original Nose — Stylish, experimental, innovative- the Pontiac Fiero started as a commuter car and evolved into a real sports car. With the same dimensions and specs as a Ferrari Dino, GM made a rare offering from 1984 to 1988- a cool, sleek, mid engine sports car for those on a budget. Purists complained it didn't perform like a Dino, but the maintenance costs and reliability made the Fiero more practical as a daily driver. The mid-engine V6 gave me many thrills going along the twisty mountain roads, but I had to be careful when it rained or snowed- the car would swap ends fast as lightning. While honing my driving skills, this car made me look good. Beautiful.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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neverenoughcarsruss writes:
1985 Pontiac Fiero GT Review
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mid engine, great handling

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Harder and harder to find parts

neverenoughcarsruss
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You Have To Love It, Or You Will Hate It. — The Fiero has a cult following. If you think it is gorgeous or classic then by all means go get one. I got this var because of its potential. It is small and light weight, but most importantly it is mid engined. This is a rare thing to find in a car that is easy to modify. Many engines can be swapped into it fairly easily such as; 3800 gm v6, 3800 supercharged v6, Cadillac northstar v8, and just about any small block Chevy. I am currently in process of swapping a supercharged v6 into mine. If you want super car speed for less than 15 grand, the fiero and some custom work is for you.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Michael writes:
1985 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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My First Car. — My Fiero is absolutely amazing! For a 4 cylinder it gets a good 0-60 in 11.45 and 60-0 is about 4.5. The fact that it is a Mid-Engine car grants it superior handling compared to most other cars of its time. It needs some repairs, but mostly all cosmetic/restoration detailing. The interior needs a bit of help as well, but that will come as I get money to begin restoration. Having an L4 engine also gives it a pretty good advantage for fuel economy, getting about 25-30 MPG with a 10 (+/-) gallon tank it usually fills on less than 25 dollars. This car is absolutely one of the most fun things to drive, as it can take a suggested 45MPH corner at 75 and still handle like a dream, as long as you know how to drive with manual steering.

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Eddie writes:
1985 Pontiac Fiero GT Review
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Great handling, fuel efficient, sleek looks, very comfortable, not too cramped for tall people

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Shocks, wide turns, getting use to putting the maual drive into reverse

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The 80's Has Never Looked And Felt So Good — This is my second Fiero. The first model I owned was the SE and my second and current model is the GT. I LOVE this car. For something this sporty that was produced in the mid 80's, this car handles like a true sports car that it is. I am very impressed with the GT over the SE. The power. stability and sturdeness is something my last Fiero couldn'nt touch. The 140 hp V6 engine is a dream to handle. I simply can't get enough of this car. It's fun to drive and it allows me to manuever in and out of traffic with the speed and swiftness I demand. Do it yourself maintenance on this car is inexpensive when serviced accordingly. The Fiero really is an unique car. I don't think I will ever get rid of this car unleess I am forced to by circumstance. Just remember this, Take Care of It and It Will Take Care of You.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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som1els66 writes:
1985 Pontiac Fiero Sport Review
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She is a one of a kind!

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exhaust mainfold

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She Will Make A Great Ride For Someone With More Mechanical Skills Than Me. — I love everything about this car, but with the exhaust manifold gasket blown, I would not tackle that job and I don't have the money to fix her. She creates discussion everywhere I go. Everybody wants to know "what kind of car is that?"

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Benjamin writes:
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it can be cheaply modified into a bad ass and hot car.

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its older and has the issues older cars have.

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All Around Best Bang For The Buck And Its A Clasic Car You Never See. — handling is awesome,turns on a dime, its quick off the line, no abs so braking can be fun. cheap on gas and maintenance and very reliable. super fun car to drive! not the best looking car when stock. mid-engine for the win!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1988 Pontiac Fiero Reviews

Small, Fast, Agile Car Built For Fun, Yet Less Expensive Than Foreign Sports Cars! By Richard

I don't think I've mentioned how safe the Fiero is, but with its wide stance and agile cornering it's not very apt to turn over due to its low center of gravity even at higher speeds. Even though the ... Read More

Not Practical Or Economical, But She Has The Look And The History For A Gearhead To Restore. By Joshua

I found this car, and picked it up for the low price of 900 bucks a year ago. It's an old car, so I shall judge it accordingly. Power-wise, it is pretty low for a vintage sportscar, but the rear... Read More

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1987 Pontiac Fiero Reviews

I Enjoy It, But The Next Person May Hate It, It's All About What You Want Out Of It By fierogt27

Same as above, good for fun, not so much for a family or safety. But it's a great track and or weekend driver. Cost to maintain is low if you have any mechanic ability your self. I would recommend. Th... Read More

My 2nd Fiero...had To Have Another By Melissa

Great little car, handles great, fun to drive and super quick. I had one in the 80's and had to have another one. They are a bit pricey to fix. It is hard to find one in excellent condition that hasn'... Read More

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1986 Pontiac Fiero Reviews

Great Looks On Gt But Sorry Performance From Gm And Poor Reliability Simply Killed It. By USA2seaters

Loved the T-Tops and lit up Pontiac rear end. Love the overall styling of the GT to this day. HATE THE tiny, weak ass motor, the giant, absurdly tall shifter, and the fact that the radiator sits so f... Read More

1986 Pontiac Fiero Se By 86Fierolover

for what i got it for (1600$) it has been worth every penny. very good mileage, and fun to drive. acceleration is moderate cause its only a 4cyl, but mileage is amazing even for how old it is and the ... Read More

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1984 Pontiac Fiero Reviews

Dont Buy The Base Model. The V6 Ones Are A Lot More Fun By Jeff

performance: no power at all the 2.5 inline four was pathetic. Build quality: cheap plastic interior so it cracked. Appearance: looked cool and unique Cost of ownership: Needed lots of work at only 7... Read More

Fieros Are Getting Old, And You Need To Know How To Work On Them, Because Things Constantly Wear Out By Charles

Fieros are fun to drive because of the handling. They are great on twisty roads. I get 22 mpg, which isn't great, but not bad either. Many owners swap the engine to something more powerful, but min... Read More

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