1986 Pontiac Fiero User Reviews

1986 Pontiac Fiero Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 39 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 19 reviews
"handling" 11 reviews
"power" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"cheap car" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
"build quality" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews

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Justin writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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Easy, cheap, fun.

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Kind of anemic stock, some repairs are difficult for beginners

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I Personally Would Drive Nothing Else. Once You Own A Fiero, You'll Be Hooked. — I love the economical yet fun spirit of this car. Performance was good for it's day, but could use an update. Cost of ownership is great, with very minimal maintenance and low initial investment. Appearance of the Aero coupe keeps it relatively modern, yet not too annoyingly new. Fun factor is the best reason to own a Fiero. It handles like very little else on the road- nothing anywhere near this price range for sure. Even the most mundane commute or task becomes driving pleasure in a Fiero.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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justin4prez writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero GT Review
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5

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Fun little car. Easy to find parts. Easy to upgrade.

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People who don't know what they're talking about.

justin4prez
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America's Only Mid-engine Sports Car. — I have wanted one of these since I was in middle school. I knew what I was getting into and I absolutely LOVE this car! It's small, fast, easy to work on, easy to upgrade, and gets looks everywhere I go. It is the ultimate project car because you can literally do ANYTHING with this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Fiero2986 writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero Base Review
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great gas milleage

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nothing

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My Fiero Is One Of My Favorite Cars! — I drive my 86 Fiero (2M4 5 speed manual) all year around, even on heavy snow. It has a very good gas mileage. Also, it is cheaper to fix compare to other larger cars. Since, it's low to the ground, the car is stable in any condition.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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USA2seaters writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero GT Review
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3

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sporty, fun, cheap car that is cool and unique first car for the beginning auto enthusiast. The timeless look of the GT easily allows it to remains still in style today.

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Car is hard to work on,and not all that reliable due to the Frankenstein design of stealing parts from all over the existing GM fleet and trying to piece them together to make one  mid-engine vehicle.

USA2seaters
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Great Looks On Gt But Sorry Performance From Gm And Poor Reliability Simply Killed It. — 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 far from the engine causing these cars to often have cooling system issues all through their lifetimes. Cool cars to look at, but after having owned 3 of them personally, and multiple friends owning a variety of them as well it got old to see how often all these cars were not working right, or back in the shop. All in all the car was a hit in sales volume due to it's good looks and edgy new design, but it was a larger, more miserable failure in both reliability and performance. The model suffered badly with the small budgets GM alloted for it and never could get off the ground high enough to avoid the axe that arrived just 5 model years in.

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

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Matt writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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Quick looks cool poor man's ferrari

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Gas mileage

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Sexy — Too small of a car plastic body engine compartment is too small cop magnet. Very loud. Head turner. Rear wheel drive engine is in the back front end was way to light cool looking car but only a two seater

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

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Chris writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero GT Review
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I like the fact it only has 2 seats.

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very limited cargo space.

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Fiero Stuff — Not a bad ride it's kinda like a go cart with windows. I had to put an engine in it and actually wasent that big of a deal. I like the MPGs too at an average of 25 curently. Oh yeah the best of all it the tons of option for installing anything from a v8 to a turbo i4.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Len writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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fun, fun, fun

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Only room for two people and minimal luggage

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A Very Enjoyable Two Seater - Good For Summer Driving Only — This was a fun little two seater, although my girlfriend (now my wife) hated this car because it did not have power steering. There also wasn't much trunk space. The six-banger with dual exhaust had lots of power to move this little car, and with the centre of gravity almost at ground level it handled like it was on rails. I loved driving it, but unfortunately it wasn't at all practical, so it had to be traded in. The only problems I ever had with it had to do with the flip up headlights - one of them got stuck open and the actuator had to be replaced.

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

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Michael writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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5

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Everything

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Nothing....... interior kinda sucks

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Fieros Ftw — I like my car 'cause it's fun to drive, unique, MR layout, has a 5 speed. It's an underdogs car because most people think fieros are garbage, but they're wrong. It is capable of 28MPG, but I dont normally get that much cause my foot's too heavy.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Bruce writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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Looks, handling, fun to drive

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Build quality, engine quality, rattles, squeaks, vibrations and monthly repairs....

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The Red Plastic Fantastic — OK....I'll admit it. I owned a Fiero. I bought it from a friends son, who had decided he had outgrown it. That in itself should have been a warning..... Actually, I bought it for my daughter because we had two cars already and the insurance company was going to list my son as the operator, so the car went in Vicki's name. SHE loved it. She didn't have to fix the blasted thing. Wildest memory - the heater core exploding in a cloud of green coolant and vapor that covered the windows (and me) with hot green fog, all while I was doing about 65 kph in the middle of the afternoon on Van Horne Avenue in Dryden. OR - the transmission coolant line breaking in two and dumping all of the trans fluid on the ground at 2 am when my son and his date were 40 k from town. Each and every month, we could count on the little red plastic-fantastic to cost about 150 in bits, pieces, fluids or labor. But....it was fun to drive. Sold it to a guy who was going to put a Ferrari kit body on it. Then he discovered the engine's appetite for oil. Last heard of rotting in a field, alongside two others.

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86Fierolover writes:
1986 Pontiac Fiero SE Review
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4

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handles well. almost like a gokart. the 4 cyl engine runs well but is showing its age. the manual shifter shifts very smoothly, and the clutch  engages very well. very fun to drive. and gas mileage even for an old car like it is amazing. i can go from Sacramento to San Francisco and back on a half a tank if i drive her smoothly and the 10 gallon tank is cheap to fill up.

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wiring is a nightmare. currently my head lights will flip up but not turn in and aside from running a new wire circuit  for the lights i dont know what else to do. that and just that the engine is showing signs of old age there isnt much more to add on the cons. maybe the lack of sun visors but as small as the car is there isnt really room for those.

86Fierolover
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1986 Pontiac Fiero Se — 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 clutch and shifter (although very tall compared to other manuals) work very smoothly. braking is also good as well as it handling, maybe some proper suspension to make it better but for what is has it suffices. and you can park almost anywhere, very small and manuverable Ive only had to work slightly on the car, mainly flushing the coolant system, replacing the valve cover gasket, and starter, and changing the oil, but those have been easy fixes and i enjoyed working on those. the only frustrating problem like i said are the head lights as mentioned above. and even though the radio works...... the cassette player doesnt. i am so disappointed that i cant listen to my old van halen cassettes. In the future though, i am thinking of fitting a chevy 350 in the back with a supercharger (if not that then at least the GT model V6 with a supercharger) and replacing the suspension with that of a corvette's and replacing the interior. Im hoping to keep her running as long as i can. hopefully i can pass it down to my kids one day (after i pass of course haha)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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

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

Love/hate Relationship, Too Fun By slowchemfixie

my first car, dove it all year long, overheating issues were common with the car, fun in snow, bad in traffic, head turner , just a all around fun car to drive. time for too move onto something a litt... Read More

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1985 Pontiac Fiero Reviews

The 80's Has Never Looked And Felt So Good By Eddie

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... Read More

Loved My 1985 Fiero 2m6 With The Original Nose By jamnblues

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 19... 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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