1988 Pontiac Fiero User Reviews

1988 Pontiac Fiero Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 26 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • 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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PROS
"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"speed" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews
"storage" 2 reviews
"light" 2 reviews

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Richard writes:
1988 Pontiac Fiero Base Review
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4

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This car was built as a two seater mid-engine sports car, similar to, but a lot smaller than the Chevrolet Corvette. It has a sleek, wide, racy body meant for speed and handling. It is a really good car to just drive for the sheer fun of it, especially if it has the 5-speed manual transmission and the spoiler. It will really hold a curve due to its wide stance and low center of gravity. Parking and daily commutes are a cinch, and with its' small size, visibility, and light weight, its' really a lot of fun and very affordable (great mpg)!

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With it's small size, lack of a rear seat, and mid-engine design, interior space is limited to behind the seats, which isn't much. However, there is a small storage compartment under the hood and also in the trunk. Plan on packing very light if you are taking a long trip, or buy a luggage rack for the rear. On short trips it rides well, but on long ones it can be tedious due to the lack of room in the vehicle itself. If you're looking for a large family type vehicle, this is not the car for you. As mentioned, this is a two-seater sports car, built for the thrills of "letting it all hang out!"

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Small, Fast, Agile Car Built For Fun, Yet Less Expensive Than Foreign Sports Cars! — 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 2.5 ltr. four cylinder doesn't have the power or acceleration the 2.8 ltr. six cylinder does, it can still hold its own. Braking and handling are very good. Since the Fiero is small, feeling safe and in control comes natural. It was originally known as a "poor man's Corvette" due to its' economical benefits and because it was the first American mass produced sports car!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Joshua writes:
1988 Pontiac Fiero Formula Review
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Uncommon, a beautiful voice, and surprisingly fun to drive.

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Poor fuel mileage on the V6 (The Iron Duke engine mated to a 5-speed with economy gearing will have no problems with 30 MPG), old car will require plenty of money to restore.

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Not Practical Or Economical, But She Has The Look And The History For A Gearhead To Restore. — 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-mounted V6 does have enough grunt to move the car down the road, and the rumble is absolutely erotic compared to a modern engine. The interior is nice and simple- it's sadly cheapened up from previous-year Fieros (there are no speakers mounted in the headrests, for instance), but it is quite functional, and is a little more comfortable than a new car. Handling is merely average, but for its vintage and average state of neglect, the stock suspension takes well to decent tires, and the weight ensures that tail can throw itself out when you tell it to. (With the automatic transmission, don't expect it to stay out, it always bogged down on me when I put too much drift into it). With age, however, comes worn bones, and the example I have features lots of minor electrical quirks and a few major mechanical issues, this is the type of car that you will lose money on trying to restore; that said, you will enjoy breathing life into such an unusual example of GM earnestly trying to build a car to stand up to Porsche. As a side note, the 1986 model year did have recalls associated with engine fires- however, none of the other model years were affected, and any '86 models that haven't been serviced to the recall have burned down years ago. These cars are not powder kegs.

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

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JohnBoySS writes:
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Nothing at this time

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Nothing At This Time — The car looks really great for an 88. I've always thought they were sporty. I had to fix a lot of electrical problems when I first got it. Still have a few fuel issues to deal with. But, all in all I do like the car so I don't really mind.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeremy writes:
1988 Pontiac Fiero GT Review
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One of the more innovative American cars made

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Manual Transmission

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Innovative American Car — Back in the day, the 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT was the only Fiero worth owning and Road & Track magazine said it would become a car classic and become worth $100,000 in a few years. When so lady smashed me and it was declared "totaled" the insurance company had a different opinion on it's value. ; (

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brandon writes:
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color

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no space

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Ok Weekend Car — ok performance for a 4 cylinder, built with quality like cars should be looks great only year with yellow paint. everything is cheap for this car since GM decided to make parts switchable between most models. very fun to drive

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

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Michael writes:
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mid engine enough said, people always stop and stare trying to get what it is                                                                           

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no easy mods for it

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Great Car — handles great and has style like no other american car always grabs peoples attention when your driving down the street most fun i have ever had driving a car car has very few problems other then not being easy to modify for more performance

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

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Tyler writes:
1988 Pontiac Fiero GT Review
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mid engine, slow center of gravity handles like its on rails, always a good time

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takes some work to make a good everyday reliable driver, overheats due to radiator in front and engine in back

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Very Sexy Car Can Be Anything You Want It To Be — very light high very manuverable slow at the moment great car to rebuild getting 3800sc series 2 soon gas milage is great only 135 hp with stock 2.8l alot of mods available for any taste in cars mid engine is definately something new to drive

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

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John writes:
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Fun

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Two seater

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I Love This Car, I Love Driving It, I Love Looking At It, I Love Pretty Much Everything About It. — Performance: It is a light car with a V6 so it feels quick and corners like no other because it has a low center of gravity and 50/50 weight distribution with its mid-engine design. Compared to cars of the 80s it is up there but compared to modern cars, it is still a strong cornering car, but lacks in horse power. Build quality is that of an 80s GM. It has aggressive styling and head turning good looks. Gets pretty decent gas mileage for a sports car, 27 hwy if you are easy on it. I probably average around 22. It is definetely the funnest car I have owned. I have driven more powerful cars, but the handling is second to none, which makes it feel faster.

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

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Brian writes:
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Its fun

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No longer made

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Recommend To Anyone Who Wants One — Its fun to drive, looks cool, sounds great and doesnt break teh bank to keep running. Great on gas mileage and comfortable to drive for a long distance trip even as a manual transmission. I would recommend for a daily driver in nice weather, snow is not much fun in this car.

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

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Onix writes:
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fun to drive

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nothing

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Fiero Forever — i love the way it handles,its appearance.the only thing i think it could use is more power the v6 is nice but could use some more ponies.overall the best car ive ev er owned.88 t top gt the best adn one of the rarest models. i also own a 88 formula fiero which is getting a 3800 supercharged v6,that takes care of the lack of power...

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

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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

A Very Good Deal By tjs7antiques

like i said, not good for tall people, I'm 6 ft 1 in. and difficult with legroom, i wouldnt go fast in the rain, the engine has alot of tourque and the back wheels loose traction on the wet roads Read More

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

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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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