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Be prepared to 'go for baroque,' because we know you've always privately lusted for a bold restyling of Pontiac's Fiero. Always keeping our readership in mind, we couldn't wait to pass along this minty-fresh red Zimmer Quick Silver now at auction. The 1986 model seen here is motivated by the General's 2.8-liter V6, and sports a full red-cow interior, along with plenty of timber paneling. As it has yet to hit its reserve price on eBay, perhaps someone will be able to catch a small bargain.

As the seller notes: "PLEASE NOTE: This is a professional restoration shop quality, factory quality refinish, NOT a Bubba, low cost slam some paint on it respray."

Interested parties are advised to bid now, before West Coast Customs catches wind of this chrome-dipped mid-engined oddity. If the Quick Silver's styling is a bit conservative, might we suggest this Elvis-approved Stutz Blackhawk instead?

[Source: eBay]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, I never heard "reliable" and "Fiero" in the same sentence. One of the crappiest cars of that decade. But silly me, must be myself succumbing to hype and media.
      • 9 Years Ago
      150 miles per tank? Well, that sounds about right when I'm hitting it real good in my V8 Fiero for the whole tank!
      • 9 Years Ago

      Regarding the oil pan issue, sorry, the pan was never part of the campaign, the oil filter was changed as well as the dipstick with assorted shields, a reminder to check the oil at every fillup, additional information regarding "customer responsibility" was in a follow up campaign. Also the car meets any definition of "Mid Engine"

      As to the clutch replacement, it was not that difficult in the dealerships with the right tools. I won't cap on you like some others have, but I'm very aware of this recall as at the time I was a service manger in a combo Pontiac/GMC/Honda dealership.

      This letter was sent in January 1989:


      Dear Pontiac Owners:
      As the owner of a 1985, 1986, or 1987 Pontiac Fiero equiped with a four cylinder (L4) 2.5L engine, Pontiac Division would like to provide you with an important service and with information concerning the proper maintenance of your vehicle.

      During investigations of engine failure in 1984 Fieros, it became evident that there is a need to reemphasize the importance of proper engine oil maintenance. Operating your engine with low oil levels and/or deteriorated oil, may cause connecting rod failure and severe engine damage, which could result in an engine compartment fire.

      As recommended in your owners manual, it is important for you to check your engine oil level each time you fill your fuel tank. To help remind you to do this, take your Fiero to you Pontiac dealer. Your dealer will install a reminder label on your fuel filler door (near the gas cap). If necessary, your dealer can also show you how to properly check the engine oil level.

      This service will be performed at no charge to you.

      Additionally, to help avoid a damaging low oil situation, your dealer will install a new recalibrated engine oil dipstick. This new dipstick, when used in conjunction with a newly recommended oil filter (AC Type PF-51 or equivalent), will provide for a four quart capacity in your engine rather than the previous three quart capacity.

      Your Pontiac dealer will change the oil, install the new dipstick and the newly recommended oil filter, and update your owners manual specifications (Section 6) at no charge to you.

      Following the recommended maintenance schedule, especially with regard to oil change intervals, will help ensure proper lubrication to your engine. You may want to follow Schedule I (shorter maintenance intervals) to be certain that you are changing you oil frequently enough. For example , if most of your driving consists of trips of only a few miles, you should be changing oil every 3,000 miles or three (3) months.

      The enclosed owner reply card identifies your vehicle. Presentation of this card to your dealer will assist in performing the necessary service in the shortest possible time. If you have sold or traded your vehicle, please let us know by completing the postpaid reply card and returning it to us.

      We suggest that you keep this letter with your owners manual as a reminder to you, and so that any subsequent owners may also benefit from this information.

      We hope you understand that the action we are taking, along with the continued proper maintenance, will help assure continued satisfaction with your Fiero. We appreciate you assistance.

      PONTIAC DIVISION General Motors Corporation
      87-C-11 Enclosure

      It was later superseded by 87-C-23 still no oil pan

      The "Iron Duke" 4 cyl had other problems as well, hairline cracks in the connecting rods, the sad part is this was well known.

      GM under a different campaign number authorized replacement of these blocks.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm a bit concerned when a mechanic doesn't know the differenence between a mid-engine and a rear-engine layout. In the Fiero the engine was mounted ahead of the rear axle, clearly making it a mid-engine car.

      Perhaps you're thinking of the 1960s Corvair? With a flat six mounted behind the rear axle, it was the only rear-engine car I believe GM ever produced.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ive had a few Fieros. Technically, even a later Corvette is a mid engine...depends on just a few parameters. Some consider ANY engine between the front and rear wheels mid engine. The more common reference is placing the engine between the driver and rear axle. This covers Lambos, most Ferraris, Panteras and other similar supercars. Fiero falls right into that description. 911 Porsches and older VWs are rear engined. Ive owned literally hundreds of cars in the last 40 years and one Fiero...with a Ferrari body kit...was the MOST RELIABLE car Ive owned (for 7 years). Ive had everything from Bugs to BMWs and quite a few Corvettes. Personally, the ONLY cars I WONT ever buy are Asian. A perfect example of Korean manufacturing is setting in my shop right now...a Daywoo...Car runs great, but it will be totalled because since its not sold here (if even still made) anymore, I cant buy head or tail light assemblies for it. I guess that happens when you make cars out of radioactive scrap metal....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Mal Fuller, I'm not sure what your arguement is on the fiero being a rear-engine car. The engine is in front of the drive axles, and behind the front wheels, therefore making it a mid-engine car. I've driven a fiero for 3-4 years now, and other than me being an idiot and running it out of gas, it has never left me stranded. The fires that were mainly publicised were associated with the 1984 models, and only about the first half of 1984, but by then the damage had been done.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well let take a look in my bag and see if I can shed some light on teh rear engine midengine debate

      Yep looks Midengined to me IDIOT
      • 9 Years Ago
      Leave it to the French to produce a number of FWD mid-engined cars (north/south drivetrain with the engine behind the transaxle). Off the top of my head, I can think of a few (and I'm sure that there are more out there):

      Renault 16 (loved mine, at least when it was running)
      Renault 5 (also owned one of these goofy little roller skates and had more fun with it than any other street car I've owned)
      Citroen DS (except for its ancient pushrod engine, engineering that has yet to be surpassed since its intro over 50 years ago)
      Citroen SM (the so-called "Maserati" that Burt Reynolds flogged in the opening scene of the original "Longest Yard"; the only part that was Maser was the engine)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've really enjoyed following this mid-engine - rear engine semantical pissing match, and while I always thought of the Fiero as mid-engine, Mal's latest post is a zinger: according to the "mid-engine crowd", then FWD cars where the engine sits transversely behind the axle line are now "mid-engine" cars (no, #19, we're not talking about RWD cars in this debate)

      Mal you've convinced me; from now on the Fiero is equally rear engined as well as mid-engined. Hey, it's got great company (Lamborghini Miura, etc.)
      • 9 Years Ago
      "cult car classic" - is there a full moon tonight? The scenario - you're a redneck, you're 17, someone GIVES you a Fiero so as not to spend the $50 to have it towed to the junkyard. You proceed to dump 2 years worth of minimum wage paychecks to get and keep it running continuously without catching on fire. You realize you've just invested 10k in a $1500 car. You start a Fiero lovers website. Misery loves company. . .
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh! Since some FWD engines sit BEHIND the centerline of the front drive axles I suppose those are mid-engined too! Yeah right!
      • 9 Years Ago
      One thing about the Fiero was that it was easy to adapt different bodies to it. Something the automakers need to re-visit.
      Make a high volume rear drive frame and internals, but have totally different niche bodies across many divisions. Solstice, Sky are kind of like that, but the frame & internals are low volume.
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