So it only took just over a year, but I think I might have found another Fiero to add to the stable. I'm just looking for a little input from some midwest Fiero owners. (well anyone else counts too, but your prices are so much lower on the coasts and in the south that you probably wouldn't go for it.)
First the few negatives that I could find: Slight rip in driver's seat, minor scuffs on rear fascia, weaker trunk springs (but still hold it straight up), speedometer doesn't work (owner dropped the gauge pod a few years ago and the speedo hasn't worked, but every other gauge reads true)
and I think that's it
The Good: It has been owned by the same guy since 1986, and he's in his 70's now and getting rid of some toys. The front fascia and passenger door have been re-painted. The rest of the ORIGINAL paint looks to be an 8 or 9 out of 10. The SE wheels are in good shape. I don't think there has ever been a passenger in this car it looks so new on that side. He had a new fuel pump, brakes, new battery, and catalytic converter put in 2 years ago. The engine bay is near spotless. He told me that it has only seen one winter, and a short one at that because he didn't like the way it handled the Minnesota snow (who knew? ). The rest of its life it has been garaged.
ANNNNNNND my favorite thing about this Fiero is the trunk corners! The only rust I could see was about a half-dollar sized area of surface rust on the driver's side.
So the asking price is $4000 and I might be able to work him down to $3800 or so, but what are your guy's opinions?? Any ideas on how to fix a speedometer?
and I know, I'm sorry, I didn't get any pics but hopefully I can go back this weekend and get a few good ones!
The price seems a bit high IMO. I bought a 86 GT loaded with 57k no rust what so ever out of Cali for 3k and that was 6 years ago. I don't think I would go over 3k my self, but bottom line, you have to decide if it's worth it to you. Good Luck!
Posts: 346 From: Cary, Illinois Registered: Mar 2009
Still haven't decided on this car yet, I think I am gonna wait awhile and offer him $3000 for it. I test drove it and found a few more things I would have to fix. The cruise control doesn't work, because the speedo doesn't work I would imagine. One burnt out headlight, plus the Brights indicator light in the dash is burnt out too. But the worst thing I found that I didn't see when it was in his garage was this dent!
But the interior is where its at, just spotless!
Not a bad car, overall.
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Posts: 1107 From: Gallup, New Mexico Registered: Mar 2008
nice find... nice to see the stock radio still in there i think you will be happy with those tires too as long as the tread isnt worn down good luck with the dent hopefully it hasnt cut the plastic. but i have seen people use jb weld and sand it flat for a plastic fixer i would try to talk him down a thousand or settle for 3500 but 4000 seems a little steep for a notchie auto
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Posts: 2590 From: Green Isle, MN Registered: Dec 2000
Did you pull the carpet back in the trunk and check for rust? I have been told many times it was only driven in 1 winter and pull the carpet back and I could stick my fingers through the sides..
Originally posted by ME:ANNNNNNND my favorite thing about this Fiero is the trunk corners! The only rust I could see was about a half-dollar sized area of surface rust on the driver's side.
Its honestly just barely started, I could easily sand it off, and repaint it, still plenty of metal there. He seems like a pretty truthful guy. The odometer isn't working right now, told me it hasn't worked for the past two years, but he hasn't had it insured since then either, and told me that it might have a total of 25 miles more than the 68,8xx on the clock...
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Looks like a nice car, Value is always set by how badly you (and any other potential buyers) want it. But up here in Minnesota, rust and corrosion are always my primary concern when buying any car. The speedometer issue is probably not too bad. I have the test equipment (function generator, oscilloscope and counter) to fake an input that "should" be coming from the speed sensor. Since it's an automatic there shouldn't be a problem with someone having mashed the speed sensor gear while going through transmission lube level check. So, the procedure would be to use the 'scope to check for output from the speed sensor at the speed sensor. If it has output, check under the dash ( I used to know which wire to put the scope on...I have that information in my notes at home in the garage). If all of that is working, then its probably in the instrument cluster. The speedometer plugs into the flex-backplane of the the instrument panel, and I have found that the connections can get "gafungi" on them just from being 25 years old. They are easily cleaned. The function generator with a frequency counter can be used to check the speedometer for accuracy once the instrument is working.
If you purchase the car and need help, call. Heck, call either way. Let's talk Fiero's! I sent you my number via PM
------------------ Gold '87 GT, Black '87 GT, Black '88 Mera, 64 Stingray coupe, '01 Corvette coupe, '03 Corvette coupe & caretaker of son's Yellow '87 GT, & Other son's Red '86 GT, General tinkerer and doer of mechanical deeds
My dad has the bug, he sent me these pictures today while I was at work. I can't wait to go look at it! He says it has 87,000 miles and is either an 87 or 88. I love the white with gold lace wheels. One of my favorite color combos.
I'll try to go look at it tonight and get some better pictures and details.
Posts: 142 From: Wrenshall, MN, USA Registered: May 2005