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Whats so special about the DOT Matrix trim? by Ramsespride
Started on: 11-09-2010 04:54 PM
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Report this Post11-09-2010 04:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for RamsesprideSend a Private Message to RamsesprideDirect Link to This Post
I have the radio surround, and the dash cluster surround that i nabbed out of an 88 Fiero in the junkyard recently and im wondering what all the hype is about? I think they look cool so that is why i grabbed them but after talking to some Fiero owners about my day in the yard they say they are worth some money and since they are not cracked etc worth even more.

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Report this Post11-09-2010 04:58 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero84FreakClick Here to Email Fiero84FreakSend a Private Message to Fiero84FreakDirect Link to This Post
They were only available for the '88 model Fieros. Due to the low production numbers of '88's, in addition to the common problems with the trim panels such as the HVAC/radio surround frequently bending and breaking and the shifter surround receiving scratches and blemishes, very good conditioned DOT matrix panels are sought after by those wanting to keep their '88's looking good and fetch higher prices than the standard trim pieces.
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Report this Post11-09-2010 04:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for NCTyphoonKidClick Here to Email NCTyphoonKidSend a Private Message to NCTyphoonKidDirect Link to This Post
I believe 88 was the only year the dot matrix trim was offered.
Edit:FieroFreak beat me to it

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Report this Post11-09-2010 06:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for mcaandaClick Here to Email mcaandaSend a Private Message to mcaandaDirect Link to This Post
As stated before, its an 88 only thing.

Anything that sells here / there / anywhere that deals w/ being an / off an 88 usually will have what I lovingly refer to as the "88-tax" associated with it. Low production numbers, single car years, and 2o+ years on the road means a lot of the 88 specific stuff is getting kinda hard to find.

As per the Dot Matrix - their just that cool.

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Originally posted by mcaanda:

As stated before, its an 88 only thing.

Anything that sells here / there / anywhere that deals w/ being an / off an 88 usually will have what I lovingly refer to as the "88-tax" associated with it. Low production numbers, single car years, and 2o+ years on the road means a lot of the 88 specific stuff is getting kinda hard to find.

As per the Dot Matrix - their just that cool.

--Allen


I think that says it all! Well said :-)



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Report this Post11-09-2010 07:48 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ALLTRBOSend a Private Message to ALLTRBODirect Link to This Post
I don't like them. Mine are getting painted satin black. *shrug*

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Originally posted by ALLTRBO:

I don't like them. Mine are getting painted satin black. *shrug*



Why not sell them and pick up cheap non-88 pieces to paint?
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Report this Post11-09-2010 09:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ALLTRBOSend a Private Message to ALLTRBODirect Link to This Post
Because it isn't worth my limited time, unless someone wanted to come do a trade in person, in which case I would trade straight across. It's never a bad thing to meet new nice people.

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Report this Post11-10-2010 01:23 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Adam1988Click Here to Email Adam1988Send a Private Message to Adam1988Direct Link to This Post
I had perfect sets in my 88 coupe.

I spray painted them all white.

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Originally posted by Adam1988:

I had perfect sets in my 88 coupe.

I spray painted them all white.

oops


You're helping preserve them for the future with that beautiful coat of white protectent.
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Report this Post11-10-2010 02:26 AM Click Here to See the Profile for shawnkClick Here to Email shawnkSend a Private Message to shawnkDirect Link to This Post
i have three spare gauge cluster bezels sitting in the garage lol i take them off every 88 in the pick n pulls
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Report this Post11-10-2010 02:30 AM Click Here to See the Profile for AustralianClick Here to visit Australian's HomePageClick Here to Email AustralianSend a Private Message to AustralianDirect Link to This Post
I have a tan interior and love woodgrain. If i had a grey interior i would use di-noc carbon fiber.
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Report this Post11-10-2010 05:13 AM Click Here to See the Profile for SMTHGTSend a Private Message to SMTHGTDirect Link to This Post
heck at this point I am interiorless except for seats, door panels. Not even carpet...

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Report this Post11-10-2010 07:18 AM Click Here to See the Profile for johnyrottinClick Here to Email johnyrottinSend a Private Message to johnyrottinDirect Link to This Post
I will take Dot Matrix ones from you if you are going to paint them...of course before you do that (LOL). I can get you a set of regular ones to paint.
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Report this Post11-10-2010 07:40 AM Click Here to See the Profile for njcwgrlClick Here to Email njcwgrlSend a Private Message to njcwgrlDirect Link to This Post
I like the Dot matrix in my 88.. But,I dont and cant find a Dot matrix cover for the aux gauges that Im adding
So I am putting them on the side until I find one And I now have a set out of a 87

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Originally posted by shawnk:

i have three spare gauge cluster bezels sitting in the garage lol i take them off every 88 in the pick n pulls


Them are the easy ones to find in good condition. The shift console seems to be the tricky one to find in perfect condition, next would be the radio surround (most are warped or the corners are cracked)...
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Report this Post11-10-2010 10:17 AM Click Here to See the Profile for qwikgtaClick Here to Email qwikgtaSend a Private Message to qwikgtaDirect Link to This Post
I often wonder if the 19 people who crushed thier 88 fieros under the "cash for clunker" program knew what they were doing. (edit - all 19 were either GT's or Formulas). I wonder if they stripped any of the parts before letting them go? 19 less "88s" on the street makes all the other parts that much more expensive. Good if your the seller of rare parts, bad if you need them. I have friends who are 84-87 Fiero only because they don't want to deal with the "88 - Tax".

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Report this Post11-10-2010 07:15 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Rick 88Send a Private Message to Rick 88Direct Link to This Post
I never really liked the dot matrix that much on my 88 GT with gray interior. I think the silver would have looked better. It does look good on my currrent 88 with beechwood interior because of the contrast.
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Report this Post11-10-2010 09:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for kkavmann69Send a Private Message to kkavmann69Direct Link to This Post
Not to sound like an moron but what is a dot matrix? And does anyone have a picture of one?
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Report this Post11-10-2010 10:12 PM Click Here to See the Profile for mcaandaClick Here to Email mcaandaSend a Private Message to mcaandaDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by kkavmann69:

Not to sound like an moron but what is a dot matrix? And does anyone have a picture of one?


Its a matrix based printed looking overlay that is more or less a hole bunch of really little squares that dont photograph well. Here's a pic of it on my 88GT - the best pic I could find off hand:

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Report this Post11-10-2010 10:17 PM Click Here to See the Profile for carbonSend a Private Message to carbonDirect Link to This Post
The pre-88 fieros had a 'brushed' metal look and textrure on all the trim plates in the dash and center console... the dot matrix screen printed trim is a freakin joke whose only value comes from low numbers.. This is just one of the examples of how the Fiero interior was neutered in the 88 model year... we got the suspension, sure... but the interior was devalued. Next time you are at a car show take a look in a stock 88 GT and compare it to a stock 87 interior... its just the little things but they are definitely missing. The highest grade by detail were the light gray interiors in the 84-85 cars... they were actually tri-toned. Light gray, dark gray and charcoal... very nice. Check out the 85GT for a good example.
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Report this Post11-10-2010 10:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for kkavmann69Send a Private Message to kkavmann69Direct Link to This Post
Thanks mcaanda I appreciate the pic.
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Heck, they even went as far as to make the brushed metal silver in the gray interiors and bronze in the tan interiors.

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