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A Real Mera in Paradise by Fiero-in-Paradise
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I was disqualified earlier, at the entrance fee!

MY PAGE, MINE, ALL MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What ever happened to www.pontiacmera.com ?
I notice it started as a great idea but then it stopped. Links don't work, lot of blank pages, no newsletters.
Who was the person heading it up? Does he need help?

Just wondering.

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julian, originally it was a rodney thing so you might want to ask him why he hasnt furthered it along? dont really know.

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julian, originally it was a rodney thing so you might want to ask him why he hasnt furthered it along? dont really know.


Dealing with your crap and some other guy that said I was not doing enough for the Mera group while everyone one else does next to nothing. OK with me. I have better things to do. I did my time doing the Mera Registry stuff for close to 20 years now. My interest has dropped significantly. You may note that several pages ago I said if Mike ever came back I would have nothing more to do with the Mera Registry stuff. Well Mike came back (after being banned twice) and I dropped out of this Mera stuff. I'm not one to lie. The Mera web page is open to anyone that wants to contribute.

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Speaking of Venom.
Do you desert rats decorate your "snake's in the grass" for Christmas, you know little Santa hats, some lights, paint them silver and hang them in your trees?
Also are the snakes that hissss the most, the least poisonous, you know all show no go? While the deadly ones just sneak up and bite ya?
Kind'a like little dogs that bark their heads off, while the big Doberman just waits for you to cross into his yard, and then chomp!
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Sorry, folks.... I was not being negative.... I was just asking. I may have some free time after the holidays and maybe I'll try and help out a little.

Rodney, it's always nice to hear from you.... you were my inspiration to keep my Mera and you were the one who hooked me up with a phone call with Bob Bracey way back in the early 2000's. I still have all your news letters. I hope you understand I was not making any personal jabs.

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OK I feel like posting a MERA pic now!

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Julian;
I don't think you said anything "wrong." It's just a stressful time of year.
Funny how that big photo looks like that little bitty photo

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lol @ waynes answer... good one and julian you did not say anything wrong. you were just asking a question. i also was not making any personal jabs, just was answering a fellow mera owners question on the mera forum about mera's. happy motoring and happy holidays to all

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OK I feel like posting a MERA pic now!





me too......

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Mera Christmas To All, and a better, happier, healthier New Year !!!!

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thank you wayne... and merry christmas to you and your family and better wishes on your health!

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"Mera" Christmas................. I like that.

I would like to take the time to say Marry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the regulars, visitors and lurkers on "A Real Mera in Paradise" thread.
Even is we are all over the USA and the world, we do have a tight bond and a comon intrest. May the new year bring you health, fortune and many Mera adventures.

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Why I drive a Mera Part Duh:

http://carscoop.blogspot.co...scoop+%28CARSCOOP%29

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Why I drive a Mera Part Duh:

http://carscoop.blogspot.co...scoop+%28CARSCOOP%29


THAT'S JUST SICK!
I have a friend who was a Buick/Pontiac Dealer here in Wisconsin, bought a Ferrari just like the one in this story, even the same color. That model was really hot when it came out, and boy he "payed-up" just to get it, I believe it was $178,000.00!!!!! Three years later he had to struggle to get half!!! Yeah, I think a Mera might be a better idea$$$$$$$

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very true story. often ferrari owners pay outrageous prices on maintenance and repairs. such as lambos, and so on...

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When I went to see this body, I had to go check the chassis it came from. The panels are very sturdy and are similar to Meras I have seen. I didn't find the metal tag. It did have an interior similar to what I've seen on here. It looked to be done very well. I kept pictures of the RPO sticker, as well as VIN. The tail lights on here have MERA stamped on them.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/060006.html

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fierocarparts, ill take it. call me saturday

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When I went to see this body, I had to go check the chassis it came from. The panels are very sturdy and are similar to Meras I have seen. I didn't find the metal tag. It did have an interior similar to what I've seen on here. It looked to be done very well. I kept pictures of the RPO sticker, as well as VIN. The tail lights on here have MERA stamped on them.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/060006.html


nice




is the rear bumper seperate or part of the rear clip?? something dont look quite right......and do you have the VIN this came off of?

this is the car i thought Mera cuz of the reverse lights, but whats with the "silver knobs??"

nice find would be great for a v8 transplant

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^^ i guess that bumper could be gutted and just slipped up in there, too
and upside down, maybe?? do you have the bumper mounting bracket, also. that is nice to have.
But not necessary, actually it gives me an ideer about fixing mine thanks

back to the stare.......

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I had a think: IF we were honest to ourselves, what do you think the REAL reason is we own a Mera?

I will start the ball rolling: It's all about the Ferrari "look" and the looks and the thumbs up you get from people, an ego trip, on every drive!
Also for me, the whole "Magnum pi" connection is an extra stroke. What can I say, I'm shallow (but honest).

P.S. It's also fun to scare the s--t out of other cars by suddenly showing up in their rear view mirrors

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i like the rare Pontiac thing....i have always loved Pontiacs, and being from MI has got something to do with it also.
......and like you said, come blazing up behind an AstroVan and they become Andretti trying to catch up to the "Ferrari"

I, from day 3, had the Ferrari badges off and was into restoring it back to Mera all along.
thats why i drive a Mera, cuz it is a Mera!! that coupled with the hearing of the maintainance costs on the European exotics shyed me also.....

i was looking at and had a few LotusEsprits and 308 F-Cars lined up for consideration. but my Mera bid won and the rest is history.

sooooo glad i did not buy a euro-money pit
now for a job and a 308 kit to show up all ready to race and its on!!! or a Fast Fiero.....will be the future for me.....

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honesty, k here goes... i like it because its a gm product and it looks like a f car. bonus both ways imho

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I will start the ball rolling: It's all about the Ferrari "look" and the looks and the thumbs up you get from people, an ego trip, on every drive!
Also for me, the whole "Magnum pi" connection is an extra stroke. What can I say, I'm shallow (but honest).



Spot on! I agree, and even better is when I pick up my twelve-year-old granddaughter and all the boys in her school crowd around--suddenly she is Queen of the May. Now that's an ego trip!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL THE MERA PPLS

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When I went to see this body, I had to go check the chassis it came from. The panels are very sturdy and are similar to Meras I have seen. I didn't find the metal tag. It did have an interior similar to what I've seen on here. It looked to be done very well. I kept pictures of the RPO sticker, as well as VIN. The tail lights on here have MERA stamped on them.
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum4/HTML/060006.html


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I think you have all nailed the reason to drive a MERA. I already own Hawaiian shirts so I figured that I needed the car to go with it. I didn't want to modify a piece of automotive history, but let's face it, we like the attention good looking cars bring and the 308 is an icon.
Looks like the body is headed to OK. FYI, the chassis VIN is/was 1G2PF3797GP237660. I didn't bother checking history. The chassis seemed to be in good shape. Can't wait to see what becomes of this body.

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Regarding the yellow F-355: Seems to me that Stinger made a 355 spyder kit for the Fiero that had a pretty good reputation for fidelity and quality.

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Why I own a real Mera...

Anyone can own a Ferrari 308 but less than a handfull of real meras are for sale in the entire world.


(who left the Microsoft Window open? I'm getting snow all over my screen.)

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to my knowledge this is the strongest group of mera owners in the world here on pff. cudos to the group. dan, my mera has a all aluminum ls v8 and f23 transmission. the motor is from a 2010 generation vette and the trans is 2008-2010 generation cobalt. so you could move up in year models and technology to the current drivetrains for your mera. since your an automatic guy, look at monte carlo ss ls4/4t65e combos ready to drop into your mera 7002. likely could be purchased for 1500.-2500. depending on mileage. it would be 325hpish with k/n and good exhaust and very reliable. happy holidays
edit; also came in the impala ss, and grand prix

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An article from 2008 that I'm sure you seen before, but for any new people who need a laugh:


Counterfeit Ferrari ring busted in Rome

More than twenty years ago, Pontiac dealers sold their two-seat Fiero with a special "option" called the MERA. Essentially a complete re-body over the Fiero's then-advanced space frame, brand-new cars rolled out of the showroom looking much like a Ferrari 308. Over the next two years, 247 Fiero MERA models were built before Ferrari dropped a legal hatchet on the operation, and Corporate Concepts was forced to end production of their "kit."

We had put this blasphemy out of our minds until police in Rome uncovered a counterfeit car operation once again making fake Ferraris. In the Italian case, real customers (the police called them "car fanatics on a budget") were found to be paying upwards of $30,000 for each of these pseudo-Ferraris. The police report mentions that "donor cars" were involved, but they don't name names.

Photos released by the Italian police quickly confirmed our fears. In one image, a dusty red crackle-finish intake manifold proudly bears the Ferrari name. We recognize it as the 2.8-liter, 140-hp V6 that powered the Pontiac Fiero GT in 1988. The interior bares more irreverence as a knock-off Ferrari steering wheel tries to hide 80's-era GM switchgear. It is painfully obvious that the "Polizia" have stumbled upon an illegal reincarnation of the Fiero MERA, but this time on sacred Italian soil and offering more than one model. It is hard to imagine a criminal ring going this far to make a buck, but we are more stupefied by the knuckle-heads who actually paid them for these cars.

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..... so I'm going through a few shoeboxes of old photographs. I see this picture of my wife leaning against a Fiat X-19. It was taken at the Detroit North American Auto Show. I know it was taken in January/February because that is the time of year the show takes place at Cobo Hall. I know the year is 1988 because my wife is pregnant in the picture and my son was born in May 1988. So I keep thumbing through these pictures taken at the show and guess what I saw? Brought a cold shiver across the back of my neck. The 1988 Pontiac Mera display with 2 Meras, a black & a yellow one sorounded by a plastic white chain. I don't even remember taking the pictures, but here they are in my hand. Could this have been the straw that broke the Mera's back? Meaning, here is a Ferrari knock off in the same Intrnational Autoshow as the real Ferarris. Could this be the beginning of the law suit by Ferrari that halted the sales & future of the Mera in June of 1988? Better yet, could I have unknowingly taken a picture of a Mera that was bought in Ohio by Rudolph T for his wife Lilian in 1988, then sold to Robert G from New Jersey in 1998, and finally sold to me in 2000? Could that have been #8071? nahhhh..... probably not. Picture to be posted in the new year when I get back to work where I have a scanner.

Rodney, I'm looking at my poor fax copy of the shipper used when my Fiero was sent to Capac but can't make out the date. Are your copies any better? vin:...213227

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Sorry Dan, all I get is the page with a black box, and nothing plays

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Hi Guys, I'm back.

The holidays, and being swamped at work this week, have kept me off the thread for awhile. Hope everyone had a great Christmas. and I wish you all the best in the New Year!

I purchased my Mera for the same reason as many of you. I loved the style of 308, but cringed at the thought of maintenance and repair cost. Whle my car is far from perfect, at least I can afford to fix, and drive it. Actually, I drive it much more than actual Ferrari owners would ever drive their own cars. Based on what I spent, and the enjoyment I still get from this car, I feel I came out much better than the Ferrari guys.


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Originally posted by Rick 88:

Hi Guys, I'm back.

The holidays, and being swamped at work this week, have kept me off the thread for awhile. Hope everyone had a great Christmas. and I wish you all the best in the New Year!

I purchased my Mera for the same reason as many of you. I loved the style of 308, but cringed at the thought of maintenance and repair cost. Whle my car is far from perfect, at least I can afford to fix, and drive it. Actually, I drive it much more than actual Ferrari owners would ever drive their own cars. Based on what I spent, and the enjoyment I still get from this car, I feel I came out much better than the Ferrari guys.



i was wondering where you went.....thought you got another cold snap
we have above average temp wise, so i assumed......today its to get to 40*F, boooooooo!!!!!
how can i fix Mera X with no, snow dough??? its a conspircy against me.....hahahaahaa. nice to see you, back

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Here is another reason why we own Meras not Ferraris: (from Mid-Engine Madness)
Sage Advice: Ferrari 308

1. Rust: These cars can and will rust. Have any candidate inspected for rust before purchasing it.
2. Service History: Avoid any car that does not include a service history. Most have had numerous owners at this point, so documentation of their service history is the only way you know what has—and has not—been attended to.
3. Inspections: Regardless of your car’s condition or your personal experience with other collector cars, have a qualified shop perform a pre-purchase inspection.
4. Electrical Issues: Make sure that everything works. If you come across something that does not, mention it to the shop before they do the inspection, and deduct the repair cost from the price. One of the biggest electrical issues is the stock fuse box; superior aftermarket fuse boxes are available from Birdman’s Ferrari parts.
5. “Magnum, P.I.” Image: Some people in the Ferrari club consider the 308 to be very entry-level, or even a bit cheesy. Our advice is to ignore the snobs. Buy a new Tommy Bahama Hawaiian shirt and enjoy your car.
6. Weak Second-Gear Synchro: These crop up, and the repair involves removing and rebuilding the gearbox. Expensive!
7. Suspension Wear: Watch out for worn carrier bearings, worn shock absorbers and even worn steering racks. Remember, some of these cars are more than 30 years old.
8. Oil or Coolant Leaks: These cars will leak a bit, but if one leaves a puddle every time you park it, then you have a problem.
9. Michelin TRX Tires: Some later cars came with metric Michelin TRX 390 tires and wheels. The TRX was never a great performance tire to begin with, and replacements cost between $400 and $550 each.
10. Low Mileage Cars: Ads for low-mileage cars may seem tempting, but these examples often require thousands of dollars in work to bring them up to snuff; perished gaskets and hydraulics can quickly drain your bank account.
11. Emissions Equipment: Make sure the car has its emissions equipment intact if it will need to pass smog inspections. Smog equipment is, like everything else on a Ferrari, expensive.
12. Extreme Expectations: Don’t be surprised to find marginal air conditioning and performance that, while good for its day, is no longer breathtaking. That said, a 308 should be great fun to drive. If it isn’t, have an expert drive it for a second opinion.

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