Hello all! I have been lurking around your site for a couple of days now and have decided to join the ranks among you I am currently in the process of buying either a 1986 fiero 2m6 or a 1987 fiero gt I'm not so sure on which one to get, my budget will be all of a glorious $3000 amount Here is the link for the first one http://hickory.craigslist.org/cto/4180664564.html and the link for the second can be found here http://jacksonville.craigsl.../cto/4121355198.html As soon as my current deployment ends, I'll be heading up to visit relatives around both areas. If anyone on this site is in those areas that could lend me an experienced eye for when I go view these cars I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks guys
That second link looks rough. Sitting on dirt for long periods of time is horrible and leads to lots of undercarriage rot . Search Google images for fiero rust and fiero trunk rust to see what I am talking about.
------------------ --Jeff aka mrfred8 - 88 Yellow GT - 86 Silver SE / 3800 s/c Fieros For Sale
Welcome, and as said above, be very weary of that GT. If there is no frame rot, it could be a good fixer upper, also be mindful of its problems,, you could end up sinking more into it than you would pay for the 1st one, again welcome to the forum
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Well, I know the GT looks super sketchy, but I feel like he didn't just leave it there to rot. I'm originally from Jacksonville, and I have seen what happens if you let a car sit unkempt out in the disgusting Florida sun and heat for too long (The car would have rust spots and sun spots all over the body). Since I was going to be in that area first when I get back, I was going to go and check it out, and hopefully be able to bring someone with me to inspect it.
And I'd love it if you could go take a peak at the notchie, as you call it, Dave. I have tried to contact him through email (since calling someone is virtually non existant on my ship) but have gotten no response.
Also, I do like the fact that the suspension seems to already have been replaced on the notchie as well. I've heard about suspension hassles for the 84-87 models.
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If your heart is set on the GT, do not pay that asking price for it! I paid that much for my running/driving 87 GT with a bunch of new parts and 7 out of 10 paint, only needed an alignment. People tend to ask way too much for these cars. Rust on a Fiero is harder to notice than on most other cars. The Fiero's body panels are not metal so will not show rust obviously. If you go look at it, pull up the carpet in the trunk and inspect the corners of the trunk. If there is rust here, be verrrrry weary.
Also, if possible, remove the rear wheel liner to get a good look at the frame rail. If there is bad rust here, walk away.
I would go with the 86, pretty much the same thing as an 85 GT and a danged nice looking car.
To be honest, the 86 fiero was the first fiero I looked at, or even considered buying. I was just perousing craigslist autos looking for a decent 89 Pontiac Trans Am and I came across the fiero ad. And that was when I caught the disease lol. I've been studying pretty much all I can about these cars since then. But yeah, the first one would be nice to have, just figured it'd be cool to try and save a fiero from a junkyard if possible lol
I have seen what happens if you let a car sit unkempt out in the disgusting Florida sun and heat for too long (The car would have rust spots and sun spots all over the body).
I know you are new to Fieros, so please do not take offense if you knew this already: There would be no "rust spots" all over the body, as 100% of the body panels are different types of plastic. I have seen Fieros that look like they came out of the show room, that are severely rusted underneath.
If you are interested in the car still, get the owner to take some pictures behind the rear tires, as well as inside the trunk, with the carpeting lifted. These are the 2 key spots that you can tell the general rust condition of the car.
As mentioned, I would not personally pay that asking price. A car that has been sitting for 15 years is going to have a lot of issues, and certainly take money to get into shape.
Your $3,000 budget should get you a nice Fastback GT that you can hop in and drive away. If you do not find one today, wait a week, and search again. The week waited will be far less time then trying to get that GT that has been sitting on the ground for 15 years
Thanks, I appreciate the warning lol. That makes more sense. Also, the thing is with me not purchasing a california one (although I'm glad the forum users are so happy to help me find one! ) is the fact that I would like to still have a Florida registered car. Not a fan of the car restrictions that come with a California registry. I'll keep you guys updated on what happens, whatever I do.