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Daily Driving a Fiero? by liv4God
Started on: 05-22-2020 05:01 PM
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Last post by: cvxjet on 05-24-2020 01:52 PM
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Report this Post05-22-2020 05:01 PM Click Here to See the Profile for liv4GodSend a Private Message to liv4GodEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
A lot of people think the Fiero is a bad car to drive daily so I put together a video of my long commute and why I think the Fiero is the perfect car for the job.


Or watch on YouTube
here.
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Report this Post05-22-2020 06:43 PM Click Here to See the Profile for SophiaNovaClick Here to Email SophiaNovaSend a Private Message to SophiaNovaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Enjoyed your video. I bought an '88 4-cyl with 187,000 miles on it and drove it daily for 4 years between Hillsdale and Ann Arrbor every day,. Even made it to Naperville, Indy, and almost made it to the Dells before my engine quit. After too long, I got my hands on an '85 GT and my life is complete. Fiero daily driver is great!
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I see what you did there.

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Report this Post05-22-2020 07:03 PM Click Here to See the Profile for IMSA GTClick Here to Email IMSA GTSend a Private Message to IMSA GTEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Unless I missed it, are you in Santa Rosa?

That's a hell of a commute WITH traffic each day.
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I was just sort of watching "How I met your Mother" and then I saw the episode "Bad News"....I saw it in syndication in 2012...approx' one year after my Father passed...For those who don't know it is an extremely funny episode...But at the end it will rip your heart right out; Some people complain about how this show will do that every once in a while- I actually like it.

Could not stand that song until I watched this show but now I really like it- maybe it should be the Fiero Anthem......


That is one looooonnnngggg commute......I commuted to work in Alameda from 1985 to 1997 with my Fiero (3 miles each way until 1993, then 10 miles each way)...After the Naval Air Station closed, I was able to work for the Coast Guard at Air Station San Francisco for the next 16 years until retirement- That commute was 30+ each way, but I drove other cars a lot.

I have been to his house to pick up a Getrag Trany- He lives in some really beautiful country- but when I got off of 101 in Santa Rosa I could hardly see the road because for miles all I saw was burned down houses and cars from the fires....It really killed me.

I wonder what MPG a Fiero would get with a LZ8 3900 Flex displacement engine and the 6 speed out of a G6......Might be up to 35 MPG on the highway....but you'd have to put up with 240 hp and 240 Lb/Ft of torque........
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Report this Post05-22-2020 11:30 PM Click Here to See the Profile for pmbrunelleClick Here to Email pmbrunelleSend a Private Message to pmbrunelleEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
What a commute!

 
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I wonder what MPG a Fiero would get with a LZ8 3900 Flex displacement engine and the 6 speed out of a G6......Might be up to 35 MPG on the highway....but you'd have to put up with 240 hp and 240 Lb/Ft of torque........


People love to complain about a short 1st gear (like the G6 F40 has), but I think a short 1st gear is great for a commuter car that sees traffic.

A short 1st allows you to steadily creep along in traffic without clutch slip, and with less fatigue than the autotragic drivers who have to constantly push on the brake pedal to keep their cars from jumping ahead.
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Report this Post05-23-2020 12:13 AM Click Here to See the Profile for RWDPLZClick Here to visit RWDPLZ's HomePageSend a Private Message to RWDPLZEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
That was one of the main reasons I left Silicon Valley, my commute went from 45 minutes a day (San Jose to Fremont and back) to THREE HOURS A DAY (San Jose to Palo Alto and back). At least his commute looks like he spends most of it moving.
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Report this Post05-23-2020 12:36 AM Click Here to See the Profile for liv4GodSend a Private Message to liv4GodEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm glad you guys are enjoying the video so far!

RWDPLZ - With my Fiero being silver and all, I couldn't resist the opportunity to somehow get that song in there! You are correct, most of my commute is unobstructed besides occasional road construction. I'm lucky enough to have a schedule outside of the rush hours.

IMSA GT - I live about 20 minutes North of Santa Rosa, near Calistoga. It is a bit of a drive, but luckily my work hours let me avoid rush hour traffic, which helps immensely.

cvxjet - I've considered swapping the engine on this car, but it runs so good I don't want to mess it up yet Lol. Plus, while doing the swap I'd have to drive my V8 which gets like 17mpg. I do have a six speed in the garage which I would like to mate to an LS4 eventually.
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I switch off commuting between my Toyota pickup and my 85 GT. I drive from San Jose to Fremont. One thing you didn’t mention is that besides using your Fiero for commuting duties, are you using it for other “menial” daily/weekly tasks? I do. This mornings run to Smart & Final was easy but I have loaded my Fiero with an impressive amount of groceries.
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Originally posted by Kitskaboodle:

I switch off commuting between my Toyota pickup and my 85 GT. I drive from San Jose to Fremont. One thing you didn’t mention is that besides using your Fiero for commuting duties, are you using it for other “menial” daily/weekly tasks? I do. This mornings run to Smart & Final was easy but I have loaded my Fiero with an impressive amount of groceries.
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I do use it for all tasks. The other day getting a sheet of plexiglass at the hardware store.

I thought about putting this kind of thing in the video too, but didn't want to go more than 10 minutes. Maybe another video can hone in on day to day activities.
Nice looking Fiero btw!
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Originally posted by Kitskaboodle:

I have loaded my Fiero with an impressive amount of groceries.


 
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I do use it for all tasks. The other day getting a sheet of plexiglass at the hardware store.


Take out the passenger seat and you've got the cargo capacity of a small wagon.


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Transmission hauling crew checking in:


Unfortunately, I also own a pickup truck now, so I'm not sure I'll repeat this experience...

Edit: Unless my pickup is broken and it needs a transmission from the junkyard!

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Originally posted by pmbrunelle:

Transmission hauling crew checking in...


Was that where you originally placed the transmission... or was that the result of a panic stop?
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Originally posted by Patrick:

Was that where you originally placed the transmission... or was that the result of a panic stop?


No sh*t!! I was wondering the same thing....Maybe he is just smart and wedged it forward so it wouldn't move during a panic stop.......
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Originally posted by cvxjet:

Maybe he is just smart and wedged it forward so it wouldn't move during a panic stop.


Looking at my photo, I obviously hadn't put much thought into any potential misadventure.
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The most impressive load I've done was an entire drum set. That and whenever I would travel down to Texas and back for college I would load all my clothes, books, desktop computer, printer, toolbox, etc, etc in the car. Once I got pulled over and the cop wanted to search my car. After an hour of filing through my things he disappointedly declared that he didn't find any drugs (of course). He proceeded to attempt to put things back, but unfamiliar with the techniques needed to fit everything he was unable to and just left everything out on the side of the road and headed on his merry way. And then it began raining of course :0
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I know you guys are out there. With a new fuel pump, ignition parts , hubs and wheel bearings; if well maintained the car can be somewhat reliable. Must say I admire you brave souls that daily drive a 30+ yr old car.

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I don't think I still have a picture, but once I did the same to drive 6 hrs each way and pick up a ZF 6 speed for my vette. Trans, bellhousing, C brace, drive shaft, all fit in that area and I got 30+ mpg.
Once I had the passenger side loaded down with 6 USPS large flat rate boxes, each weighing 35 lbs heading to the post office.

My Fiero is currently down for upgrades, but it normally sees 8-10K miles per year and I would drive it everywhere. Over the years my commute was 19 miles each way (country roads), 47 miles each way (mostly interstate), and 1-2 trips to Chicago per week (147 miles each way). I also supported several plants that were withing 6 hrs of home, so I would jump in the Fiero and take it to visit these plants. The Fiero didn't rack up 55K miles in 6 years sitting at home.

The best part was being paid $0.375 per mile to drive a 382 whp Fiero! I will have to check my records, but work reimbursed me for 15 to 20K miles during the last two years of my corporate engineering manager gig.

I really miss being able to jump in the fiero, mash the pedal, watch the tach fly into "R" in first, 2nd and 3rd gears. The acceleration and exhaust note makes any day better!
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Originally posted by Patrick:

Looking at my photo, I obviously hadn't put much thought into any potential misadventure.


I wasn't gonna say anything, Patrick- But I did think about it....(Give that trany a "Running start" at your dash!)

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