I prefer my 88s, mostly from a maintenance standpoint. The alignment is continuously variable in the front (as opposed to adding or subtracting washers or flipping balljoints) and the rear is "purpose designed" instead of being adapted from the front of another car. I like the options available to "tweak" the 88 stuff. (Mostly Fieroguru's parts.) I also just find them easier to work on. (I had an 84, for a while, and every time I started to do something, I was like... WTH?!) But I suppose it's just what you are (and I am) familiar with, and what you or I know how to work on.
I probably have enough spare parts (front hubs and such) to keep me on the road for the foreseeable future. The trick is to buy them and store them as you find them, instead of waiting until you need them. No... I'm not a hoarder. Haven't bought any spares for a long time.
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Nice to hear from other owners. Thanks for the responses, I’m still debating what I want to do about my brakes... I have the brake booster from summit, steel threaded lines and that’s about it.... everything else is stock. Thinking about the grand am front caliper upgrade, but need e- brake on the back, as mine is standard. I’m not a mechanic, so not sure if the c4 upgrade maintains brake in the back, I’m reading it’s works to get that done and way more money for the C 4 upgrades...and with C4 upgrade I would need to purchase 16 inch rims and tires...
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I've only owned 87 and 85 Fieros and they are fine with me. With the added rear sway bar the handling is really good. The 88's do handle a bit better, and there are some other advantages as Raydar has mentioned, but some of those 1 year only parts can be hard to find and expensive when you do . The model year will also cost you more. Overall the 88 is a more collectible car but the hobby isn't always just an investment.
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I have owned 87 and 88 at the same time. There is no comparison - the 88 is far superior. If you can't afford an 88, be sure never to drive one - you'd never be happy with the other years again if you did.
I made my decision back in 2006 when I purged all my 84-87 cars and kept my two 88s. I have purchased 88's almost exclusively since then.
Not only do the 88's have several upgrades that make them easier to steer, ride & handle better, there was a lot more thought and cohesiveness put into the design. The 84-87 cars have too many items that make me ask "Really?, someone thought that was a good idea? Front lower bushings not being co-linear (designed to bind), washers on a shaft and rotated/slotted ball joint methods for alignment, rubber isolated rear cradle, rear tierod placement are just a few...