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Daily drive an automatic Fiero GT? by DanDamage
Started on: 11-29-2019 11:06 AM
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Report this Post11-29-2019 11:06 AM Click Here to See the Profile for DanDamageClick Here to Email DanDamageSend a Private Message to DanDamageEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
How reliable do you think daily driving a Gt would be with 120k miles on her?

If I remember correctly the module does go out randomly but other than that?
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Certainly is possible, but it's over 30 yrs old, likely hasn't had proper 100k maintenance and there are a lot of worn, dry aged parts needing replaced. The pickup coil and ignition module are failure points for all V6 Fieros.

I'd definitely have a good towing service plan and or a quick way to trailer it home or to a suitable mechanic. AAA use to offer a decent roadside assistance plan which I needed 3-4 times when I daily drove my '87 GT daily.
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If you keep up with the small stuff then I don't see why not.
If I find one that isn't falling apart I will get it and DD it till its not able to move on its own.

My Fiero's have been some of the more reliable cars I have owned. But you have to keep up with them and dont cut corners
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Being able to do all of your own maintenance and repair is essential. If you are relying on shops to do the work, it might not be the best choice.
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I would want one. I did have one with an auto, but it had a V8 conversion. Even though I rarely even got on it at all, I had them go out every 1,000 miles. It was built by a racing auto trans shop when I did the v8. My conclusion after 4 replacements, was the Fiero transaxle was not designed for more than 150 hp. I sold the car for a $15,000 loss just to get rid of it. Even most on here with standard trans Ive seen have problems. Didnt Tina have to replace hers once a year ? It was never the torque converter or the chain link failure, it was always internal failures.
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I have driven mine as a daily driver for the past 2 years with no issues. Even drove it all winter, just put snows on it, coated the underside with fluid film and hosed off the underside every 2 weeks. Was going to drive it again this winter but I inherited the wifes trax instead.

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I would want one. I did have one with an auto, but it had a V8 conversion. Even though I rarely even got on it at all, I had them go out every 1,000 miles. It was built by a racing auto trans shop when I did the v8. My conclusion after 4 replacements, was the Fiero transaxle was not designed for more than 150 hp. I sold the car for a $15,000 loss just to get rid of it. Even most on here with standard trans Ive seen have problems. Didnt Tina have to replace hers once a year ? It was never the torque converter or the chain link failure, it was always internal failures.


The case is weak on them for sure, was a club member in my area who had a built 284 in place of his 282. He had an LT1 swap, I do think the 284 lasted much longer than his 282. I did help with the install and the input shafts are larger and the diff bearings were significantly larger.

But I agree there isn't a real transmission option for high power swaps, even my 4t65e-HD rebuilds with GMR parts/chain have failed in my turbo 3800 swap twice now. I'm working on an expensive alternative, I don't expect many in the Fiero community to be interested but for those with deep pockets it should be a nice option.

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Personally, I wouldn't want to use a 30+ year old car as my main transportation. But that's just me.
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222,000+ miles and still a daily driver here.

But I've replace/fix/clean many things to do it and stay safe like:
Restore the brakes using better then OE pads and hoses. Not SS hype hoses or other bs "upgrades."
Rebuilt the suspension w/ moog rubber and premium gas struts/shocks.
Go thru the entire car likely 2 or 3 times over the years to clean/fix most common electrical issues.
Did swap 4cyl auto w/ same only because less miles and old timing gear finally broke after ~ 150,000. Still have the old one since nothing else is wrong.

Auto likely needs a filter and fluid change.
I use ATP B-56 filter kit last month. (Amazon and others) Filter are all the same but gaskets are not. This one has a better gasket material and 4 bolt holes cut a bit smaller to make easier to install.
Followed direction in cave to get 6 of 9+ quarts replace. If you drop pad only you often get only ~ 3 to 4 quarts.
I have gotten 1 to 1.5 more but didn't have time for TC to drain a little.

Good thing too... Several pan bolts was loose because someone else did a filter kit before. At least they didn't wreck the pan edges.

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