My brother and I finally got our hands on an 88 standard. This little girl has beechwood interior, 4 cyl, 5 speed, and has 119,000 miles on her. Her frame is rust free. She needs a little work. Her red paint is faded and the clear coat is peeling. Also the clutch slips and there are a few other things to work out. All in all she is a great little car. As soon as I can I will post some pictures. I am excited to learn about this year. All I have had so far are 84s. If anyone has advice I would greatly appreciate it. Like what to look out for, and what to expect with the suspension. thanks again guys
Thank for the sig. Bobadoofunk 1984 Fiero Sport Coupe 1990 Buick Reatta 2002 Chevy Impala base
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It's really not that much different from other years. Your engine components are going to be slightly different as you'll find out. Your oil filter is a in-pan element. It also has DIS ignition. The DIS coils are fairly cheap to replace (I think last time I checked they were $27 from Autozone and the duke uses two). The air cleaner is a slightly different assembly because of a different throttle body. Also even though you have an '88 you still don't have a rear sway bar because 4 cylinder cars did not get them. The only other major thing I can think of is you have different style headlight motors. Pretty much everything else is the same.
The 88 suspension and brakes are completely different and are quite an upgrade over the earlier fieros offering much improved ride and handling performance. Worn out bushings/ball joints/hub bearings/shocks are what to look out for in the suspension. I would recommend a poly bushing upgrade as it tightens things up nicely without adding too much harshness if you have to replace those parts. As for other things to look for it's pretty much the same as any year Fiero. As always rust is your primary enemy, check the chassis for rust in the trunk and frame rails, and anywhere else you can think of.
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Posts: 3537 From: Lawrenceville, GA USA Registered: Feb 2009
My 88 duke has over 196,000 miles on it and still runs fine, so you should have many years of fun driving in yours. If you're going to drop the cradle to fix the clutch, you might as well go over everything while have the engine out. You could even replace your timing gears "just in case".
Dec 5th, 2009
Posts: 1043 From: Clayton, WI USA Registered: Jun 2006
That's a good idea. The engine does need a deep cleaning. The air cleaner needs a touch up. The interior needs to be stipped and cleaned, because of mice. There are a few wiring issues I need to work out. Someone installed a car alarm system and hacked the wiring under the dash. I think my brother and I (and 88fierocoupe) got it all figured out. I am thinking optomisticly here, I hope to have the engine cleaned and the clutch replaced by the end of this month. That way when spring comes around We can worry about the finer details.
If anyone has advice I would greatly appreciate it. Like what to look out for..
The first thing that i do is make sure all the things that can leave you stranded are taken care of. Pick-up coil, ignition coil, radiator, caps and hoses, thermostat; then the PIA stuff, like heater hoses and core. if you love the car and want to keep on loving it, make sure it's reliable. Nothing says "hate this car" like being broken down all the time.
Dec 7th, 2009
Posts: 1043 From: Clayton, WI USA Registered: Jun 2006
I know all to well what that is like. I have been stranded many times by my 84. I have even been burned by it starting on fire. Long story lol. Thanks for the advice. I should have done all of these things you suggest with my other fiero lol.
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4.9 is calling you remember, the best thing you can do to a cadilac engine is, GET IT OUT OF THE CAR or 3800sc 4.3 3.4 dohc thats all I think about when Ihear 88 coupe just a blank page waiting to be painted nice find!
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Posts: 5949 From: Back home in East Berlin, PA Registered: Apr 2008
/\ Are you sure lol j/k I have been driving my lil 84 since 2005, and I have been all over the place. All over WI, all over MN, IA and IL. Then hopping into the 88 even with a bad clutch it had more zing, and the way it drives. The steering seemed to be lighter for some strange reason. I think it might have something to do with the 14" high tech alloy rims, vs the 13" steelies. Man could that little thing handle the curves. I know that the 88's had the tri link suspension design. I have always wondered, did lotus really design it?
I think I might keep this one stock. I would like to hop up a GT some day. I don't see to many coupes around my parts of the woods these days, and the GT's... I see them all the time.
Thank for the sig. Bobadoofunk 1984 White Fiero Sport Coupe 1988 Red Fiero Standard Coupe 1990 Black Buick Reatta 2002 White Chevy Impala base
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Posts: 508 From: Star Prairie, WI Registered: Jul 2004
I replaced the clutch with out a hitch and it runs and drives beautifully. She pulls a little to the rights, but I believe that is because of the left rear tire. I could be wrong lol. After driving her for a while i hear a clunk just under the floor board on the drivers side. I thought that the suspension could be the culprit, but everything was tight. Also the wheel wells are secured. Does anyone have any idea what that might be from?
Thank for the sig. Bobadoofunk 1984 White Fiero Sport Coupe (Juliet) 1988 Red Fiero Standard Coupe (bella) 1990 Black Buick Reatta (Noir) 2002 White Chevy Impala base(Haylie)
May 8th, 2010
Posts: 8288 From: Punta Gorda, Florida, USA Registered: Apr 2001