Ive driven a lot of affordable fun cars... the ones that stand out are corvette C5 Miata Audi s4 and right now im in love with a black Infinity G35S
added Pontiac G8 Pontiac GTO
my choices are based on balanced car a balance of handling, brakes and usable power and also function as a daily driver while also good looking. I already have 2 cars that are 4 door a corolla for the kids and an Altima se 3.5 (love this car)
ive done a lot of hot laps with all of the above and may add more later lol
please feel free to offer your choices and perhaps why
87 Fiero GT 5sp with Vortec L35 4300 Turbocharged V6 Bully Stage 2 clutch Syclone intake manifold and engine management with Moates adapter and chip burner Air/water intercooler and Devil's Own progressive water/alky injection 50lb injectors, 3 bar map sensor, Walboro fuel pump and Jabasco Intercooler pump LM1 wideband on custom manifolds and 3" stainless exhaust system T31/T04B H3 turbo and a S10 caliper conversion. Murphy's Constant Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value Murphy's Law of Thermodynamics Things get worse under pressure. Arthur C. Clarke "Any significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"
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Posts: 11151 From: Surrounded by corn. Registered: Feb 2009
my next toy will be a Louts Turbo Esprit... why?? 1-affordable 2-should be fun and fast 3-i love the old school 80's imports...Ferrari (i have a Mera), Lambo Countach/Diablo, Lancia Stratos...ect... newer SuperCars are nice but the super premium (inflation) they charge now is way out of my reach. a good lower mile Louts can be had for around $15,000 easy.
see i have this Mera
and I am at odds if I should i make it as fast as its Mentor?? my body says "HELL YES" but my brain says keep it stock for prosterity...it is a part of Pontiac history and with the Demise....6/01/2010....REST IN PEACE....i feel i should keep the faith.
So enter the Lotus. i was looking at Ferrari 308's and Lotus' Esprits when i found this Mera. so it is actually where i was a year ago. cool now all i need is a job. come on "construction rebound" later Dan
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Posts: 2888 From: Lackawanna NY Registered: Aug 2000
so this thread got me looking at Lotus and Ferrari's again when i found the car i almost bought a year ago before i got me Mera. its still there!!! for the same price
HOT DOGG!!! i feel a low ball offer is a comming. called the boss and he said there should be something this summer for me, work wise..ohhh happy days. thanks for this thread. it was the kick i needed to get the ball rolling Later Daniel
Posts: 1690 From: starkville MISSISSIPPI Registered: Mar 2003
I have a 1980 Trans am that I need to get to work on. I want modern LS power and maybe a mini-tub. I have also had my eye on a 928s that is sitting behind a auto repair shop. Converting it to a LS2/3 would bring it up to par with todays sportscars.
Posts: 3819 From: woodstock,Ga.,USA Registered: Jan 2008
I am wanting to build a Lotus Super 7, or something like the Cathrem. I would love to build this for Amy. She is a great driver, and digs convertables. I know that if you do your own work, a near $10,000 price is attainable. Not looking for the real deal, but a kit that can be rung out is what I think of. Ah, the future....
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Posts: 4373 From: Bowling Green, KY. USA Registered: Aug 2008
WHAT !!!!! This site is for DIE HARD FIERO ENTHUISTS, and owners...We are not, and never will be "done" with our Fiero's. Their part of US ! So, with all due respect to you, if you're done with your Fiero, be done with this site. But I bet you'll be sorry you did both in the future.
well when winter comes around I'm usually looking into fun for my Audi S4 but now that it's summer again, the Fiero is just begging for upgrades. I'm getting pretty close to my suspension rebuild and potential motor swap. The Audi got new turbos right before last winter and the CEL fixed and because I treat my babies equal, time to spend a few grand on the Fiero
I want a balanced car (power to handling) and the WRX seems to be at the top of my list. S2000 in next because of the drop top and handling, then mustang, because parts will be available in 20 years. (Fiero parts, probably not so much.)
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Posts: 12143 From: Metro Detroit Registered: Mar 2003
I am also going to be building a lotus 7 replica. I am going to use the v6 that came out of my fiero when I did the engine swap and use fiero front spindles so at least it will have fiero parts in it for me to continue with the fiero spirit.
Well with 3 Fiero's in the stable, a 70 Monte in the middle of rehab and a 47 Chevy Truck project waiting in line, I do not think I will ever be done - especially with Fieros. I have a few more "builds" I want to tackle. Add in the fact that I am constantly "looking" for the next project. You never know what it will be.
My 88 Formula - all stock now but when the 2.8 goes to sleep, it will get a 3800SC swap!
My 16 year olds 88 Coupe with the XTC body - we just finished a 4.9 swap and the next major project is body and paint then a complete interior rehab:
My 86 Coupe with a 350 Chevy - I did not do the install but the plan is a complete rehab - interior is now finished but I have to make it faster than it already is!
My 70 Monte just before I tore it to a thousand pieces:
Working the 47 along side the Monte:
I'm not sure I would call it "fun" right now!
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Posts: 208 From: Ontario, Canada Registered: Jan 2007
I've had my fiero since 1998 and still can't bear to part with it. My daily driver is a Mercedes C class and I love the car...extremely well built and very comfortable but it doesn't have the characther and simply isn't as fun to drive as my fiero. I would never want a fiero as a daily driver but as a fun/weekend car it's great and after having it for so long I simply can't bear to part with it. If I got tired of it, I'd rather just park it in the garage and put a car cover over it until I felt the need to play with it again. So far, I've never gotten fed up with it and still enjoy it as much as I ever did. I'm not saying that I wouldn't want other cars, in fact I am currently building a 1982 BMW 320i with a turbo charged 1.8L engine from a 1995 318is, full front subframe, hubs, brakes, steering rack from the 1995 318is and the complete rear subframe of a 318ti with a Z3 M LSD - can't wait to have this one done! Hopefully by the time I'm finished my BMW, putting a turbo/supercharged Ecotec in a fiero will be as easy as doing a 3800SC...that would be a dream come true!
Another positive of sticking with an older car - cheap collector car insurance!
Posts: 5629 From: Clinton, OH, USA Registered: Mar 2003
I have been thinking about a Porsche Cayman S. A C5 or newer Corvette would be good too but preferably a C6 with some letters after the name. In the meantime my Fiero is the best car for me. I will probably never sell it even if I got something else.
Posts: 1106 From: Invercargill, New Zealand Registered: Jan 2009
If not the Fiero then I'd likely be still pouring money into my '81 TE71 Corolla, or my '88 MX6 GT-R. Beyond that I'd look for something like a '74 Mitsubishi Galant Colt GTO as a project, or something droptop like an MR2 or an MX5.
Posts: 4503 From: Sydney Australia Registered: Sep 2004