|Originally posted by jscott1:|
I didn't know you had a turbo diesel Fiero. Cool!
Yes, I've owned it for a year now, bmwguru came up with the idea and built it at his shop. It's an interesting car, Dave, Joey, Ryan & myself have found it hard to describ how it feels to drive it. On the outside it's a Fiero, under the hood and inside the cabin it's using TDI technology with ecm and gauges and the "fly-by-wiire" gas pedal.
It handles like an 88 Fiero should, but the sound and performance of the TdI is different. At crusing speed, it's actually quieter than the V6, which I find amazing and also the lower noise makes crusing more enjoyable over long distances. Of course at idle, it sounds like a diesel, with and interesting slight turbo whine. When accelerating, the turbo whine actually gets louder, kind of sounds like what you'd expect from a cummings diesel pickup turbo whine. It's really kind of neat, I've seen people turn their heads with a "what the heck is that" look on their faces. I have to laugh when it happens.
It can be driven two ways,
1. Driven like a granny, pull away from lights slowly, conserving the fuel and giving the guy behind a break from diesel exhaust.
2. Driven like a teenager, pulling away from the light with Turbo Boost PSI at 15, leaving the guy behind in the Toyota Prius in bellowing noxious clouds of diesel exhaust, knowing he's reaching for his phone to look up the environmental protection agency number to report you as a hazzard to mankind !
I usually perfer the number 1 driving style for a number of reasons, the main reason is, I don't want to be calling bmwguru and asking, hey, where were those custom axles made, I need to replace them cause I drove like an idot.
jscott1 , since you didn't know about the turbo diesel Fiero, here's a few links.
The official TDI engine swap //www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/082918.html
This is Dave's (bmwguru) build link.
Life with TDI swap # 1 //www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/092218.html
This is my link that chronicles my ownership.
[This message has been edited by CoolBlue87GT (edited 06-08-2014).]