I'm torn between what to do, I need to pull my 2.8 and repair the exhaust due to broken bolts when I got it. If I do while its out I'll do much more to it.
BUT ! I'd like more power. I see 3800sc stories of things always breaking after the swap and sucking $$$ and I really do not want that constant problem. Maybe I'm over thinking this. After 3800 swaps will it be reliable ?
I'm having second thoughts, you know, like your first marriage. LOL
So what does one do in this situation ? Uhhhhhh
[This message has been edited by robert1234 (edited 10-15-2017).]
How much do you want to spend? That's usually what it comes down to.
I spent about $800 on all the basic engine mods recommended right here and I'm very happy with the improved responsiveness of the car.
It's not a sleeper Corvette killer but the increased HP blends nicely with the '88's improved handling and makes for a nicely balanced car.
In addition, my Fiero only has 55K miles on it so the engine was in excellent condition to begin with. If you have an old or worn out engine then a project to replace it with something better makes more sense.
15 months and 10k since my swap it is a great joy. I don't beat on it but am not afraid to enjoy. I drive it almost daily, my favorite car out of 4. after driving the car for 2 years with the 2.5 and a 4 speed it is transformed and runs like it looks.
I would offer some words of caution: lots of swaps are started, take forever, and never run again. Also, unless you do the work yourself, it's hard to get anyone to work on a stock Fiero, much less a swap. If you're going to do a swap, make sure you belong to an active local Fiero (support) group.
Reliability is not a problem that I have encountered on my two 2800 SC swaps. One is a Series III engine with a lot of performance goodies and the other one is a Series II engine that is basically stock except for the pulley and intake/exhaust piping diameter. The only issues that I have had with the Series II engine were fuel pump related. I had three pumps fail within a few hundred miles or less of driving but that was not an engine related problem. Poor quality fuel pump selection was the culprit and that was rectified by installing a DW 200 pump.
Nothing to report all all with the Series III engine and I have more than 20,000 miles on it since the swap.
Like people said, fast, cheap, reliable. Pick any two or you can bite the financial bullet and get all three.