Pennock's Fiero Forum
  General Fiero Chat
  What does everyone think - Should I keep my 2.8 engine or swap.

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Email This Page to Someone! | Printable Version


next newest topic | next oldest topic
What does everyone think - Should I keep my 2.8 engine or swap. by robert1234
Started on: 10-12-2017 09:03 PM
Replies: 10 (484 views)
Last post by: Gall757 on 10-18-2017 05:57 PM
robert1234
Member
Posts: 461
From: Knoxville TN
Registered: Oct 2015


Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post10-12-2017 09:03 PM Click Here to See the Profile for robert1234Click Here to Email robert1234Send a Private Message to robert1234Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
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).]

IP: Logged
PFF
System Bot
RayOtton
Member
Posts: 3468
From: Cape Charles, VA, USA
Registered: Jul 2012


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 54
Rate this member

Report this Post10-12-2017 09:24 PM Click Here to See the Profile for RayOttonClick Here to Email RayOttonSend a Private Message to RayOttonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
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.
IP: Logged
Easy8
Member
Posts: 355
From: Jacksonville, Fl
Registered: Feb 2009


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post10-12-2017 09:40 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Easy8Send a Private Message to Easy8Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I will only offer this bit of advice...

FAST
CHEAP
RELIABLE


Pick two of those three... always has been the rule and still is to this day.
IP: Logged
larafan
Member
Posts: 229
From: Franklin, Tn. U.S.A.
Registered: Nov 2013


Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post10-12-2017 11:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for larafanClick Here to Email larafanSend a Private Message to larafanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
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.


IP: Logged
larafan
Member
Posts: 229
From: Franklin, Tn. U.S.A.
Registered: Nov 2013


Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post10-12-2017 11:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for larafanClick Here to Email larafanSend a Private Message to larafanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

larafan

229 posts
Member since Nov 2013
3800SC looks like it came in it.

IP: Logged
tshark
Member
Posts: 4388
From:
Registered: Feb 2014


Feedback score:    (6)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 68
Rate this member

Report this Post10-13-2017 07:58 AM Click Here to See the Profile for tsharkSend a Private Message to tsharkEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
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.
IP: Logged
Gall757
Member
Posts: 10772
From: Holland, MI
Registered: Jun 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 89
Rate this member

Report this Post10-15-2017 03:36 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I agree with the old adage.....Fast, Cheap, Reliable,.....pick 2. The stock 2.8 is Cheap and Reliable, so you will be giving up one of those to become fast.
IP: Logged
robert1234
Member
Posts: 461
From: Knoxville TN
Registered: Oct 2015


Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post10-15-2017 06:56 PM Click Here to See the Profile for robert1234Click Here to Email robert1234Send a Private Message to robert1234Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks everyone ! I really appreciate you advice.

larafan thats look nice !!! You got a PM
IP: Logged
hnthomps
Member
Posts: 5604
From: Columbia, SC
Registered: Jul 2003


Feedback score:    (18)
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 51
Rate this member

Report this Post10-17-2017 10:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for hnthompsClick Here to Email hnthompsSend a Private Message to hnthompsEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by robert1234:

Thanks everyone ! I really appreciate you advice.

larafan thats look nice !!! You got a PM


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.


3800 SC Series III


3800 SC Series II

Nelson
IP: Logged
robert1234
Member
Posts: 461
From: Knoxville TN
Registered: Oct 2015


Feedback score: (1)
Leave feedback

Rate this member

Report this Post10-18-2017 04:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for robert1234Click Here to Email robert1234Send a Private Message to robert1234Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks Nelson,
You calmed my fear.
IP: Logged
Gall757
Member
Posts: 10772
From: Holland, MI
Registered: Jun 2010


Feedback score: N/A
Leave feedback





Total ratings: 89
Rate this member

Report this Post10-18-2017 05:57 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
quote
Originally posted by hnthomps:

Like people said, fast, cheap, reliable. Pick any two or you can bite the financial bullet and get all three.

Nelson


Scratching my head on this one.........

[This message has been edited by Gall757 (edited 10-18-2017).]

IP: Logged
PFF
System Bot

next newest topic | next oldest topic

All times are ET (US)

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | Back To Main Page

Advertizing on PFF | Fiero Parts Vendors
PFF Merchandise | Fiero Gallery | Ogre's Cave
Real-Time Chat | Fiero Related Auctions on eBay



Copyright (c) 1999, C. Pennock