Coming home from my buddy's house in Grayslake Saturday night, a cop stopped me and told me my passengers' side headlight was burned out. (High beam, fine, low beam not working.) Fortunately, the Wal-Mart in Gurnee is open 24 hours a day, and I was able to buy one before I drove back to Chicago.
I replaced the old one Sunday afternoon. All those sounds you hear are people leaving the 10:45am service at the church down the street and arriving for the 12:45 service. Noisy, aren't they? :D
Changing a Fiero headlight is a little more difficult than changing the usual sealed-beam headlight unit, since the Fiero has retractable headlights, but only because the arm between the headlight motor and the headlight assembly can trap your hand if you don't follow the directions in the owner's manual. But it's no more difficult that changing one on Firebirds and Corvettes of that era, or any other car with hidden headlights, for that matter.
You people who have cars made since about 1986 and only have to replace a halogen bulb can recuse yourselves. But you do have to worry about not getting oils from your fingers on the bulb; it shortens the life of it. And there is that little matter of water condensation inside the lens. And yellowing and dulling that can only be gotten rid of by buffing compound and elbow grease.
The job on the Fiero takes about 20 minutes, during which time I found that the retaining spring that keeps the headlight unit from flopping around had rusted and fallen off. It can wait until I have another order from the Fiero Store;)
Factoid: The first car sold in the U.S. since 1939 to have non-sealed-beam headlights was the 1984 Lincoln Mark VII, which was all-new that year. The law lifting the ban on non-sealed-beams was passed by Congress in 1984, but because of engineering lead-times, they did not start appearing on other cars sold here, (including other Lincolns), until 1986. It cost Lincoln a pile of money, but they had two Mark VII headlight systems ready to go for the '84 model year, depending on how Congress' vote went, simply because they wanted the publicity value of being first out the gate.
85 Fiero GT Sleepy Eyes
The other day i was just playing with the switch for my headlights and
realized that the fiero is capable of doing sleepy eyes stock......
Step 1: Turn Headlights and Running lights on
Step 2: Once headlights Reach full Height Flip Switch back off
Step 3: When headlights reach desired level turn just the running lights
The right way to Seafoam a Fiero
Sea Foam treatment on an 86 Fiero SE 2.8.
Use about 5.5Oz of fluid through the brake Booster. Then add the same amount to both the
gas tank and engine oil for long term protection.
Drama at the 2008 Fiero Reunion
There were many stories at the 2008 Fiero Reunion at the Marriott
Centerpoint in Pontiac, Michigan. Here are two. The parking space standoff
ended peacefully; they settled it like gentlemen; we would expect no less
of Fiero owners. Now, those Corvette, Solstice, Miata and Viper
ruffians.... well, you know THEM;-)
Paul's Lowered Fiero Gt
Early spring quick video 1" drop with axis 19" wheels, watch a better edit
of this video on my page
Oil Change in a Pontiac Fiero
The Pontiac Fiero is just like any other sports car (or any other car) when
it comes to oil changes. Warm up the car, lift up the end where the engine
is, take out the oil pan drain plug, let the oil drain out, put the drain
plug back in, change the oil filter, refill with fresh oil.
I've been doing it myself ever since the car was new. The hardest part of
the whole procedure, over the last nearly 30 years, was filming the whole
thing for this video. If you're thinking of changing your Fiero oil
yourself, hope it helps.
1988 Pontiac Fiero Mera
This 1988 Pontiac Fiero Mera is for sale in Chicago, IL. The Mera was an
Option availible on Fiero GTs in 1987 and 1988 built by Corporate Concepts
in Michigan before Ferrari forced them out of business . 247 Meras were
built over this time and this is Mera #8042 (The 42nd built in 1988).
Options include; A/C, AM/FM radio, cruise control, power brakes, tilt
wheel, cloth interio, and aluminum/alloy wheels. The idea of the MERA was
born when the Fiero was first introduced with the V-6 engine" says Bob
Bracey, owner of Corporate Concepts in Capac, Michigan (USA) and creator of
the Mera. It was obvious to Bob that the space frame of the Fiero would
make an excellent platform for a rebody. Bob and some of his employees
began looking at several cars which they thought would be good candidates.
They ultimately decided that the 308 Ferrari was the best choice. Magnum PI
was popular at the time and the 308 was very recognizable and alluring to
the public. After almost 2 years of clay work and design work, the MERA was
born in 1987. For 1987 about 88 Fiero GTs were converted into 1987 Meras.
With the introduction of the 1988 Fiero, the MERA utilized the 1988 Formula
because it was a better value. About 159 were made on the Formula chassis,
bringing the total MERAs produced to 247. A big change for the 1988 MERA
was the addition of the replica aluminum rims specially cast by Cromadora
of Italy for the MERA conversion, who at one time cast rims for Ferarri.
The MERAs built on the 1987 GT used the original Fiero rim which was
repainted to match the body color of the car. The MERA was sold through
Pontiac dealers only as a new car. No kits were ever sold, and only new
Fieros were used for the conversions. The MERA was not endorsed by GM but
was a Pontiac dealer option similar to that of ordering a conversion van.
1988 MERAs sold for (depending on options -- MERA and Pontiac) for about
$24,000 to $28,000. At the time this price range was not much less than a
Corvette. This 1988 Pontiac Fiero Mera is located in our Chicago Showroom
and can be seen at www.gatewayclassiccars.com or call 708-444-4488 for
7 Cool Upgrades For Your Fiero
Black Top Racing is the new name of TLG Auto.
Find us at http://www.BlackTopUpgrades.com
Find these upgrades here: http://www.blacktopupgrades.com/fiero/
This video is the product of having people ask for a demonstration of the
center console subwoofer, mostly how it sounds, the fitment in the center
console and how close it gets to the driver's arm. Of course with any
camera-recorded music it doesn't quite do it justice, but we think you'll
be able to get a better idea of how well the subwoofer box works!
Fiero 5x7 H6054 Headlight Options Part 1 (LED) - Fiero Series (9) | Black Top Racing
If you are in the market on getting some new 5x7 or 7x6 headlights for your
Pontiac Fiero and don't know where to look, look no further. This video
goes in-depth and demonstrates all of the best 5x7, 7x6 headlight options
available to replace your H6054 headlights. Chris goes over each light
individually, including physical features, specs, and light output against
the wall to compare.
Grocery Capacity of a Pontiac Fiero, 2014 Edition!
Six-and-a-half years ago, I showed you how many grocery bags a Pontiac
Fiero can hold. That shopping trip was at Food-4-Less; this one is at
Wal-Mart. But it still hauls the goods, 35,000 miles later! And it still
holds more in its trunk than a Solstice or an MR-2!
If you don't have kids and aren't constantly hauling 4'x8' sheets of
plywood and sheetrock (and seriously, how many people are?), this, or any
other 2-seat sports car could be your only car. Back seats? Meh.