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.
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.
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
How to Remove a 2.8 V6 Engine from a Pontiac FIero step-by-step (HD)
This is a video giving a visual step-by-step process on how to remove the
2.8 liter V6 engine from a Pontiac Fiero using basic tools. The only tools
that you may need to rent, borrow or buy is an engine hoist and some 4
wheel moving dolly's. I've attempted to make this video as visual as
possible so that anyone could see how to remove the engine using basic
This video can also be a useful guide when reinstalling the engine as is
shows how things were disconnected. Most of the disassembly steps can be
done in any order with the exception of a few parts.
Please comment and share with other Fiero enthusiasts.
If I do not know how to do something, I usually turn to YouTube FIRST to
see if there is a video on it. Since I use YouTube to teach me things I
figured I'd pay it forward and post videos of what I know.
1986 Pontiac Fiero GT Start Up, Exhaust, Test Drive, and In Depth Review
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CHEVY V8 FIERO-3
MY SON AND ME WITH OUR FIERO'S DOING A BURNOUT CHAINED TOGETHER !
406 cid. V8 Pontiac Fiero. turn up your volume!
this beautifully asinine monster graced us with its presence at the Sonics
drive-in, in Lincolnton NC, for our first western NC Fiero Meetup. this
thing stole the show. oh and cletus sucks/fredsucksballs/whatever, just
link to the PFF thread on possible future NC meetups:
link to the GA fiero club Asheville cruise:
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
MR2 vs Fiero
MotorWeek (February 20th, 1988): Toyota MR2 Supercharged vs Pontiac Fiero
Some Numbers to keep in mind while watching this......
1988 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 (0-60 = 6.0 seconds) (14.6 Quarter Mile)
1988 Ferrari 328 GTS (0-60 = 6.7 seconds) (15.0 Quarter Mile)
1988 Lotus Esprit turbo (0-60 = 5.8
seconds) (14.4 Quarter Mile)