A little more on the Fiero:
The Fiero was originally going to be a sports car, like the Porsche 914 or Fiat/Bertone X1/9. However, in the seventies there was that whole gas crisis thing, something about gas prices going up to $0.45
. GM's management didn't want another sports car in their lineup, because in their mind sports car=gas guzzler. So the team tried again, pitching the Fiero as a fuel efficient commuter car. It worked.
The engine they wanted was the 1.8 liter OHC 4. GM management cheaped out though and put in the craptastic "Iron Duke" 2.5 liter. That engine produced a whopping 92 horsepower. It also blew up anytime you tried to get more power out of it (Ask any Fiero owner who bought an aftermarket turbocharger made for the Fiero). It did however get very good gas mileage, and that's about the only positive thing you can say about that engine.
Now when the Fiero debuted in 1984 it was a decently quick car. However, most Fiero owners were still dissappointed with it. Thus the GT model was born in 1985. It featured the 2.8 liter V6, which produced 145 hp and was also available in the 6000 STE. It also featured the same bodywork as the Indy pace car Fiero.
In 1986 the Fiero GT got a new look. There was glass added behind the rear windows, new taillights and a few other touches. The old GT became the SE.
In 1987 the Fiero Coupe' lost the "Bumperpads" in favor of a more aerodynamic front and rear end.
1988 saw a multitude of changes. All models got new suspension, replacing parts borrowed from the X bodies. A factory installed "T Top" roof became optional. A new model called the Formula debuted, featuring the running gear of the GT, in the lighter Fiero Coupe' body.
Electronic power steering was going to be included with all 1988 Fieros, but they could not make enough for each and it was going to be delayed until 1989. A few '88 Fieros actually did get the power steering.
The first year Fieros did have a fire problem due to a faulty part that GM was to cheap to replace. They were eventually forced to recall all 2.5 Fieros. The fire problem was blown a bit out of proportion though, much like the Ford fires have been.
For the record I like my 1987 Fiero's interior. It's also a blast to drive on curvy little roads. It's like a go-kart for the street.
A 1984 Coupe'
A very nice GT
Did you know: The original idea for a mid engined sports car for Pontiac came from John Delorean.
Oh and the Fiero made a profit every year it sold. Sales were declining though (which is usually considered normal when a model starts getting older). GM officially killed it because "The market for a two seater sports car was shrinking" (the same bs they piled on us when the killed all plans for a new minivan). Then of course came the Miata.
I'm convinced that there is no company as incompetent as GM was in the 80's and 90's.