1987 Pontiac Fiero Coupe
* 1987 Pontiac Fiero Coupe *
Engine:  4 Cylinders, 2.5 Litre, 96 Bhp @ 4800 rpm
Drivetrain: 3 speed automatic (THM 125)
Gear Ratio's 1st 2.84, 2nd 1.60, 3rd 1.30, Rev 2.07
Rear axle 2.84:1 Overall 2.84:1
Wheelbase 93.4 In.
Overall Height 46.9 In.
Overall Width 69.0 In.
Overal lLength 162.8 In.
Steering gear ratio 22.0:1 (no power steering)
Turning radius 21 ft.
Tread Width 57.8 Front & 58.7 Rear (2 inches wider than the average vehicle)
Aereodynamic Drag Coefficient .357 without rear wing, .350 with rear wing.
Wheels and Tires Stock 14x5.5" Alloy wheels with standard tire size of P185/70R14
Factory Options 3 speed automatic transmission: ($425), AM/FM Stereo Cassette Radio, Air Conditioning, Rear Window Defroster, Tilt Steering wheel: ($110)
Base Price: $8930
Curb Weight: 2546 lbs.
Gross Vehicle Weight 3600 lbs 
Seating Capacity: 2 adults 

Additional Notes:

Fiero production figures for 1987 show that of 46,581 Fiero's produced, 8,402 were Black. (All the body panels on this one were exchanged with those from a white Fiero.) 23,603 of all 1987 Fiero's were base models, or Coupe's. This one is noted as an Economy Coupe and has a higher final drive ratio than most other 4 cylinder - automatic coupes. The 98 hp "Tech-4" engine which evolved from the "Iron Duke" was installed in 56% of all 1987 Fiero's.
My daily commute consists of 32 traffic lights and 20.4 miles in the morning with 31 traffic lights and 19.6 miles on the drive home, This route across North Phoenix and Scottsdale during rush hour traffic yields a respectable 29 miles to the gallon of regular gasoline. Highway mileage is usually about 34-36 Mpg. Running the air conditioning full time in the summer drops the commuting gas mileage about 1.5 to 2 Mpg. With the larger fuel tank it still requires a once a week fillup. A fun car to drive, but not a lot of room for radio gear. I formerly ran from 10 meters to 1.2 GHz mobile, but the limited space has me running one Kenwood 731 at the present time. The 5/8 wave mag mount antenna sits over the driver side magnesium engine vent on a j-shaped piece of flat steel. The rear or engine deck lid on the Fiero has a metal plate mounted on the underside over the engine to prevent rfi from getting into the ECM or Electronic Control Module. My first attempt at installing a dual band antenna consisted of installing a metal plate on the forward edge of the engine deck lid and centered from side to side just behind the rear window. I thought the plate would keep the RFI out of the ECM. After all, isn't that what it was meant to do. The first day of use with this setup, I keyed up on 2 meters at high power as I pulled away from a traffic light. The "check engine" light came on and the car bogged down in the middle of the intersection. When I quickly unkeyed, the "check engine" light went out, the engine quit laboring and we cleared the intersection. Further experiments proved that this was not the best place for the antenna. Although I could run low power without any negative effects on the car, I elected to move the antenna to ensure that I can make the repeater from the fringe areas of my commute.

Fiero Fanatic's Links

  • Fiero OrganizationNational Fiero organization with a list of chapters
  • PontiacFiero.comFiero site with many links.
  • Cliff Pennock's site in the Netherlands where Fiero's are popular.
  • EV Photo Album where you can see Electric Fiero's.

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