1984 Pontiac Fiero SE 2M4 – $8,900

Nov 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

As someone who was coming of age in the early 1980s, in the summer of 1984, Pontiac’s new Fiero exactly like this 1984 SE 2M4 example just listed here on Craigslist in Wilmington, Delaware was the “It” car to have that summer.  This example, with only 21K original miles is currently listed for $8,900. Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their Fiero priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $6,700 and the #1 “Concours” estimate of $9,000.  If you are serious about buying this Fiero, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller.  When you do, please remember to mention you saw his Fiero featured here on GuysWithRides.com

While American car manufacturers were starting to come out of the Malaise Era in 1984, the original  Pontiac Fiero represents a melting pot of the new forward-thinking with that of the old.  Pontiac desperately wanted to market a sporty, mid-engined two-seat car in their line-up however the only way they could get the project approved by GM’s “bean counters” was to sell it internally as an economical commuter car.  Consequently, while the Fiero’s space frame with non-structural plastic body panels was quite revolutionary at the time, the use of the venerable 151 cubic inch “Iron Duke” four-cylinder inline-four combined with suspension parts straight from GM’s X-body (think Chevy Citation) made the driving experience anything but sporty when the car launched. While first-year sales of the stylish new car were brisk that first year, the underwhelming performance combined with a propensity for engine compartment fires combined to have sales fall off so quickly that Pontiac killed the Fiero by 1988.

Here’s MotorWeek’s original review of the launch edition Pontiac Fiero from 1984:

We love the private seller’s candor and admire him for having such a cool hobby in his retirement. That said, we would interview him to understand what he paid the original owner for the car and what he has put into it to date that helped him determine his current asking price and determine whether it’s fair based upon your in-person inspection. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Let’s understand each other, yes, I am flipping the car. It’s something I like to do in my retirement. Buy ’em, straighten them out, clean them up, put a few miles on them then let them go to someone who’s wanting one to keep for the long haul.

1984 Pontiac Fiero SE, 4-speed transmission, with working/converted 134 A/C, windows, door locks, mirrors, cruise, tilt, AM FM cassette, brand new tires, new front brakes. I purchased from the original owner. The car is very clean, floors, seats, headliner, perfect. Everything works except the coolant temperature gauge. Drive it anywhere.
As you can see the engine compartment is near new, under hood in great shape. All rubber weather strips good. This car is a 9 out of 10 all day.

A few scratches here and there but nothing major.

Email for phone number, please.”

Do you have a Pontiac Fiero story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

2 Comments
  1. Michael Gorgia

    The first year we sold every Fiero over MSRP. One of our customer’s Fiero never made it to her home. Fortunately, the structure of the car allowed the owner to go home. A Cadillac ran the light on Ocean Parkway and t-boned that new Fiero causing it to roll many times with it landing on the wheels. The Highway Cop said she never would have survived if it weren’t for the design of the car. She came in the next day to order another.

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  2. Tim Ercanbrack

    Excellent story Michael thank you sir, these were all a part of American automobile history and should be remembered.

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