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Old 10-13-2011, 08:53 AM   #1
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Default Cars under the radar

There are some that never got the credit they deserve, or just got forgotten over the years. I think the Fiero was one, it was getting good towards the end with a V6, then they canned it. Which other under appreciated ones can you think of?



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Old 10-13-2011, 11:25 AM   #2
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Which other under appreciated ones can you think of?
I think you hit two out of 3.

I always wanted to drive a Fiero; never did.

The Datsun/Nissan always was highly rated but expensive and the early ones had some nasty problems with body rust.

But a Pacer........really ????
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:21 PM   #3
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Fun Tacts to Know and Tell:

The AMC Pacer and GM/Chevy Vega were designed to be rotary-engine powered. There was a very big push to move to rotary in the '70's; almost every car maker was planning them. However, rotor tip seal issues on early Mazdas, and generally poor gas mileage, killed the trend.
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:06 PM   #4
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Fun Tacts to Know and Tell:

The AMC Pacer and GM/Chevy Vega were designed to be rotary-engine powered. There was a very big push to move to rotary in the '70's; almost every car maker was planning them. However, rotor tip seal issues on early Mazdas, and generally poor gas mileage, killed the trend.
Remenber that commercial?

The piston engine goes boing boing boing (or something like that) but the Mazda goes Hmmmmmmmm
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:08 PM   #5
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The model Fiero displayed in the photo was utter crap.

The last model before they killed it had the v6 and a more "flying buttress" look to the back end.

Fieros were also prone to catching on fire.
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:06 AM   #6
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The early rotaries from Mazda were cool as hell. My buddy had a rotary pickup; that thing would haul serious ass. He had this routine he'd do where we'd be riding along in 4th gear and he'd take his foot off the gas. The truck would slow almost to a walk, and he'd floor it. It wouldn't lug or shudder, just start slowly speeding right back up to cruising speed. Try that with a piston engine...no, don't.

If Pontiac had produced the V-6 Fiero first or at the same time as the 4, they would have sold a million of them. People were nuts for that car, right up until they drove it and found out how slow that ancient 4 cylinder engine was.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:12 AM   #7
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Actually, this was the coolest Datsun sports car. The 1600 or 2000 Fairlady. It would kick the @ass of any Triumph or MG and didn't break down every 100 miles.

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Old 10-14-2011, 09:58 AM   #8
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Actually, this was the coolest Datsun sports car. The 1600 or 2000 Fairlady. It would kick the @ass of any Triumph or MG and didn't break down every 100 miles.

The Datsun 2000 is on my all time favourite list. These cars are still reasonably priced in the collector car market. I would love to have one. I knew a chick that had a Fiero once. Does that buy me anything?
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:42 PM   #9
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My wife wanted a Fiero for her first car,but her Dad didn't have an association with the Dealer like he had with the Ford guy.

She ended up with a Silver Mustang ragtop. The six, but still...

The Fates in the Automotive Dept. must've been smiling on her that day...
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My wife wanted a Fiero for her first car,but her Dad didn't have an association with the Dealer like he had with the Ford guy.

She ended up with a Silver Mustang ragtop. The six, but still...

The Fates in the Automotive Dept. must've been smiling on her that day...
So what went wrong when YOU came along?
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