Facebook users will be all-too-familiar with the social network’s rather strange Marketplace classifieds section. While a decent place to get a good deal on a used car, we often find ourselves bewildered by the strange, badly modified vehicles that we so often see for sale on Facebook Marketplace.
This 1984 Pontiac Fiero off-roader is exactly the type of thing we’re talking about. This half Jeep, half Fiero mashup is currently listed for sale on Facebook Marketplace in Woodstock, Ontario for a rather reasonable $4,500 CAD. That would be a decent deal for a well-kept Fiero, but with the infamous ‘Jalapeño’ conversion installed on it, this is no regular example of the mid-engine Pontiac sports car.
The Fiero Jalapeño kit is the work of Arizona-based company Phoenix International Sport Automobiles (PISA). While it wears a Jeep Wrangler-inspired front end and looks to have plenty of ground clearance, this is no true off-roader. The suspension lift is done by wedging some four-inch blocks into the Fiero’s suspension, so it’s not really engineered for rock crawling. PISA owner Marty Jakolat confessed to Jalopnik once before that the Jalapeño is “awful off-road. Just beats the hell out of you.”
Apart from the Wrangler front end and shoddy suspension lift, the Jalapeño kit also includes widened front and rear fenders and a custom Lancia-inspired rear fascia. This particular car is based on a 1984 Fiero and features the 140 horsepower 2.8L V6 engine that came with the car, along with a four-speed manual transmission. This car shows 177,000 kilometers on the odometer (about 110,000 miles), though it’s not clear how many of those were put on post-Jalapeño conversion.
Despite its name, we’re not convinced the Fiero Jalapeño is so hot. We’d be able to forgive the awkward looks if it could actually be used off-road, but as it sits, this raised-up Fiero is really no better suited to mudding or rock crawling than a stock Fiero.
Check out the listing at this link for some additional information and more photos of this strange automotive mashup.