Technical aspects of stock and modified Pontiac Fieros
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[Last updated on: Tues Mar 21 2000] Welcome To Fiero-TechNet. This list is dedicated to the Technical/Mechanical aspects of Fiero Ownership. This list was originally started because it was clear that other lists would declare a "Flame War" and "Boot" members anytime a technical discussion lead to a dis-agreement. Yet posts to threads such as "Sex in a Fiero" & "anything Sub-woofer" would go on endlessly. IMHO, there is a place for those topics, it's just not on a Fiero based list. When we started this list it was evident that several other had the same opinion of what a Fiero list should be about, membership swelled from 0 to 100 in the first week. We now have over 600 members. There are only a few topics that I would consider off-topic. That among those are the 2 subjects above, anything to do with a gas crisis, stuff like "Fiero vs MR2", computer Virus stuff & any other subject not specifically Fiero AND Technical related. 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