Ford Fairlane Review from Argentina

1978 Ford Fairlane 500 500 c.i. V8

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1993
Engine and transmission 500 c.i. V8 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Kadett


Reliable battle-tank


The car leaked massive amounts of oil through its rear o-ring, since the crankshaft was bent and off-centered.

The heater never worked, and most of the lights in the dashboard were blown.

The fuel gauge never worked, and the driver's side door was out of jamb, and never quite locked.

Exhaust pipe fell off after owning the car for a few months.

General Comments:

An excellent, comfortable, reliable, tough-as-nails huge American clunker. It was noisy, big, but incredibly comfortable, and had a ride that was well above par anything else cruising the streets of Argentina in the 70's - 80's.

No rust, no electrical problems, no serious engine problems whatsoever, despite disastrous g-ring oil leak, which claimed about 5 quarts of oil for every hour of driving.

Insane muscle-car aspect!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2010

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review