1987 Ford Fairlane ZL 4.1L
It maybe a rust bucket, but I am going to work on it
Dies when in reverse (out of a driveway).
Drips oil slowly (sump of trans and engine ONLY; could be head gaskets too).
Failed to pump fuel (fuel pump full of rubber, repaired by a Cert I automotive repairer holding a Cert II in engineering).
Door's impossible to open (fixed 1/4 by pulling off plastic and using the real McCoy Penetrene at $80 per bottle).
Access to fuel is not possible with electronic opening after 20 years outside (needs work).
Body rusts severely in a few places (passenger side left mid pillar, in between both hinges on front doors, firewall breached by rust from gutter on the front of the car).
Rust around windscreen.
Rust on the bottom of the doors.
Poor water drainage on most of the car (retains water in front mid and back of car. Including the interior if the car is in a flood).
Interior still looks good, apart from interior panels, dash, seats and ceiling.
The car is very enjoyable to be in for a ride, especially in the back seats of the car.
Best enjoyment is at night time when you can turn on the fancy lights in the back.
This car, I would not want to get rid of even though it's a rust bucket, as the body and interior are so enjoyable to sit in and look at when in good condition.
Awesome layout of the dashboard, and how easy it is to find out your speed, RPM, KM traveled, warning meters etc.
This car has one of the most beautiful sounding engines for a family car.
Smooth driving in the hills, and will be reliable in the most unexpected of times.
There are other uses of this one car that I have enjoyed it for when running, but wasn't appropriate for what they needed to do. (Example; this car is two-wheel drive and I need a four-wheel drive with reliable power for towing).
The value of car is cheap, but it's worth it for the enjoying a midnight cruise.
Particular car's DOB: (09/87 Plate 2) (Sep87 Plate 1)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th November, 2013