1990 Ford Fairmont Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1990 Ford Fairmont Ghia 3.9 MPEFI L6

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.9 MPEFI L6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired196888 kilometres
Most recent distance198113 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Cheap as Chips Grand Tourer

Faults:

The only thing that has gone wrong with the car in my brief time (about 1.5 months) of owning it has been a rusted metal pipe that carries water to the engine and so has developed a leak.

General Comments:

I purchased my beautiful 1990 EA Series 2 Ford Fairmont Ghia in August 2007 to replace my old Falcon S that was wearing out a bit.

It was and is in immaculate condition save a few extremely minor details such as some small stone chips and a cigarette burn on the passenger seat.

The Muliport Inline six of the ghia gains an additional 19KW and 26NM on the Falcons 120KW 311NM engine for a total of 139KW and 338NM. Off the line it is barely faster, but as speed and revs build the difference is really noticeable.

The gearing is very tall as is typical for a ford and allows for quiet and relaxed highway cruising at speeds of 160+ km/h, but it still rips to 100 from standstill in the high seven/low eight second range. High speed in gear acceleration is very strong, the gearbox downshifts eagerly and the engine revs more strongly than the Central Fuel Injected Falcon Motor.

The manual override isn't the best as there is a slight pause between moving the shifter and the gearshifts.

The cars primitive leaf springs certainly show when cornering, while it is stable at higher speeds it breaks traction very easily at lower speeds especially in the wet, despite large 65/205 mag wheels.

Despite being very large and heavy, the ghia is as easy to maneuver and handle as any small sedan due to its feather light power steering. The power assistance is very strong at low speeds and allows for easy parking, but unlike my old falcon doesn't twitch as much at higher speeds as the assistance decreases.

The seats are very comfortable and supportive with side bolsters for the driver and passenger and are made of a very nice soft plush velour material. The controlls and instruments are excellent and intuitively layed out, a large digital speedometer nicely contrasts the analog rev counter.

The Trip computer seems to be very accurate to within a few kilometers of what it predicts and also beeps to warn of low fuel levels or faults/hazards.

Economy is quite good for a large car with the trip computer showing around 14 litres per 100 kms when driven sedately.

To put it simply, this big Ford has all the power, performance and features if not the handling of a European sports sedan, for a small fraction of the price. 2000 dollars is cheap indeed for such a pleasing car to drive and own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2007

1990 Ford Fairmont EA II 3.9 Strait 6 Cylinder

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.9 Strait 6 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired137000 kilometres
Most recent distance166000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Great car with nice interior and relaxing to drive.

Faults:

Air-con stopped working at about 158,000 KS. Needed new condenser unit which required the dashboard to come off.

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Battery replaced at about 150,000 KS. Not really a fault - just general wear and tear.

General Comments:

This was a great car to drive and own. In Fairmont trim it looked much better than the base GL for not much more money. The car had a full service history and I also had it properly serviced and maintained.

Some people told me prior to buying it that the then new 4 speed auto was prone to breaking down and that the old 3 speed unit in the series I EA was better. I found this to be unfounded in my case, the car changed gears beautifully.

At the time I purchased the car I was also considering a VN Holden Commodore / Berlina, but I felt that the EA series II felt more solid on the road and had a more refined overall feel to it. Also the Fairmont interior was miles ahead in terms of class and looks.

Although probably hard to find now in good condition I would recommend this car to anyone who is after a spacious, relaxed family / cruise car. Found a genuine one owner on the internet the other day with only 91,000 KS for around $5,000 - rare as hens teeth now I think!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2006

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews