1996 Ford Fairmont EF Series II 4.0L

Summary:

Love it, love it, love it

Faults:

Radiator hose split, resulting in the motor overheating and blowing a head gasket... got a replacement EF put in and all good, except for the oil pressure sensor... yet to be remedied.

General wear and tear has resulted in warranty failures every time now... rack ends, tie rod ends, exhaust replaced. Also window regulators in both front doors now replaced, and also replacing radiator and getting a bigger trans oil cooler put in, as this is my tow car for my horse float. I'm expecting the bearings to be the next thing to need fixing... and god damn it... I spilled coffee all over the electric window switch, which caused it to short out, so I have to replace that too now... but I still love this car!!!

General Comments:

A rock solid, steady reliable car with just enough grunt when you need it, especially overtaking.

Comfortable and quiet.

Heaps of room, and I love how the back seats are designed to fold down for extra space... great for the DIYer!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2015

1996 Ford Fairmont EF 4.0 litre petrol

Summary:

Such a comfortable, roomy, effortless drive

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Haven't owned it for long, but the Ford Fairmont is very comfortable.

Interior room is awesome.

Cruise control nice.

Quiet ride.

Plenty of smooth power.

I'm pleasantly surprised at how economical the 4.0 litre engine is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th February, 2013

1996 Ford Fairmont EF 4.0L straight six

Summary:

This car is for the serious young driver

Faults:

There are not many things that I can say that have gone wrong with my EF. It is a good car, strong engine and transmission. The only thing that has gone wrong is the power steering pump leaked a lot, but was easy fixed with a new high pressure line.

General Comments:

It has a great body with good seats, excellent driving feel, even though the brakes squeak a little. This is an excellent second car, and when compared to my first car, a 92 Commodore, it gets excellent fuel economy.

On the highway gets off to an easy 110ks and sits well on the road. The only thing I can tell that is bad is it has a tendency to lose traction through larger roundabouts, and likes to let its back end out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2010

1996 Ford Fairmont EF2 4.0

Summary:

Can't beat a big car for comfort

Faults:

Number 4 HT Lead, So I replaced them all.

And Universal Joint,

General Comments:

Been a mad holden supporter and owner all my life and then out of the blue buy a ford, I had my doubts... I was wrong, really smooth ride and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2005

1996 Ford Fairmont EF2 4.0 Six

Summary:

Nice family sized sedan, with good looks

Faults:

The air conditioning compressor seized up and therefore stopped the engine turning over due to the serpentine belt. Apparently this is rare.

Then the auto transmission started playing up and now needs replacing or repair to fix the 2nd gear cogs, as the auto is jumping into limp mode fairly regularly. Annoying and dangerous to drive at the moment.

General Comments:

All else is working well. Replaced original suspension with XR6 units and the vehicle is much more stable to steer, and far more precise. A bit firmer, but an excellent compromise between, comfort and performance.

Drives well, steers well, and stops very well, considering its size and weight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

1996 Ford Fairmont EF Ghia Series 2 4.0 OHC petrol

Summary:

High performance luxury

Faults:

Recently the speed sensor on the transmission failed leaving me with no speedometer. Not long before that the power steering pressure sensor started leaking loosing all power steering fluid.

I am told that these two items are common faults in the EF/EL models, luckily they are not very expensive and I was able to replace both items myself.

General Comments:

From my experience the EF Fairmont Ghia is a very reliable car. I myself give this car a very hard time and it has never let me down. My car has been heavily modified for performance and has 130KW at the rear wheels. But just like every EF Falcon / Fairmont its steering is a touch sloppy on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd February, 2004

13th Jul 2004, 04:27

The steering on you car is probably sloppy because the steering rack has done 180'000km of hard work, which is more than enough to wear out a rack. Try getting a rebuilt rack and ask for it to be extra tight and you won't have sloppy steering anymore. I have an EF Fairmont, and have replaced all my steering, I. E - Rack, pump, pressure lines, tie rod ends and its perfect! Also having ball joints upper and lower in good condition also helps!

Have you got Camber/Castor kits?? They also make a huge difference! Regards.