1979 Ford Fairmont Base 2.3 liter, L4, 2 BBL

Summary:

Cheap to service and operate, but slow

Faults:

Catalytic converter vibrates under the car (rattles at times), & it lacks get-up-and-go!

General Comments:

The speedometer only goes up to 80 MPH, and I've got up to 65. It is not made for speed, but gets great fuel economy for its age!

Very easy... and cheap... to work on. Just allow plenty of time to get where you're going. And... if you are thinking of passing someone?... you might reconsider!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2010

3rd Mar 2011, 11:05

Bingo! Cheap to operate, and cheap to fix (my "most expensive" repair was $55.00).

BUT... he's right. Forget about passing. The lil' 2.3 is a great in town car, but lacks the punch of a highway model! From what I've heard, get the 200 CI in-line 6-cylinder for that!

I wish I could upgrade to that, but I lack the funds to do so. :-(

1983 Ford Fairmont Futura 200 inline 6

Summary:

A tad sluggish, but a nice car

Faults:

I bought this car cheap for a winter beater. However, I was really surprised how much I began to like it. Its had a few problems:

-Needed new exhaust pipe, front struts, needs front coil springs, transmission crossmember, sounds like the back brakes are ready for a tune-up. Not bad for a $200 car.

General Comments:

A well designed car in my opinion. The bench seats are a little firm but theres plenty of room. The car rides very smooth, it is rough over bumps due to the 25 year old suspension, but this will be fixed soon.

My only problem with this car is the stock engine. The inline six was only rated at 80hp or so out of the factory, and mine is probably putting out less due to wear. Its not a big car, but it is pretty underpowered. Doesn't do so well on steep hills, and passing on the highway is a little risky.

The car is in need of some work, so I plan to just go ahead and put in a 302 or 351 for a fun project.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2008

1980 Ford Fairmont 2dr Futura sport coupe 200Ci Inline 6

Summary:

Classic 80's car

Faults:

The only problem with the car is, since they stopped production of the car in 1983, they also discontinued the parts in 1985. So as you can imagine... the parts are hard to come by.

The interior has shrunk over the years. The roof is coming undone, and the carpet is ripped up. the plastic pannels on the interior are cracked in some places.

General Comments:

I never really had any problems considering how for the last 6 years it didn't run. however I also bought an '82 Fairmont Futura with the same engine and trans, and since I swapped all the parts over, she runs like a dream. The car has a lot of guts for a six cylinder.

She really isn't that hard to work on. Especially after you realize that since it is a "FOX" chassis, the car,in all reality, is an 80's Mustang, with a longer hood, and a trunk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2006

26th Aug 2006, 06:56

The "Fox" chassis was originally used on the Fairmont; the Mustang just used it when the redesigned model came out in 1979.

The only '80's Mustang is... an '80's Mustang. The Fairmont is and always will be a rather nondescript economy car.

1981 Ford Fairmont Futura Squire Wagon Inline 6

Summary:

Good old family sized wagon!

Faults:

Plenty of things went wrong with the car during its 4 years as ownership with us from 1993 to 1997. Anything from the starter to the battery.

General Comments:

We paid $500 for the car in 1993, but it served the purpose as both a family wagon and as a flea market vehicle. The car was a vanilla color with the wood grained sides. It was a strong car that was wicked in the snow and ice, but great otherwise. Inside, it had tons of space, and that's why we used it for flea markets. We still miss him, but he was well loved on our block. He died because the transmission and the whole power steering unit went as well. Would we recommend one of these? Of course!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2006