1984 Ford Fairlane Ghia XF 4.1L Alloy Head II St 6 from Australia and New Zealand
Built to last
Engine started ticking one day and shaking for about three weeks. Performance dropped considerably during that time, but oddly enough, the problem fixed itself before I had a day free to take it to a mechanic.
The speedo on the digital dashboard stops working at times marking 0 constantly, can usually be fixed by turning the headlights on and off till it works again. When driving on cruise control at say 100km/h, and this happens, the car accelerates violently thinking it's traveling at 0km/h.
Trip computer constantly resets itself.
Driver side electric window motor stopped working.
This is my first car, and one I intended to keep while sharpening my driving skills, while I saved up money for somthing better. Bought at only $500 running LPG, I must admit this car has grown on me, and even though I have the money to purchase somthing better, I'm waiting for the car to have something seriously wrong before I do.
After purchase, and taking it to a mechanic only once so far to get its Road Worth Certificate, this car hasn't given me any reason to do so again.
The paint is beginning to peel on the roof, and there are signs of rust beginning to take place. Inside the car is very roomy, especially the backseat. Great for holiday trips with a car full of friends. There are four cigarette lighters inside (One on each door), while I don't smoke I found that amusing. Definitely not a help to anyone attempting to quit smoking.
The dashboard and all its indicators are digital. This car I feel was very special for its time, having features I had certainly never seen on other cars of its time. A great first car for anyone; as long as you treat it right and don't drive her too hard, she won't let you down.
On LPG it usually goes around 400km+ on a full tank.
I really hope my next car is as good in its lifespan.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th May, 2007