1984 Ford Fairlane ZK 4.1 Electronic Fuel Injection from Australia and New Zealand
A reliable cruiser
Air conditioner was punctured due to a manufacturing fault in the hood latch. The hood does not close properly because of this, so any attempt to straighten the latch may result in damage to the air conditioning. Apparently, this happens to Falcon XD's and it's bigger brothers.
Limited slip differential had to be rebuilt at one stage.
The power steering unit leaks fluid slowly over time, and you must top it back up every 2 months. This happened because of holding the steering wheel at maximum lock for too long.
The key lock has refused to let go of the ignition key. Key lock had to be replaced.
Yes, it's done almost 400,000km, but it still drives. Also consider this: it does not blow smoke and it does not drip oil, even when being almost 20 years old.
The car is still quick and can still get to high speeds.
The only reason this car is in good condition is that it has been looked after. No 'just up the road' trips for this car, so it is always 'warmed-up' and ready for aggressive driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th July, 2003