1978 Ford Fairmont Reviews

1978 Ford Fairmont Station Wagon 200 c. i. from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 200 c. i. Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance99500 miles
Previous carFord F100

Summary:

A bargain, I mean, $750 of initial investment and I still drive it 17 years later?

Faults:

Transmission went out at 80,000 miles, but that was when the car was about 15 years old, not a big deal.

2 water pumps on it over the years.

Alternator went out at 85,000 miles.

Brakes last about 5 years or so.

(The parts guys cringe when I buy the stuff with the lifetime warranty.)

New carburetor at about 90,000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought the car at auction for $750.

That was 17 years ago and it still gets me back and forth to work daily for pennies. Not the prettiest, or fastest, or best handling. But I'll hang onto it till it squats down and refuses to move for the final time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2002

27th May 2007, 11:26

I've also replaced the water pump, and alternator in mine so reading this was great.

I bought mine in 1996 and still have it today. Great car.

1978 Ford Fairmont 2 door sedan 3.3 inline six from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 inline six Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Monte Carlo

Summary:

Reliable!!!

Faults:

I broke a brake line once in a panic stop. Cost me $16.53 to fix myself (easy).

That's about it..

General Comments:

This car is great, it isn't fast, but it is so reliable!

I change the oil on time every time.

The in-line six is torquey and very smooth. The car drives and rides like new, not only like when it was new, but even compared to new cars I have driven! It even handles well!

This car was WAY ahead of its time!

Well not the engine... but that is why it is so reliable-it is simple!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2002

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews