1984 Ford Fairmont Reviews

1984 Ford Fairmont XF 4.1L EFI inline six from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.1L EFI inline six Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

High fuel bill, low performance

Faults:

2 blown rocker cover gaskets.

Paint job in very poor condition.

Broken engine mount.

Constant problems with it not idling properly even though 3 different mechanics have tried to fix it.

Interior in very poor condition.

Minor oil leak from the head gasket.

Rust in boot lid and front guard.

Original alloy wheels very corroded.

General Comments:

It is much more sluggish than my commodore was even though it has an extra 35kw.

The power steering is very light, but can feel very dull (no feedback)

Despite its size it is very easy to manoeuvre and park.

The inside of the car is very spacious.

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

Review Date: 24th October, 2005

1984 Ford Fairmont XE 4.1 Litre Carby from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1 Litre Carby Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance232000 kilometres
Previous carFord LTD

Summary:

Comfy Fuel guzzling powerhouse with lots of potential

Faults:

The antenna snapped off.

Both side mirrors have cracks in them and needed to be glued together to stop them falling off.

The air conditioning doesn't work.

The accelerator cable may need to be replaced because when applying pressure to the pedal, it gets stuck and can become dangerous, especially in peak hour traffic.

General Comments:

This car is heavy, built tough, and loves to drink fuel.

Handeling is amazing with power steering and some fat tyres. Lowering the car would do wonders for performance.

Acceleration throws you into the seat and you can easily spin the wheels. This car will match many later model cars off the line without worry. Not bad for a 6 cylinder.

Comfy interior, lots of leg and head room. Blue velour interior is dated, but looks great if looked after.

No tape deck, just a radio.

Starts first go, rain, hail or shine.

I paid $1,800 for the old girl and I have never looked back since.

Parts are easy to come by.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2003

1984 Ford Fairmont Ghia 4.1 EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1 EFI Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 kilometres
Most recent distance163000 kilometres

Summary:

I find these cars to be excellent although the door handles are very common to break!

Faults:

I haven't really had troubles with it, I've replaced the starter motor two months ago and fitted a four speed manual to it. It's started to make a ticking noise, I think I need to take a look at the tappets, but other than that, I haven't had any troubles. Oh hang on, the doors handles! I have replaced them a few times now!!

General Comments:

Since I have changed it to manual it is a lot quicker, it does chew a little more juice, but its worth it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2003

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews