1987 Ford Fairmont XF Ghia 4.1L EFI from Australia and New Zealand
Very easy to maintain, Ultra reliable, excellent first car
Head was warped when I bought it.
Heater core leaking.
Both the above problems I believe were caused by the previous owner over heating it.
Had to replace trailing arms after a few months of ownership, but this is probably from the donuts and not the cars fault.
Diff is starting to make a few weird noises (see above) rebuilding it this weekend.
This car is extremely comfy, although the velour interior is hard to keep clean.
I drive it to Uni every day on the highway and if I don't flog it around town (very rare) I can get 600km to a tank. If i drive around town alot and give it a bit I'm still getting around 350-450km
The digital speedo and tacho are a bit annoying, Passengers are fixated on what speed you are doing when it is there in two inch high green numbers. however you get used to them.
Pretty quick in a straight line (17.1 400m 9.8 to 100km time on g-tech) but body roll is horrific if you try and punt it to hard through corners.
If you break anything on it it won't cost you the earth to fix as most stuff is quite do-able if you have some basic mechanical knowledge.
Pretty cheap to get going quick if you do some stuff your self. Friend of mine has same model car running 14.8 for around aud $2000.
LSD is nice :)
Doesn't look too bad either.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th May, 2002