1996 Ford Fairmont EF2 4.0 from Australia and New Zealand


Can't beat a big car for comfort


Number 4 HT Lead, So I replaced them all.

And Universal Joint,

General Comments:

Been a mad holden supporter and owner all my life and then out of the blue buy a ford, I had my doubts... I was wrong, really smooth ride and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2005

1996 Ford Fairmont EF2 4.0 Six from Australia and New Zealand


Nice family sized sedan, with good looks


The air conditioning compressor seized up and therefore stopped the engine turning over due to the serpentine belt. Apparently this is rare.

Then the auto transmission started playing up and now needs replacing or repair to fix the 2nd gear cogs, as the auto is jumping into limp mode fairly regularly. Annoying and dangerous to drive at the moment.

General Comments:

All else is working well. Replaced original suspension with XR6 units and the vehicle is much more stable to steer, and far more precise. A bit firmer, but an excellent compromise between, comfort and performance.

Drives well, steers well, and stops very well, considering its size and weight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2004

1996 Ford Fairmont EF Ghia Series 2 4.0 OHC petrol from Australia and New Zealand


High performance luxury


Recently the speed sensor on the transmission failed leaving me with no speedometer. Not long before that the power steering pressure sensor started leaking loosing all power steering fluid.

I am told that these two items are common faults in the EF/EL models, luckily they are not very expensive and I was able to replace both items myself.

General Comments:

From my experience the EF Fairmont Ghia is a very reliable car. I myself give this car a very hard time and it has never let me down. My car has been heavily modified for performance and has 130KW at the rear wheels. But just like every EF Falcon / Fairmont its steering is a touch sloppy on the road.

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

Review Date: 3rd February, 2004

13th Jul 2004, 04:27

The steering on you car is probably sloppy because the steering rack has done 180'000km of hard work, which is more than enough to wear out a rack. Try getting a rebuilt rack and ask for it to be extra tight and you won't have sloppy steering anymore. I have an EF Fairmont, and have replaced all my steering, I. E - Rack, pump, pressure lines, tie rod ends and its perfect! Also having ball joints upper and lower in good condition also helps!

Have you got Camber/Castor kits?? They also make a huge difference! Regards.

1996 Ford Fairmont EF II 4.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Electric antenna does not rise or retract fully.

Front right hand disk brakes groans when strained. It also makes severe scraping sound when applying brakes at low speed.

Fairmont front grille was not fitted properly.

General Comments:

The car fits three grown teenagers in the back seat relatively comfortably for long trips.

The car looks and feels classy. A great Fairmont trait.

I plan to spend a bit of money on the car. Tinted windows, rear spoiler, seat covers and mats. I need to car to last me at least 10 years. I have owned my current 1981 Nissan Skyline GT EL 13yrs. I still plan to use it for work.

A great bargain for low mileage and good nick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2004

1996 Ford Fairmont EF II 4.0 Litre Intech OHC from Australia and New Zealand


A Sexy Beast


Melted Speaker Covers.

Broken Fuel Meter

Stereo Volume Knob Broken.

Right Tail Lamp Blown.

General Comments:

This car is absolutely fantastic. It beats the ruddy Holden Berlina, that's for sure. It glides graciously at every turn, as if it is trying to get a second glance from the onlookers. We've had the car for nearly six years and there haven't been any serious problems with the car.

The flowing design of the car certainly looks better than the new AU. The Pioneer sound system is "music" to my ears.

The headlights show a look of brute-strength while it holds it look of sheer grace. The engine is a pleasure to hear when you are driving down a bright country road, knowing that no one is around you, and then you hit the gas like there's no tomorrow.

I am sure that other proud owners of this powerful, yet stylish car feel the same way.

This car stimulates the mind and dims the senses- it is almost as if you are floating.

I love my Fairmont.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2003