1999 Ford Fairmont AU Ghia 5.0L V8 from Australia and New Zealand


A bold car for bold people


Coolant leak at the back of the motor; heater core was bypassed and the hose was not connected properly. The size of the motor made it difficult to reach the hose.

As said above, the heater core was bypassed (probably should have checked before buying the car). Cost to take the dash out and replace the heater core is anywhere from $750 to $1000.

Transmission a bit clunky, was just low on fluid - the size of the motor meant there is no transmission dipstick, have to use a hoist and reach under the bell housing to check the transmission fluid.

Headlight globe was blown, replaced for $4.

General Comments:

An absolutely amazing car for the price!

I bought an AUII Fairmont 4L I6 last year, and that was totalled, and I made a profit on the insurance, so I bought an RX7, which was a piece of junk, so I sold that after two months and bought another Fairmont, this time with the V8. What a difference in performance! The car has more power than you would hope for, leather seats with electric driver's seat, climate control, 6 CD magazine in the boot, Tickford body kit and wheels, and all that for just over $4k driveaway.

If there was one thing I did wrong in buying the car, it's that it's not on LPG, and living in Melbourne city, it can cost a bit on petrol. It starts first time every time.

There is plenty of support on the cars online as well. Common problems that the car has is a leaking heater core (which means you get coolant leaking onto the carpet in the car, which stinks out the whole car), and it is cheaper to bypass the heater core and use the car with no heater, than to take the dash out. For what that is, the car makes up it for in gadgets and dials.

The performance is very impressive as well, smoking turbo Japanese stuff at the lights effortlessly. St Kilda road in Melbourne is notorious for lane drifters and road rage; the Fairmont comes out first when fighting another driver to overtake a cyclist or someone's grandma driving 40km below the speed limit; plenty of overtaking power.

I love the looks of the car. The car's low value is mainly on the way the car looks. To be honest, the base models such as the Forte look quite crap and plasticky on the inside, and the waterfall grille doesn't do the car any good. The Fairmont however, with its big chrome grille and woodgrain inserts, makes so much difference to the look and feel of the car. I wouldn't buy an AU Forte, but I would definitely buy another AU Fairmont.

It just seems like a hassle when I wanted to check the fluid levels in the car, and because of the size of the V8, it means it's more of an effort to do work on the car than the straight 6, which also means when servicing the car, it's a longer time to service, which means higher cost, about $100 more I got told.

Because the V8 revs so much lower than most cars on the road, it means the motor lasts much longer. It has just over 250,000km on the clock; my old Fairmont had 320,000, and it was a 6. I wouldn't expect less than 600,000km before the car starts to head downhill. I'll probably end up having the Fairmont as my weekend show car by the time it reaches that!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2011

1999 Ford Fairmont AU 4 Litre from Australia and New Zealand


A good reliable family car, but be careful in the rain


The steering column had to be replaced as soon as I got the car (under warranty).

The rubber lining on one of the rear passenger doors has started to fall off (had this fixed at my last service.

General Comments:

It comes with very good features and is very comfortable.

This car has been very reliable with little trouble.

It is showing signs of age and has not kept its integrity as other cars of this purchase price should. I have owned a Honda Accord and it was still practically new after three years. The Ford is not in this class.

This model Ford have a serious problem with rear wheel spinning under acceleration when roads are wet. I have had many dangerous moments turning corners due to this. It can be fixed, but requires a change of rear suspension.

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

Review Date: 2nd March, 2006

14th Mar 2011, 04:47

I have a Ford Fairmont AU series 1 and I absolutely love my car, even though I found out that a new muffler for it is $520.00. But I shopped around and found a new muffler for $210 at a wreckers brand new and fitted, but overall it is a great car to drive. My car also has a sun roof... Highly recommended... <3.

20th Mar 2011, 12:55

I have a Ford Fairmont AU 1999 model, and I'm having trouble with my auto gears slipping! Can't find where to put transmission oil? It also idles and dies at intersections. Still love my Ford; just needs some TLC, any answers for me on these? Thanks!

4th Nov 2012, 21:04

It doesn't have a dipstick to fill the trans with oil, just a filler hole on the side of the trans. You have to remove a bolt to fill it.

17th Mar 2014, 03:03

They don't have a dip stick where you can put oil in. I had one installed at low cost by CATS central automotive transmission in Rosebery, Sydney.

1999 Ford Fairmont AU 4.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Luxury car at an affordable price


Headlight switch broke at 64,000km, uses excessive fuel when air conditioner is on, digital display is playing up, passenger electric window jammed open at 68,000 got replaced and jammed again. Challenger Ford don't like doing warranty work.

General Comments:

This car is seriously quick and handles like it's on rails. It has very cool tyres and handles the road really well. Not very comfortable on long trips due to leather seats. Other than that it is a great car to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 2003