1984 Ford Granada Ghia X 2.8 Carb from UK and Ireland
Dried up rear CV Joints needed greasing to stock knocking.
Centre bearing need replacing due to a low constant drone at 50mph and above.
Tyres/Alloys needed balancing because ride was rough and wobbly.
Temperature Sender was faulty and needed replacing so auxilary fan would kick in.
Interior needed v good clean as previous owner was a smoker.
Some interior panels needed refitting.
Al the above at point of sale.
For a 21 year old car, this is luxury driving at a fraction of the cost. My previous car was an Omega 3.0 Elite, packed with lots of gadgets, and a nice device that was guaranteed to lose your license (210bhp!)
After many months of spending money on the Omega, I decided I had had enough with all the modern gadgets and on board computers with ECUs and EMUs and decided that the the old school of motoring would be much more fun.
I purchased the mks series 2 Granada 2.8 Ghia X Auto Saloon from Ebay. I drove it first and it was great. few minor issues were noted, but nothing that could not be sorted easily.
The only issue that I really needed to sort out was a centre Prop-shaft bearing. Other than that, all the other issues could be done when I had time.
The Granada is bullet proof. The engine is a solid lump with plenty of BHP for the 3 speed Auto. It can keep up with modern day traffic speeds, and cruise on the motorway or in urban traffic.
The MPG is quite high, but the type I have is a carb version, and also has air conditioning which will cause a severe drop in economy.
Parts are still easy to come by as most of the parts were fitted to the Mk1, 2 and 3, so can still be found as new old stock, new, or even in a scrapyard.
The interior is plush with electric windows all round, electric seats in the front, heated seats in the front, electric sunroof, electric mirrors, child safety locks, air conditioning and a good stereo (replaced now with CD changer)
I has the usual Ghia refinements such as wood inlaid dash, wooden edged side panels and cubby hole, a massive boot (no wonder gangsters loved them in the late 70's and early 80's), and passenger interior lights for reading during those long night hauls.
It also has a trip computer that not only gives you all the required MPG and range details, but you can set it with an alert so if you set it to 70mph and you slip over it, an alarm sounds so you can ease off the throttle and salvage your license.
It is 21 years old, with an on board computer! Many cars today don't have that!
The seats are lovely and soft and not a mark on them. In fact the whole car looks brand new. I am very pleased with it. It is a hard wearing cruiser that took its routes from the big bruisers of the USA and, still today turns heads as a classic, not just for superior luxury.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd July, 2005