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Old 01-15-2002, 23:42   #1 (permalink)
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Read AUIII Fairmont Ghia V8

Well Forum Members what can you tell me about this particular vehicle.

I have been able to convert another workmate over to Ford and he is very interested in the new AU3 Fairmont Ghia with a V8 option.

What is the Power Output of this particular motor and what other areas of the car have Tickford run the wand over.

I don't want to send him to Kloster Ford at the moment as I have completley lost confidence in them and they have a lot of bridges to repair.

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Old 01-16-2002, 00:36   #2 (permalink)
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I think the only thing Tickford would touch will be a sunroof on a V8 Ghia I think....
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Old 01-16-2002, 00:37   #3 (permalink)
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Well the V8 Power aint impressive to be honest. (only 175kw!!). Whereas the Calais has 225kw (50 more kw) but dont tell your mate that!

I dont think their is any Tickford work in a Fairmont Ghia is there?
I remember the EF/EL's with the Tickford 6.


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Old 01-16-2002, 00:50   #4 (permalink)
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Hmmmmm. From what I can tell, its gonna be difficult to flog the V8.
The standard 6 is a much better option IMO.
Same motor as the XR6 VCT. Whereas the 8 is not from the XR8.
(This is my understanding anyway).

AU3 Ghia V8 - $50,930 - 175 KW (Ford does not publicise)
VX2 Calais V8 - $52,240 - Standard LSD - 225KW

Fairmont Ghia does not get LSD standard - $798 option, which brings the price up to Calais teritory, but it does get IRS.

In comparison, the 6 looks like a better option
AU3 Ghia I6 VCT - $48,280 172KW IRS, LSD $798 option
VX2 Calais Stupercharge - $48,810 171KW(PULP), LSD $355 option.

This is a very shallow comparison, as it does not take into account Fords superior IRS handling, and Fords far superior build quality, but it also doesnt include Holdens Traction control, and other gimmicks.
Also Fairmont VCT6 has a much better reputation with Insurance co's, then the V8's and all Holdens.

Hope this generates some discussion, as I am also interested in the Pro's and con's of the latest Farimont Ghia -

You can see Ive been putting some thought into this one !!!!
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Ok we shouldn't forget that although the power is only 175kw for the Fairmont V8, it's still a quick gear and will out gun the VCT engined sister. The V8's in the AU's have come along way since the E Series days and hence breathing is improved with the new explorer heads and better electrics with dizzyless ignition.

Don't have the exact times for the Fairmont Ghia V8 but as a comparison the Fairlane V8 does 0-100km in 8.2 and 1/4's in 16.2. So going from those figures the Fairmont Ghia will be quicker.
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Get some Tickford Suspension, Sunroof, and XR8 wheels to make it look the goods :s6:
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Apart from having only 175KW, the V8 Fairmont Ghia is sensational, especially if one options up all the Tickford stuff. I'm guessing they won't touch the motor, but suspension, wheels, bodykit, sunroof, and momo stuff is all available. That's what my AU1 has got, everything that can be optioned from Tickford is.
Now, I wonder what the chances would be of anyone convincing Ford to put in a more "Healthy" version of the 5.0 before the deal is done? mmm, couldn't hurt to ask/beg.:s2:
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Also,you could extract 15.6's out of one if you're lucky.(Stocky) I've got a July '99 Motor mag that has the story, Comparing an AU1 Ghia with a Jag and BMW.
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to make it look even sweeter. stick on a tickford body kit as well. I reakon a ghia with the body kit looks just as hot as a XR.
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just wait till september.

there will be a whole range of new engines out which out perform everything thats available now.

one would be silly to buy anything now
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Ok we shouldn't forget that although the power is only 175kw for the Fairmont V8, it's still a quick gear and will out gun the VCT engined sister. The V8's in the AU's have come along way since the E Series days and hence breathing is improved with the new explorer heads and better electrics with dizzyless ignition.
You are so nice Gary. I drove a 175 Fairlane for a few days if you remember. That engine is a disgrace in these cars. Shocking.

Ford need to at least place a 185 in there if not the 200. How many Fairmont / Ghia V8s do you see versus Berlina / Calais? Little thinking needed here......
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