Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Smokin melb's eastern suburbs
Re: Urgent info needed on XD's
A good price, fairmont ghias are always nice. Especially if the interior is in good condition!
Check with a magnet for bog repairs to the rear quater panels, pay extra special attention to the rear facing end of the wheel arch because they love to go there.
If the car has done 220,000 or below expect the head gasket to go anytime soon. If it has done more ask when the head gasket went and who repaired it.
If it passed a roadworthy it should hopefully not be leaking any oil from the rear main seal, another 6cyl favourite, and should have a decent steering setup. A lot of un-maintained falcons are dangerously loose in the steering.
I'd say its an auto so listen for slippage between gear changes or a reluctance to go into the gear you choose and listen for excessive clunking noises coming from the diff when getting on and off the throttle.
If all this checks out then you should have basically trouble free car to enjoy!
Just like a Tsunami.