Re: AUI Forte Vs EF Fairmont
I myself would not hesitate on an AU. I have had an EA, EBII, EFII Fairmont, AU Fairmont and now a Territory TS. I got rid of the crappy EFII and kept the AU, and so now have a Terri and AU. The AU is a far better car. ALthough you are comparing to levels of luxury (Forte and Fairmont), I would still go for the AU. Way better fuel aconomy, excellent power to weight ratio, cheaper parts, less likely to have rust (check around door hinges on the EL), better ride, easier to clean, improved engine seals etc, etc,.
I love fords, but the EFII was the worst I ever had, heavy, juice guzzling, rattly and gutless.
Hope this helps, my point of view only.