Originally Posted by glenn2
Im currently looking to purchase a lightly used 2003 or 2004 BA Fairmont Ghia
either 6 or 8 cyl, anything i should be aware of?
i dont want to buy someone else's frustration
i am currently driving a AU1 Fairmont wagon and have been very happy with
it (apart from the usual fade out in the climte control screen)
Get the V8 its worth the money. The usual BA issues are there, brakes being the worst, with all the kit and the V8 Std brakes are marginal for quick stops. I have had mine machined every service, latest pads are better but can still shudder when stopping suddenly at highway speeds.
Consumption can be an issue, I average 15.5l/100 thats 120km a day but lots of stop start, but some highway speeds (when the M5 isn't a mess) I am heavy on the right foot (I'm replacing it with a XR6T).
The sunglass holder in the roof is crap and has broken twice. Had a vacuum hose split, Got a clunk in the diff, (close the windows turn up the premium sound and you wont hear it)
Replaced tyres at 37000, still had some tread, but I don't pay for them so don't take any chances. I run 36 psi all round and check regularly
Overall happy with performance and handling. Its a lovely thing to cruise in on a country road or to another state, up to about 8 10ths its great, above that turn T/C off and its a tail out hoot......if you do just just watch those brakes...tyre wear.....fuel consumption.....
Hope this helps.