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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-26-03, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Guys,

Well I think the time has come to say goodby to my poor tired old EA Fairmont Ghia. It's just begining to be a pain. I've owned it for just over 6 months, and they have been the most expensive 6 months of my life!

It seems as if one problem after another just rolls in. I've replaced the motor with a second hand one, but I now I have a contantly tapping lash adjuster and the timing chain sounds as if it's about to let go. I love my car to bits, but I just don't have the time to spend on it that I did while I was still at school.

These are the things that come to mind that I've fixed.

S5 Solenoid
Rear springs/shocks
Fuel Pump
Extention housing oil seal
Motor (due to worn rings)
Oxy sensor
ACT Sensor
4spd > T5 (wasn't essential, but a clutch was dying in the auto)
Trailing arm bushes

I am probably going to upgrade to an EL or even AU, but I'm unsure of the sort of finances I will be able to obtain. What are some common EL/AU problems? I don't want to have to spend money on it all the time! I know any sort of car is going to cost me money, but I just want something a bit newer and a bit more reliable. Seeing the Ghia go is going to be a sad day, but in the long run, I think I'll be glad.

1992 AXII Telstar TX5 Ghia

121kW 2.5L DOHC V6 in a car that weighs 1100kg's and looks like a 4 banger from the outside......SLEEPER!

1988 EA S Pak 3spd CFI.....Soon to be a 250rwkw HSV eating machine.
Latest update......MPFI!!
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I have an EF, and haven't had ANY problems with mine in the last 3 years.. It has been the perfect, most reliable car we've ever owned..
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-27-03, 01:36 AM
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Ok, I wrote up an EF/EL buyers guide for Sundeep's EF/EL club, and will be putting up on my website too in a more aesthetically pleasing format, but for now you can find it at

Hope that helps you somewhat! My EF has been a fantastic car, and I'd buy another one in a flash.

Cheers......... Tim

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