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Old 11-26-2002, 02:07   #1 (permalink)
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EL Fairmont, or Fairmont Ghia

At the moment I'm looking at upgrading. I have been thinking of a Fairmont Ghia lately and would like to know what people who have owned one of these, or who have driven one, think of them. Are fairmonths are just as good?
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Get the ghia mate i'm pretty sure from efII the fairmont ghias had Tickford running gear ie engine,trans+suspension.
the ghia IMO
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Get the Ghia for sure CATman. As said above, from EFII onwards your basically got an XR6 auto with luxury stuff included...especially if you go and get Tickford suspension also.
I had one and it was great.
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Thanks guys, also with the interiours were they full leather, or just some of the seats and stuff?
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CATman, from EFII to EL they were full leather in the Ghias so another reason to go one of them!
Then when AU hit, Ford went back to Partial leather in the Ghias with Full Cow optional, same as EF1
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not to sure on interiours CATman
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thanks, I have a mate that had a EF fairmont ghia with partial leather, and I didn't know weather they were all like that or what, thanks, and if I'm correct isn't that when the fairmont got the tickford trick bits??
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You can tell the series 2 because the ghia badges are writing rather then the dinky little badges they had been using previously
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CATman,

EFII and EL all had partial leather as standard. Full leather was a no cost option. So some have full leather, others dont. I have a 98 EL Ghia, with partial leather, which I prefer.

EFII onwards also got the XR6 engine, with XR6 computer and transmission calibrations. They have the standard Ghia exhaust, so they drop a 3 kw. Dont have XR suspension as standard, was a $5000 option when new. They only way you can tell the different engine is the red rocker cover, without tickford wings like the XR, but there is a tickford logo stamped on the front of the head.

I managed to find an EL ghia with XR6 16" wheels and suspension, and trust me they are alot of fun to drive. This way you get an XR6 in every way, with all the fun toys and stereo of the ghia.

Fairmonts are just as good, have a mate with EL fairmont V8 with XR suspension and wheels. He loves it. The only things you miss out on are the leather, stereo, badge, engine and some extra soundproofing.

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I am considering the same ,I will go for an el ghia,with all tickford options(wheels/suspension/body kit),sunroof,full leather,premium sound,dont think at this stage I want a v8

A thing I would like to know,did FORD produce an el ghia wagon,and could you get all the options of a sedan had as I would take one of them.

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