I bought my NA II Fairlane (MLI 4 Speed auto) mainly because I needed the extra space. My previous car was a ZL Fairlane (stolen).
What do I like most? Dunno. It goes alright, uses less fuel than the ZL (and my 318 Valiant!!). On that note, the ZL had the optional long range fuel tank (90 litres), this NA has the 68 Litre tank (holds 74 litres for me). Both cars went the same distance ( 470 km) from absolutely full to engine stalling due to dry tank.
The car is prety good for long distance touring (will be better when I pull the dash out to replace the a/c evaporator).
The NA's 3.9l Multipoint engine has less power than the ZL's 4.1l Multipoint. A couple of mods will improve that.
I got my DA2 LTD in December 2000, I've done about 60,000 kms on it. I've towed with it, used it for long distance touring, around town, as a workhorse and a little off-roading too. It's been great, real reliable, never had any problems. Great size, comfortable and economy is pretty good too. I can get on average 580-600 kms per tank (I put in about 74 litres also) of premium. My record though is 703.4 kms, that was about 99% highway though. The power is sufficient for me, like I said I've towed with it and it does the job well. I've towed a VL on a trailer once (there a photo of it on eafalcon.com under Pictures > Wallpapers) and while it struggled a bit uphills, it handled it well. I love my car and I wouldn't want to drive anything else.
I reckon if you bought that Fairlane you won't be disappointed. How much was it going for?
That sounds pretty decent. Mine had 205,000kms no LPG and it was $8000. Just make sure it drives good, no misfitting panels, dents or rust, basically look it all over and make sure absolutely everything works. If not get them to fix it for you. I have found that cars without LPG tend to be in better condition engine wise, but if it's good then go for it!
I bought my NA I Fairlane last september for $5999, I looked around alot, and most of the decent NA's were around the $6000 mark back then, My one took my eye because it was silver, slightly lowered and had nice wheels, where as all the others were stock. Mine had 270,000 on the clock when I got it, but I made the dealer give me a good price on my XD as trade in, so that also sealed the deal. I am very happy with my Fairlane, I reckon once you've owned a long wheel based E-Series car, you wont want to go back to the short wheel base, the length, comfort and stability as well as value for money just set it in concrete.
While i got you Fairlane boys attention. I have a question.
I was under the impression that all Fairlanes were luxury cars?
The otherday i was lookin thru the wreckers and i seen an NA fairlane that looked to have crappy fabric seats and shitty door trims (like something out of an old S-pac) Was velour an option on earlier NA's??? I thought they were all ghia's.
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