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Old 05-06-2003, 07:41   #1 (permalink)
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Is NC Fairlane a good choice for new drivers?

I've just got my plate for a few weeks and someone offers me a NC Fairlane (91) at 5000 bucks, with around 200,000km. Is this car a good idea for a new driver, like me? I'm wondering whatz the difference between a Fairlane and a Fairmont Ghia besides the lengthened wheelbase and the exterior.
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if you're willing to handle the size of it :)
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Mate, I got a DA LTD on the day I got my P's (which was also my 18th b-day, lucky me!) and I reckon I couldn'tve gotten a better ride. Get the Fairlane, you won't regret it, and at that price, how could you not resist! Provided nothing is wrong with it :)

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if you're willing to handle the size of it :)
Does that mean the size of Fairlane make it difficult to drive and park?
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Mate, I got a DA LTD on the day I got my P's (which was also my 18th b-day, lucky me!) and I reckon I couldn'tve gotten a better ride. Get the Fairlane, you won't regret it, and at that price, how could you not resist! Provided nothing is wrong with it :)

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Do you think that's a reasonable price?
BTW, do you have any suggestions for items that may easily go wrong? So that I can get a better look before I place the bet.
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Get a RACwhatever or NRMwhatever inspection before you buy, then you will know exactly what the score is. Cheap insurance.

Big cars are only harder to park if you try to put them where they don't fit :)
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My wife has owned many cars, including a new CRV and a new Forrester GT.

But she reckons the best car she has owned is the NC.

They are a great car.
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What kind of NC is it?

The first NCs actually came out with the 3.9 motor. Nothing wrong with that, but I'm sure most people would prefer the 4.0-powered NCs.

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There were 2 Fairlanes available in 1991, I think

The Fairlane with the 3.2L
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The Fairlane Ghia with the 4.0

200,000 is good klm's and $5000 is a pretty good price for a Fairlane with 200,000. Just like any car that has done that many klm's it may need some TLC. Although it sounds to have treated well.

It does take getting used to. Parking is fun if you are used to a smaller car. As far as 'GO" is concerned, remember it is a ton and a half and powered by a 6. (sorry 6 cylinder guys..)
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Old 05-07-2003, 01:40   #10 (permalink)
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I have only ever had Fairlane's, yes the length does make parking bit more interesting, but if you can park it you can park about anything else out there. Doesn't really matter wether it's a 6 or 8, the long wheel base makes the ride something else to drive.

If you want to know the diff. between the 91 Fairlane and Fairmont Ghia, just the body (weight and size as mentioned before). Everything else is the same.
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