I'm planning to sell the damaged car for some money and get another car as replacement, the car must meet the following criteria:
-Bigger than a Telstra
-Less or equivalent fuel consumption as my MPFI I6 Fairlane
-Strong and tough structure
-A/C & Cruise control is a must
-Best if electric windows are equipped
-Can't spend more than $7k, including all costs
Here are the cars that are currently on my list:
1. Ford NA Fairlane
Same as the previous one, but it would be a bit strange to get the same car.
2. Ford EB/ED Fairmont
Pros: Better trimming than NA Fairlane
Cons: Some gadgets are omitted. Also sounds a bit more expensive compared to another NA.
3. Ford EF Futura
Pros: Nice look and better engine, Airbags
Cons: Lower level of equipment and low end trimming doesn't sound to attractive to me.
4. VN/VP Calais
Pros: Fuel consumption, IRS for VP
Cons: Harsh motor, usually poor maintainence, hoon car image, weak chassis, horrible shape, it's a Holden
5. VR Commodore / Toyota Lexcen
Pros: Fuel consumption, modern shape, IRS
Cons: Low level of equipment, expensive, weak chassis, it's a Holden
6. Mitsubishi TR/TS Magna
Pros: Low prices, fuel consumption
Cons: I don't like it's a FWD and the ugly shape
7. Toyota Camry (Wide bodied)
Pros: Fuel consumption, it's a toyota
Cons: The car that hit my Fairlane is a TOYOTA!, looks like every other car on the road, FWD
8. Nissan Maxima
Pros: Good engine, fuel consumption
Cons: Expensive, FWD
9. Nissan Cima (Import)
Pros: I can do the import myself!, moderate price, luxurious, RWD, fuel consumption, good engine, it's an import!
Cons: It's an import!, expensive to maintain, complicated to work on, I need to wait for 6 weeks.
Ok, so what u guys believe I should get?
Swift. Agile. Deadly.
1988 NA Fairlane Series I
- 3.9L MPI Engine with 4.0L Equivalent Head
- Old Trusty 3 Speed BW M51 Auto
- Rear Sonar Sensor
- Cheapo CD Player
- Rear Spoiler
- All the luxury of a Fairlane
Get a EF, whack in some decent seats(the front bucket seats on the EF GLi are a f@cking joke, cos they are too high and too hard and look shit) and it will look nicer and feel heaps more posh then your NA.
And why would you want electric windows if your aircon works
I second what psycho chicken said. The NA is a bit dated compared to the EBII/ED, plus you've just had one. Personally I'd probably be looking for an EF even though it doesn't have the luxo features - then again, there was an EF Fairy sold on these forums for $7K or thereabouts. The other choices you've basically cancelled out. Although the only other one I'd consider from your list is the Maxima...
Originally Posted by Sundeep
Eh Yagz, suck my left teste mate I'll have boost for $1k, even if it is only 1 pound.
he said $7k including all costs, so i'm assuming this means stampduty/insurance etc is included in that $7k?
if thats the case, the EF Fairmont would be a tad outa reach unless you're damn lucky.
EF GLi/Futura may be just in reach but it may be a poorer example and lead to a few mire issues later.
IF it were me, i'd be looking at an EB/ED Fairmont/Ghia, the equipment levels arnt that much different to the NA and you have the advantage of 4speed auto, 4.0 mpfi and a more refined body :)
1995 EF II Falcon GLi: Heritage Green, 4spd Auto, AUII 17" Rims, Custom BA Front Bar, Lowered, Gas Research LPG, Clear Indicators, JVC MP3 Headunit, Phoenix Gold 6.5" Splits, Coustic 481QE Amp, Clarion 12" sub, Leather Seats, Power Window Conversion, 3.45 LSD, Pacemaker Comp Extractors, 2.5" Exhaust, Mandrel Bent Intake, High Flow Filter, Wade 1004 110 cam.
In Progress: BA XR Side Skirts, BA XR Rear bar, BA Shifter Handle.
I'd go for a EF Fairmont or VR Berlina for that sort of money. Both cars have all of the features you're after and more. And they would leave an NA for dead in outright acceleration, while returning better fuel economy figures.
i go an EB 2 or ED monty, they arent that expensive, and come woth all the features you desire. For 7k you probably could get one, and insure it and still have a couple of hundred left over to play with.
RIP 88' EA Falcon S pack
92 EB Fairmont - Retired POS!
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