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Old 05-30-2003, 05:52   #1 (permalink)
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Question Fairlaine/Fairmont

Does anyone know what weight and interior differences there are between the 1997-1998 fairlaines and fairmonts??
I've got an EF XR6 now..but I want a car with a bit more luxury..but I don't want an automatic..so I was thinking if I have to put up with an auto then I want ALL the luxuries possible! but I don't know what the Fairlaines have that the fairmonts don't...except for the weight..but I don't even know how much more weight they have either!
does anyone know the info? or know where I can find it?
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Old 05-30-2003, 13:08   #2 (permalink)
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well if you really want a manual, the fairlane is out of the question.
as for the weight difference, its only 200 kg heavier than a gli.
but heaps more room inside.
approx 150-200mm longer too
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Old 05-30-2003, 15:24   #3 (permalink)
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EL GLi
Dimensions:

Length: 4906mm
Width: 1861mm
Height: 1463mm
Kerb weight: 1536kg
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Dimensions:

Length: 5122mm
Width: 1861mm
Height: 1428mm
Kerb Weight: 1642kg

i expected a little more difference in weight, but those are the specs i got from http://www.geocities.com/falconfacts/
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Old 05-30-2003, 16:08   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for that!
I realise there is no such thing as a manual fairlaine..but I like the luxury!
seems like manual and luxury don't go together!
whats the V8 like in the fairlaines? is it a complete slug or not?
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Thanks for that!
I realise there is no such thing as a manual fairlaine..but I like the luxury!
seems like manual and luxury don't go together!
whats the V8 like in the fairlaines? is it a complete slug or not?
It is a slug till you start modifying it, Also the factory suspension sucks unless you've got greay hair. but both easily fixable.

mine handles and drives very well now.
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Also the factory suspension sucks unless you've got greay hair. but both easily fixable.
Oh goodie a cure at last. So what is the fix for my grey hair Fairlane Boy?
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To my knowledge, there is bugger all difference between the Fairmont (Ghia that is) and the Fairlane appointment wise. The trim is the same, sound system, trip computer etc. The dash is different (I think the Fairlane has that display that shows you which doors are open or something) but I like the dials on the Fairmont better! I believe that the LTD had electrically adjustable seats too. Is this correct? I test drove a 98 V8 Fairlane before I bought my present car and I thought it was quite sluggish. The salesman said “the power to weight ratio is just about right in this” What a stupid statement! The shorter wheel base model will handle better and be quicker. I seriously considered both options and am very happy with the Fairmont Ghia.
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Leave the Lane alone, your answer almost certainly lies in a V8 Monty Ghia, all the fruit of the LTD on short wheelbase.

Wardy (in Perth) has got a very nice EL V8 Monty that was for sale a month or 2 back.

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Seems to be a hard toss up between the fairmont and the fairlaine! do the fairmonts come with leather?
what kind of things do you have to do the the fairlaine V8 to get it half decent? other than spend a bucketload of money?
Extractors,K&N...?
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maybe your right..maybe the fairmont is what I need?
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