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Old 11-26-2002, 04:29   #1 (permalink)
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cool ZL Fairlane?

Hey Folks,

I mate at work is giving me a 1986 Fairlane. I have owned an XF Fairmont Ghia and I kinda know what to expect, but I am just after some opinions on what can go wrong with them? or what are the good points?

This particular example has electrical issues. The current owners are not that mechanically minded, so they couldn't tell me what "electrical" problems it had.

It also has no keys. Can you call ford and ask if they can provide keys for it from the VIN chassis number?

and hasn't been started for 3 years...

But I will keep you updated when i pick it up!

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I too had a XF Ghia a while back...

well the XF Ghia and ZL fairlaine are pretty much exact in terms of drivetrain and elecs.

Common problems include the wiring breaking between the doors and the centre pillars/front pillars, power window motor/regulator failure, and the bad earths that these cars are plauged with.

Well thats what i suffered through anyway :-)

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Mate, it's the right price! :-)

Check the dash - mine had an intermittent fault that would make it go blank occasionally - probably a dodgy earth. Also the piss-ant starter cable can cause hot starting problems - easy to replace with one from an earlier car. The fusible link from the battery to the rest of the car can deteriorate, but new ones from Ford are cheap.

If it has a trip computer, this can stuff up - oddly enough mine occasionally did it when you braked - it reset and the brainbox then thought you had no fuel in the car so it kept beeping at you. Never figured that one out.......

Also prone to oil leaks from rocker cover (easy fix) and rear main seal (not so easy). Power steering leaks from the box are common, but reco boxes are not too expensive.

But a beautiful car to drive, and best of all, it's a Ford! ;-)

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Old 11-27-2002, 15:23   #4 (permalink)
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Locks would be extremely easy to replace and cheap. You may need to buy the whole ignition assembly thing which the barrel goes into though, they'd be pretty cheap from a wrecker. Just make sure you get the right one.

I bought a XF Ghia for $485 and had no electrical problems with it except central locking not working. Mechanical problems were couple of heater hose joints going brittle and crumbling.

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Picked up the car last thursday. It's a silvery green colour and it has 150000kms, no oil leaks, 14" alloys. 1 spot of rust in the boot. An inch thick layer of crap over the car :-) Need to wash it. The previous owners smoked and there is the "taxi cab" smell to it (pine tree hanging off the mirror :-)). No dents.

Should I get a locksmith out and get keys made up? I attempted to get the ignition out, but i couldn't figure out how the barrel attaches to the steering column? Anyone know how to do this without breaking all the plastic from the column?

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Put it on accesories and get small peice of stiff wire push in the spring and hey presto out comes ignition barrel
If you have no keys give it a jiggle with a dip stick
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Ok, pulled the drivers side door lock out and took it to a locksmith. Had keys made up, but they don't turn the ignition barrel.

I tried the dipstick... not a chance.... I have heard of this before and i think it may be an urban myth.... It only fits in 1 side of the lock, maybe it works with 2 dipsticks.

Can you get keys from Ford from the VIN or build number or something? Anyone know another trick on getting the barrel out?

The previous owner is adamant that the car had only 1 key for the door and ignition. I wish he could find them.

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Try using the auto tranny dipstick. twist with pliers whilst jiggling .
Be sure to unload the steering lock mechanism with the steering wheel.
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