Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Boolarra, doh! :-/
Re: EF Fairmont 5L - common faults
Leaking from the sump gasket sounds like a costly fix (does the engine need to be removed to replace the sump gasket, or is that just an I6 thing?)
Water instead of coolant in the cooling system can lead to corrosion of the alloy parts (water pump, etc). Then again it could be losing water for a very simple reason, such as a split hose?
Replacing climate control module: Ebay is your friend! These are on Ebay all the time (EA-ED and EF-EL types) for cheap $$$. Aircon should cost the same to fix as in any other car.
My Wheezer had a few fluid leakages when I first got it, but 80,000kms later at 330,000kms she's fine.
The best thing would be a proper diagnosis of *why* the cooling system leaks, and why there's a leak around the timing cover. But the sump gasket leak sounds self-explanatory. Worst case for the sump leak could be the sump is warped/knocked about and needs replacing too?
Spend some coin on some more in-depth analysis of the car's troubles to see if it's worth buying, or walk away from it now. Either way it'll potentially save you $$$ if you decide to just take a punt on it.
Best of luck with whatever you decide!
'91 EB Fairmont Ghia V8.
Pacemaker PH4000 extractors
Meaty semi-twin system
AUII XR8 t/b & maf, ELGT snorkel
BA semi-manual shifter conversion
Electronic shift kit
4.11 Hydratrak LSD
Explorer intake manifold
Contra 16x9 rims, rubber: 225(f)/245(r)
Chiptorque HP2 chip
ET: 14.78 @ 91.48mph, 137rwkw!