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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:46 pm 
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As I am considering buying an EL Fairmont Ghia, I was wondering what are the common problems in the EL's?

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:51 pm 
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Head gaskit but depends what the cars like. Believe it or not but my car is still on the original head and gaskit and its done almost 300'000kms

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:07 pm 
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There is nothing hard, time consuming or expensive about replacing the head gasket is there?

Is that the ONLY common problem?

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:08 pm 
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or you could get one like mine where the gasket leaked water after 60,000 kms!

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:09 pm 
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I have heard something about problems with the LSD diffs, is this true, if so what is the problem?

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:11 pm 
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apart from that i have had no problems at all with my car, apart from the usual things that wear and need replacing...

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:13 pm 
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park sensors can go... easy fix....
the alternators go a bit crapy after a while....
nothing big....
buy one there wicked....

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:14 pm 
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also the gearbox, cooling system, and rotors.

Theres alot of crap left in the block after the casting process (or whatever it is...) that can result in blocked radiators.

This, i think also has an affect on the gearbox. But as long as the gearbox has been serviced meticously, then it should be sweet. Look at getting a cooler for it aswell if you do get one. Heat is the biggest killer of the auto.

Other than that, my EL has 225k on it and apart from the gearbox rebuild (3000kms ago and $2000 later) and a new radiator (about 10,000k ago) its sweet.

Engine has never missed a beat.

oh, the standard suspension is pretty soft aswell, so might want to look at doing springs and shocks, if not already done!

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Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:21 pm 
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I am considering buyin an EL fairmont ghia with 207000 on the clock, should I be looking for something with less k's? also it is taupe in colour, does anyone have a pic of what that is?

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:03 am 
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My EL Fairmont Ghia has had nothing serious wrong apart from a seeping head gasket cylinder 5 exuast side. The normal wear and tear like tie rods, rack ends, heater/radiator hoses, shocks/struts and thats about it. Im very happy with it and its just done 219,000 k's
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Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 1:45 pm 
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headgaskets (your either lucky or your not), brake light switches, the odd heater hose or two, brake squeel...?

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:44 am 
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Yeh my dad runs a taxi Fleet and i have got one that has done 877,000kms of the same Engine goes like gold

It depends on how you treat them like i absoulty give this one some much s**t and it still goes

It pays well 2 use the good s**t Coolant from ford

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:54 pm 
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yellowing headlights. door actuators.

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:25 am 
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is it possible to clean the headlights so that they are no longer yellow?

 

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Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:57 am 
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willygrice wrote:
is it possible to clean the headlights so that they are no longer yellow?


yep!!.... just click here and all will be answered
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