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Ford Fairmont 2005 Review

Predictable claims about improvements with every new model from most car companies leads to a degree of cynicism every time a new model comes out but Ford definitely deserves a pat on the back with the BF.

While we haven't driven the base model XT, the top of the line six cylinder Fairmont Ghia ($52,860) carries most of the recently introduced improvements including a six speed automatic transmission.

Sourced from European outfit ZF, this transmission transforms the Fairmont Ghia from a droning, agricultural implement into a smooth sophisticate. Such a pity the old four speed auto lives on in lower than XR6 models. It's optional on XR6 and Fairmont.

Not only does the six speeder contribute to enhanced fuel economy and driveability but it's also responsible for a massive jump in smoothness.

The Fairmont Ghia glides now instead of lurching. The same would apply to other BA's with this transmission. And it has a sequential mode with up/down changes operating the right way – away for down, pull back for up. Other improvements to the BF include an upgrade to the 4.0-litre six cylinder engine now good for 190kW/383Nm output and numerous detail changes to the body and interior.

Fairmont Ghia has more "jewellery" than lower spec' cars although it's not over the top. The exterior has an attractive front with round parking lights, new headlights and bumper while the tail lights are also changed. Inside looks different in many small ways with better materials and more goodies to pamper occupants.

The Ghia now scores Dynamic Stability Control that networks a number of safety systems to help avoid a crash.

Driving the Ghia is a treat and I cannot see why you'd even think about a V8. The straight six has heaps of performance accessed readily by the silky auto. It's super quiet inside, not to Lexus standard but at the top of the local manufacturers.

Ride is comfy and controlled, the car looks the business with its 17in wheels and is roomy and safe. Why would you pay more for something from elsewhere that isn't as good?

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(base) 5.4L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $1,650 – 5,999 2005 Ford Fairmont 2005 (base) Pricing and Specs
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