General Comment: NC
With the prices of these continuing to fall to where they are
today, it is hard to say there is a better value vehicle on the road - anywhere,
for inclusion of all the features you may want and more... Especially for
those long trips, touring around the country side with caravan in tow!
Yet back in 1994, the NC series II was barely any different to the
Fairlane before it - save perhaps different wheels and that was about it... Owners who
fronted up to trade in their NC Fairmont Ghia on the new model must have been
bitterly disappointed with the lack of change to say the least! However,
with the passage of time, and the NC (and NA) looking so good, perhaps that wasn't such a bad thing after all... ABS
brakes were now standard for only the second ever model in Fairlane history
taking a leaf from Falcon lore.
Finally, grey bumpers & body side protection mouldings were
banished and the new wheels looked especially sumptuous - even so today, leaving
no shame in those who desire to keep theirs standard. So the changes -
while minimal - were enough to endear just that little bit more class making
finding a NC II particularly worthwhile and worth every extra penny you might
pay. Sure, the Fairlane might not have had IRS, but considering the
absolute abortion that called the rear of the Statesman home, that wasn't particularly
a bad thing...
Unlike the Fairmont Ghia, the Fairlane Ghia retained it's
semi-digital dash which is a good thing or bad thing depending on what your
opinion was of this particular feature. Thankfully the standard Fairlane with it's stainless steel
hub-cap assisted black steel wheels was a thing of the past and the Fairlane
Ghia became the one-stop-shop with everything in it...
With the NC II being the last Fairlane between 1994(5) &
the AU of 1998 to
retain it's own front quarters & bonnet - as well as missing out on the NF
& NL's door actuator problems and poor headlights, it could be argued that
the NC II was in fact the better car when compared to the later models, having
to go a full four years forward to get a car that actually made sufficient
headway in all these areas...
GM direct rival:
Current Condition &
There is no doubting the NC II Fairlane
Ghia - like every 1994 model - ain't getting any younger! Subsequently
the advice is buyer beware as a second rate example can quickly set you back more
than the car is worth with head gasket and gearbox repairs - along with a
whole lot of extra stuff (i.e. technology) to deal with. - Not that the
luxury touches were particularly
troublesome, just that if you are buying a Fairlane Ghia for it's extra equipment you
had better want to make sure it all still works as you had hoped!
Above: The NC II looked a treat in Cobalt blue with optional
'touring' sports suspension & 16" wheels...unfortunately, all too few
left the factory this way...
Avoid cars that look like they
have not been looked after (although much rarer to find in abused condition
than the Falcon variants) and be prepared
to pay a little extra & spend a little more time looking for owners who
have looked after their car like it should have been. Remember, towing
heavy loads as well as taking the boat down to the beach have tended to be a
favourite past-time of some Fairlane owners so beware as rust is beginning to
become an issue, especially in a car of this age!
for the Fairlane Ghia, there are probably more owners who paid them their due
respect than any of the cheaper models - so finding a good one shouldn't be all too
difficult. Still, the owner's passion for their car should show easily as they walk you round it - as well as
in the overall general condition. Pay particular attention to coolant
condition, presence and change routines - as well as gearbox condition as
these are both particular weak points for any pre-AU OHC Falcon or Fairlane 6
cylinder / 4 speed
Finding an example with good head & tail lights is
especially important, with quality replacements harder to find than your
typical Falcon for reason of rarity alone. Watch out for poor quality
interior mods or left-over holes from removed big-bore stereo systems (a
favourite of the younger set) and avoid cars that have not been properly
maintained by owners who simply want to drive...and never fix anything (the
repair bill can very quickly add up)! Check for leather
condition before buying (if specified) as it is not nearly as hardy as some of the lesser
cloth based interior choices.
If history is anything to go by, the NC II (and any late model Fairlane for
that matter) has a long way to go before it approaches anything truly
representative of collectability so to speak. However, with the Fairlane
name will always be endeared a certain sort of uniqueness that will keep
owners coming back time and time again - for certainly as far as Ford's in
Australia and luxury go, only the LTD can lay claim to exceeding it...
Now if any Fairlane is special, one with a 5.0L V8, sunroof, sports
( 'touring' )suspension or 16" wheels - has just got to be the bees knees
with rarity on it's side in spades! Not that a standard Fairlane Ghia
was a bad thing either...
GHIA vs. ED Fairmont GHIA - what
you got extra:
Auto self levelling rear suspension.
Larger boot capacity (481L vs.
Falcon Sedan's 453L)
Limited Slip Differential
Door ajar outline diagram on
Ash-tray and cigar illumination
for back seat passengers.
Leather trimmed centre consol
(vs. bare plastic in Falcon).
GHIA vs. NC Fairlane GHIA:
Price When NEW:
4.0L sedan $39,806, 5.0L sedan
ED Fairmont Ghia Wagon no longer available.
The TBF challenge:
While these were the 'official' specifications listed by Ford for the NC II
Fairlane GHIA, the occasional 'escapee' did get out with things that were not
supposed to be available - fitted from new! If you think you have such a
car, we want to hear about it - and encourage you to post details HERE...
| BRAKES :
- Power assisted
four-wheel disc brakes.
- Front - 287mm dia ventilated discs.
- cast iron single
piston caliper (equalizing sliders).
- Rear - 287 mm dia solid discs.
- aluminum single piston
caliper with integral
hand brake mechanism.
- Dash mounted hand brake
pull (left side
of steering wheel).
- ABS brakes standard
(four sensor, three channel).
- Taking up the 2300kg
rated tow-pack also saw heavy-duty brake pads fitted.
Ford made no claim for the Fairmont or Fairmont Ghia for improved suspension
specifications - leaving any pretensions of comfort to be taken up purely
and simply by the seats (which by the way, were very good). What that
means is that the Fairmont Ghia had to put up with what was essentially
exactly the same suspension system, spring and shock absorber rates as did
the GLi. Not that any of that should be a problem - with aftermarket
choices being so wide now-days!
- Coil sprung live axil.
- 4-link via trailing arms.
- Watts Link.
- Single rate coil springs.
- Twin tube telescopic
shock absorbers with "coil over" spring / shock absorber
- Stabilizer bar.
- Rubber trailing arm pivot
- Auto self-levelling rear
- 'Heavy Duty' suspension
consisting of heavy duty springs, heavy duty shock absorbers and
increased rear ride height (approximately 20mm). As part of this package, the rear stabilizer bar was
- A 'Sports Suspension'
option was available on ED Falcon sedans including stiffer
front and rear springs, sports tuned shock absorbers and bushes as
well as revised wheel alignment.
- Air adjustable rear shock
absorbers available as an option.
How do you rate the Falcon's load carrying ability & how have you
improved yours? Discuss it here!
What experiences have you had with different shock absorber brands &types - which are the best and which are the worst?
- Cruise control as standard meant that
the NC II Fairlane GHIA & other similar cruise-fitted Falcons missed out in
the ED's new look steering wheel, having to make do with the not un-attractve previous steering wheel
- Power assisted rack and pinion steering.
- Steering column adjustable for rake
& reach (see picture).
- MOMO leather covered steering wheel standard.
- Minimum turning circles - 11.4m vs. 11.0m
Right: Due to having
cruise control standard, the NC II Fairlane GHIA received the 'old' style steering
wheel. This image shows the adjustment available in the
Fairlane's steering column, enabling it to fit a variety of driver
types & sizes.
Have you ever had any problems with your
Fairlane's steering? What
was it & how did you fix it? Discuss it
- Colours Available: Polynesian
Green, Biscayne Blue,
Cardinal Red, Platinum, Dynamic White, Black Pearl,
- Colours NOT available from the factory:
Stark White, Le Mans Red, Quartz, Reef Green, Sandstone, Magenta.
- Body coloured front bumper lower edge
- Metallic paint standard with
non-metallic paints available as a no-cost option.
- Remote boot lid release.
- Remote fuel filler door release
- Improved side impact protection - 30%
ahead of ADR 29 and partly responsible for the ED's overall weight
- Improved roof crush protection (carried
over from EBII) via epoxy resin reinforcement of both A & B
pilliars and thicker front and side glass - now able to withstand a 3
- Body VIN codes permanently marked on
major body components.
- Optional body styling kit including side
skirts, front and rear bibs attached to the lower extremities of the
bumper bars as well as a raised deck lid spoiler - available on sedan
- Optional low-line boot lid
spoiler. Independent of body kit.
- Optional clear plastic bonnet leading
edge protector to guard against stone chips.
- 1608kg kerb weight.
Above: The NC II Fairlane GHIA, like
every Fairlane before it was only available in one body
configuration. Any Fairlane hearse was built using a Falcon wagon as
a foundation! Note the typical 90's Australian suburban architecture
in the background!
detail observations (other than the obvious styling related ones) have you
made on the differences between the ED & EA, EB? Ever bought
something off of one of these models thinking 'it should be the same' but
isn't? Add your experience HERE!
(figures in brackets are Falcon equivalents)
IDENTIFICATION / APPEARANCE:
- Tail lights extended into the boot lid appliqué
- Body coloured door handles & mirrors.
- Chrome grill alternating with painted
silver bands, attached to the front of a uniquely styled
Fairlane & LTD bonnet.
- Body coloured front and rear bumpers
including uppers (grey previously).
- Body coloured wide body side protection
- Silver / chrome strip insert in bumpers
& body side protection moulding.
- Chrome exhaust tip standard.
- ABS decal under 'FAIRLANE' badge on
- Chrome rear number plate header bar
& painted silver surround.
- Reversing lamps next to the rear number
plate (incorporated in the boot lid appliqué )
- Pin stripe standard along body line.
- Ghia crests on both front guards and on
the centre of the boot lid (NOT on the boot lid attached badge, as our
Did we miss
anything? Add it HERE!
| VISION / WINDOWS:
- Electric Windows in all four doors -
centrally located switches located in centre consol, including a
lock-out button to prevent children from using power windows in rear.
- Separately mounted electric window
switches in back side doors.
- Fold-away (to avoid damage) electric
remote operated exterior rear view mirrors on each side - body
coloured painted shell.
- Prismatic day/night interior rear view
- Twin dual jet windscreen washers.
- Two speed front windscreen wipers with intermittent
setting (fixed delay period) and demand wipe feature giving one-touch
control for single sweep wiping..
- Rear window demist with timed automatic
- Rear window 'ceramic' sunshade -
painted bands at the top standard.
- Cloth covered sunvisors with passenger
- Full-tint laminated windscreen with
extra dark tinted band
- Factory tinted side and rear glass.
- A "German manufactured"
sunroof was available as an extra cost
option when new featuring tilt vent operation as well as full
retraction slide away - also included was an automatic pop-up wind
- Optional "Aero Profile" rear
sunshade constructed of dark grey translucent acrylic.
- Aerodynamic front windscreen sunshade
- Exterior fitted rear windscreen louver
- Optional front side weather shields in
FORUM: What tint
level do you have, which company did you use & how satisfied have you
been with it? Add your experiences here!
ED Fairmont Ghia consol shown - grey plastic areas trimmed in Leather
in NC II Fairlane Ghia.
|Below: Shown on
the ED Falcon GLi, the optional side weather shields in clear
acrylic were available for the Fairlane Ghia and were quite a
popular fitment item...
INTERIOR HEATING & COOLING:
- Air conditioning standard - CFC free - also bringing increased performance vs.
Fairlane's with EB I level A/C.
- Automatic Climate Control with 10-speed fan boosted ventilation with
both front footwell and rear seat ducts (incorporated into the back
of the centre consol) and air conditioning control.
- 2 air outlets each side of the dash.
- 2 air outlets located centrally within
- 2 air outlets located within the rear of
the center consol.
- Ergonomically located easy-to-reach fan
& climate adjust controls right next to steering wheel (LHS).
- Standard tint in windows (albeit
The Fairlane's conveniently mounted climate control centre included
the important words "CFC free" for the first time in Fairlane
history when the EB II came to town!
* FORUM: What have you had
fail on your NC II Fairlane's heating / cooling system, what did you do to fix
it & how much did it cost?
- Luxury digital instrumentation pack
- with large digital speedometer reading.
- Speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, fuel
guage & water temperature guage standard in addition to the above.
- WARNING LIGHTS: High beam, rear window demist on, turn
signal / hazard light, alternator fail, lights on, park-brake on,
washer fluid low, radiator coolant low, cruise control indicator, car
outline diagram (door ajar) and
low oil pressure.
- AUDIBLE WARNING CHIMES: low fuel, lights
on, low alternator charge, low oil pressure, high coolant temperature
and brake failure.
- Trip Computer standard featuring fuel
consumption figures, distance to empty, average speed & time
Have you had any
problems with your NC II Fairlane's instrument cluster & how did you
List your custom modifications here! How
did you do it & what did you do?
* FORUM: How do you rate the accuracy
& ease-of-use of your Fairlane's digital instrument cluster?
DOOR TRIMS, PARCEL SHELF & FLOOR
- Doors trimmed in velour with 'Shadow'
velour insert, topped with timber ('blackbean') dress panels.
- Cloth covered sunvisors with passenger
- Moulded cloth covered headlining.
- Carpeted passenger & luggage
- Carpet covered map pockets on front door
.* FORUM: What pieces of
your interior have you had wear first?
Towing Options available when new:
- 1200kg rated tow pack.
- 2300kg rated tow pack.
'Tow Pack' consisted of the following:
- Tow bar.
- Hitch and / or ball mount.
- Wiring harness with 'flat' 7-pin
- Special 'towing' turn-signal flasher.
- Supplementary transmission cooler
(automatic transmissions only)
- Heavy duty brake pads (where not fitted
- Hayman Reese towbar & load
distributing hitch for 2300kg kits.
Towing related considerations:
- Despite opinions to the contrary, Ford's own advertising brochures
showed pictures of an automatic gearbox auxiliary oil cooler with these words
printed directly underneath: "Transmission oil cooler.
Helps avoid overheating and possible transmission damage.
Essential for towing with auto transmissions." You've
Above: Hayman Reece towbar
& load spreader as optional on NC II Fairlane's 2300kg tow kit.
Above: Standard 1200kg tow
Above: An NC II Fairlane Ghia in
it's native element - horses ready to go...funnily enough, in this
image somebody forgot to add the tow bar in place! Maybe Ford
just wasn't brave enough to say it...
experiences have you had - good & bad?
How do you rate the
Fairlane's towing ability
to other cars you've owned?
What sorts of things have you done to
improve your Fairlane's already impressive towing ability?
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