Talk:Ford Fairmont

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Anyone want to split this up?[edit]

I'm wondering if anyone's in favor of splitting up this article into two separate articles, one for the Australian model and another for the North American model. If it worked for the Ford Escort article, it'd work for this, right? --ApolloBoy 21:53, 25 September 2005 (UTC)

Might be an idea. There's not much info here for the Australian Fairmont to begin with though. Would that get moved to the Australian Falcon page then? --Sable232 03:01, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Compact? No.[edit]

In the United States, the Ford Fairmont was an all-new, rear wheel drive compact car introduced in the North American market for 1978 and sold through 1983.

I have a sedan model. It's not compact in any sense. --65.135.146.150 08:38, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

The Pinto was subcompact, the Granada was midsize, the LTD was fullsize. Now where does that leave the Fairmont??
Now, by modern standards it probably isn't "compact," but it was in 1978. --Sable232 01:11, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

The Ford Maverick, Ford Granada and Ford Fairmont were considered compact cars at the time they were produced. Mid-sized cars were the Torino, LTD II and Thunderbird. Watchdevil (talk) 22:31, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

What to do with the various markets?[edit]

How are we going to do this? The American Fairmont was a compact car and it's own model. The Australian-market car has always been an uplevel Falcon. Should the AU Fairmont information be merged to Ford Falcon? Should it be split into a new page? --Sable232 16:08, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Misinformation in info box[edit]

No source I've ever seen (and I have possession of quite a few) has ever listed the 351 V8 as a factory option for the Fairmont. Street machine builders, of course, can verify that it fits easily if needed, but Ford never saw fit to do it themselves. If it can be verified, fine; otherwise I don't want to tag it outright for just the one little note.

Biggest engine I know of in any stock Fairmont is the 302 V8, and even then most Fairmonts I've ever witnessed carry a six-cylinder. (Except the beige Futura once owned by my parents, which had the impressively lethargic four-cylinder.) Duncan1800 (talk) 09:46, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

The biggest engine in any Fox plaform car ever used fitted from the factory was a 302 (4.9L) "5.0" V8. Watchdevil (talk) 22:36, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

Four Headlight Front End[edit]

According to a copy of the '81 Fairmont brochure, not all '81 Fairmont models had the four headlight front end treatment as stated in the article. 1981 was the first year for the Futura sedans and wagons, and these had the four headlights. For that year only, they were sold alongside the standard Fairmont which retained the old front end. The regular Fairmont was phased out for '82, leaving only the Futura coupe and sedans, with the four headlamps. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 152.15.176.3 (talk) 21:02, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Station Wagon[edit]

I owned a Ford Fairmont station wagon. In the USA.

http://www.stationwagon.com/gallery/pictures/1980_Ford_Fairmont_2.jpg

It looked exactly like this. Why isn't this mentioned in the article? Can some expert shed some light on this? Gigs (talk) 16:01, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

Needs more info[edit]

I would love to know the following kinds of info:
length (of each different model)
wheelbase
width (again, if this differs with various bodystyles please I'd like to know!)
weight of the various Fairmont iterations.
This could be a great article with some more information. 24.215.246.126 (talk) 05:20, 5 July 2010 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

Tagging this as I have been doing to other rebadged cars. Even the first sentence in the design section of the Mercury Zephyr says it all: "The Mercury Zephyr shared most of its characteristics with the Ford Fairmont." Thoughts? Jgera5 (talk) 17:38, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

On the fence I understand the premise for the proposal, but I think that it stems from neither article being particularly well constructed (only the Zephyr page has any sources or links at all). In my opinion, that need attention rather than worrying whether to merge them together. --SteveCof00 (talk) 08:17, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Support Although this premise does not always work for all rebadged cars, these two articles are probably able to coexist better than others. Additionally, both articles are sorely in need of work when it comes in terms of working on sources and verifiability. --SteveCof00 "suggestion box" 09:56, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

Support The two models were exactly coterminous and differed from each other only in the slightest of details -- trim, marketing and the like. There's really nothing you can say about a Fairmont that isn't true of a Zephyr, and vice versa. ObtuseAngle (talk) 12:17, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Support VX1NG (talk) 15:37, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Support as per Jgera5. OSX (talkcontributions) 01:00, 20 June 2014 (UTC)