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Ford Fairmont

AU II Fairmont

1 Apr 2000

A desperate Ford attempted to resuscitate its faltering Falcon fortunes with a new horizontal grille, squarer rear bumper and boot number plate valance, larger wheels and tyres, classier cabin trim and extra standard features.

Suspension and ride qualities were improved, and extra sound deadening brought on greater refinement.

On the safety front, a passenger airbag and seatbelt pretensioners were made standard, while the wagon finally gained a rear centre lap-sash seatbelt.

Service intervals were extended from 10,000km to 15,0000km, with free servicing for 60,000km. Still, Commodore sales kept bounding away from the Falcon.

New standard features: dual front airbags, traction control, some leather trim, better CD audio, sunglasses holder, metallic-look trim, speed warning.

Engine options: 175kW 5.0L V8.

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