BA Fairlane and LTD
1 Jul 2003
Sadly for Ford the virtually all-new BA Fairlane (as well as its salubrious LTD twin) hasn’t enjoyed the same level of critical or commercial success than either its BA Falcon donor or pre-1999 AU models have.
Strong rival Holden Statesman/Caprice sales and Falcon-derivative looks (a common Fairlane pitfall remember the 1972 XA-style ZF?) haven’t helped.
Yet, like its smaller brother, the BA is the most changed model in the local series’ 37-year history, with only the doors and some under-body bits carried over from the unfortunate AU.
From the flattened roof, squared-off nose and German Audi-style tail (outrageously using stock Falcon taillights – a first ever for Fairlane for shame Ford!), to the all-new soft-feel interior that even featured altered seating and steering wheel position mounts, everything one could see and touch in the BA was modern yet conservative.
But underneath a revolution took place. Two virtually all-new engines, complemented to a Tiptronic-style four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox, were introduced: a 182kW/380Nm 4.0-litre OHC variable-valve timed inline six-cylinder engine, and an American-sourced but Aussie-developed 220kW/470Nm 5.0-litre SOHC 24-valve V8.
Both were significantly gutsier than their predecessors. “Control Blade” multi-link independent rear suspension, an 80-per cent increase in torsional rigidity, completely new rack and pinion steering, improved safety and refinement properties, better brakes and far-more computer power elevated the Fairlane to a world-class standard in driving, comfort and ride terms, with only excessive weight and fuel consumption remaining as problem areas.
Two BA Fairlanes – the luxury Ghia and sporty G220 V8 – and a single LTD model are available.
The Road to Recovery podcast series
2nd of December 2003
Ford 2003 Fairlane Ghia sedan
Is a thoroughly updated Fairlane enough to return Ford to luxury sedan supremacy?
When it was new
ZJ Fairlane and FC LTD
NF II Fairlane Ghia and DF II LTD
BF Fairlane and LTD
ZL Fairlane and FE LTD
NA II Fairlane and DA II LTD
BA II Fairlane and LTD
BA Fairlane and LTD
AU II Fairlane Ghia and LTD
NF Fairlane and DF LTD
NA Fairlane and DA LTD
NC Fairlane and DC LTD
ZK Fairlane and FD LTD
P5 LTD and Landau
NL Fairlane and DL LTD
NC II Fairlane and DC II LTD