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While these cars were plagued by some of the quality glitches that were common to that era (model years '78 - '82), they were generally well designed and decent values. I recall a report that appeared in one of the leading car mags concerning the 1978 Fairmont, whereby they referred to Ford's new intermediate as "The American Volvo." It was intended as a compliment to support the generally favorable results of a road test of the Fairmont.