1988 Ford Falcon EA 3.9 mpfi from Australia and New Zealand
Reliable workhorse, but fix that cooling problem with a bigger radiator
Electronic ignition replacement at 130000
Head gasket replacement twice. The car has an overheating problem. Was towing caravan occasionally and given wrong advice by "experts", caused radiator to blowup. Eventually, through self diagnosis, realized the car required a 3 core radiator. Best thing I ever did. I installed a 3 core radiator, been towing 1.5 tonne caravan with A/C on in summer, no worries! Forget the transmission oil cooler, throw this sucker in, never look back!
Converted to gas, runs about 6km/L city. Can't comment on country because I was always pulling a caravan, but this only gives me 4km/L. Economy drops dramatically when pulling heavy load, but still cheaper that petrol, even with WA country prices!
Lots of probs with boot and bonnet air-struts. Have been holding them up with 4x2 pine! I like the old fashioned bonnets with the piece of steel you prop under it!
This car is a workhorse. With 6 in the family the front bench worked well. Besides the initial problems, primarily the cooling system,which I found could have been solved with some correct advice, I think it has been pretty reliable. Some rust on doors and rear hatch after 7-8 years and the outside rubber trims on doors are a pain in the you-know-what! Can't they stick or what?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd May, 2003
Cooling problems in EA Falcons was due to pressurised filling at the Ford plant which left radiators only part-filled. Problem was identified and cured.
My EB2 had a cooling problem. When radiator was dismantled there was most of the grey casting sand used to manufacture the engine block inside it!