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General Comment: EF Falcon GLi                                                           (back to INDEX)

After six years of cars that looked exactly like a EA Falcon, you can understand the market's keen-ness to see something new and fresh from Ford - and the EF didn't disappoint. With almost every component new or significantly revised - this car was not only new, it drove like it too.  

Model differentiation became a whole new ball-game with the EF, and in many ways Ford only got away with it because the GLi and Futura looked so damned good.  In a controversial move, Ford copied the US Thunderbird and many others in deleting the grill altogether - which was a bit too much for the overly conservative Aussie market at the time.  - Which is unfortunate, since the grill-less style was (and still is) a personal favourite of mine, sharing it's heritage with the likes of the VL series 2 Group A Commodore (dare I say it here!).  As a result, Ford would bring back the grill only 2 years later with the EL - albeit a very small one...

Despite this, the EF GLi makes for a particularly attractive package for the modifier or family buyer alike - as shown on our 
EF Visitors Cars page
and providing levels of strength only seen in much more expensive European makes - especially when compared to the Commodore.  However, the Falcon's main safety advantage was not visible to most - being in the form of an extremely strong body shell that saw it still tipping the scales at over 200kg more than the relevant Commy.

It takes very little to make a EF GLi look a million bucks, thanks to it's new styling and copious amounts of painted items - as well as some very attractive factory options including a sweet factory designed body kit and Tickford 16" wheels.  Interior wise, it missed out on some minor items having wind up windows in all four positions as well as a lack of map pockets in the doors - both of which can be easily retrofitted and were available on the options list at the time.  The lack of ABS and cruise control however should be taken more seriously if these are on your 'highly desirable' list of things to get - with the Futura making more sense for somebody so inclined.

GM direct rival: VR Commodore Executive.

Current Condition & Buying Tips:
Due to the paint technologies Ford used and longevity of the Falcon's interior materials, it is possible for a lemon to look quite good.  With reduced resales having eroded people's willingness to spend money on maintenance, watch out for and avoid cars that have a plethora of things wrong with them as the owner has most likely skimped on other things as well.  

Unfortunately the EF Falcon GLi - like every entry-model before it - is doomed to be relegated to the list of 'least desirable' simply due to it's relative positioning within the EF range.  Hence, it is also the most likely of the EF Falcons to have been physically abused by uncaring previous owners.  Avoid cars that look like they've been trashed and be prepared to pay a little extra & spend a little more time, looking for owners who have looked after their car like it should have been - which often means looking for an elderly owner or similarly fastidious person.  Their passion for the car should show easily as they walk you round it - as well as in the overall general condition.  Pay particular attention to coolant condition, presence and change routines - as well as gearbox condition as these are both particular weak points for any pre-AU OHC Falcon 6 / 4 speed auto.

There is no doubting the EF Falcon GLi - like every EF model - ain't getting any younger!  Subsequently the advice is buyer beware as a second rate example can quickly set you back more than the car is worth with head gasket and gearbox repairs


Above The EF Futura differed little externally from the GLi - body coloured mirrors & bumper inserts were about the only truly noticeable external features.  Examples such as this kitted out with Tickford's optional body-kit from the factory were extremely rare when they were new - even more so now (the GLi being no exception to the rule!)

 

Collectability:
Nobody should be fooled - while the EF Falcon GLi is extremely unlikely to become collectable so-to-speak - with time (maybe many decades) - it will eventually become quite rare compared to much more lavishly equipped Futura, Fairmont & XR models and will be the first variant to suffer significant deterioration.  However, do not expect this to translate into increased resale values, with the greatest interest being in it's curiosity value alone  especially for those models optioned up from the factory!  

However, if you want a EF GLi that will be talked about long into the future, look for one with a factory fitted 5.0L V8, sunroof, manual gearbox, body kit, sports suspension or 16" wheels - with the rarest containing all of the above items!  While relatively few made it out of the factory in this guise, factory-exec & ex-employee cars were the most likely to have received the treatment adding even more to the curiosity factor...let's hope enough of them get preserved to let future generations see just how attractive this car can be!

RRP when new: $25,594 (sedan, 4.0L 5 speed manual)

 

EF Falcon GLi vs. ED Falcon GLi:

  • Significantly revised 4.0L six cylinder engine.  Details under the 'engine' section.

  • Move to 15" wheels standard with revised hubcap design.

  • New design optional 15" & 16" alloy wheels.

  • Small reduction in turning circle - 10.9m vs. ED @ 11.0m.

  • Body coloured exterior door handles.

  • Body coloured front and rear bumpers except insert mouldings.

  • Optional air bag compatible 'Smart Bar' (or bull bar to you and me) - a World first.

The TBF challenge: 
While these were the 'official' specifications listed by Ford for the EF Falcon GLi, the occasional 'escapee' did get out with things that were not supposed to be available - fitted from new!  If you think you have such a car, we want to hear about it - and encourage you to post details HERE...

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  ENGINES :

Six Cylinder (standard):

4.0 litre SOHC (single over head cam) inline 6 cylinder:

(items changed since the ED Falcon are listed in purple)

  • 157kW @ 4900 rpm.
  • 357Nm @ 3000 rpm.
  • Bore & Stroke - 92.26 x 99.3mm.
  • Compression Ratio - 9.3:1
  • Multi point sequential fuel injection controlled by EEC 5 (ECU).
  • Distributorless electronically controlled ignition system.
  • Coil pack replacing single coil.
  • Fuel required: regular unleaded petrol.
  • Alloy cylinder head.
  • Cast iron block.
  • 12 (fully) counterweighted crankshaft.
  • Alloy rocker cover (new design).
  • Pressed steel sump.
  • Dual resonance intake manifold.
  • Serpentine accessory drive belt for quietness & reliability.
  • Twin electric thermo-fans.

Vee Eight (optional):

Optional 5.0L V8:
  • OHV push-rod vee-eight, cast-iron block & cylinder heads.
  • 2 valves per cylinder.
  • Power: 165kW @ 4500 rpm.
  • Torque: 388Nm @3000 rpm.
  • Displacement: 4942cc.
  • Bore x Stroke - 101.6 x 76.2mm.
  • Compression Ratio - 9.0:1.
  • Fuel System - Multi-point SEQUENTIALLY operated fuel injection controlled by EEC 5 (ECU).
  • Fuel Type - Regular ULP.
  • Pressed steel rocker covers & sump.
  • Micro-vee (serpentine) accessory drive belt.
  • Twin electric thermo-fans.

 

Six cylinder option - Factory fitted LPG:
Tickford Fitted LPG (available from the factory on six cylinder auto only).
  • Developed jointly by Ford and TVE (Tickford Vehicle Engineering)
  • Fully integrated dash mounted fuel change over switch.
  • Dual system fuel guage.
  • Reliable 'petrol always' starting system.
  • Completely compatible with Ford's 'Smartlock' security system (including engine immobiliser).
  • The only factory fitted and warranted system for the EF Falcon.
  • NOTE: due to the need for petrol starting, it is necessary to always keep a minimum of a quarter of a tank of petrol avialable at all times.  Regular running on petrol (once a week) will keep this fresh as well as keeping the injectors clear and trouble free.  

    Ensure the petrol is cycled regularily (used & refilled) to keep fuel from going 'off' and damaging petrol running systems.  To avoid petrol pump damage, never allow the vehicle to run on LPG with an empty petrol tank as this will cause the petrol pump to burn out.

 


* FORUM: What engine issues have you had with your EF / EL Falcon and how have you solved them? Discuss it here !  
* FORUM: How satisfied have you been with your EF / EL 4.0L's performance & economy?  Discuss it here!
* FORUM: What has been the most effective modification done to your EF / EL Falcon's motor?  Discuss it here! 
* FORUM: Been able to wake up Ford's lazy 5.0L?  What did you do & what effect has it made... 
* FORUM: Falcon engines on LPG, what have been your experiences (good or bad)?  Discuss it here!

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - TBF Engine & Ancillaries FORUM & The TBF LPG FORUM (log in required)

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  FUEL ECONOMY
  • Fuel tank capacity - 68L (sedan - plastic tank), 72L (wagon - pressed steel tank).

  * The following table represents figures submitted by Ford in it's EF Falcon GLi / Futura brochure printed July 1994.

Engine / Transmission / Body Style

City Cycle (L/100km)

Highway Cycle (L/100km)

4.0 MP EFI manual GLi Sedan.
4.0 MP EFI auto GLi Sedan.
4.0 MP EFI manual GLi Wagon.
4.0 MP EFI auto GLi Wagon.
5.0 MP EFI auto GLi Sedan

12.0
12.5
12.0
12.5
14.5

7.6
7.4
7.6
7.6
9.0

  * FORUM: What fuel economy do you get?  Did Ford's figures represent real world data?  Discuss it here!

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - 
TBF Engine & Ancillaries FORUM &  
The TBF LPG FORUM (log in required)

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  GEARBOX & DRIVELINE:   

  Gearbox:

  • 5 speed manual std on both sedan and wagon.
    • Cable actuated clutch.
    • Overdrive 5th gear.
    • 1600kg rated maximum towing limit.
    • NOT available behind 5.0L V8 in GLi.
     
  • 4 speed automatic standard including:
    • electronically controlled.
    • Lock up torque converter.
    • Normal & Economy modes with mode indicator light on dashboard.
    • Overdrive 4th gear.
    • Gearbox oil cooler recommended for towing.
    • 1200kg standard towing capacity - can be increased to 2300kg with the appropriate towing hitch, transmission oil cooler.
    • Standard 100,000km service intervals, OR 50,000km if towing regular or heavy loads (dependant on the condition of the transmission, this may be required more often than this.
    • Column shift four-speed auto available however only available when ordered in combination with front bench seat and then only on 4.0L six cylinder.  Cruise control not available with this option.
 

For Gear Box ratios please visit our EF History/Tech page.

Right Lower: Ford's ED Falcon brochures included this picture (being an auxiliary gearbox oil cooler) with these words printed directly underneath:  

"Transmission oil cooler.  Helps avoid overheating and possible transmission damage.  Essential for towing with auto transmissions."            There's no reason for this warning to have changed since ED - so you've been warned!

* FORUM: Had a good / bad experience with the Falcon's 4 speed auto?  Share it here!
* FORUM: Thinking of converting from an auto to a manual?  Discuss it here!

 

Driveshaft:

  • Rear Wheel Drive.
  • Single piece driveshaft.
  • Aluminium tubular construction.

 * FORUM: Had a good / bad experience with the Falcon's tail shaft? Share it here!

 

   Differential:

  • 3.23:1 diff ratio for both 6 and 8 cyl except 4.0L auto sedan which was 3.08:1.
  • A Limited Slip Differential was available from new as an extra-cost option.

 * FORUM:  Considering a ratio change or been there, done that?  Which ratio works best for you? Discuss it here!
 * FORUM:  How do you rate Ford's factory LSD?  Have you had any work done on yours & how much did it cost?  Discuss it here!

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD -
The TBF Drive Train FORUM

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BRAKES :  
  • Power assisted four-wheel disc brakes.
  • Front - 287mm dia ventilated discs.
             - cast iron single piston caliper (equalizing sliders).
  • Rear -  287 mm dia solid discs.
            -  aluminum single piston caliper with integral 
               hand brake mechanism.
  • Floor mounted hand brake handle (left side of driver's seat).
  • Highly effective 'mini drum' dedicated rear handbrake inside of each rear disc brake. Note: Use of this hand brake mechanism as a moving braking device may cause damage to the rear shoes. 
  • ABS brakes optional (four sensor, three channel).
  • Taking up the 2300kg rated tow-pack also saw heavy-duty brake pads fitted.

Right: image showing the difference between the results over slippery ground with ABS (the red car) vs. non-ABS (the grey car).

* FORUM: How have the EF's standard brakes performed to your particular requirements?  Have you been able to make any improvements to them or looking for ideas to uprate them?  Discuss it here!
* FORUM: What do you find to be the best performing pads for your particular application? Discuss it here!

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - 
The TBF Suspension & Brakes FORUM

 


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  SUSPENSION:

Front:

  • Double control arm with forward reaching tension rod.
  • Heavy guage pressed steel large upper control arm.
  • Drop forged lower control arm.
  • Short / Long Arm, Long Spindle (SLALS) component relationship.
  • Rubber control arm inner pivot bushes.
  • Single rate coil springs.
  • Twin tube telescopic shock absorbers with "coil over" spring / shock absorber mounting design.
  • Stabiliser bar.

* FORUMHave you been able to improve the EF's suspension in any way? Discuss it here!
* FORUM:  What is the most effective mod you've made to your EF Falcon's suspension? Discuss it here!
* FORUM Found a alignment expert who does wonders for your Falcon or have a particular set of non-factory alignment data that works particularly well?  Share it here!

Right: image shows EF front suspension fitted with EF Futura hubcap.

  Rear:

    Sedan:
  • Coil sprung live axil.
  • Revised 4-link trailing arms.
  • Watts Link.
  • Single rate coil springs.
  • Twin tube telescopic shock absorbers with "coil over" spring / shock absorber mounting design.
  • Stabilizer bar.
    Station Wagon:
  • Leaf sprung live axil.
  • Twin tube telescopic shock absorbers.
  • Rubber shackle bushes.


Above: EF sedan sport suspension option shown in red - not available in EF wagon, despite it being offered as an XR6 (components would have been off the shelf items!)

 Options:

  • 'Heavy Duty' suspension consisting of heavy duty springs, heavy duty shock absorbers and increased rear ride height (approximately 20mm sedan, 6mm on the wagon).  As part of this package, the rear stabilizer bar was deleted on the sedan!!!
  • A Tickford 'Sports Suspension' option was available on EF Falcon sedans (N/A on wagons) including lower, stiffer front and rear springs, sports tuned shock absorbers and bushes as well as revised wheel alignment.

* FORUM: How do you rate the Falcon's load carrying ability & how have you improved yours?  Discuss it here!
* FORUM:
What experiences have you had with different shock absorber brands & types - which are the best and which are the worst?

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - 
The TBF Suspension & Brakes FORUM

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  WHEELS & TYRES:
  • 15" x 6.0" steel wheels with Silver painted 9 spoke plastic wheel covers (along with those of the EL, these have to be one of the best looking late model hub caps Ford have ever produced!). 
  • P205/65 HR15 steel belt radial ply tyres standard. 
  • 15" alloy wheels optional (same as those fitted to the EF Falcon 'Classic') - steel spare retained. 
  • 2nd 15" alloy wheel option - same as those fitted to the EF Falcon XR6 & XR8 standard.
  • Optional 16" X 7" Tickford 5-spoke alloy wheels with Michelin P225/50 ZR16 tyres (only available in conjunction with the sports suspension option)  - N/A on wagon.


Above: the standard 15" steel wheel hub cap wasn't such a bad thing in EF.  EF 2 GLi carried a different hub-cap to series 1 shown in the image along side the Alphabetical INDEX (Series 2 above)


Above: remarkably, Ford's brochures list this 15" alloy as fitted to the EF XR6 & XR8 as an option - yet very few were fitted!


Above: optional 16" alloy only available when combined with the optional sports suspension.  A few years back ANZ had a very cool 17" version of this available too

Below: EF GLi wearing Ford's optional 15" rims...the OTHER (and more common) optional 15" rim that is!

* FORUM: What has been your experience in the best tyres for your Falcon?
* FORUM: If you have aftermarket wheels fitted, what offsets / widths did you use & how do you rate their functionality?
* FORUM: Have you had any experience with ANZ or similar wheel copies, and what is your opinion of them?

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - 
The TBF Suspension & Brakes FORUM
(includes wheels & tyres)

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STEERING :
  • New steering wheel design compared to ED.
  • Power assisted rack & pinion.
  • Adjustable rake and reach steering column.
  • Cruise control option (via steering wheel mounted ON/OFF, RESUME and +/- buttons) with 3 cancelling points - extremely easy to use compared to Commodore's clumsy & fragile stalk mounted system with only 2 cancelling points (by ON/OFF function or brake application).
  • Minimum turning circle - 109 metres diametre or 11.3 for the wagon - a small reduction vs. the ED @ 11.0m (sedan) or 11.4m (wagon).

Right: The EF cruise control moved to a new, more convenient position whose appearance would continue almost without change until the BA of late 2002.

* FORUM: Have you ever had any problems with your Falcon's steering?  What was it & how did you fix it?  Discuss it here!
* FORUM: The EF & later model's inclusion of an airbag presented a significant problem to those looking to fit an aftermarket steering wheel - how have you sought to over come this?

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - 
The TBF Suspension & Brakes FORUM
(includes
steering)

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  SAFETY:

  • Driver's Air Bag standard.
  • Passenger's Air Bag optional in EF series 2.
  • Front Intertia reel seat belts with "belt lockers" to minimise payout of set belt webbing in extreme conditions.
  • Rear inertia reel seat belts for all passengers (sedan).
  • Rear interia reel seat belts on outside seating positions and adjustable rear center lap belt for center position (wagon).
  • Child proof rear door locks
 
  • Standardised child seat anchorage bolt fitted.
  • Plastic fuel tank fitted to sedan - will deform in an accident rather than splitting.  Pressure & impact tested to far above what a normal steel petrol tank can withstand.
  • Best in class roof crush strength.
  • Optional fire extinguisher - includes mounting bracket.
  • Single note horn standard.
  • Dual tone air horns optional (dealer fitted accessory).
 

Below: Amongst the biggest safety upgrades for EF was the inclusion of a driver's airbag standard - the passenger's airbag did not become an option until series II - and required a different dash shell to be fitted making this a difficult fitment item if chosen to be done after the vehicle left the factory.

* FORUM: What has been your experience in the best tyres for your Falcon?
* FORUM: Ever had a serious 'out' in a EF or EL Falcon?  How do you feel it performed in regards to occupant protection?  Add your comments here!

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  BODY:
  • Body coloured exterior door handles.
  • Body coloured front and rear bumpers except insert mouldings.
  • Optional air bag compatible 'Smart Bar' (or bull bar to you and me) - a World first.
  • Optional form fitted front and rear mudflaps.
  • Remote boot lid release.
  • Remote fuel filler door release
  • Improved side impact protection - 30% ahead of ADR 29 and partly responsible for the ED's overall weight increase.
  • Improved roof crush protection (carried over from EBII) via epoxy resin reinforcement of both A & B pillars and thicker front and side glass - now able to withstand a 3 tonne load.
  • Body VIN codes permanently marked on major body components.
  • Optional Tickford fitted body styling kit which included styled front, side & rear skirts as well as a boot mounted spoiler with integrated high mounted stop light - sedan only. 
  • Optional separate boot mounted spoiler with integrated high mounted stop light - sedan only (independent of body kit).
  • Optional clear plastic bonnet leading edge protector to guard against stone chips.
  • Kerb weight: 1536kg (sedan), 1600kg (wagon).
  • A 5 year perforation corrosion warranty was included with each new EF Falcon at the time.  Needless to say - very few people needed to use it, however with age rust is starting to be a concern in some cars & caution should be taken when purchasing.


Above: Showing the Falcon's inherent internal strengths via side intrusion beams, linked front and rear crumple zones.  Shown also are airbag inflation - including the optional passenger mounting position.

* FORUM: What detail observations (other than the obvious styling related ones) have you made on the differences between the ED & EA, EB?  Ever bought something off of one of these models thinking 'it should be the same' but isn't?  Add your experience HERE!

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - 
The TBF Body & Chassis FORUM

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  EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS:   

 

Exterior (mm)

Overall length
Overall height
Overall width
Wheelbase
Front track
Rear track
Front overhang
Rear overhang
Kerb weight

Sedan

4906
1453
1861
2791
1566
1547
919
1196
1536kg

Wagon

5042
1529
1856
2923
1566
1547
919
1201
1600kg

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - 
The TBF Body & Chassis FORUM

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  IDENTIFICATION / APPEARANCE:
  • No grill - features a blank panel with a Ford oval mounted in the middle.
  • Black body side protection mouldings and bumper inserts.
  • Grey number plate & reversing light surround on GLi station wagons.
  • Black exterior rear view mirrors.
  • Black licence plate lamp (sedan only).
  • New front bumper, including 'Thunder Grey' (that's black to you and me) brake ducts, grill deleted.
  • Front bumper protection strips removable.
  • New unique bonnet to the GLi / Futura.
  • Unique 'EF' Falcon badge lettering style.

   * FORUM: Did we miss anything?  Add it HERE!

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - 
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  VISION / WINDOWS: 
  • Wind-up windows in all 4 positions. 
  • Front power windows optional (with consol mounted switches). 
  • 'Ceramic Grey' (unpainted black plastic) electrically adjustable fold away exterior rear view mirrors.
  • Wide angle left hand rear view mirror.
  • Prismatic day/night interior rear view mirror.
  • Twin dual jet windscreen washers.
  • Two speed front windscreen wipers with intermittent setting (fixed delay period) and demand wipe feature giving one-touch control for single sweep wiping..
  • Rear fixed intermittent wiper with demand wash/wipe and auto wiper (via twist knob on end of wiper shaft) activated when in reverse gear and front wipers operating on wagon. 
  • Rear window demist with timed automatic off feature.
  • Rear glass graduated sun shade band for EF2.
  • Vinyl covered sunvisors.
  • Tinted laminated windscreen with dark tinted band at top.
  • Factory tinted side and rear glass.
  • 3mm side glass.
  • A "German manufactured" sunroof was available as an extra cost option when new featuring tilt vent operation as well as full retraction slide away - also included was an automatic pop-up wind deflector.
  • Optional "Aero Profile" rear sunshade constructed of dark grey translucent acrylic.
  • Optional twin louver front exterior sunvisor - same as used right back to EA.
  • Optional interior mounted rear window louvres (semi gloss black, powder coated steel) for sedan or wagon. 
  • Optional exterior mounted rear window louver (black plastic) avialable in sedan only. 
  • Optional front side weather shields in clear acrylic.
  • Optional Wagon dust deflector (fitted to top of tail gate) - made of dark grey translucent acrylic, designed to scoop air off of the roof down onto the tail gate helping prevent dust from accumulating on the rear window & obscuring vision.

Above: Front and rear sunshades, the front having done service since the EA!

Below: EF GLi sedan showing optional rear window louver (external), front weather shields & carry bars.

* FORUM:  What tint level do you have, which company did you use & how satisfied have you been with it?  Add your experiences here!

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - The TBF Body & Chassis FORUM

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  LIGHTS: 
  • Polycarbonate halogen headlamps with integrated indicator and park lamps (overall shape of light has been changed from ED - previously with a glass lense).  - This change not only brought with it significant weight savings, but removed the need for head light protectors due to the new polycarbonate lenses near on shatter proof construction.
    WARNING: fitment of brighter higher wattage headlight globes may damage the lenses of these headlights, yellowing or melting the polycarbonate lenses depending on how hot they get.
  • New tail lights (sedan) with clear lenses replacing the ED's amber indicators & reverse lights incorporated into tail lamp assembly itself - rather than mounted on the boot lid as in the ED.
  • High mounted stop light.Black licence plate lamp (sedan only).
  • Plastic headlight protectors optional - despite the pointlessness of them due to the new headlight lenses
  • High mounted auxiliary stop light on both sedan and wagon.
  • NOTE Special 'towing' turn-signal flasher fitted to vehicles fitted with tow-bar.

  * FORUMHow do you rate the EF Falcon's headlights, and what have you done to upgrade them?

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - TBF tech & The TBF Interior and Electronics FORUM

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  SECURITY: 
  • Optional Car Alarm (dealer fitted option) incorporated into Smart Lock system.
  • "Smart Lock" electronic immobilization and remote-keyless entry system standard.
  • Smart lock flashing symbol on dash board when ignition is turned off.
  • Central locking  including wagon tailgate lock / unlock.
  • 'Tibbe' high security locking system on doors, ignition lock, and boot lid.
  • Recessed door lock buttons.
  • 'Strengthened' steering column lock housing.
  • Lockable glove box (low security - as it is only as good as it's plastic lid)
  • Body VIN codes permanently marked on major body components.
  • Optional smart-lock integrated car alarm.

* FORUM: Have you ever had a late model Falcon, Fairlane or LTD broken into or stolen?  How did they gain entry, and what was broken / stolen?

Right:  Standard Falcon remote & Tibbe key.

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  INTERIOR HEATING & COOLING:
  • CFC free Air Conditioning OPTIONAL.
  • 4-speed fan boosted ventilation with front footwell ducts and rear seat ducts (incorporated into the back of the centre consol on models fitted with bucket seats).
  • 2 air outlets each side of the dash.
  • 2 air outlets located centrally within the dash.
  • 2 air outlets located within the rear of the center consol.
  • Ergonomically located easy-to-reach fan & climate adjust controls right next to steering wheel (LHS).
  • Standard tint in windows (albeit minimal).

Right: The Falcon's conveniently mounted climate control centre included the important words "CFC free" for the first time in Falcon history!

* FORUM: What have you had fail on your EF Falcon's heating / cooling system, what did you do to fix it & how much did it cost?

Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - TBF tech & The TBF Interior and Electronics FORUM

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  AUDIO:
  • Digital clock integrated with radio/cassette unit.
  • 3 chip electronic tuning AM/FM stereo radio/cassette with:
    • Auto reverse & Dolby B noise reduction.
    • Noise control for increased AM/FM reception quality.
    • Security code.
    • One hour keyless play.
    • Integrated clock.
    • Auto scan.
    • Provision for six AM and 12 FM pre-set stations plus an additional six AM and six FM stations using the Auto Store function.
  • Four speakers.
  • Optional Electric Aerial - extends when radio is switched on, retracts when radio or ignition is switched off.
  • 6 stack CD player not available on GLi.

Above, Right: The EF GLi audio system, like many base-spec units before it is destined to become something of a rarity in later years as most substitute them for later units with upgraded technology...

  * FORUM:  With such a large range of aftermarket options out there, what did you use in your EF Falcon & how do you rate it?
  * FORUMHow do you rate the Falcon's standard audio system against other vehicles you've driven or owned?

 Related Pages on TRUEBLUEFORD - TBF In-Car Entertainment FORUM & The TBF Interior and Electronics FORUM

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INSTRUMENTATION: 
  • Smart lock flashing symbol when ignition is turned off.
  • Service interval indicator.
  • Normal/Economy mode auto transmission indicator light.
  • Optional Trip Computer - calculates distance to empty, average speed, average fuel consumption etc.
  • INSTRUMENTATION includes Speedometer (km/h), Odometer, Trip Meter, Fuel Level, Water Temperature & Tachometer standard.
  • AUDIBLE WARNING CHIMES: low fuel, lights on, high coolant temperature and turn signal.
  • Trip Computer available as an option featuring fuel consumption figures, distance to empty, average speed & time display.

* FORUM: Have you had any problems with your EF Falcon's instrument cluster & how did you overcome it?
* FORUM: List your custom modifications here!  How did you do it & what did you do?
* FORUM: How do you rate the accuracy of your Falcon's instrument cluster?

  • Warning lights:
    • High beam.
    • Rear window demister on.
    • Turn signal / hazard lights on.
    • Alternator failure.
    • Lights on.
    • Park brake on.
    • Brake failure.
    • Seat belt reminder (set on timer, every time you start the vehicle).
    • ABS test lamp - where fitted (comes on when you start the car while the ABS does a self test - remains on if a problem is found).
    • Air bag test lamp.
    • High temperature.
    • Service Interval exceeded indicator.
    • Flashing Smart Lock indicator when ignition is turned off.
 

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  DRIVER CONTROLS     (those not already listed under instrumentation)
  • Two speed front windscreen wipers with fixed intermittent setting and demand wipe feature (one wipe at the flick of a finger).
  • Rear wiper controls for wagon (see Windows section for full operational details).
  • Rear window demister with timed automatic switch off feature.
  • Black switches and buttons.
  • Remote fuel filler release.
  • Remote boot release (sedan).
  • Cruise Control Standard with steering wheel mounted operation buttons & disengagement whenever brake, clutch or "off" switch are activated.
  • Cruise Control featuring all of the above components was also available at the time for retro-fitting by your local Ford dealer.
  • Driver's left foot rest.
  • A Disabled driver's kit was available new at the time of purchase - making driving easier for those with certain disabilities - available free of charge with the purchase of a new EF.

  * FORUM: Have you had an aftermarket cruise control unit fitted, and what is your overall opinion of it?
 
* FORUM: How reliable has the Falcon's Cruise Control been for you, and what fixes have been required?

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  DOOR TRIMS, PARCEL SHELF & FLOOR COVERINGS: 
  • An entirely new blended design theme - one where the dash leads into the doors and consol producing that ultra smooth, organic feel the follows through the rest of the car and out into the exterior.
  • Doors trimmed in vinyl with 'Circuit' cloth covered insert.
  • Optional vynal trim on seats and door trims - available only in conjunction with the automatic column shift & Mako Mist interior colours.  (In other words, your basic taxi interior).  ONLY available on GLi.
  • Door trims moulded to include arm rest - required to suit manual window winder operation (a different door trim & arm rest was provided when power windows optioned).
  • Black coloured seat belts.
  • No Front Door map pockets (optional accessory).
  • Cloth covered sunvisors with passenger vanity mirror.
  • Moulded cloth covered headlining.
  • Carpeted passenger & luggage compartment floor.

.* FORUM: What pieces of your interior have you had wear first?

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  SEATING
  • New front seats with anti-submarining technology made by Hendersons Geelong.
  • Adjustable (removable) head rests for front seats.
  • Adjustable lumbar support for driver and passenger.
  • Seats trimmed in 'Boulevard' cloth with 'Circuit' cloth insert.
  • Driver's seat height adjustment and adjustable thigh support via easy to use thumb-wheels.
  • Driver and front passenger seat infinitely adjustable recline between limitations of rear seat and steering wheel.
  • Driver and front passenger seat manual fore and aft adjustment.
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat upright in both sedan and wagon.
  • Optional front center fold bench seat (only available with column shifted auto).  Cruise control not available with this option.
  • Integrated entry-assist overhead grab handles.
  • Map pockets behind seat front seat uprights.
  • Optional vinyl trim on seats and door trims - available only in conjunction with the automatic column shift & Mako Mist interior colours.  (In other words, your basic taxi interior).

 

* FORUM: How do you rate the comfort & longevity factor of the standard Falcon's seats - front and rear?  Have you had to make any repairs, and if so, what and how much did it cost?

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  INTERIOR STORAGE:
  • Large centre consol with deep lidded storage bin (padded lid doubles as arm-rest) integrated two-cup holder and one additional open storage pocket at front beneath radio.  Consol includes mounting of switches for electric windows when so optioned.  
    THANKFULLY the centre consol now met neatly with the carpet on either side - finally minus the EA-ED's poor fitting and daggy looking 'wings' on each side.
  • Map pockets behind seat front seat uprights.
  • Optional carpeted door map pockets on front doors only.
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat upright allowing direct access to the boot in non-LPG fitted sedans (i.e. seats still fold but gas tank removes through access to boot).
  • Illuminated front cigar lighter and ash-tray.
  • Overhead interior coat hooks standard.

  INTERIOR DIMENSIONS:

Interior (mm)

Front head room
Front leg room
Front shoulder room
Front hip room
Rear head room
Rear leg room
Rear shoulder room

Sedan

974
1081
1518
1495
975
992
1512

Wagon

982
1081
1518
1495
1039
992
1517

* FORUM: What interior storage options do you wish your Falcon had that it does not currently?
* FORUM: Rate the Falcon's interior storage against other cars you've owned...
* FORUM: What interior storage options have you managed to add to increase the functionality of your Falcon's interior?

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  INTERIOR LIGHTING:
  • Interior center dome light.
  • Remote operated illuminated entry system.
  • Luggage compartment lamp.
  • Dual intensity instrument panel illumination.
  • Illuminated front cigar lighter and ashtray.
  • Illuminated lockable glovebox.

* FORUM: Interior lighting provides a great place to show your custom flair - what tricks have you used & how much did they cost?
* FORUM: Have you had one of those annoying interior lights that keeps on blowing globes?  Share your experiences here!

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  CARGO: 
  • Luggage capacity - sedan 465L (when no aftermarket LPG fitment) 
    1473 litres (wagon) or 2595 litres with the rear seats folded down..
  • Sedan & wagon luggage compartment lamp.
  • Carpeted luggage compartment floor.
  • Remote boot lid release.
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat upright to allow large items to be fitted retaining use of part of the back seat (LPG tank voids purpose for this).
  • Optional Sedan roof mounted carry bars.
  • Optional Wagon roof mounted carry bars.
  • Optional Wagon roof rack.
  • Optional Wagon cargo barrier.
  • Optional boot liner (sedans only as wagons come with the rear cargo area carpeted standard).

* FORUM: What's the largest item you've managed to fit into your Falcon without damaging the interior or boot?
* FORUM: Cargo wish list - what do you wish your Falcon had that it currently doesn't?

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Above: EF Futura Wagon shown.

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  TOWING

  Towing Options available when new:

  • 1600kg rated tow pack (kit included 're-enforcement' brackets).
    *towing capacity limited to 1200kg with manual transmission.
  • 2300kg rated tow pack (NA on manual transmission vehicles)

  Each 'Tow Pack' consisted of the following:

  • Tow bar.
  • Hitch and / or ball mount.
  • Wiring harness with 'flat' 7-pin electrical connector.
  • Special 'towing' turn-signal flasher.
  • Supplementary transmission cooler (automatic transmissions only)
  • Hayman Reese towbar & load distributing hitch for 2300kg kits.

  Other Towing related considerations:

  • Despite opinions to the contrary, the ED advertising brochures showed pictures of an automatic gearbox auxiliary oil cooler with these words printed directly underneath: "Transmission oil cooler.  Helps avoid overheating and possible transmission damage.  Essential for towing with auto transmissions."  You've been warned!

Above: Hayman Reece towbar & load spreader as optional on the EF Falcon's 2300kg tow kit.


Above: Standard 1200kg tow pack 'tongue'.

* FORUM: What towing experiences have you had - good & bad?
* FORUM: How do you rate the Falcon's towing ability to other cars you've owned?
* FORUM: What sorts of things have you done to improve your Falcon's already impressive towing ability?

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