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Alphabetical INDEX:

  INTRODUCTION:
 
General Comment.
 Current Condition & Buying Tips.
 Collectability.
 ED Fairmont vs. ED Futura.
 ED Fairmont vs. EB II Fairmont.


 

 

 

 

General Comment: ED Fairmont                                                                  (back to INDEX)

Barely any different to the outgoing model - save a few minor identifying features - owners who fronted up to trade in their EB II Fairmonts on the new model must have been bitterly disappointed at the sheer lack of change vs. the one they were handing in.  However, with the EB II Fairmont being such a good thing, in hind-sight 'no change' wasn't such bad thing after all...  For having made significant headway since the EA's faltering beginnings, the ED version now more than equalled the EA Fairmont Ghia in both specification and ambience!

ABS was now standard in the ED Fairmont - having been optional on EB II Fairmont - an astonishing omission that you wouldn't even dream of now-days!  The Fairmont continued with the same suspension settings introduced with the ED GLi and Futura, so any extra comfort came in the way of it's seats...similarly, quality levels also matched that of the afore mentioned lesser models, leaving the term 'quality' as purely being in terms of standard equipment - no more or no less than any other Falcon, Fairlane or LTD produced in that year.

With almost too many choices, the ED Fairmont suffered a case of confused identity - it wasn't the top of the tree and yet it wasn't a half-way point either!  Yet the ED Fairmont remains a very capable and well equipped car - and certainly worth a second look particularly if an example in good conditioned is found.

I remember looking on in disbelief as the ED Fairmont was introduced to market with the same 15" alloys originally introduced some five years earlier on the EA Fairmont Ghia - yet somehow in isolation, it still manages to look good with these on, showing that perception is always about context...  A quick look at the 'Fairmont vs. Futura' list down below should easily tell the other half of the story - with an impressive list of extras gained for what is very little money now-days.

Hence the Fairmont remains an exceptionally good choice second hand - with many of the options included on the fiddly side to add at a later date, adding very little to the amount you'll pay over say a used GLi or Futura (but making all the difference when it comes to liveability and pleasure of ownership).  With Cruise Control and ABS featuring strongly on the list of items included standard, safety was and is still a solid reason for purchasing a Fairmont - in addition to the Falcon's traditional large-car safety advantages over similar aged small vehicles.

GM direct rival: Commodore Berlina.

Current Condition & Buying Tips:
There is no doubting the ED Fairmont - like every ED 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 - along with a whole lot of extra stuff (i.e. technology) to deal with.  - Not that the luxury touches were particularly troublesome, just that if you are buying a Fairmont for it's extra equipment you had better want to make sure it all still works as you had hoped!

Like the GLi & Futura, 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.  Fortunately for the Fairmont, there are probably more owners who paid them their due respect than the cheaper models - so finding a good one shouldn't be all too difficult.  Still, the owner's passion for their 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.

Collectability:
While the ED Fairmont will likely never become collectable so-to-speak - it will always hold a sense of value due to it's impressive list of standard equipment.  However, do not expect this to translate into vastly increased resale values.  And just like the GLi and Futura, if you want a ED Fairmont that will be talked about in years to come, look for one with a factory options such as the 5.0L V8, sunroof, manual gearbox, body kit, sports suspension or 16" wheels - with the rarest containing all of the items listed!  Worth more to start with, more people were prepared to lash out on extras like these so finding one should be a little bit easier - although such optioned up vehicles are still not thick on the ground.

ED Fairmont vs. ED Futura - what you got extra:

  • 'Turbo Blade' 15" x 6.5" alloy wheels standard - same as the EA Fairmont Ghia & EB Series 1&2 Fairmonts.

  • Matching P205/65 HR15 steel belt radial ply tyres (up from 14" dia in Futura).

  • Cobalt Blue paintwork available.

  • Red and amber "reflex" rear appliqué on sedans only (which is French for the reflective panel between tail lights).

  • Fairmont Wagon received a permanently mounted roof rack as standard equipment.

  • Cloth covered sunvisors with passenger vanity mirror.

  • Electric Windows in all four doors - switches located in centre consol.

  • Trip computer standard.

  • Adjustable removable rear headrests.

  • Fold-down centre armrest included in back seat upright

  • Interior light with twin spot lamps.

  • Rear reading lamps.

  • Front and rear footwell lamps.

  • Seats and doors trimmed in velour with 'Dresden' velour insert.

  • Washer fluid low sensor & warning light.

  • Radiator coolant low sensor & warning light.

  • Addition of the following audible warning chimes: low fuel, lights on, low alternator charge, low oil pressure, high coolant temperature and brake failure.

  • Dual Horns.

  • Air conditioning standard along with Automatic Climate Control.

  • Removable, adjustable  head rests in all four seating positions (excluding center rear).

  • 3.27:1 final drive ratio for 4.0L 6 cylinder auto (vs. 3.08:1 in Futura auto).

ED Fairmont vs. EB II Fairmont :

  • Body coloured door handles.

  • ABS brakes standard

  • CFC free air conditioning.

  • New grill.

  • A slight change in highway fuel use was recorded in Ford's data for the 4.0L automatic equipped ED Fairmont Sedan.

Price When NEW:

Fairmont 4.0L sedan - $33,488,  Fairmont 5.0L V8 sedan $36,136.
Fairmont 4.0L wagon - $35,863,  Fairmont 5.0L V8 wagon $38,511.

The TBF challenge: 
While these were the 'official' specifications listed by Ford for it's ED Fairmont range, the occasional 'escape' 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):

  • 4.0L SOHC straight six, cast-iron block, alloy cylinder head.
  • Duplex chain drive / 2 valves per cylinder.
  • Power: 148kW @ 4500 rpm.
  • Torque: 348Nm @3750 rpm.
  • Displacement: 3984cc.
  • Bore x Stroke - 92.26 x 99.3mm.
  • Compression Ratio - 8.8:1.
  • Fuel System - Multi-point fuel injection controlled by EEC 4 (ECU).
  • Fuel Type - Regular ULP.
  • Alloy Rocker cover / pressed steel sump.
  • Multi-Vee accessory drive belt.
  • Viscous hub cooling fan.
  • Dual Fuel LPG option (Tickford Fitted) available only on 4.0L auto GLi sedans...not on Fairmont (according to Ford's brochure anyway)
  • Optional sump guard & removable insect screen on radiator.

Vee Eight (optional):

  • 5.0L V8 optional including on wagon.
  • 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 4 (ECU).
  • Fuel Type - Regular ULP.
  • Pressed steel rocker covers & sump.
  • Micro-vee (serpentine) accessory drive belt.
  • Viscous hub cooling fan.
  • Optional sump guard & removable insect screen on radiator.
  • Stainless steel exhaust & chrome tip on V8s.

* FORUM: What engine issues have you had with your ED Falcon and how have you solved them? Discuss it here !  
* FORUM: How satisfied have you been with your EB / ED 4.0L's performance & economy?  Discuss it here!
* FORUM: What has been the most effective modification done to your ED Falcon's motor?  Discuss it here!
* FORUM: Falcon engines on LPG, what have been your experiences (good or bad)?  Discuss it here!

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

  * The following table represents figures submitted by Ford in it's ED Fairmont / Fairmont Ghia brochure printed August 1993.

Engine / Transmission / Body Style

City Cycle (L/100km)

Highway Cycle (L/100km)

4.0L automatic Fairmont sedan
5.0L automatic Fairmont sedan
4.0L automatic Fairmont wagon
5.0L automatic Fairmont wagon

12.5
14.5
13.0
14.5

7.6 vs. 80 listed for EB II.
9.0
8.0
9.0

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

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  GEARBOX & DRIVELINE:   

  Gearbox:

  • 5 speed manual NOT AVAILABLE in ED Fairmont.
  • 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 auto not available in Fairmont.

Right: Ford's own advertising 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."            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:

  • 3.27:1 diff ratio for both 6 and 8 cyl.
  • 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!

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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.
  • Dash mounted hand brake pull (left side of steering wheel).
  • ABS brakes standard (four sensor, three channel).
  • Taking up the 2300kg rated tow-pack also saw heavy-duty brake pads fitted.

Right: image showing routing and circuits included when ABS is selected as a option.

* FORUM: How have the ED'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!

 

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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 ED's suspension in any way? Discuss it here!
* FORUMWhat is the most effective mod you've made to your ED Falcon's suspension? Discuss it here!
* FORUMFound 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 ED front suspension fitted with ED F
airmont 15" 'turbo blade' alloy wheel.

  Rear:

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

    Station Wagon:
  • Leaf sprung live axil.
  • Twin tube telescopic shock absorbers.
  • Rubber shackle bushes.

 Options:

  • 'Heavy Duty' suspension consisting of heavy duty springs, heavy duty shock absorbers and increased rear ride height (approximately 20mm in sedans, 6mm in wagons).  As part of this package, the rear stabilizer bar was deleted from the sedan!!!
  • A 'Sports Suspension' option was available on ED Falcon sedans (not wagons) including lower, stiffer front and rear springs, sports tuned shock absorbers and bushes as well as revised wheel alignment.
  • Air adjustable rear shock absorbers available as an option.

* FORUM: How do you rate the Falcon's load carrying ability & how have you improved yours?  Discuss it here!
* FORUM: Do your station wagon's leaf springs squeek? If so, what fix have you found for them?  Discuss it here!
* FORUM: What experiences have you had with different shock absorber brands &types - which are the best and which are the worst?

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  WHEELS & TYRES:
  • 'Turbo Blade' 15" x 6.5" alloy wheels standard - same as the EA Fairmont Ghia & EB Series 1&2 Fairmonts.
  • P205/65 HR15 steel belt radial ply tyres recommended with standard rims.
  • 16" x 7"  alloy wheels originally fitted with Michelin P225/50 ZR16 tyres optional on ED Falcon sedans (available only in conjunction with sports suspension option) - NA on wagons due to unavailability of wagon sports suspension when new.

Above:  EB / ED optional 16" wheel - only available with sports suspension option.

Above:  ED optional 15" alloy wheel (aka XR6).
  

Above:  standard ED Fairmont fitment 15" 'Turbo Blade' alloy wheels.

* 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?

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  STEERING :
  • Cruise control as standard meant that the ED Fairmont & other similar cruise-fitted Falcons missed out in the ED's new look steering wheel, having to make do with the not un-attractve previous steering wheel design.
  • Power assisted rack and pinion steering.
  • Steering column adjustable for rake & reach.
  • MOMO leather covered steering wheel available as an option when new.
  • Minimum turning circles - 11.0m (sedan) or 11.4m (wagon).

Right: Due to having cruise control standard, the ED Fairmont received the 'old' style steering wheel.

* FORUM: Have you ever had any problems with your Falcon's steering?  What was it & how did you fix it?  Discuss it here!

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  SAFETY:

  • Dual Tone Horns standard.
  • Childproof rear door locks.
  • ABS brakes standard.
  • Front inertia reel seat belts with lockers.
  • Rear inertia reel seat belts for all passengers in sedans.
  • Rear outboard inertia seat belts for wagon passengers - with adjustable centre lap belt only.
  • Improved side impact protection - 30% ahead of ADR 29.
  • Plastic fuel tank in ED Falcon sedans (resistant to puncturing during an accident or due to metal fatigue - a common VN-VP Commodore fault)
  • Optional cabin fitted hand held fire-extinguisher - including mounting bracket.

Right:  Belt locker device minimises payout of seat belt webbing under extreme conditions..

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

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  BODY:
  • Colours Available: Magenta, Polynesian Green, Reef Green, Quartz, Sandstone, Biscayne Blue, Cardinal Red, Platinum, Dynamic White, Le Mans Red, Black Pearl, Cobalt Blue.
  • Colours NOT available from the factory: Stark White.  (Black Pearl, Platinum & Polynesian Green were not available with a 'Pumice' coloured interior - but were all available when a 'Slate' coloured interior was chosen)
  • Body coloured front bumper lower edge extension.
  • Metallic paint standard with non-metallic paints available as a no-cost option.
  • 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 pilliars and thicker front and side glass - now able to withstand a 3 tonne load.
  • Body VIN codes permanently marked on major body components.
  • Optional body styling kit including side skirts, front and rear bibs attached to the lower extremities of the bumper bars as well as a raised deck lid spoiler - available on sedan only.
  • Optional low-line boot lid spoiler.  Independent of body kit.
  • Optional clear plastic bonnet leading edge protector to guard against stone chips.


Above: The ED Fairmont was available as a station wagon - which strangely from the rear (except for the body coloured door handles) looked exactly like a EA Fairmont Ghia version of the same...

* 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!

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  EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS:   

 

Exterior (mm)

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

Sedan

4811
1399
1857
2794
1554
1533
878
1139

Wagon

5003
1483
1857
2923
1554
1533
878
1202

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  IDENTIFICATION / APPEARANCE:
  • Red and amber reflex rear applique on sedans only (french for reflective panel between tail lights) - grey number plate surround on wagons.
  • Body coloured door handles & mirrors vs. the GLi's black numbers...
  • Chrome sleeve in grill / 'Thunder Grey' centre bar, body coloured surround.
  • Body coloured front and rear bumpers with grey uppers and silver / chrome strip insert (Same as Futura).
  • Dark grey number plate / reversing light enclosure (vs. black for the EB)
  • Smooth vent-less C-pilliar cover in body colour (EA had slotted vent here)
  • Reversing lamps next to the rear number plate (incorporated in the tail lamps in the EA)
  • Body styling kit optional when new.

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

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  VISION / WINDOWS: 
  • Electric Windows in all four doors - centrally located switches located in centre consol, including a lock-out button to prevent children from using power windows in rear.
  • Separately mounted electric window switches in back side doors.
  • Fold-away (to avoid damage) electric remote operated exterior rear view mirrors on each side - body coloured painted  shell.
  • 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 intermittent wiper with demand wash/wipe and auto wiper, activated when in reverse gear with front wipers operating - wagon only.
  • Rear window demist with timed automatic off feature.
  • Rear window (sedan) 'ceramic' sunshade - painted bands at the top standard.
  • Vinyl covered sunvisors.
  • Tinted windscreen with dark tinted band at top.
  • Factory tinted side and rear 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. Sunroof N/A on Falcon wagon.
  • Optional "Aero Profile" rear sunshade constructed of dark grey translucent acrylic.
  • Aerodynamic front windscreen sunshade optional.
  • Exterior fitted rear windscreen louver optional.
  • Optional front side weather shields in clear acrylic.

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

 

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  LIGHTS: 
  • Glass fronted twin-element headlights - EA/ED headlights were always noted for their exceptional performance vs. both previous & later models - a very real strong point of these models.
  • High mounted auxiliary stop light on both sedan and wagon.
  • Reversing lamps next to the rear number plate (incorporated in the tail lamps in the EA)
  • NOTE Special 'towing' turn-signal flasher fitted to vehicles fitted with tow-bar.

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

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  SECURITY: 
  • Optional Car Alarm (dealer fitted option)
  • "Smart Lock" electronic immobilization and remote-keyless entry system.
  • Central locking including tailgate on wagon.
  • 'Tibbe' high security locking system on doors, ignition lock, and boot / tailgate.
  • 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:
  • Air conditioning standard - CFC free (change vs. EB) - also bringing increased performance vs. previous model.
  • Automatic Climate Control with 4-speed fan boosted ventilation with both front footwell and rear seat ducts (incorporated into the back of the centre consol) and air conditioning control.
  • 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).
  •  - cost $1803 to option when new.

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 ED Falcon's heating / cooling system, what did you do to fix it & how much did it cost?

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  AUDIO:
  • Clarion AM/FM stereo inc radio/cassette with:
    • 8 individual speaker elements.
    • joystick fader / balance control.
    • auto reverse.
    • auto scan memory.
    • storage and security code.
    • Digital clock included in radio/cassette unit.
  • Premium Alpine Audio Package option available at a still astonishing $1,812 extra when new!
  • Optional CD player with boot mounted 6 disc cartridge - available ONLY in conjunction with Premium sound system (just in case you hadn't paid enough already).
  • Power antenna standard.

 

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

 

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INSTRUMENTATION: 
  • Full instrumentation pack (four ancillary guages plus tachometer) - with volt meter & oil pressure guage.
  • Speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, fuel guage & water temperature guage standard in addition to the above.
  • WARNING LIGHTS: High beam, rear window demist on, turn signal / hazard light, alternator fail, lights on, park-brake on, washer fluid low, radiator coolant low, cruise control indicator and low oil pressure.
  • AUDIBLE WARNING CHIMES: low fuel, lights on, low alternator charge, low oil pressure, high coolant temperature and brake failure.
  • Trip Computer standard featuring fuel consumption figures, distance to empty, average speed & time display.

* FORUM: Have you had any problems with your ED 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?

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  DRIVER CONTROLS     (those not already listed under instrumentation)
  • 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.

  * 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: 
  • Two interior colour themes available (depending on vehicle exterior colour) - 'Slate' & 'Pumice'.
  • 'Slate' interior "recommended" with the following exterior colours: Dynamic White, Le Mans Red, Reef Green, Biscayne Blue, Cardinal Red, Black Pearl, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Polynesian Green & Magenta, and optional on Quartz & Sandstone coloured cars.
  • 'Pumice' interior "recommended" with the following exterior colours: Quartz & Sandstone.  NOT AVAILABLE with Black Pearl, Platinum & Polynesian Green paintworks.
  • Doors trimmed in velour with 'Dresden' velour insert.
  • Vinyl trim not available on Futura.
  • 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
  • Adjustable (removable) head rests on both front seats AND in two outboard positions on rear.
  • Fold-down centre armrest included in back seat upright
  • Seats trimmed in velour with 'Dresden' velour insert.
  • Seat backs & skirts trimmed in matching cloth vs. the GLi's use of vinyl in these areas.
  • Leather trim NOT available in Fairmont.
  • Driver and front passenger fore and aft seat adjustment & infinitely adjustable recline.
  • Driver's seat features manual lumbar support and seat base height adjustments.
  • Map pockets behind seat front seat uprights.
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat upright in both sedan and wagon.
  • Removable, adjustable  head rests in all four seating positions (excluding center rear).
  • Integrated entry-assist overhead grab handles.
  • Bench front seat not available on Fairmont.

 

* 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) and two additional open storage pockets.  Consol includes mounting of switches for electric windows for all four doors.
  • Map pockets behind seat front seat uprights.
  • 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.
  • Door mounted rear ashtrays.
  • Illuminated front cigar lighter and ash-tray.
  • Overhead interior coat hooks standard.

* FORUM: What interior storage options do you wish your Falcon had that it does not currently?
* FORUM: * FORUM: * FORUM: Rate the Falcon's interior storage against other cars you've owned...
* FORUM: * FORUM: * 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:
  • Illuminated entry system.
  • Additional lamps for ignition lock & map reading.
  • Wagon luggage area overhead lamp.
  • Illuminated front cigar lighter and ash-tray.
  • Illuminated glove-box.
  • Interior light with twin spot lamps.
  • Rear reading lamps.
  • Front and rear footwell lamps.

* FORUM: Interior lighting provides a great place for you 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?  Which one was it and how did you end up fixing it?

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  CARGO: 
  • Luggage capacity - sedan 453L / wagon 1466L (rear seats up) 2622L (rear seats folded down)
  • Sedan boot lamp.
  • Remote boot lid release on sedans, remote tailgate lock / unlock button on wagons.
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat upright in both sedan and wagon to allow large items to be fitted retaining use of part of the back seat.
  • Fairmont Wagon received a permanently mounted roof rack as standard equipment.

* 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: EB Series I Fairmont Wagon shown.

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  TOWING

  Towing Options available when new:

  • 1200kg rated tow pack.
  • 2300kg rated tow pack.

  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)
  • Heavy duty brake pads (where not fitted as standard).
  • Hayman Reese towbar & load distributing hitch for 2300kg kits.

  Other Towing related considerations:

  • Despite opinions to the contrary, Ford's own 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 ED 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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