Re: EA Falcons, what's the real deal?
Well, I put down a deposit today and it's going in to get a roadworthy check. The guy reckons that anything that requires doing to get it roadworthy, he'll fix so that at the end of the day, the car will cost me $2,450, which includes stamp duty and a years rego.
I confirmed that it's a EA Series 1 Falcon S, with the three speed auto and the 3.9l CFI engine. I'm the type of person who'll get my hands dirty and take care of the car so as far as maintenance is concerned, it'll be well looked after and I'll be able to do any small jobs that don't require a mechanic's expertise.
The way I figure it, is that any car I get for $2000 which includes a road worthy certificate, is going to require a bit of love'n'care to keep it running. The series II EA's seem to fetch a minimum of $3,000 (that I've been able to find) which is simply out of my budget range. Having seen a dozen other cars in the $2k range, this is the best deal I've come across yet, especially given it's condition (Very Good to Excellent, as far as I can tell). So although I'd love something else (anyone got an XW Falcon 500 GT for $2k?), it's about the best I can get for this price, and at least the E series has a fan club, so that means a network of support and advice and spare parts! :)
Thanks for the advice, but my instincts are telling me it's a good deal, despite what I've heard.