I found the post about the EA's very interesting. Just about every EA (or XF for that matter) I have heard sounds like an over worked farm tractor. I'm looking for my first car and I want something newish but I have been lead to believe is that the EA's are riddled with problems (what they are exactly im not sure). Right now I'm probably gonna get a 1979-80 RS2000, but if the EA's are as good as you guys say then I'll reconsider. Also, were the EA SVO's factory kitted? And is it easy to get all the extra's to make a fake SVO? I know the mags cost about $1500!
I dont think EAs were much chop early on, but nowadays they arnt any worse than any other car of similar age IMO, and an RS2000 will give you more problems plus it would be harder/more expensive to fix. As there are plenty of EAs around parts are easily to source new and used.
But the only one id get would be a 5 speed MPI S-pac with low kms(150,000kms or so) and in great condition. If your lucky you may be able to find a 5 Speed Fairmont Ghia.
The 3 speeds are slow, but reliable, the 4 speeds are faster but much less reliable.
A 5 speed EB II 4.0L would be better though...
And personally I think the Brock bodykits look best on EA-ED Falcons :p
1993 ED XR6 M5 (1 of 329)
Turbo on the way!!
1993 EBII Fairmont (Now wrecking, PM if you want any parts)
1988 Nissan R31 Skyline
Don't forget that every trick in the book about the EA's have been discovered. So i doubt there will be teething problems with them. Usually parts are upgraded to the next model if they have been upgraded. If your strapped for budget get an EA Series II S in a five speed they go pretty hard. Where talkin it can keep up with a VL Turbo Commo no worries.
Oh yeah if your after more power these engines can be worked to 200kw with a few bolt on stuff.
But if you got the spare dosh go the EB2's very nice cars and sorted on the refinment part.
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AUII Late Ed XR6 HP T5 Venom- Full Tickford Body Kit, 17in Wheels, Herrod Bi-plane Spoiler, Momo Steer/Gear, T-Series Interior Options, Premium Stereo and a very light-tuned 4.0L I6
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Our EA 30th Anniversary 4 speed auro MPFI has almost ticked over 300000km. Only one gearbox and a set of shocks (other than standard maintenance). Good car!
BA'1.5' Pursuit 290
Lightning Strike / Reflective Orange Stripes 'General' Dog - AP's German Shepherd and Best Mate - 02Dec1998-15Dec2003.
'Pepper' Dog - General's and My Little German Shepherd Sweetie - 1996?-02Apr2006. 'Sako' Dog - My Beautiful and Pretty German Shepherd - 2001?-23Aug2006.
i'd leave the escort alone... ive had a few and theyre more trouble than there worth.. they rust bad (especially in the heater bowl) and the frontends are very weak... if it hasnt got a 4.11 diff forget about dragging ... and if it has forget about highway driving because they rev to hard. as for the rs2000, unless its a german rs2000 forget it.. the aus ones were just a ghia with the rs2000 front and a pair of scheal seats.. basically. as for parts mk2 ones are common... rs2000 ones arent plus their expensive.
I now have an ebII wagon and its a damn site better than a mk2 escort.
hey dont knock the escort buddy. nah seriously though, I know where your coming from. Alot of people have said similar things but, I guess since im still on my learners I can't thrash the b!tc|-|.
Stupid Victoria and thier 18 year old liscence rule:(
1999 AU XR8
14.594 @ 94.40mph
152.2RWKW (APS dyno)
Switchable Shift Kit, K&N panel filter, Lukey straight thru mufflers, momo gear and steer,
DBA slotted rotors/Bendix ultimate pads (front), Pioneer MP3 head unit and BA XR carpet mats.
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