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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-04-02, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Are EA'S really that bad?

Ok, to say i know nothing about cars in an understatement. My mate (FoMoCo4Eva) on the other hand is a car freak and obsessed with ford (much like you guys). Im currently in the process of buying my first car and have a maximum budget of about $6,000.

The other day i stumbled across a 1990 EA Fairmont Ghia. I must again underline my complete lack of car knowledge but at first site this car seemed an ok buy. I must also admit my love for funky unimportant gadgets and from what i could see this car had its fair share.

As a first car im really only expecting to keep it for a few years, im not interested in any modifications (other than a kick ass sound system) and arent all that fussed on breaking any land speed records. All im really concerned about is buying a heap of junk thats going to break down every five minutes. I dont know anything about EA's, EB'S, ED's or any other make of car so if theres anyone out there that could offer me some advice id much appreciate it.

By the way the 1990 EA Fairmont Ghia was around $5,500. ive been told that's a bit too much to pay but im really after a quick buy and could probably sacrifice a few hundred for something i like.

hope you guys can help
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I think if you have a good look around you should be able to find an EB or ED for that sort of money. Although it won't be the Ghia. An ED Futura may be the best compromise.

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yeah, that does seem a bit much for a standard EA, i'm selling my EA for $5,000 and it has mags, body kit, lowered, exhaust, extractors, cam, 5 speed, sunroof, CD etc. etc. etc.
The main problem with EA's is the head gasket, get that checked out before you buy.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-04-02, 04:22 AM
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I've seen an EA Ghia that is in excellent condition, 2nd owner and low k's for only $3750.
So it's not a matter of a few hundreds of dollars.

It's up to you but it pays to shop around and take a little time it will save you the heartache and dollars later.
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You could buy a decent EBII for that, hell, I sold my EBII Fairmont V8 for about $8,200!!

I remember when they first came out, the very first ones had that God awful 3.2L motor in it. We had several ones come into work as company cars with 50-100ks on them, they were spitting out head gaskets like they were going out of fashion. If I recall, Ford did'nt want a bar of it at the time.

I think the 3.9L was okay though. Better get an EB though I reckon.

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If you interested in performance at all I would recommend a 5speed. The difference between manual and Auto is huge.

But yeah, like what some other people have said $6k will get you an EB or ED, check the papers, there are plenty of deals around.

I wouldnt think a EA Ghia would be worth much more than $3500, unless it was a very low km rare 5speed version.

If you really want that EA Ghia, offer the dealer $3500, If he's smart he'll take it cause he should know its not wrth any more than that.

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the early ones were pretty ordinary but is its a series 2 or 30th aniversery one they had cured most of its problems by then
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