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Old 03-03-2004, 02:17   #1 (permalink)
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EF falcon Im thinking of buying

found a nice clean and tidy 94 ef falcon dont just over 150,km and there asking $7,990

just intrested in some of the comment problems that can be had with the model just so I know what Im infor incase I get it

what you guys thing?
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Old 03-03-2004, 02:45   #2 (permalink)
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hmmm, seee if the head gaskets been done recently, mine needed doing just after 150,000kms
check cooling system condition, transmission oil colour.
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Re: EF falcon Im thinking of buying

Nice cars, those!
Problems are mostly with the cooling system in my experience. Basically you want to check all the usual - tyres, brakes, etc.
The other thing is to see if the lifters rattle, this is a common thing but is usually an easy fix. However it may indicate a poor service record.....

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get it checked over if you can. the EF's have a coil pack setup instead of a dizzy. ford went back to dizzy with EL due to too many recalls (mainy with taxi's - they cover high kms quickly and therfore uncover problems easier than normal cars). the coil pack setup can be troublesome, although most are fine nowadays. ive heard the setup can be replaced by a dizzy - its a complicated change involving EL ECU change.

other than that, not much goes wrong with EF's.... Except the darn headlights go yellow~!(not hard to fix BTW)
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the EF's have a coil pack setup instead of a dizzy. ford went back to dizzy with EL due to too many recalls
Actually... Theres nothing wrong with coil packs, they last longer than the normal single coils. The main reason why they went back to a distributor setup was because when EF was being developed they couldnt get the normal 60pin processor to do everything they wanted so hence the 112 pin processor was used. IN EL they found ways around their previous problems and were able to go back to the 60 pin processor and a less complicated system. So the main thing here was the cost savings.
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Actually... Theres nothing wrong with coil packs, they last longer than the normal single coils. The main reason why they went back to a distributor setup was because when EF was being developed they couldnt get the normal 60pin processor to do everything they wanted so hence the 112 pin processor was used. IN EL they found ways around their previous problems and were able to go back to the 60 pin processor and a less complicated system. So the main thing here was the cost savings.
Both you and MadNC_8 are corrrect

Aftersales service picked up alot of faulty coil packs.. The coil packs can deteriorate and begin to fail without triggering fault codes (due no doubt to as you said in the complexity of the loom and processor), whereas a standard coil just dies... They do last longer than a single coil but not 6 times longer, which is the price difference...
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Re: EF falcon Im thinking of buying

Soory to steal thread
Just out of interest, sincei m now going to be getting an EF really really soon myself, what am i to look for in the engine bay specific to the head gasket?
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coolant stains down the side of the block, under the exhaust manifold.
signs of coolant stains around the top radiator hose and thermostat housing.
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cheers john, mine never shows/ed any of these, it just drank coolant like petrol.
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Check your hoses if you haven't done so.
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