Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Melbourne's West
EFII and EL all had partial leather as standard. Full leather was a no cost option. So some have full leather, others dont. I have a 98 EL Ghia, with partial leather, which I prefer.
EFII onwards also got the XR6 engine, with XR6 computer and transmission calibrations. They have the standard Ghia exhaust, so they drop a 3 kw. Dont have XR suspension as standard, was a $5000 option when new. They only way you can tell the different engine is the red rocker cover, without tickford wings like the XR, but there is a tickford logo stamped on the front of the head.
I managed to find an EL ghia with XR6 16" wheels and suspension, and trust me they are alot of fun to drive. This way you get an XR6 in every way, with all the fun toys and stereo of the ghia.
Fairmonts are just as good, have a mate with EL fairmont V8 with XR suspension and wheels. He loves it. The only things you miss out on are the leather, stereo, badge, engine and some extra soundproofing.
Good luck in the search.