Ok so im new to the forums, and im sorry but you have all prolly herd this before.
Im looking to buy a Falcon I have decided to buy at least an EA over the old XD/E or F as i want a fairly modern car and they look pretty good.
I only want to spend a max of 3000 i have a 91 Civic Sedan so i like all the little luxurys that it has. Anys i want to know what i can expect for the 3000 price. I have seen quite a few cheap EA and EB out there and was wondering wot im going to get.
Welcome aboard. $3k should be able to get you a nice EA, might stretch to a fairmont or s-pack is you shop around. Just keep an eye on the mileage though, or at least check to see if they have had their heads reconed, because they tend to go at around 200-250,000km. Otherwise, just look at the service history and as long as it has been serviced often it will be okay.
The head gaskets tend to go at 100,000kms, and roughly every 100,000kms after that. To get it fixed professionally it can cost around $1000. If you do it yourself, which isn't really difficult, just time consuming, it will only cost you parts, around $150 - $200 at the most. I will be writing a tutorial on it soon so you can have a look at that.
If the cooling system is kept in check and in good condition, then you shouldn't have too many head gasket problems. They are a reliable car, mine has done around 275,000kms and still running, with no problems.
They tend to blow the head gasket at around 200-250,000km. To replace the gasket and recon the head you will probably be looking at around $1000, but the majority of the EA's out there would have already been fixed, so look through the recipst in the service history. To stop it happening, make sure you run good quality coolant and change it as guided.
Well I bought my EA fairmont ghia for $3000 with 9 months rego and a roadworthy, have a look in the showroom for the pics of it, all the electrics work, it doesnt leak, very little rust, and the head had been done recently, doesnt use oil or blow smoke, the body i straight as well..
Just be patient and keep looking, as they seek and ye shall find.
I did put something here, but it vanshied, I think
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