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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-08-02, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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EFII Identification?

Hi All,
I was just wondering if anyone knows, which month in 95 did the EFII come out? I'm looking at buying a car that is marked 8/95, but i'm not sure if it is an EF or EFII
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Not 100% sure but, EF has drivers only airbag, EFII has dual airbags.

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According to Red Book, EF II was released in October of 1995.

Only the Fairmont Ghia was equipped with the passenger airbag, and it was optional on lesser models. From memory, the base GLi got more conventional wheel covers, and the Ghia got a whole range of updates like Tickford motor, lowered suspension, gold 4.0i side 'badging', black b pillar and so forth.

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Only the Fairmont Ghia was equipped with the passenger airbag, and it was optional on lesser models.
I was going to say, my EF series II only has a drivers airbag, and it's definitely a series II....

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EF 11 job 1 rolled down the line sept 95
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From memory... Series II and series was mainly interior changes.. I noticed my mates EF2 01/96 model was different in two areas..

1. The ashtray was alot easier to use.. Pretty hard to explain.. but it wasn't concealed like on series 1.
2. The petrol flap/boot release buttons were recessed to prevent accidental opening (like you do on EF S1).

I also read something in wheels mag which stated the changes... 2 being the above mentioned ones.

Funny thing is my old man bought a EF series 2 (apparently) build date 9/95... Pickles sold it to him saying it was a S2 but I'll put money on it that it's a S1 because out of all the series 2 i have been in, they have had these changes to the dash area. My old mans hasn't. Another noticeable difference is in the door trim material on GLi's.. S1 had a pattern on the fabric.. S2 had plain material.
Rear suspension was tweaked to prevent unexcpected over steer. If I find the Wheels mag I'll let you know exactly.. I'm more of a XW man incase you haven't noticed

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Rear suspension was tweaked to prevent unexcpected over steer. If I find the Wheels mag I'll let you know exactly.. I'm more of a XW man incase you haven't noticed

Correct me if I'm wrong :s5
Yeap i've heard that the watts linkage mounting point on the diff was dropped by an inch to dialout excessive rollover by the rear suspension. I've heard that the EF Series 1 sedans had abit of a wild handling trait with rear traction problems.

Overall the EFII's interior had everything sitting nice and flush between the plastics. Just take a look at the glove box on the series II sits flush compared to the Series 1.
And yes the ashtray on the Series 1 was crap house i had to rebuild mine with super glue as it almost fell apart.
EFII also gained sound deadening at the firewall at the engine bay.

Also Polynesian Green was replaced with Heritage Green on the EFII.

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Also Polynesian Green was replaced with Heritage Green on the EFII.
My May 95 EF1 Fairmont is Heritage green.
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Easy way to tell is the already mentioned astray, the EF I looks much better but is a pain in the ass to close, EF II has opening door and cig lighter on display like EL's.
The other easy giveaway is the passenger mirror, EFI is flat, EFII is the 'Objects in The Rear View Mirror' concave job.

and XR Strider is right, the Watts link mounting was changed, iirc they simply used the XR diff plate.

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My May 95 EF1 Fairmont is Heritage green.
Yeap your right, sounds like Ford released Polynesian Green paint in the early EF1 to finish the stock of paint from the EBII, ED's.

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