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Old 01-09-2003, 19:06   #1 (permalink)
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Question EA falcon handling, and more...

My parents bought me an EA station wagon to practise driving (Learner).Would that handle worse than a sedan or the same?

I'm not a car expert or anything, but being a station wagon you'd think that the rear shocks would be stiffer because of the load you are able put into the back of the car., is that true ?

The car seems to be in good condition, Can i have an estimate for the performance spec's like kilowatts's, 0-100 and all that stuff ?
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Well one thing to remember about the falcon wagon is that it has a longer wheel base making it slightly less nimble than the sedan around corners. Add to that the wagons use leaf springs so on a rough road the rear end skips and hops more than the watts linkage (coil springs with track bars) suspension in the sedan.
But thats not to say you can't improve the handling of the wagon.

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Not sure what the other engines and transmission combo's do but Wheels magazine have tested a manual 3.9L MPFi Wagon can do 8.2secs 0-100km/h and 15.9 1/4's. That was with 1/2 tank of fuel and 2 people on board.
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Eafalcon.com has a lot of info, put together mainly by Jack Travis, Pres of the EA-ED club.
Basically EA came out with 3 different engine varients and 3 different trans combinatoins.

Engines:
3.2l CFI:90kw Single throttle body electronic injection - quite rare and quite slow

3.9 CFI:120kw Again single throttle body injection system, probably the most common

3.9 MPI:139kw Standard on all fairmont ghia and optional across the range. Multipoint injected and the top of the range.

Transmissions:

3A: 3 speed auto, slow inefficient and horrible (I have one )

4a: 4 speed auto, introduced in '90 anniversary edition I think

5m: 5 speed manual (t5) pick of the bunch for performance


If you have a 5m 3.9 MPI performance will be very good. A 3A 3.2 CFI will not be very good at all.
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