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Ford Fairmont

EA Fairmont Ghia

Ford logo1 Mar 1988

By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS

EA was the biggest Falcon change to date. A striking new body heralded better aerodynamics, more interior space and improved ergonomics, while upgraded mechanicals ran to re-engineered I6 engines featuring overhead-cam (OHC) design, new front suspension, a change to rack and pinion steering and fuel injection across the range.

The old three-speed auto gearbox carried on. Early quality glitches affected the EA’s reputation, though scores of improvements were continuously implemented.

The only engine available was the new 139kW/338Nm multi-point EFI 3.9L I6. A troublesome self-levelling suspension system was also introduced in the Ghia sedan. The wagon retained leaf-spring rear suspension.

New standard features: climate control air-con, self-levelling suspension, fully adjustable steering column, split/fold rear seats, upgraded audio.

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