General Comment: ED Falcon
Introduced after a hiatus of 18
long years, the choice to re-introduce the model name came only after
reviewing 186 other possibilities both by Ford and an outside specialist
employed for the job. Ford found by it's research that the name not only appealed to the
loyal Ford buyer but also to a younger demographic - and was easily distinguishable
from that of 'GLi'. Still in use today, the Futura nameplate remains a
great way to start up the Falcon ladder for those desiring a greater equipment
level but not able to reach into say a Fairmont (although now-days, with
prices being so depreciated the difference is often only a matter of hundreds
of $$$ not thousands) or XR maintaining a much more restrained appearance -
yet no less classy.
Hence the Futura remains a great
choice second hand - with many of the options included on the harder side to
add at a later date, yet adding very little to the amount you'll pay over say
a used GLi, but making all the difference when it comes to livability and
pleasure of ownership. With Cruise Control and ABS heading the list of
items included standard, safety was and is still a reason for purchasing a
Futura - in addition to the Falcon's traditional large-car strengths over
With the demise of the 'Falcon S'
with the ED, Ford needed something to fill a gaping hole between the GLi and
the more upmarket Fairmont - without the overtly sporting nature of the XR6.
For those who appreciated value-for-money inclusions, the Futura gave Ford the
right car to combat GM's just released Commodore Acclaim - it's direct rival.
RRP on release: $27,683 for the
4.0 automatic sedan compared to $29,183 for the Acclaim. However, the
Futura missed out on the Acclaim's IRS (no Falcon would be available with IRS
before the AU of 1998) and a driver's side air bag. The Futura however
could be had with a 5.0L V8 - unavailable on the Acclaim.
Current Condition &
There is no doubting the ED Futura - like every ED model - ain't getting any younger! Subsequently
the advice is buyer beware as an abused example can quickly set you back more
than the car is worth with head gasket and gearbox repairs - along with some
newies (ABS & Cruise) to deal with. - Not that these two were particularly
troublesome, just that if you are buying a Futura for it's extra equipment you
had better want to make sure it all still works as you had hoped!
Like the GLi, avoid cars that look like they've been trashed and be prepared
to pay a little extra & spend a little more time looking for owners who
have looked after their car like it should have been - which often means
looking for an elderly owner or similarly fastidious person. Their
passion for the car should show easily as they walk you round it - as well as
in the overall general condition. Pay particular attention to coolant
condition, presence and change routines - as well as gearbox condition as
these are both particular weak points for any pre-AU OHC Falcon 6 / 4 speed
Above: The ED Futura could be transformed with the addition of a few factory
options - namely the optional 16" wheels, sports lowered suspension &
factory body kit including rear spoiler. Needless to say, cars
so-equipped were rare even from the factory so if you find one, hold onto it
While the ED Falcon Futura will likely never
become collectable so-to-speak - with time (maybe many decades) - it will gain
curiosity status as most people gravitate towards XRs & Fairmont Ghias! However, do not expect this to
translate into increased resale values. And just like the GLi, if you want a ED
Futura that will be talked about in years to come,
look for one with a factory options such as the 5.0L V8, sunroof, manual gearbox, body kit,
sports suspension or 16" wheels - with the rarest containing all of the
above items! While relatively few made it out of the factory in this
guise, factory-exec & ex-employee cars were the most likely to have
received the treatment adding even more to the curiosity factor...let's hope
enough of them get preserved to let future generations see just how great this
car once was!
ED Futura vs. ED GLi - what
you got extra:
Body coloured door handles
& mirrors vs. the GLi's black numbers.
Availability of 'Black Pearl'
Silver bumper pin-stripe
insert vs. grey on GLi.
Body coloured front bumper
lower edge extension.
'fine-turbine' painted silver hubcaps.
Demand wash-wipe feature on
windscreen wipers (demand wipe only on GLi)
Full instrumentation pack (four ancillary
gauges plus tachometer) with volt meter & oil pressure guage being in addition to that offered by Commodore.
Lamps for ignition lock & map reading.
8 speaker Clarion sound system.
carpeted door map pockets on
front doors only.
full cloth trim (vs.
the GLi's vinyl backed & fronted seats)
Price When NEW:
$27,105 manual 4.0 sedan ($27,683
auto), $29,753 manual 5.0 sedan ($30,331 auto).
$29,319 auto 4.0 wagon (manual or V8 Futura wagon not available).
The TBF challenge:
While these were the 'official' specifications listed by Ford for it's ED Falcon
Futura range, the occasional 'escape' did get out with things that were not
supposed to be available - fitted from new. If you think you have such a
car, we want to hear about it - and encourage you to post details HERE....
- Fuel tank capacity - 68L (sedan -
plastic tank) or 72L (wagon - pressed steel tank)...
* The following table represents
figures submitted by Ford in it's ED GLi / Futura brochure printed August 1993.
/ Transmission / Body Style
manual Futura Sedan
4.0L automatic Futura Sedan
4.0L automatic Futura Wagon
5.0L automatic Futura Sedan
fuel economy do you get? Did Ford's figures represent real world
Discuss it here!
| BRAKES :
- Power assisted
four-wheel disc brakes.
- Front - 287mm dia ventilated discs.
- cast iron single
piston caliper (equalizing sliders).
- Rear - 287 mm dia solid discs.
- aluminum single piston
caliper with integral
hand brake mechanism.
- Dash mounted hand brake
pull (left side
of steering wheel).
- ABS brakes a $990 option
- Taking up the 2300kg
rated tow-pack also saw heavy-duty brake pads fitted.
- Cruise control as standard meant that
the ED Futura & other similar cruise-fitted Falcons missed out in
the ED's new look steering wheel, having to make do with the not un-attractve previous steering wheel
- Power assisted rack and pinion steering.
- Steering column adjustable for rake
- MOMO leather covered steering wheel available as an
option when new.
- Minimum turning circles - 11.0m (sedan)
or 11.4m (wagon).
Right: Due to having
cruise control standard, the ED Futura received the old style steering
Have you ever had any problems with your Falcon's steering? What
was it & how did you fix it? Discuss it
- Colours Available: Magenta,
Polynesian Green, Reef Green, Quartz, Sandstone, Biscayne Blue,
Cardinal Red, Platinum, Dynamic White, Le Mans Red, Black Pearl.
- Colours NOT available from the factory:
Stark White, Cobalt Blue.
- Body coloured front bumper lower edge
- Metallic paint standard with
non-metallic paints available as a no-cost option.
- Remote boot lid release.
- Remote fuel filler door release
- Improved side impact protection - 30%
ahead of ADR 29 and partly responsible for the ED's overall weight
- Improved roof crush protection (carried
over from EBII) via epoxy resin reinforcement of both A & B
pilliars and thicker front and side glass - now able to withstand a 3
- Kerb weight (kg) - 1490 sedan & 1560
wagon (4.0L GLi / 5 speed manual) - up 45 & 53kg respectively
- Body VIN codes permanently marked on
major body components.
- Optional body styling kit including side
skirts, front and rear bibs attached to the lower extremities of the
bumper bars as well as a raised deck lid spoiler - available on sedan
- Optional low-line boot lid
spoiler. Independent of body kit.
- Optional clear plastic bonnet leading
edge protector to guard against stone chips.
Above: ED Falcon Futura was also
available in station wagon formats.
detail observations (other than the obvious styling related ones) have you
made on the differences between the ED & EA, EB? Ever bought
something off of one of these models thinking 'it should be the same' but
IDENTIFICATION / APPEARANCE:
- Body coloured door handles & mirrors
vs. the GLi's black numbers...
- Silver mist painted sleeve in grill /
'Thunder Grey' centre
bar, body coloured surround.
- Body coloured front and rear bumpers
with grey uppers and silver / chrome strip insert (grey on GLi).
- Dark grey number plate / reversing light
enclosure (vs. black for the EB)
- Smooth vent-less C-pilliar cover in body
colour (EA had slotted vent here)
- Reversing lamps next to the rear number
plate (incorporated in the tail lamps in the EA)
- Body styling kit optional when new.
Did we miss
anything? Add it HERE!
| VISION / WINDOWS:
- Fold-away (to avoid damage) electric
remote operated exterior rear view mirrors on each side - gloss black
'as cast' shell.
- Prismatic day/night interior rear view
- Twin dual jet windscreen washers.
- Two speed front windscreen wipers with intermittent
setting (fixed delay period) and demand wipe feature giving one-touch
control for single sweep wiping..
- Rear intermittent wiper with demand
wash/wipe and auto wiper, activated when in reverse gear with front
wipers operating - wagon only.
- Rear window demist with timed automatic
- Rear window (sedan) 'ceramic' sunshade -
painted bands at the top standard.
- Vinyl covered sunvisors.
- Tinted windscreen with dark tinted band
- Factory tinted side and rear glass.
- A "German manufactured"
sunroof was available as an extra cost
option when new featuring tilt vent operation as well as full
retraction slide away - also included was an automatic pop-up wind
deflector. Sunroof N/A on Falcon wagon.
- Optional "Aero Profile" rear
sunshade constructed of dark grey translucent acrylic.
- Aerodynamic front windscreen sunshade
- Exterior fitted rear windscreen louver
- Optional front side weather shields in
FORUM: What tint
level do you have, which company did you use & how satisfied have you
been with it? Add your experiences here!
- Glass fronted twin-element headlights -
EA/ED headlights were always noted for their exceptional performance
vs. both previous & later models - a very real strong point of
- High mounted auxiliary stop light on
both sedan and wagon.
- Reversing lamps next to the rear number
plate (incorporated in the tail lamps in the EA)
- NOTE Special 'towing' turn-signal
flasher fitted to vehicles fitted with tow-bar.
* FORUM: How do you
rate the ED Falcon's headlights, and what have you done to upgrade them?
INTERIOR HEATING & COOLING:
- 4-speed fan boosted ventilation with
front footwell ducts and rear seat ducts (incorporated into the back
of the centre consol).
- 2 air outlets each side of the dash.
- 2 air outlets located centrally within
- 2 air outlets located within the rear of
the center consol in bucket-seat equipped models.
- Ergonomically located easy-to-reach fan
& climate adjust controls right next to steering wheel (LHS).
- Standard tint in windows (albeit
- Air Conditioning Optional (CFC free -
change vs. EB) including increased performance vs. previous model
The Falcon's conveniently mounted climate control centre included
the important words "CFC free" for the first time in
* FORUM: What have you had
fail on your ED Falcon's heating / cooling system, what did you do to fix
it & how much did it cost?
DOOR TRIMS, PARCEL SHELF & FLOOR
Towing Options available when new:
- 1200kg rated tow pack.
- 2300kg rated tow pack.
'Tow Pack' consisted of the following:
- Tow bar.
- Hitch and / or ball mount.
- Wiring harness with 'flat' 7-pin
- Special 'towing' turn-signal flasher.
- Supplementary transmission cooler
(automatic transmissions only)
- Heavy duty brake pads (where not fitted
- Hayman Reese towbar & load
distributing hitch for 2300kg kits.
Towing related considerations:
- Despite opinions to the contrary, Ford's own advertising brochures
showed pictures of an automatic gearbox auxiliary oil cooler with these words
printed directly underneath: "Transmission oil cooler.
Helps avoid overheating and possible transmission damage.
Essential for towing with auto transmissions." You've
Above: Hayman Reece towbar
& load spreader as optional on ED Falcon's 2300kg tow kit.
Above: Standard 1200kg tow
* FORUM: What towing
experiences have you had - good & bad?
* FORUM: How do you rate the Falcon's towing ability
to other cars you've owned?
* FORUM: What sorts of things have you done to
improve your Falcon's already impressive towing ability?