1996 Ford Falcon EL 4 Litre
Stylish, reliable, solid, cheap to own, does everything, handles well, great torquey motor
Only normal general maintenance has been carried out. Regular servicing, water pump and drive/cooling belt replaced. Automatic serviced, diff fluid changed. Coolant changed yearly.
New tyres, exhaust and brakes shortly after buying it. New battery.
Minor repair to electric window (Silicone release spray is the lubricant to use on the runners).
The Falcon (Futura) is a VERY good car.
Reliable, comfortable, excellent cruiser, handles well and relaxing to drive.
It is a bit thirsty around town with the air conditioning going. That is to be expected with a wagon weighing about 1.7 tonnes.
I needed a wagon to carry my sons Double Bass in.
Research on the net gave me the choice of 2 models. The EL falcon or a VT Commodore. This was $10,000, the VT would have been about $18,000. I prefer to not have a lot of money depreciating on the road or being dented in the carparks.
The servicing I lavish upon my older cars makes them great to drive and cheaper in the long run. Preventative maintenance is VERY economic to do. I am an Electronics Tech, we do a lot of preventatitive maintenance. Downtime is just too expensive.
Any garage can work on it, bills are cheap. Some of my friends have exotic cars, their bills are many times higher than mine.
My nickname for this car is "The Jolly Green Giant".
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th January, 2005
I also have an EL wagon that I bought for $5000 with 152,000kms on the clock. Depreciation? At that cost, who cares?
So far I have had to replace the front shockies (one had a slight leak), the water pump, fan belt and three steering knuckles. All quite cheap fixes.
Drives great on the open road from Mount Isa to Townsville, and fuel cost around town isn't high enough to worry about, considering the ability to fit all the grandkids in with their their bikes and skateboards.
My wife loved the car so much, she bought a BA station wagon with 160,000 on the clock in beautiful condition for $9,000. No problems with it, other than an intermittent ABS switch that never plays up in the workshop.