A great country cruiser, no good for cramped city car-parks!
Timing cover corroded and leaked at 80,000k's. Common problem with V8's when cooling system isn't maintained.
Welch plugs leaking at 80,000k's also caused by poorly maintained cooling system.
Standard self leveling suspension uses Monroe gas riser shocks for the rear, which are expensive and last half as long as normal shocks. Can be replaced with standard shocks at the sacrifice of self leveling feature. I've replaced all the suspension totally and drives much better than new.
Very reliable vehicle if maintained properly. 3rd party mechanics generally service Fords better than Dealers.
Interior is far nicer and much more modern looking than the Holden statesman. As is the exterior, no 80's style straight lines. Very quiet, very comfortable, also very roomy and lots of rear passenger leg room. Leather seats are fantastic.
Only downside to this rolling lounge room is its fuel consumption, it averages 400k's city driving from 60 liter's of fuel, or about 700k's constant h/way.
Paint, exterior and interior still as it looked on the show room floor. Will Definitely be buying another.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2003