1971 Ford Falcon Reviews

1971 Ford Falcon 500 s/w 250 2V from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 250 2V Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired75382 miles
Most recent distance84128 miles
Previous carFord 1965 Anglia 105E

Summary:

A wicked burnout car

Faults:

The Gearbox is on its last legs, soon to be replaced with a 4 speed floor change (at the moment its got a 3 on-the-tree) left hand passenger seat is stuffed (according to my mate; I never sit there) dropped a valve at 8,500rpm, fixed now though.

General Comments:

Handles like a race-car, that's probably because no air can get under it, its pretty low... even lower when the front spoiler goes on, motor has been re-conditioned, just put spotlights on it, has brand new Hankook tyres wrapped around "Globe" mag wheels, engine has been bored 060, approx. 270ci, hot cam, racing pistons, ported and polished, flows, 350 Holley, bigger valves, ALL RUNNING THROUGH A STANDARD GEARBOX + DIFF!!! (which must be about to go aswell... NO MORE BURNOUTS!!!)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2002

4th Aug 2003, 02:37

A great car for driving over other peoples letterboxes.

20th Jun 2004, 21:52

About the Gearbox, Keel over I bet the old girl has still got plemtly of life left!

2nd Sep 2006, 11:19

I remember my father having one of these Falcon 500 cars, and honestly don't remember him having any trouble at all, except an annoying leak from the front part of the exhaust system which gave off a 'ticking' sound when the engine was running.I remember it had very good acceleration.

1971 Ford Falcon XY 250 straight from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 250 straight Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired438000 miles
Most recent distance464000 miles

Summary:

A excellent buy for a first car, reliable and built like a tank

Faults:

I had some trouble with the radiator and cooling system. The thermostat housing was corroded and had to be replaced. I ran it without a thermostat before I sold it, it run cool as it should.

The only other trouble I had was with the electrics because of a mistake an auto electrian made. All the indicator system burnt out and I had to replace the wiring harness.

General Comments:

I loved this car, it was a classic. I wish to buy another when I get enough money. It was easy to drive with the column shift three speed gear box and the steering was like you are driving a car with power steering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2001

30th Jul 2001, 21:27

Built like a tank and probably goes like one. I had a wagon and it was huge and clumsy but a nice looking car!! Chews through the fuel but the old 6 cylinder will never give up on you no matter what you throw at it.

The body had a fair bit of rust in it when I got rid of it but we did live on the coast. Easy to work on and great to cruise in. In the end we sold it and bought something newer, smaller and a lot more economical to run!!!

I miss the old tank though... :) It's a car that has character!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews