1978 Ford Falcon Reviews

1978 Ford Falcon XE 4Litre from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4Litre Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 kilometres
Most recent distance485000 kilometres
Previous carRolls Royce Silver Shadow II


XE's are the best!


It wouldn't start after I put a re conditioned engine in it.

Cylinder head cracked at 200000k's.

Window glass blew out at highway speed.

Needs new exterior door handles.

General Comments:

I love it.

Love upgrading it or fixing it every weekend.

Better than my previous 2nd hand Rolls Royce.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2006

26th Sep 2006, 03:40

No such thing as a 1978 XE

XE's came in 83.

16th Apr 2010, 06:44

That must have been a very sorry Rolls Royce.

1978 Ford Falcon 500 4.1Lt 6 cylinder high compression from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1Lt 6 cylinder high compression Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance305000 kilometres


A family sized wheel spinning performance beast!


A full steering component overhaul was due before we bought it.

Shock absorbers & brakes were soon after all replaced & suspension lowered.

Original motor blew smoke. changed at 270000km replaced with reconditioned motor with full flow extractors & exhaust.

Recondition C4 floor shift automatic gearbox was fitted replacing the Borg warner column for heavy towing purposes.

Rust was appearing under cream vinyl so it was stripped & repaired & repainted black.

Wheels tend to spin easily & has burdened me with a $385 burnout ticket.

Rocker cover gasket leaking at 295000km.

General Comments:

This old falcon is extremely reliable. Never missed a beat after the reconditioned motor was put in.

Body extremely rust resistant apart from the vinyl roof.

Performance responsive considering the cars weight & size in proportion to power. 195km/h top speed.

Handling improved drastically after vehicle was lowered & alignment camber/caster settings set to racing specifications.

Huge amount of room inside very well suited to big families.

Vision though is hampered by small mirrors & low eye level.

Fuel consumption ranges from 275km to 400km on 75 liters depending on the way you drive.

All interior original & in great condition considering being 25 years old.

It is my first car which I am very happy about & I will never get rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2003

14th Mar 2004, 05:12

Hey. I know I said I would not get rid of the car, but I just did the other day : (I miss it dearly, but I have just bought an E F falcon & I can't afford to run two cars at the moment. I swapped it for a KawasakiGPX 250 & $500 which I thought was reasonable seeing the bloke now owns the most reliable car in the world!

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews