1985 Ford Falcon XF 4.1 from Australia and New Zealand


It's an absolute sweet ass racer!!!


I have blown two diffs.

Snapped one accelerator cable.

General Comments:

This is my first car, and am really happy with it.

I said I would never own a FORD, but now I'm not so sure I'll go to a Holden after being in my 85 XF Falcon.

I have only raced two cars, which were an EB 5.0 Fairmont, and I have also raced an EA 6 cylinder and beat that as well. And I so love the space of this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th November, 2002

10th Aug 2012, 08:16

Was a Holden driver. The XFs are brilliant. The motors sound strong. Won't be going back to Holden.

1985 Ford Falcon XF 4.1 crossflow, carby fed from Australia and New Zealand


Not the best performing car ever, but a damn good cruiser


Front wheel bearings are on the way out.

The automatic choke got stuck shut this was all fixed for next to nothing.

General Comments:

This car is scary in the wet, the 4.1 crossflow is more than willing to spin both wheels and shoot you off the road. My advice is don't go sideways unless your know what you are doing.

However in the dry the car isn't quite as willing to light the tyres up, can't do line lockers, but the car will do a nice doughnut.

This car is a little sluggish off the line however this can be expected, the 3 speed auto is geared high, and the motor is stock, once it gets going you can expect to lay waste to a similar age commodore though.

This car is the ultimate cruiser, sit back in the comfortable roomy interior, wind the windows down and turn up the music.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2002

23rd Apr 2007, 23:58

Hey mate.

I found the same with my automatic choke. When I went to start if up using the choke it never seemed to click in once I had pumped the accelerator, but once fixed all good...

Stephen_christie_8@hotmail.com to chat.


1985 Ford Falcon XF 4.1 crossflow from Australia and New Zealand


A high performance car as stock


The only things that have gone wrong are a door handle, and the rocker cover gasket (very minor).

Otherwise, very reliable.

General Comments:

This car is explosive out of the hole.

Putting the foot flat from 90kmph will sit you back in your seat well and truly.

Can't wait to see what the turbo for it will do...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2002

1985 Ford Falcon XF Ute 4.1 carb Alloy X-flow from Australia and New Zealand


Excellent for towing - fantastic for sliding!!


In the 2 years that I've owned it, there have been a few problems.. most of them though were just to rebuild it to warranty standard (vehicle wasn't from a dealer, I had to pull it from a swamp!!).

Had a few rust issues from sitting in the swamp for 8 months;

Alternator needed replacing;

Starter motor has been done 3 times;

Door handles (inside & out) have broken numerous times, but these are cheap & easy to replace;

Steering box (power steering) is a constant source of grief, as it's beyond the help of an overhaul, & spares are hard to come by in NZ;

Ball joints & pitman arms are due for replacement next week;

Carburettor needed (and got) a full rebuild over Christmas... runs sweet now;

Windscreen leaks at the top corners - not a major problem, but can be annoying;

Want to do something about the column change... swap to a floor change, but unsure of how?

General Comments:

Aside from above complaints, I am very happy with my ute. My original intention was to use it to haul our stock-car to race meets, & it handled the chore with ease (generally, we take about 3 tons of car & gear to a meet, & with the spares in the tray, & the car in behind, it pulled like a dream!).

The only complaint I have about the design of the ute is in regard to the fuel tank (location) and the fuel inlet. I would prefer to have the tank at the rear of the vehicle (instead of in the middle) to assist with road-holding; and the fuel inlet is tooooooo low on the side of the tray! ie. the gas has to go straight in (& at dead slow, or it'll spill out). Not happy with this design at all!

The tank locale is no longer a prob though, as I've ordered a long-range tank, which will be mounted behind the diff (the original 68L tank will be turfed!).

Also, when the ute is empty, it can be very difficult to control on wet corners (I have managed to spin it 360 degree inside several tire shops to demonstrate the problem). I have some new tires on order which should assist with the problem (235/40 18's in front, and 320/30 18's in rear... if I can find them!!)... Can't alter the suspension re handling, as it has been set up for heavy towing, and I want to keep it that way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th January, 2002

30th Jan 2002, 19:56

Added to original review...

Running costs are fairly high, as most of the driving is stop/start around town... will get about 3-400kms/tank. Out of town tho (intercity), around 5-600kms/tank is common. The engine is due for an overhaul in March, so with any luck, performance & economy (?) should improve.