With over 500,000km on the clock many things have been changed, but everything has mostly gone in the last 75,000km.
Engine worn, needs overhaul.
Auto Gearbox replaced.
Rear Diff Worn
1 set of Universals.
All front suspension bushes.
Rear Springs Sagged.
Heater Core not working.
Carburettor needing jets as it floods motor.
2 Head Gaskets.
Rear Suspension bushes.
Corrosion to head required welding.
Air Conditioning failed 3 times.
Cam Shaft Failure at 460,000.
Lifters and Valve stem seals.
Power steering box.
Worn Distributor gear (causes timing to go out of whack every month).
Rust on the left rear quarter panel, behind right rear wheel, and inside plenum chamber.
Even though the list is large, most of the problems occurred after the 400,000 mark. In its years it has been a very reliable car. Only getting stranded once because of a failure of the distributor gear. The car has had two collisions, but parts are easy to find and fairly cheap.
The car was a heavy hauler in its early life, towing large caravans around the country which has caused the rear springs to sag.
The car handles well, especially after 2.5 inch lowered king springs were fitted. And Nolothane bushes put inthe front. The LSD is great, makes the car stick to the road in the dry, but wet weather can make it do 180's very easily.
The car had ample performance, but was no 10 second car. Doing 12.5 seconds 0 - 100kmh and a 16 second quarter mile.
The autos lack some of the good take off power, but I have driven a manual and the performance is a lot better.
After all the years, the engine is finally about to die. at 470,000 I noticed a bearing noise which has got louder and louder. Now the old girl blows smoke, has big end bearing noise, hard to start and has blow_by that is enough to push the dipstick out and fill the air cleaner with oil. So I have traded in the car for a 1997 model Falcon.
But for anyone looking for a XF, just letting them know that they are buying one of the most reliable Fords. Treat them with respect and you will hit the 500,000 mark.