1987 Ford Falcon Reviews - Page 3 of 8

1987 Ford Falcon XF S-Pac 250ci x-flow from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 250ci x-flow Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired92348 kilometres
Most recent distance92982 kilometres

Summary:

Good looking, low, fast and loud

Faults:

The lifters are shot, about to be replaced.

General Comments:

My car has been lowered 3 inches at the front and 2 1/2 at the back, and sits on 15x10 inch CSA mags.

It has a 350 Holley on a redline manifold. It has a set of Lukey extractors going into a fake resonator, then into 2 1/2 inch exhaust, into a hotdog before the diff, then it dumps over the diff. The diff is the whole 9 inch assembly from a Fairlane.

The interior of the car is immaculate and very comfortable, and it has a digital dash.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2004

1987 Ford Falcon XF S Pack 4.1 ULP EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1 ULP EFI Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired242600 kilometres
Most recent distance243000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

A lot of performance for $800

Faults:

Throttle return spring keeps coming off because I am using the wrong type.

Radiator sometimes leaks water due to hairline crack.

General Comments:

The worked 4.1 with the 5 speed behind it gets up and moves along pretty well. It is enough to beat 253 V8 Commodores and Nissan Pulsar SSS's. It handles pretty well due to lowered suspension, but I think the afore mentioned Nissan Pulsar would out handle it. I am very happy with my car as a first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2003

13th Jul 2004, 06:35

I have to agree with the above comment, for a 250 ford 6 to be described a "quick", would be a first. My experience has found these to be work horses and very reliable even when things go wrong. The manual transmission would allow you to hold out the engine for longer, but I can't see the XF being able beat a 253 commodore which is lighter car with a larger engine.

You have however picked a good first car which will go "forever" with the right care and attention. Be careful to always have good radiator inhibitor and coolant in the cooling system.

1987 Ford Falcon S Pac 250 X-FLO from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 250 X-FLO Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance274000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Datsun 120Y bother

Summary:

It's just all Aussie

Faults:

I had to do a Clutch once, but only because I thrashed it the previous day! twas fun.

General Comments:

I've had this car for about 10 mouths now and I've had the head ported and polished 1.88" oversize valves with double valve springs street terra roller rockers crow cams timing gear an pistons rod from an AU series 1 falcon and it does a decent 13.2sec 1/4 mile and a mad 3 gear line lock.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

1987 Ford Falcon XF 4.1L Unleaded from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1L Unleaded Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired301100 kilometres
Most recent distance334000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

A very quick modified xf falcon

Faults:

Warped the Alloy head from overheating it at high speeds.

Had to rebuild the motor, due to worn Compression Rings.

Lobes on the camshaft wore, replaced with a Stage II high performance camshaft.

Automatic Transmission became clunky, replaced with a 4 speed Manual.

General Comments:

This car now flies with the 4 speed manual transmission and Stage II Camshaft.

I also set up Cold Air Induction which makes the car even quicker.

Also Extractors and 2 and a half inch exhaust let this car do 220 km/h.

It is also lowered with Super-Low king springs and Koni shocks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2003

1987 Ford Falcon GLS Carbi 4.1 litre Electronic Spark Timing from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Carbi 4.1 litre Electronic Spark Timing Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired267989 kilometres
Most recent distance278000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

Reliable, cheap, high performance cruiser

Faults:

Well for a 15 year old car that has been around the whole of Australia it hasn't been too bad. Only a New gearbox and new radiator has been replaces since I have had it. But bad fuel has totally wrecked my lifters.

As for door handles.. "Don't and I mean don't! pull up door handles as the door closes it wrecks and puts strain on the handles".

Air conditioner had a slight leak and got that fixed, surface rust started forming in some areas. (Get it early and you won't see it for another 10 years).

Dif leaks oil from the Filler cap.. don't know why tried to fix it 20 times and no luck.

Car radio only played AM when I got it, but bahh I wanted a better one anyways.

General Comments:

I love this car, nice to cruise in, beautiful acceleration and gear changes and quiet all you hear is exhaust, easy to find parts, and fairly cheap to run doing a minimum of 500km in the city, The engines are have rock solid bottom ends and a cooling system even with a major leak still doesn't overheat.

The car has serious power and for a heavy huge big old car I can clock 0 - 100km/h in 10.3 seconds.

It gives a fairly comfortable ride and with a little bit of lowering of the suspension, the control and body roll is nearly eliminated.

LSD is gr8, grips on a dry road like you won't believe, but tho can be very dangerous doing power slides in the wet.

Some things can be changed though. The Diff is one, it needs a much shorter diff to have more acceleration and get EXTRACTORS!, the performance goes up by about 20k/w. Also run the carbie version on Premium Unleaded and watch that tacho and Speedo go up and up.

All up it's a great car, to do up and to have as a good tow car, look after them and they will serve you till the engine falls out. Good for towing and better than any commodore!

PS. Don't use additives in your radiator such as radiator stop leak.. It stuffs up your thermostat and clogs the heater.

XF's RULE.. Peace out.

Matty_2003_ford@yahoo.com.au.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2003

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 29 reviews