1987 Ford Falcon Reviews - Page 6 of 8

1987 Ford Falcon 4.1 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance300000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Great car, the best

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 250 000.

Engine has a small oil leak.

General Comments:

She is a great car. I love her a lot.

At present I am hotting her up, and mostly rebuilding her.

She is a tank, in car parks this stands out, but with the comfort and room acquired, it is by far worth it.

They have there look that is really tough when the car is done up right.

Performance wise I am not sure, even though I am 19yr, when I get in her I just cannot put my foot down, she just cruises so well.

The back seat is huge, great advantage :-}

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2003

1987 Ford Falcon XF 4.1 Webber Carb. from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.1 Webber Carb. Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired149500 kilometres
Most recent distance151150 kilometres

Summary:

A Well Made, Cheap, Fast Car!

Faults:

The car was well looked after, I got it from my grandparents. The only thing that has gone wrong with it since I have had it was dirty terminals on the battery. That's All!

General Comments:

The car is awesome, I'm still on my L's, so its pretty hard to drag other cars off (because of my mum sittin next to me), one day I dragged a new Monaro CV8 off, but when I got to 65km/h I was level to him, then my mum told me to slow down... :)

It accelerates like a dream!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th October, 2002

1987 Ford Falcon GL series II 4.1 250 crossflow from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.1 250 crossflow Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired265000 kilometres
Most recent distance272000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Gemini

Summary:

High performance cheapie

Faults:

I first got the car with a roadworthy, but I found out that I was cheated by the dealer. The radiator had a leak on the bottom right corner and my power steering box is leaking. This was due to the age of the car.

General Comments:

I love this car, it has lots of low end power and although I have a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) I can still pull great burn outs. The acceleration is wicked.

Also the car has cheap parts and is easy to work on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2002

1987 Ford Falcon XF 4.1 EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.1 EFI Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna

Summary:

A big, comfortable car that drives well and won't let you down when it counts

Faults:

Engine died and needed to be rebuilt.

Exhaust had a few holes over the years.

Air conditioner compressor seized.

General Comments:

This car would tow anything. It had enough power to get you up any hill and travel any distance.

It is a big car, that was extremely comfortable.

This is the best car I have ever owned (and I drive a Lex us now)

It used up a fair amount of petrol, but the car owned the road. I loved this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2002

1987 Ford Falcon XF 4.1EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.1EFI Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired143000 kilometres
Most recent distance153000 kilometres

Summary:

Looks, goes and sounds sweet!

Faults:

Of course I've have had to replace door handles!

It leaked water and changing the head gasket fixed this!

Replaced rear suspension arm bushes which made a huge difference!

Other than those minor problems it's been a really good car.

General Comments:

Looks kill with a set of mag wheels and lowered 2" all round.

Only does 3000 revs at 160Kph with a 5spd manual.

Other things it has is a good stereo, sports exhaust, dark tint, extractors, high air flow filter and is kept perfectly tuned!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2002

1987 Ford Falcon XF S-pac 250 X-flow (4.1L straight 6) from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 250 X-flow (4.1L straight 6) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres

Summary:

Reliable, cost effective, and better looking than Pamela Anderson!

Faults:

Cylinder head corroded.

Carbie jets blocked.

Water pump corroded.

Rear seal leaked.

Hand brake cable snapped.

Seat recliner broke.

Door handles snapped.

Speedo needed replacing.

Shifter popped out.

And general maintenance things such as the radiator, steering, suspension and so on have gone.

General Comments:

Don't let the long list of faults put you off, these things will go wrong in any old car, and I probably shouldn't have listed them all. I'll write this review as a buyer’s guide, as no doubt that is what most people are looking for.

Engine:

The 250 engine's bottom end is practically bulletproof. The bottom end is very strong and will usually take quite a bit before they break (any mechanic will agree).

The alloy head however is quite susceptible to corrosion, so make sure you use only genuine manufacturer FORD brand corrosion inhibitor in your cooling system. If a car is blowing smoke, it may also just be the valve stem seals, these tend to go easily.

One of the most common mechanical problems with the XF's, is that the secondary jet on the Weber carbie gets a bit blocked, and causes a flat spot on acceleration. To avoid this, just use a good fuel and occasionally a fuel additive to clean out your fuel system. The Weber carbies are usually quite good, however since Weber haven't made carburetors for over 15 years now the parts for them are fairly expensive. Otherwise the carbie is very reliable. The carbie model is the Weber ADM series.

Fuel injection systems are usually pretty reliable, just a bit more expensive if anything does go wrong.

Oil leaks commonly appear from one of three places, the rear seal, the rocker cover gasket, or the oil pressure switch. All are relatively easy to rectify. If oil is leaking from the front seal, that is a much bigger problem, as the engine has to be practically dismantled to get at it.

Transmission:

Both the automatic and manual transmissions for the XF's are quite strong and reliable, just keep up the general maintenance (and don't thrash the car too much!).

With the manual transmission, the gear lever will at some time pop out of the gear box; this is inevitable. Some lock tight can hold it back in place, or for the more meticulous, $50 Aust will buy a new fitting.

Body:

The XF is most prone to rust on the passenger side roof, just in the corner between the windshield and door frame. Also the corners of the boot lid on sedans is a common rust spot, as there are drains right there.

You might also want to poor some water through the plastic cowling along the windscreen, where the wiper motor is housed, this is another common rust spot, if the drain has been blocked with leaves or whatnot. You will know if it has rusted if the interior gets wet.

Otherwise the location of rust really depends on where the car has been, and what has been done to it. With any luck you can find one without rust.

Other common problems include things like door handles snapping off ($15 Aust will buy a new one)

Misc:

The handbrake cable on these cars has a tendency to snap. If this happens, spend the extra to buy a new one so it never happens again (they are not expensive).

If the speedo does not work, it may just be the transducer at the gear box, or the little plastic cogs. If it is the actual speedo, have the price lowered. The speedo can cost 200 dollars to fix! Or you could get a new dash from the wreckers.

My two cents (though probably worth less) :

Despite what I have said, these are great cars! They are very reliable (mine has never broken down), and if something does go wrong, they are usually cheap and easy to fix.

Don't be fooled by the ignorant, the XF's are NOT performance beasts (but they have the potential). A standard 250 X-flow engine has adequate power for a car that size. They do have a bit more boot than most, and will squash any 4 cylinder, but don't think you will be beating any V8's, or new Commodores from the lights (I know it pains me to say it). The high torque at low revs does feel nice though! Handling is excellent, and the power steering makes things really easy. Lastly fuel economy on these is pretty average. Please note that this write up only refers to the 250 X-flow XF Falcons.

They are very comfortable cars. I love mine and am going to fully rebuild it in 8 months. I have probably missed something, but this will be a start for those of you looking to purchase an XF Falcon. If you want to ask more questions about the XF’s, or any Falcon, try the Australian forum on fordsix.com, my name there is ‘Silver Bullet S-pac’.

Sorry about being so long winded, but you did ask. If you got this far, thanks for reading.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2002

10th Jul 2002, 04:54

Sliver Bullet S-Pac, thanks for your review. My 87 XF carby 4 speed manual has a flat spot when you go to full throttle, now instead of buying a kit, I will just bung in some fuel system cleaner and see if that does the trick. Of course, I might have to do the right thing and actually clean out the jet!

Mine had some corrosion in the head when I bought it too, evidenced by a leak near the #1 spark plug, caused by the previous owners not using corrosion inhibitor. Luckily a bit of Wynns radiator stop leak (not the whole bottle, about a teaspoon full) took care of it.

Apart from the slight flat spot and a gearbox oil seal leak it has given me no trouble at all. Handling is a bit sloppy, but you have to remember these are a big heavy 15 year old car!

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