1988 Ford Falcon Reviews

1988 Ford Falcon S pak 3.9L CPI from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.9L CPI Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired2500000 kilometres
Most recent distance3500000 kilometres

Summary:

Great high powered, reliable car, would buy another

Faults:

Nothing to date.

General Comments:

Changed to LPG just after I brought it, burns the rubber like a V8 and hammers like one too.

Very stock looking, but still has heaps of power.

Better than the old X series as the door handles don't break easy.

Very comfortable and roomy car.

Some people say you loose power with LPG but I didn't notice it, and neither did the dyno test.

This car has enough power to leave my mate's 2006 Honda Accord for dead at the lights, and it even leaves a 2006 V8 Commodore.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2008

1988 Ford Falcon GL EA 3.9 CPI from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.9 CPI Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance254000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Would never trade for another car

Faults:

Brakes are a little squeaky.

Catalytic converter rattling.

Other than that, pretty good.

General Comments:

It's got a straight interior, and has a SIC Sony explode sound system and a JVC head unit.

This car is USUALLY very powerful, but recently it has lost it, don't know if it's the converter or a completely different problem.

Light's are really bright, all I did was put white bulbs in. I have never had a heating problem and USUALLY spins extremely well!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2007

1988 Ford Falcon EA 3.9 CFI petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 3.9 CFI petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Poor Quality. 10000 Km out of First engine Not good enough

Faults:

Motor needed Replacing at 10000 Km (Blew up about 20 km from nearest town)

Fuel tank needed repairs due to hitting stones out west.

Head gasket just prior to being sold

General Comments:

For a large car this was a poor manufacturing effort. Main problem with this vehicle was with the engine (as mentioned previously) as it needed replacing after only having the car for a couple of months. However, the car ran reasonably well after this was done. Unfortunately a 3 speed gearbox was fitted to this particular model which was detrimental to the fuel economy I can't remember exactly, but I think the head gasket was replaced just prior to the car being traded in early 1990.

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

Review Date: 1st February, 2007

1988 Ford Falcon XF 4.1 X-flow 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.1 X-flow 6 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired235000 kilometres
Most recent distance240000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 1ton Van

Summary:

Nothing will beat these babies when you put a Super-Charged V6 in them

Faults:

The engine has never been serviced.

The drivers seat was eaten by the dog.

There has been some minor panel damage.

General Comments:

Since I got this car given to me by the neighbours I have found no other that can replace or out do the XF S-Pak, I have had it purring @ 120 along gravel roads, taken it hunting and taken it any I go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2003

1988 Ford Falcon EA Sports Pack 3.9 six pack from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.9 six pack Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired205000 kilometres
Most recent distance299000 kilometres
Previous carDatsun 120Y

Summary:

A strong, comfortable and reliable cruiser with strong power and torque from the big 6

Faults:

Simple and maintenance things mostly like clutch, head gasket, oil leaks etc.

General wear due to the age of the vehicle.

General Comments:

Strong, reliable cruiser and will treat you well if you treat it well.

Amazing torque and strong power from the big 6, overtakes with ease.

Comfortable for long trips, roomy for passengers.

Modern looking and very ergonomic interior.

Thirsty around town, but an awesome highway car. Full tank of fuel can last up to 650 kms.

Looks, performs and handles killer with lowered suspension, decent mags, 2.5 inch exhaust and extractors, and replacing the cooling fan with twin thermos.

Eats the shorts off stock 4 cylinders in performance, and gives V6 Commodores a run for their money.

Generally an under rated, but very reliable cruiser when treated well, and a good performer.

Thought long in the tooth, it has never let me down.

I couldn't wish for a better car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2003

13th Sep 2005, 20:13

Agree with this assessment. My daily driver is a 30th anniversary EA series II falcon S. For a $1800 vehicle it represents excellent all round value for money. It is entirely rust-free with straight panels and unblemished red duco. It has dark window tints and sits low. It's a comfortable car to drive, and for a stock 4 speed auto is a suprisingly good performer. I have no trouble getting from zero to 80 km/h in about 5 to 5.5 sec - must be the diff ratio.

The fuel economy is quite reasonable. I have extracted about 630-650 km on 68 liters on the open road - about 9 km per liter

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 11 reviews