1989 Ford Falcon Ute 4.1L cross flow 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand
Ford's best everyday Falcon to date
Leak in fill hole of rear diff (LSD), could never seem to fix it, but it didn't leak enough to be a problem.
Blocked jets in carby.
Hole in breather hose from rocker cover was causing water to condense into the oil.
Leak in radiator.
Dirty terminals in rear indicators have caused rear indicators to stop working until cleaned.
For a 20 year old workhorse, this Falcon ute has remained in excellent condition.
I bought it as a second car for a mere $650, gave it a service, cleaned the carby, and fixed all the above listed faults within a week for less than $300.
The car is rust free, and fairly dent free. Since getting the car, it has been looked after, which I believe has helped keep it in such good condition.
The key to keeping a XF Falcon running mechanically fine is to only drive it on the longer trips where the engine has plenty of time to get to operating temperature.
Another vital rule is to use coolant, NOT WATER. Doing these simple things will keep a XF running for a very long time, even if it is not serviced within 20,000 kms.
Not the most comfortable car, but good enough that I'm happy to take it on long trips.
Any minor problems can generally be fixed easily, and parts are readily available and cheap.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st January, 2012