Fuel pump failed suddenly at 400,000kms.
Valve stem seals wore out at 350,000kms, meaning it would burn oil and blow grey smoke upon acceleration - I was told it was because they were fitted at some stage with after-market cheapies, which were unlike the usually reliable ones fitted in the factory.
Reverse gear crunches unless I put it in first before shifting into reverse - worn synchros??
Dash cracked - standard for a car this age.
Roof lining has sagged a little bit, but is better than most.
Speeds 1-3 on the fan heater have stopped working.
Paint is now average - standard for a car this age.
Has an ongoing idle speed problem, which is annoying more than anything.
Clutch cable pulled through the firewall at 300,000kms. I repaired it with a new plate and cable, and since then it has been nothing but problems. The clip attaching the cable to the pedal has broken and needed to be replaced 4 times, and the cable has broken at the point where it attaches to the gearbox 3 times. I really don't understand it. Whoever decided to fit these cars with cable operated clutches was really not thinking.
The front rotors seem to warp too frequently, and the wheels are always going out of balance. I am not an erratic driver.
Rust has appeared in various spots such as the bottom of the rear doors.
The boot lid now rattles fairly regularly during normal driving.
Drivers door leaks water.
Power steering rack and pump leak.
It's overheated a few times due to hoses cracking.
It's a rare 5 speed manual multi-point EFI wagon.
It's fitted with a trip computer from a Ghia, and I was pleased to see that the fuel economy is really quite good for a large car. On the highway at 110kph it sits between 7.5 and 8.5L/100kms. Driving around town, it doesn't seem to go over 10.5 as an average.
I drive a Holden Captiva turbo diesel for work, and it's more expensive to run than this car.
It's got heaps of torque and really good acceleration - especially when overtaking.
It's been professionally lowered, but it tends to roll around the corners (typical leaf spring rear end wagon) but generally handles really well.
I do 1000kms a week in this car, and it's very comfortable and generally OK, but I think it's really starting to show its age, and is starting to complain about the sheer amount of use it gets.
Very practical for roadtrips with a carload of friends.
The interior is very tough, and it's as tidy and quiet as it was when it was new.
I've always been impressed with Ford interiors. They don't fall apart and they date really well.
Parts for these cars are cheap and readily available, and they are as easy as anything to work on.
This is a great car, but it's just getting old now and problems are becoming more common. But after 405,000 kms and 19 years I can't really complain.