1989 Ford Falcon GL 3.9 single point injection from Australia and New Zealand
Great if it's a company car; not if you're paying for it
Automatic gearbox self destructed after 3500km, part sheered off inside. Replaced under warranty.
Power steering fluid leaked onto alternator, shorting it out 3 times, replaced twice; all within first 10,000kms.
Consistently scrubbed front left tyre every 5000kms or so. Ford said the adjustment is an optional extra.
As many of these cars were fully paid for company cars, the dealers seemed to think that they could charge what they liked as 'the company was paying for it'
Not good for the private buyer.
Overall the car was a very comfortable, excellent highway cruiser. It was the first of the 4 speed autos.
My previous vehicle was a 1986 XF Falcon, and I wished I had kept it as it was a far better vehicle, with little problems.
I now own a Subaru Liberty and have never been tempted by a Falcon again. The Japanese have it all over the local product for longevity and quality.
I know people with the current BA Falcon. It's a nice car, but still has quite a number of problems that need to be fixed under warranty; on a frequent basis.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th June, 2004