1994 Ford Falcon Reviews

1994 Ford Falcon GLi 4.0L OHC from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0L OHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired310000 kilometres
Most recent distance312000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Bargain

Faults:

Only fault encountered was the idle-speed controller; easily fixed for $150. To be expected though when only paying $1000 for a car.

Only other thing encountered in the 1 month I've had it is the interior lights (at night with headlights on) tend to flicker on/off sometimes.

General Comments:

Great car, would be an awesome first car. Definitely recommended to anyone with their eye on a cheaper family-car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2012

1994 Ford Falcon ED 4.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Most durable car I've ever owned

Faults:

3 exhausts between 1997 - 2010.

3 replacement batteries between 1996 - 2011.

Replacement front strut inserts in 2007.

Replacement front discs in 2007.

New cylinder head/water pump/radiator in 2011.

General Comments:

I bought this car, an April 1994 ED GLI Wagon, in October 1995 with 45000km on clock. It was obtained at the time to carry my growing family. The cruise control, A/C and other options attracting me, plus the lack of ABS due to having had bad experiences in company Falcons at the time. From memory I paid $25800 for it.

I still own the car almost 17 years later, now with 236000 km covered. It has been a great family chariot, although it was replaced with newer models years ago. It is a great tow car and a very comfortable mile eater. It has been continuously maintained, and still drives as well now as when I bought it, if not better.

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

Review Date: 17th April, 2012

24th Apr 2012, 02:34

Glad to see some people still appreciate these old girls. My father has one with 412,000km on the clock and still running strong! Only had the head off once for a gasket.

1994 Ford Falcon Futura from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance360000 kilometres
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

Solid car for most --- A++ Excellent if you're at all DIY inclined..

Faults:

Heater hoses at 250,000...

Oil leaks out all the usual suspects when I bought it - Changed main rear seal when converting it to manual from auto, and was disappointing to discover it still leaked... Changed engine to the Tickford XR6 inline 6 shortly after. Recommend taking the head off any inline six from this era and replacing with the AU (1998 or newer) multi layer steel gaskets.

Quite honestly - It is hard to tell if anything has gone wrong with the car, it is so modified now that the only original parts on it are the drivers door and the boot.

General Comments:

Bought my first one of these by accident years ago, and fell in love with the smooth power from the inline six four litre.

Found the interior very comfy and well equipped (Fairmont model), and when I blew that one up by not noticing the water hoses had ruptured, the mechanic ripped me off to the tune of $2500. From that moment on I decided to learn to do it myself.

Well worth the effort of putting the Fairmont / Fairlane high spec interior into the Falcon, along with all the XR6 bits in the driveline and suspension.

Ford should have made a model like this in the first place --- Sporty and plush!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2010

1994 Ford Falcon GLi 4.0L from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance239500 kilometres
Previous carToyota Tarago

Summary:

Let down with build quality

Faults:

In the past 3 years :

- Head gasket replaced (overheated) at 190k's.

- Radiator replaced at 200k's.

- Body control module replaced at 205k's.

- Water pump replaced at 180k's.

- Coolant expansion tank replaced at 210k's.

- Hood struts replaced at 215k's.

- Shock absorbers / struts at 200k's.

- Belt tensioner at 170k's.

General Comments:

The Falcon served me well for the first 3 years, but after that things went downhill. The cooling system is a weak point of the car. The first series GLi doesn't come standard with a low coolant level indicator, but this can be wired in. This would have saved me the big expense of the head gasket repair - I recommend a retrofit if you own one (when mine overheated, the temp. gauge still showed 'normal').

Build quality is below par - many rattles and ill fitting components and panels.

Motor is strong and reliable, and the ride is comfortable.

This Falcon had a very easy life, never raced and never used for towing and I kept right on top of the servicing - but it was way too much trouble in the last 3 years of ownership.

The car had the following problems when I traded her in : transmission intermittently sticking in second gear, power steering pump playing up on cold mornings, starter motor on the way out, window rails worn out (would not seal correctly), radiator starting to seep coolant, front-end suspension badly worn.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd April, 2007

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 14 reviews