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.
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.