Find a good Falcon and you have a bargain
After purchase, needed new front brake rotors and bearings - usual wear and tear.
Annoying little rattle from rear - probably lower shock absorber mounts.
Air-conditioning will need a re-gas soon - again, usual wear and tear.
I must have had a lucky day - the EF Series 2 Falcon I have, apart from being a little grubby (an ex business car) is all but perfect for our needs, and in tip top condition. No leaks of anything from anywhere, not a drop. Now cleaned properly inside and outside. Also it had a brand new exhaust system, five ROH mag wheels and five brand new tyres. And for some reason, that silly "wing" on the boot lid.
Mechanically the Falcon is just like it rolled off the production line yesterday. The engine is sweet and has more "grunt" than an old codger like me will ever need. Auto transmission is the same, perfect. The car was fitted (on the production line) with the Ford 1600 kg towing pack, which means that the auto trans has an extra cooler mounted in front of the radiator - big bonus.
Around town it just woofles along at 1100 RPM in 4th gear.
It is obvious from the log book (found in the glove box) that the servicing had been kept up to date hence, and so far, no problems at all.
Early days, but from what I have found on the net and reviews, the EF Series 2 was given all the improvements that the Series 1 lacked. The EF Series 2 is generally written up as far better than the EL and the AU.
Handling, on rails.
Brakes (with new front rotors and bearings), solid and straight.
Interior trim and plastic-ware, perfect.
Auto trans - like new.
Sound system - good, but crying out for a radio/CD/MP3 player.
Engine - quiet, all the grunt I need is under 3000 RPM.
Check what I write after six months and after a year I suppose. But for now, the Falcon is the best of any used car I have bought over the years, and better than some of the new ones I have bought.
And, last thing - the Falcon cost $1499 from a used car wholesaler. Have seen the same model etc on the net for up around $3000 or more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th January, 2013