1998 Ford Falcon EL2 GLI Sapphire Sedan 4.0i6 from Australia and New Zealand


Chews up the kilometres no problems!!


Rear boot leak.

Shocks/struts all round.

Discs/pads all round.

Front rack end to be tightened.

Transmission service due to slipping gears (needed new oil).

Radiator needed a flush.

Driver's seat rail weld break.

Factory Tickford gas service.

Moisture in indicators.

Continual wheel alignments.

General Comments:

The car has given near on half a million kays so far (and it isn't uncommon to see million plus kay cars still cruising round on the original motor with new transmissions).

Virtually trouble free apart from regular servicing and wheel alignments.

No problems with factory Tickford gas until recently, when the gas leaked out, but just needed a service and a few screws tightened.

Various bits and pieces required tightening, but it is a high kay example, so is expected.

Condensation in lights fixed by removing and gluing seams.

Average 500-550k on fuel, 400 on gas.

Very comfortable. Very smooth. A fair amount of power.

An excellent, reliable vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2012

1998 Ford Falcon Forte 4.0L straight six from Australia and New Zealand


Cheap and reliable power in an ugly body


Very bad wear and tear on the front seatbelt and front seats.

Air conditioner condensation damaged switch for automatic transmission.

Paint fades very quickly even when not exposed to a lot of sun.

General Comments:

It is about what you would expect from a basic model sedan in looks and comfort, but it has a lot of engine power when you need it, especially when towing. Which is something you wouldn't expect from such a basic model.

It has been very reliable for me, even though it has been mistreated by previous owners.

If you don't have a lot of money, but want a sedan with decent power that feels good on the road, this would be a good car to buy. Just get past the fact that it is a dead ugly design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2010

1998 Ford Falcon Futura 4.0L from Australia and New Zealand


Great strong Aussie built car


The car has been running strong ever since I bought it. The only thing that has gone wrong, with it is the transmission needed a new solenoid because the gears were slipping a little.

General Comments:

The car goes surprisingly quick. As standard I timed a constant 0-100km in 8.2 seconds, and now that is down to 7.0 and 7.1 seconds because of the mods I have done.

The mods I have done to the car are Pacemaker competition extractors, high flow cat, 2.5" straight through exhaust, XR6 turbo intake snorkel, K&N high-flow filter and a fully adjustable shift-kit.

The car handles quite well for the size and weight of it. Although you may want to lower it if you drive your car hard, because body roll can be a problem if you drive it hard around corners.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2007

1998 Ford Falcon AU 4.0 from Australia and New Zealand


A surprisingly agile vehicle


Seat lumbar support adjuster knob keeps falling off

Stabiliser bushes needed replacing at 145000km

Air conditioning struggles to cool station wagon

Intermittent rough idle hot or cold.

General Comments:

This vehicle handles really well.

The fuel economy is good

No drive line problems at speed.

However the drivers seat is uncomfortable over a long distance, it seems to sag the longer you are in it.

Despite the adjustments available to the seat and the steering wheel I can't seem to get comfortable.

The paint finish is very thin and marks easily.

So far the interior is holding up well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2005

1998 Ford Falcon EL 4.0 ohc from Australia and New Zealand


This is a fantastic all rounder


Exhaust Manifold connection to the exhaust came loose. Tightened and leak has gone.

General Comments:

This car was bought to contain a growing family and handle trips to cycle events where lots of people and several cycles need transport.

It has buckets of room (a wagon) can fit all we need for a 2 week holiday in the back.

It tows great, managing our boat with no problems.

The car is heavier than my previous BMW, but handles surprisingly well. The live rear diff lets down the cornering in the end - it starts hopping a bit. There is no undue effects though - the car keeps its line and is very safe.

Performance is adequate in a straight line, the auto makes overtaking easy, just floor it and it's off. The engine is amazingly smooth, all the way to red line. it gets harsh over about 4000 rpm, which is seldom needed. It only needs about 2500 rpm for normal driving.

Gearing is very high. in 4th gear lock up, it pulls 1750rpm at 100 kph. The auto is quite responsive, and never seems to be in the wrong gear. 4 speeds seems enough considering the torque available.

Fuel economy seems OK to me. A 1600kg car is always going to use more than the 1200kg BMW I drove before. The extra stuff you can carry more than makes up for it.

I have owned the car for 2 months now. Nothing has gone wrong apart from a loose bolt on the exhaust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2005