2000 Ford Falcon AU Futura 4.0 petrol/LPG from Australia and New Zealand
Reliability is disappointingly poor
The radiator was replaced while under warranty.
The water pump was replaced while under warranty.
The buttons on the steering wheel for the radio and cruise control stopped working and were cleaned while under warranty, however they have clogged up again.
The differential makes a tonk sound at slow speeds and a whirl at higher speeds.
The back right central locking motor has developed a grinding sound.
The passenger side front window some times stop working, but after a few presses of the button works again.
The fan button broke off, but was easy and cheap to fix.
The steering rack has developed a leak which will need to be fixed at the next service (110,000).
The performance of the vehicle is surprising good. Its economy is 11.6 litres per 100 kilometres on petrol and 14 litres per 100 kilometres on gas.
The engine runs a little rough some times at idle while running on petrol.
I have had a liquid gas petroleum (LPG) system fitted so that it can run on gas and petrol. At least a quarter of a tank of petrol must be kept in the car's tank at all times because the fuel pump continues to work even when the car is running on LPG.
The brake rotors need to be machined or replaced every 20,000 kilometre service.
The handling is good for such a big car and it stops really well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st January, 2005
7th Jun 2007, 23:57
I have the same model as you, but in the station wagon. you may be shocked when I tell you the price that I was quoted for the steering rack. If you are still driving it I would stop if I was you cos it only gets worse just be expected to pay around the 800 dollar mark. Just thought I would worn you.
19th Jun 2009, 19:04
I have a 1999 AU Futura Wagon Tickford gas, which has got 393500klms on the original motor. Only done alternator. Only replaced motor due to oil leaks with secondhand one, which had done 135000.
The car has justed clicked over 421000 and still going strong.
Automatic was replaced at 310000, but that's after towing a tandem horse float at least twice a week.
Not a FORD man, but this car has made me go and buy a BA Dedicated gas for wife. Not as good. Had 45000klms, now 143000 in 2 years, but economy is brilliant.. 950 klms to 110 litres of gas on the open highway..