2000 Ford Falcon AU Forte 4.0L Straight Six Dedicated LP from Australia and New Zealand


It's a beast, too much sometimes


Found that inside tread on front wheels has disappeared, but the rest of the tire has fine tread.

Strange rubbing feeling when cruising sometimes.

Rear right speaker can't handle bass at low volumes, it distorts.

Otherwise there haven't been any other mechanical problems with it.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute dream to drive, except in the wet.

This car produces 148Kw of power and 368 pound of torque. These 2 things combined make it a great combination for spinning wheels, and in the wet, that means you're going to spin around a few times. I'm just glad there hasn't been anyone on the road when I've happened to spin out.

It has a beautiful interior, and comfortable seats, but on long drives they can become a strain. Plenty of leg space, front and back. The dashboard couldn't look much better, excellent easy to read dials and remote for the stereo on the steering wheel.

The exterior styling is beautiful.

Being a dedicated gas car makes running costs very very low. AU$7/100km's, and that's city driving. On long drives you can double the k's, that's about 200ks/AU$7. That's only a quarter of a tank being used. It has a 92L tank, and that means boot size is made smaller, but the boot is still huge!

But I would have to say the worst feature of this car is its ability to lose traction. Turning corners is a nightmare, wet or dry. I find it's best not to use the accelerator coming out of corners, as the rear end likes to spin out on you.

I love my new car, but some times I really wish I had an AWD car or something with a bit less torque.

Of course this car may not have these problems with a more experienced driver.

(I'm 19 and on my P's)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2002

18th Aug 2002, 06:24

Sheesh you must be giving it some real stick comming out of corners to get it to spin like that. I've driven more than a few km's in an AU and only found the car to be tail happy when really pushed. Try working on your power delivery and you'll find the AU 6 cylinder a real pleasure to work with. Personally I love the AU's six.

2000 Ford Falcon XR6 4.0 from Australia and New Zealand


XR6 is a great reliable family semi-performance car


My power steering just died.

Windscreen washers do not work properly.

General Comments:

Compared to my previous car, a VT Commodore; The Falcon handles better and has a much better transmission than the 'slushy' Commodore transmission.

With the Tickford suspension you feel every bump, so the ride is not as smooth, but the handling is so much better that it doesn't matter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2002

2000 Ford Falcon AU 4.0 litre straight six from Australia and New Zealand


The best car I've ever owned!


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

Great handling, very fast acceleration.

They can go 800km on one tank of fuel!

Expensive to fill up - $60 AU$

Most comfortable car ever!

Fun to drive!

I took it on a 4WD track (through water and on a rugged track) and nothing went wrong.

Very strong.

Good towing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2002

2000 Ford Falcon Classic 4.0 litre from Australia and New Zealand


Give an Aussie a job - buy an Aussie car!


Has had brake discs re-ground, pads replaced front & rear.

Has a slight coolant leak from the back of the water pump.

Air conditioning switch died & was replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

Perfect car for Australia - lounging room for 4 adults, quite economical for its size if driven quietly & very relaxing to drive.

Get cruise control or you will pay the Police! 100km/h is 1,700 revs and speed creeps up.

Boot is big enough to take luggage for a holiday without encroaching on cabin space.

Build quality is good, paint exceptional.

I travel inter-state and hire many different brands of cars - none are better than this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2002

17th Jan 2005, 18:04

I agree, a great Aussie car. All the right gear for families, eg; ABS, Airbags, roomy, big boot and cruisy on the long trips. Have had a 2000 AUI Classic, from 15000KM, now at 85000KM and has been very reliable. Only, (small), problems have been a dodgy radiator cap, HT leads were replaced at 80000KM and, (of course), 2 sets of brake pads and front disc machined 2x. I've had several Falcons before and the brakes were always a worry - I don't know why Ford can't get them right. Otherwise pretty happy with it.

21st Sep 2009, 00:23

This car is without a doubt the worst car I have ever owned. An absolute waste of $33,000. It was gone by 2001.