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.
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.