2002 Ford Falcon Forte 4.0 litres E Gas from Australia and New Zealand
Reliable, comfortable, economical, and pretty much bullet proof
Reconditioned auto transmission.
New front brake rotors.
Overhauled gas converter.
A few small things like electric window switches needing cleaning.
I've no interest in Ford vs Holden, Aussie vs Japanese, etc. I will just tell you of my experience over the last 8 years of owning this, my first Australian built car. I have travelled about 300,000 km in this time.
Overall the car has been just fantastic. It is reliable, comfortable, economical, and just swallows up long distances. I have averaged around 12 litres/100 km on the open road, which is where I use it most, although I do take it easy with the right foot. It takes two adults and two kids with all gear for snow and interstate trips with ease. I can get 2.4m sleepers in the back if I slide the passenger seat right forward, so no need to tow a trailer. It has towed our 4.5m caravan with relative ease. It has simply been an amazing car.
The transmission went because I followed Ford's advice and did not have it serviced. Since then I have had it serviced every year (about $200) with no further problems. All of the other items I regard as just acceptable wear and tear given the distances travelled.
It is now at that sad point where I don't think it is economical to maintain as it needs new tyres, new battery, transmission service, and perhaps the converter will need doing again. The front seats are getting uncomfortable, the roof lining is coming away, etc. So I will try to drive it until the rego is up and then trade it in for another one, probably the BF mark 3 version.
Maybe I have been lucky, but I think if you buy a well cared for and properly serviced one, you can't go wrong for the money. I paid $13,000 in 2006 and it has cost me an average of $1500 per year for servicing and repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th March, 2015