2004 Ford Falcon Reviews

2004 Ford Falcon XT 4.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2013
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 4.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance166000 kilometres
Previous carMazda MX5

Summary:

Built Ford Rough

Faults:

Drive shaft coupling was unroadworthy when I bought the car (most likely towing).

Gearbox went temporarily insane from day one (refusing to shift beyond second gear, stuck in some sort of limp-home mode). The problem was never properly diagnosed. Came good on good days, independent of when fluid was changed.

Some exhaust heat shields played like some sort of percussive trio depending on engine revs. Spot welded cracked bits together again; resolved the problem.

Engine light switched on and off on alternating days. Not diagnosed, but an old Ford mechanic pointed out some inconspicuous symptoms that meant the start of a blown head gasket (air bubbles in oil, on dipstick). No oil smoke appeared, though.

Engine occasionally refused to rev beyond 3000. Also seemed to be a limp-home mode set by the ECU. Wasn't repeatable at the mechanic, was temporarily resolved by disconnecting the battery and giving the car amnesia.

Diff had a whole lot of lash, but the car also did some towing. Diff sounded bad, but never actually let go.

General Comments:

I bought the car from some friends that have owned nothing but Falcons for the last decade and some. After I bought the thing, having owned nothing but small, aging Japanese sports cars and sedans, I started to ask them what they considered to be 'normal servicing'.

Cheerfully, they talked about the car's yearly water pump change, the two broken drive shaft couplings and brake rotors that were just as consumable as the brake pads. They seemed genuinely surprised that my 'antique' cars didn't need nearly this much care. This was just the Falcon experience.

Ridiculous build quality and unpredictability aside, it was actually a quiet, comfortable and powerful vehicle when it worked. I've had rental Falcons that were equally as nice, but that was the best thing about them; you could give them back before they got too comfortable in the relationship and let themselves go.

Got rid of it at bottom dollar because the stupid thing could never be trusted. This was the first and last Ford I'll own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th April, 2014

21st Apr 2014, 19:05

Agree with your comment. Nice to drive, but very high maintenance for what it is. Holden seems a bit more solid, but common issues with Ford have been transmission, suspension leaks, steering rack and many others, but I do admit - it's nice to drive when it drives.

2004 Ford Falcon BA XR6T Mk1 4.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 4.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 kilometres
Most recent distance122000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 260E

Summary:

A cheap, big four door GT, which will leave most of the opposition in its wake

Faults:

The driver's power window switches need replacing, as the driver's side back window switch doesn't work.

The roof headlining is beginning to come unglued, where it meets the windscreen.

The mechanic said that at the next service, the brake pads and front ball joints will need replacing, so they're on their way out.

General Comments:

A fun 320 horsepower GT for $13k, which can show most others a clean pair of heels at the traffic light derby.

I haven't driven a WRX or SS Commodore, or other cheap fast cars, so I can't compare the Falcon to them, but so far I have been very impressed by the big bruiser.

Critics say it doesn't go round corners too well, and the brakes are rubbish. I'm not a boy racer, so maybe they're right, but I've had no problems with cornering, or brake fade or shudder. With a nice glut of power available from 2000 RPM, overtaking is a breeze. You have to watch the speedometer though, as you can be way over the speed limit very quickly. Don't expect it to sip fuel either. It does like a drink, and I don't get much better than 17 litres per 100km in town, and maybe 13 litres per 100km on the highway.

The interior is not a bad place to be, and the standard ICE is adequate. The air con is nice and cold, however I wish climate control had been standard fitment. Cruise control is great for Australia's seemingly endless highways, and power windows are good for getting hot air out of the vehicle quickly.

If you're looking for a sports car, it is probably too big and unwieldy, however if you want a powerful grand tourer that can take five adults, I don't think you'd be disappointed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th March, 2013

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 14 reviews