BA = Brakes Abnormal
BA must stand for Brakes Abnormal!!!
Since the day I got this thing, until the day I traded it in, the brakes gave me absolute hell!
Brake shudder - problem since the day dot, lost count of how many times I had the rotors shaved, pads replaced etc etc.
Steering wheel shimmy at speed - wheel alignment, balance, suspension check and several others failed to identify the real culprit... you guessed it, the brakes. Insufficient clearance between brake booster and main cylinder = brakes dragging on wheels, hence the shimmy.
Squealing sound while moving - handbrake catching.
Rear wheel brake locked up - luckily only at low speed, but the rear brakes decided to completely lock and not release; Ford couldn't find anything wrong...
Massive clunking when you're selected reverse or when you put on the A/C., and some weird noise when turning the steering wheel at low speed.
Knocking sound and intermittent cluck thru the steering wheel - left it, was so over it, just traded it in.
When the car was working 100% properly, which was 5% of the time, it was nice, good performance, comfort and handling. On paper it's amazing value second hand.
Problem is there was always something getting on your nerves with this car, it could never just work properly. It was a ex-gov car, I took perfect care of it, only Ford did the servicing.
Fuel consumption around town not good at all; 14.5-15L/100km.
I so badly wanted to like this car, but in the end it wasn't worth it; traded it in, and as crazy as it sounds, it was like a weight off my shoulders, life changing almost.
Maybe it was just my car, my perfectly maintained car, that was a dud, but I cannot, with clear conscience, recommend one based on my experience to ANYONE... unless you're a mechanic!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd December, 2010