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2004 Ford Falcon BA XT Mk2 4.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired87000 kilometres
Most recent distance129000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

BA = Brakes Abnormal

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

7th Dec 2010, 03:49

My 2003 BA Falcon has done 130000 kms and the rotors are still original. At approx 65000 kms a new set of pads were added only as I had a slight shutter. I get approx 11 liters per 100k and on trip 8 per 100 @ 110 KPH.

31st Mar 2011, 02:55

My BA I Tonner has just clicked over 200,000.

The engine is fine on dual fuel Tartarini LPG injected gas and runs sweetly giving between 280 and 470 ks/55litre tank of LPG. Brakes are original, just starting to shudder now, due for a shave, one set of pads since purchase 2nd hand at 96,000.

Vehicle used 5 days a week as a courier. Diff/wheel bearings have suddenly started roaring and howling. Can someone tell me the ratio and will an earlier model diff bolt straight in? Mine is an 2005 model just before the BF. Is it likely to be wheel bearings or pinion/side gear bearings that have gone?

2004 Ford Falcon BA XT from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired800000 miles

Faults:

Problems with car are shaky brakes, stereo asking for code; went to Ford dealership, and was told it does not need a code?

The fuel gauge does not work.

Apart from that, it's a good car.

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

Review Date: 13th August, 2010

2004 Ford Falcon XT 4.0 straight six from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.0 straight six Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired33400 kilometres
Most recent distance72000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Colt

Summary:

Smooth, chunky, pleasant beast

Faults:

An exhaust retainer clamp broke, causing vibration.

General Comments:

Love the looks of it. Beautiful body and presence, could be a Volvo or Jaguar.

Interior a little behind the times, but sturdy by comparison with some others.

Front seats are not wide enough for an XL-person. This is a car for slim people, I guess.

If you have big feet (size 13 is what I have), your accelerator foot will tend to catch on some piece of plastic trim I have yet to track down. Very mysterious, but annoying.

Wonderful driving experience - car is poised, powerful, quiet, and handles great.

Big straight-six engine and rear-drive setup is romantic for petrolheads.

This car's big, redeeming feature is its character.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2010

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