2004 Ford Falcon BA XR6 Turbo 4.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand


Very high performance and sexy looking car


So far the car has been faultless. There has been no problems nor do I have any complaints about this car.

General Comments:

This car has very high performance and exceeded my expectations of how powerful it was going to be.

It looks incredible in Black and is in my opinion one of the best looking cars on the road.

The handling is great for a car of this size, but does not quite match the AWD Subaru that I owned previously.

I am very pleased with the fuel consumption and once again it has exceeded my expectations. My previous car was a Twin turbo AWD Subaru and the Falcon has a lot more power, but uses less fuel. The reason for purchasing the turbo Falcon 6cyl over a V8 was fuel consumption and it has worked out well. It is averaging around 11.4 ltrs/100km.

This car has been trouble free so far and is better than expected in most areas and looks awesome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2005

2004 Ford Falcon XR6 4.0 litre OHC petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Ford got this car right, in so many ways


Interior rear view mirror developed a rattle after a few months and was replaced under warranty.

Plastic frame around number plate was found to be cracked after about a month of ownership and was also replaced under warranty. Unfortunately, the metallic purple (Phantom) paint on the new frame is not a perfect match with the rest of of the body.

The cover on the dashboard power outlet also broke the first time it was opened, which was today, and has not been reported to the dealer yet, but the earlier-mentioned faults were attended to promptly by the dealer with no quibbling at all.

General Comments:

This car is beautiful to look at. The salesman described it as a "look at me" car, and he was not exaggerating. People just walk past when you park it and say "Nice car, mate". This is still happening after 15 months of ownership.

The body feels almost like it has been carved out of a single piece of metal, it is so rigid. I noticed this the first time I drove a BA series Falcon, (a rental car, but with very low km), over a year before we bought ours.

The car is huge inside and has plenty of space, both for passengers and in the boot. The seats are comfortable, even in the rear, and although I am nearly six feet tall, with long legs, I have sufficient leg room in the back. It's a very comfortable car all round.

The materials used in the interior give it a quality look, and the dash is very attractive to look at.

Our car, in non-turbo six-cylinder form, performs quite well, but the acceleration from low speeds is nothing exceptional. At highway speeds, though, it accelerates like a rocket, and a normal overtaking manoeuvre sometimes sees the speedo touching 150kph without the driver realising it, and the car feels like there is plenty more there if you want it. However, it is also fairly thirsty. We are averaging around 12.5 litres/100km in general use, and it doesn't improve much on the open road. I drive some current model Commodores at work and they use appreciably less fuel, with similar performance, but their road feel is not as good as the Ford.

Being an XR6, the car has a firm, but still comfortable ride, and the roadholding is excellent. The XR6 has low profile tyres, which add some weight to the power steering compared to the XT, Futura and Fairmont versions, but I prefer the feel of the XR model. There is also a little road noise from the front end, which seems to be a Falcon characteristic, because an EA series wagon we once owned had the same sound, only louder.

The car is effortless, but still enjoyable, to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2005

12th Dec 2005, 05:02

Hold the phone big fella, BF series Falcon has more weight and torque than vz Commodore, but new 6 speed auto uses the same amount of fuel as the commy!

18th Jan 2007, 06:51

Last minute update!

The VE Commodore uses more fuel than the BF Falcon!!

First time ever a commodore has used more. Due to the extra weight.

16th Apr 2010, 06:59

The BA/BF Falcons are way too heavy at 1740kg, and if you add 5 adults and luggage, you're way over 2 tonnes and that's big 4wd territory! They`re way too FAT!

It`s no wonder the Evo and WRX whip em.

29th Jul 2010, 23:21

Evo and Rex whip them?

Corners - Yes.

Straight line + General travel - No.

I would love to see how comfortable you would be in a WRX/Evo with 5 adults + luggage on any trip over 100km. Sardines in a Japanese tin can.