2005 Ford Falcon BA XT MKII 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand
A fantastic sedan to drive
Odd, faint whining noise upon acceleration.
This car definitely has some grunt to it, the roaring of the engine when the acceleration is hard is just so satisfying!
The sports shift mode is absolute bullocks and nearly completely pointless (aside from making the car run at higher revs).
The visibility and size of the car can make parking difficult to the uninitiated.
Pretty comfortable, extremely roomy too.
The console is very neat in appearance, with the buttons being quite tactile and not clunky, in my opinion far superior to that of commodores.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd June, 2006
7th Dec 2006, 02:52
The faint noise is differential noise, but it is definitely not an indication of differential failure.
Most EA-AU automatic Falcons do it. Talking to numerous taxi drivers, they say rarely do they have to replace the diff in the life of the cab, but it will make the noise most of its life.
12th Apr 2010, 09:38
The semi shift feature on the BA is sweet, and can be used perfectly on the downchange to a swift apex only if you know how to drive right and keep speed up!
The BA is a great car to drive on the bends or the straight, so when you learn to drive, you will realise how much the car has to give.
They are top cars to drive!
6th Nov 2010, 13:01
The semi shift feature is pointless, it's not as fast or accurate as a manual gearbox, and you'll just end up using more fuel, thinking you can drive like Michael Schumacher. It's just as fast to drive in pure auto mode. I don't see the point of having a "sports mode" in a 4 speed auto box, as the ratios of the gears are not designed for "sports" shifting. In the ZF 6 speed auto on the newer Falcons, it might be interesting.
18th Jun 2014, 08:45
The faint whining noise is generally the alternator belt. I myself thought it was a fault, but the mechanic said it is generally like that, so I am no longer worried :)