30th Dec 2005, 22:58

As above don't part with the money, Fords back up service is zero!

27th Jan 2006, 05:48

DUDE, it is a MK 1. Always expect problems from the 1st model made. Always go/wait for the Mk 2 or series 2. All crappy problems are refined and fixed.

Have a nice day.

27th Jan 2006, 19:47


Ford just don't make quality built cars.

Mark 1 or 2 etc etc I am so god damn sick of people making excuses for them building shoddy cars.

Ford can get stuffed all I care!

5th Apr 2006, 22:23

The car is poorly put together, it looks great and the performance and comfort are fine. The mechanical, body and electrical problems are unforgivable and I for one will not ever buy another. I have had over 11 problems with my BA XR6T since I bought it brand new in 2003. Although the warranty covers them the pain of going to the garage is not worth it and the attitute of the dealers on the most part is very poor.

17th Apr 2006, 23:36

Cut the Mark 1 bull crap. Ford have been building cars for yonks and still can't get it right, when manufacturers such as Toyota and to a lesser extent Mitsubishi have been building quality cars in Australia for decades.

No excuses.

21st Apr 2006, 17:13

Yeah look at Mitsubishi australia now they can't even sell their cars.

23rd Apr 2006, 04:17

What is the better car the xr8 or the xr6t auto's and manual and what sort of fuel economy can I expect from both.

5th Aug 2007, 01:55

To the comment of 21 April 2006. The reason Mitsu don't sell many cars in Australia (but that is slowly changing) is because of narrowed minded Aussies and fleet operators.

27th Apr 2008, 09:16

My 2003 XR6 turbo has spent more time at Ford than in my garage. We complained when we bought it that the diff was making a knocking noise, and they told us it was normal. Now just yesterday, while driving my kids to school, I had this loud bang under the car. Now it sounds like metal to metal is grinding together. I'm no mechanic, but it sounds like I've blown my diff. Any feedback would help.

7th Jun 2009, 05:57

My experience is it's not the car but the useless lazy dealer mechanics. I've used two different service dealers, both well known Ford dealers in Sydney. My experiences are:

1) Three blown turbos in only three months, obviously the cause wasn't the turbo and twice the intake snorkel fell off in my hands due to loose hose clamps.

2) Perforation corrosion in the boot which I found following a service, but they have the hide to charge you for this as it is listed on your bill as an item of work they perform.

3) 1 week after the service I found 10-15psi of pressure in all tires including spare which lead to a flat tire after hitting a pot hole. Again another chargeable item on their list of work performed.

All I can say is it's not the first time a useless mechanic has destroyed a good car and unfortunately it won't be the last.

From now on I'm going to Tunehouse as I have absolutely no confidence (neither did Ford, as the last two turbo failures were covered by the dealer and not the OEM) that the majority of dealership service centres are actually "maintaining" your car.

20th Jan 2010, 22:59

Ford really are completely useless; you know you're driving a Ford if the brakes are shuddering only a few months after new rotors/new car/machining.

The last Ford I had, a BA MK2 had 2 rotor changes, and 3 machinings before I'd sold it. That wasn't the reason I'd sold it though, I'd sold it when it had a fire in the engine bay and I no longer felt confident driving it. I'd started to imagine what would happen if a fire occurred at speed on a highway.

Also had a head gasket replacement, major coolant leak at only 68 km's from new (not 68000kms, only 68kms!!), and a large laundry list of problems with its terrible build quality.

I'm absolutely never going to buy another Ford again, nor drive one as a company car, nor drive one if I were paid to keep one. They're just dangerous junk with worse build quality than a Kia.

Buy Japanese and get a real quality car.