As per my previous comments on my 04 wagon, just had the car back from Ford from a failed rear door lock and now the passenger side won't lock.
To the comment of 25 October 2006, a car that will do what you asked for 30K is the Series 3 Mitsu 380.
Best value and quality large car on the Aussie market today. I don't understand why people persevere with the problems of Holden and Fords, which cost around 7K more than the Mitsu. Show me where the additional 7K lies? Is it a pride or badge thing? They don't handle any better, even though they are RWD, and most people don't care which end drives the car anyway, as seen from the amount of people who buy small and medium size cars these days.
If you keep buying Commodores and Falcons with their reliability and quality problems, they will never get the message that they need to make a better car. It will be a never ending cycle.
I agree I used to like Fords, but now I don't like them as I find them to be to unreliable.
Also with the way petrol prices are heading, the family sedan car market is dying as 4 litre engines are just too heavy on fuel now. But I guess we will end up like England, and everyone will be driving 4 cylinders.
I have found Fords have quite a few problems. Ie pop owned an EA in the early 90's that had the head gasket blow at 80,000 kays.
To me the Japanese just build a better quality and more reliable car as compared to Ford and Holden. I think Ford and Holden sell cars now due to owners having brand loyalty, like my pop has only ever Fords for the past 40 years, except for one VH Commodore, which he hated.
I have owned an 85 Corolla for 3 years, and only it cost 20 to replace a hose. Could take some severe punishment. Whereas I bought an EB XR6, which has cost me 1600 in 1 year. So I think my next car will be a Corolla for sure.
I agree with the comment made on '5th Aug 2007, 01:24'. The Mitsubishi 380 is a completely underrated car in every respect. Whilst Holden and Ford keep making mass produced junk, cars like the 380 are not going to be bought... and it's a shame. I love my 380, still have my VZ Commodore but it sits in the shed.
Its so sad to see you guys cry tears of disenchantment over Falcons. Nothing is 'wrong ' with them; they're good cars. Unfortunately Ford chooses to buy substandard part supplies. I'm sure if Ford started buying fuel pumps, electrical switches and radiators from japanese suppliers like Denso, Mitsu electric and Fuji, the Falcon would be as reliable as any Japanese car. Unfortunately, I don't think trade unions and customers would want to pay extra for that level of reliability.
I bought a BA Futura wagon yesterday. Everything was working at the time of purchase. I was generally pleased with the car, because I'm a Ford man, and always have been, and it suits my needs.
Today, the second day of owning it, the driver's side window fails to wind up, and the driver's side rear door fails to lock. I get online to find a solution, and find out these problems are common. Guess I should have got a Toyota, or at least avoided power gear on Fords.
Sorry to hear all the bummer stories.
My 04 Ford Falcon is unreal. Not a cent, she just wants to be gassed up and given a massage once a week and she keeps her head up with pride.
But having said, that, I am on this post looking for solution to a faulty door lock. But that's not enough of a reason to get down on my Girl.
I had a brilliant Lexus SC400 and now drive a 2004 Futura Wagon... What a major come-down. Like going from a starship to a horse and cart. Everything is either intermittent or just won't work. As this rate I'll have to start pushing it (It'll ride me to go places)
Keyring door lock fails (back to manual), power windows are sluggish, idle surging, rear interior light just won't, stalls at traffic lights, driver's seat surround just snapped off (crap materials there), audio system is by far the worse I've ever heard in a production car - totally inadequate, air con killed itself just after I bought it (no warranty) left door rattles, bonnet lever under dash just snapped off - who makes a bonnet lever out of brittle plastic - those damn things are pricey too.
Now the radiator hose is leaking on the starter motor - who designs a car so that the water can leak on an electrical device? Didn't any of these people go to school? Or are they the kind of kids that stuck forks in power sockets?
... and don't start me on the XR6 body kit the previous owner put on it - it's as flimsy as a paper plane. The two lower lights have already dropped out and smashed on the road somewhere... hopeless.
I'm totally over this car. It's by far the worst car I've ever had the misfortune to own. My last Ford was a '60 Escort that killed its starter motor... that's all... and I've had lots of other cars over the years, but for my money, I'll be going back to Toyota again as soon as possible.
My experience has shown me that Ford = money pit, Toyota = quality vehicle.
Sorry for the rant... just had to unload. I feel much better now... Naa. No, I don't.