Boiling and spitting water out
I have a Ford falcon au1 xr6 Ute. At times it seems to boil over. Temperature gauge is sitting at 1/4. The radiator and pipes are only 6 years old, I just put a new water pump in thinking that was the issue. It doesn't do it all the time but mainly when it's been driven for a couple hours straight I'm about due just to scrap it
Purchased in August 2010 for A$6,000.00.
Got a spare $500 then you got an AU. She will never let you down. I have owned 4 in total. Had one that o converted to manual and it was the best car i have owned to date. Nicer to drive than a manual fgx xr6 and oh did I give it 4 years of hell, not that an au cares how bad you treat it.
Purchased in August 2011 for A$1,200.00.
sI have a 2001 ford falcon forte au the cruise control doesn,t work I cant find the problem my self I have tried to find the relay switch on line and cant it keeps blowing fuses for some reason anyone know why
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Reliable and economical
Have had two AU Falcon wagons. The First One dual fuel I put 500000km on clock until gas computer died. Very reliable cars with beautiful interior unlike the later Falcons which seem more plastic inside. So good that I purchased a second wagon a year ago which was well looked after by a pensioner. Very economic on petrol if driven light footed I constantly get 8.7 L/100 combined running. Extremely reliable and comfortable cars that are tremendous value for money.
Purchased in January 2018 for A$2,500.00.
Car has no spark
Use car daily and for everything work sports going out long trips service car my self all I have had to do is change oil and brakes as I said it is a evert day user helps me a work too be cause it has a tow bar which is handy
- Falcon AU (1998-2002)
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AU XR6 Tickford Spec
Hand built Engine, made in Australia for Australian conditions. This car has done over 200,000 kms and still has around 300,000 more to go, its held up extremely well, and requires almost no maintenance, the electronics in the car still work great. Has the original dash and everything. The build quality on these model and year are fantastic, if you can find one thats in reasonably well kept condition even at higher KM's you should pick it up. The only thing people dont like about the series 1 AU is the bug eye lights, which personally I love.
All I can say about this car is that is was junk. I bought the car new and had nothing but problems from the beginning. The Ford dealership at Sutherland used to thrash my car when it was in for warranty. But the car has numerous mechanical faults, like suspension, faulty horns (twice), faulty power windows, faulty cruise control (twice), fuel pressure regulator, radiator, central door locking mechanisms (5 times), spark leads failing, engine valve spring broke, clunky gearbox, power window fails, rear left wheel nuts coming loose (twice) and s...teering bolts coming loose. Also the chassis twisted and I went to six different tyre companies for wheel alignment and they all said they wouldn't align the wheel to 1.4 mm. The car cost me over $7000 for repairs when the car was out of warranty excluding services and consumables like tyres and brake pads etc. The engine was not mated to the gearbox well and was slow to shift, fuel economy was terrible, about 18 to 20L/100. Performance was average as the auto gearbox was geared too high. Pathetic car, service and sales. I would never buy a Ford again.
Perfection at it's finest
I love my car use it on daily and a track car, never missed a beat , strongest car I've owned )ticking strong at 600,00km, , (owned daweoos to porches) and so far this is the greatest machine , A true drivers car ,
Goods : strong
: Parts are free/cheap and everywhere
: Very fun to drive
: Safe car
: if dual fuel good on fuel cost
: Parts are compatible with other models
: Easy to fix
: Rarity of tickford models
i love my car!
Hi I am just wondering why my car horn is going off all the time for no reason, it went off today while I was driving and people thought I was honking at them!!! and im getting honked at and sworn at, its like you've just got your hand on the horn
Good reliable car
I use my for my family or my self everyday. And I done every time service on time some time bet late but it's good car relable. Mechanic never mentioned any big issue.but it's old car .that's way some time sadenley problem. May next one again I will buy ford car.
Best car i have ever owned..
My 1999 AU Fairmont is the best car i have ever owned.I have owned 27 cars in 19 years, various makes and models, but the most reliable, cheap maintenance cost, comfortable, smooth, car i will never sell is my Fairmont. It truly is an amazing car, and 100% reliable, with very minor mechanical issues, and in 10 years of ownership i consider it a honour to have such a amazing car, now 220,000 on the clock and i know it will last another 500,000 km.
Recently changed a brake line (has the 3 line set up From the booster) sat for about a week.
Chucked a battery in it, went to start it and nothing, first time turning the key to (starting position) comes up with a Code on dash that reads (base) then goes away once you turn key of to try again. Also when the key is in the firing position to start a brake symbol comes up.
Checked all relays, fuses ect ect
Battery is fully charged, I have disconnected the abs (was running fine after that)
Also used to be gas
The best Tickford enhanced XR8
I have always owned Ford's, mostly Falcons. The AUII XR8 sedan I currently drive is one of the sweetest cars I have owned. Iv'e always loved the design & the 220kw Windsor in the last series 2 & in all series 3. The steering & handling is excellent, many say better than B & F series Falcons. The brakes are adequate but for those wanting more, later model big brake packages bolt straight on. Whilst the adaptive shift auto does the job, purests will prefer the 5 speed manual which really gets the little Windsor singing nicely. I strongly suggest upgrading the exhaust system if the car your looking at has the original factory system. For those looking for something a bit special, check out the T series from the same era.
automatic 1998 AU falcon low revs when in gear
when putting the car into drive or reverse the revs drop rapidly including when sometimes when stopping it also drops revs but it fine when driving at speed limits. i have checked the spark plugs and have changed the spark plug leads it still occurs, how would this be fixed and what causes it?
Great car. Here's how to get radio code for free and how to enter code.
I have a Ford Falcon XR8 1998 AU. I recently replaced the battery. Afterwards, the radio displayed an ERR message and required the code. After a little research online, I discovered that you can call Ford Australia on
13 36 73, then select option 3 for general inquiries, supply your cars VIN/Chassis number and they give you the code for free over the phone.
To enter the code, you just need to leave the car ignition on accessories for around 10 to 15 minutes and the ERR message changes to CODE. Press the numbers in using the preset buttons on...
Good alrounder, Classy Fairmont, best bang for buck out there.
These are a very solid A to B vehicle. Plenty of power and surprisingly economical we have 2 for our 20, 22 yr olds who are at uni. They love them. We looked at smaller cars but $6k small car is a joke compared to a $2k AU Falcon
One of our cars is a Fairmont - wow- classy interior like like no other. The paint has peeled off on one of them but as these are about value for money, reliability and safety it matters not. Very easy to service. If you are looking for fundamental transport- get one of these.
To sum up the Falcon, it is a lot of car for not a lot of money.
Having owned various models of Falcon including the AUII, BA MkII and FG MkII I'd recommend them all as great value used car choices.
The standard 4 litre 6 cylinder engine is one of the best in the business, offering strong performance, great reliability with minimal maintenance and quite reasonable fuel economy for such a large engine in a big family car. These engines often last >600,000 km with minimal work beyond routine maintenance.
Comfortable and spacious, Falcons...are ideal for highway cruising, moving up to 5 people plus luggage, and towing. Expect fuel consumption of 8L/100 km on long motorway trips and 11-14L/100 km in the city. If you want to take full advantage of the power and torque on offer, go for your life but expect to use more fuel. LPG versions use 9-16L/100 km. The figures may seem high compared to 4 cylinder cars but with the size, performance and low purchase price factored in the overall compromise of the Falcon is excellent. On a >10 year old Falcon expect to find wear to the interior and exterior trim, seats, steering wheel, and perhaps rust in the body if it has not been looked after. However, rough examples should be priced accordingly (from about $800 to $1500) and are often still quite good mechanically.
An outstanding Ford.
I purchased my AU 111 automatic nine years ago as a one owner traded in car at a Ford dealership. I got out of a Ford Ka and stepped in to probably the most reliable car I've ever had. The only thing to give problems, twice, was the necessary replacement of the drivers side electric window winders motors at around $150 each. A Ford mechanic gave me this tip which proved to be very valuable; regularly use silicon spray on the window vertical felt slides. Apparently the strength of these electric motors is marginal and dry slides can overstrain...them. Otherwise, the AU is a really good car, they don't rust, they are cheap to service, parts are readily available and as reliable as an old boot. However, the plastic bumpers are weak and dent easily, don't trust em. Otherwise, these cars are hugely under-rated !!
I have two AU fairmont's - series 2 (wife) and 3 (me). Both dual fuel conversions.
I bought them because they were cheap and unloved; each had about 200k ish on them.
Only trouble has been the usual warped rotors, and LPG backfire issues / exploding airboxes. (usually plugs or leads). Recommend doing an auto service (new filter and fluid and flush) when you get it; and every 100k.
Buy the 42mm socket and you can replace both front rotors for $100. I do all my own work; including the auto services: a spark plug socket gets the filler pl...ug out, getting the fluid back in requires ingenuity or a pump. Scarily economical on a long trip. Bloody marvellous. Comfortable ride, electric windows/mirrors/seat; but sounds like a vacuum cleaner - no funboy thrills in this sedate cruiser. Getting away from them now due to old age / difficult to get in/out. I do like my AUIII very much.
Excellent...after spending alot of money!
Got my AU series 3 in 2013 low ks 113,000. Was going great at first now I have put in new radiator, alternator, water pump, belt and pullies, new speedo cluster and coil pack. After all this breaking down within a span of 6 months car is going great again. Had a 97 EL before this loved that car but was at an age where everything was breaking. Thinking of updating to a 2007 Futura next.
Questions & Answers
I just bought 2 au's and was wondering where the fuel filter is in them?
Hi, Was there such a thing as a Falcon AU II SR, or was the SR only in Falcon AU III?
Hi, Does anyone know if you can tell the AU series ( 1 or 2 or 3 ) from the VIN number? If so, what code is it?
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