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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.
Seriously This is my baby and I can't live without it
I love my car she's a beauty looks really good and drives superbly, and no I couldn't live without her. For the size of the car the turning circle is so good you feel like you're driving a mini, she's quite economical depending how you drive, I had her put onto gas 10 yrs ago for more economy, it's the best car I've ever bought and I hope she goes for many more yrs too.
Reliable, quick & spacious car
When I upgraded to the AU Forte, I was not expecting such an improvement on its predecessor in the EL-EF series. The 4L straight-six l-6 engine produces 157kw of power which is very responsive when you put your foot down. It is a perfect family car with plenty of room for 5 people, the neutral grey interior is simple and comfortable and there is a surprising amount of boot space. I think you either love or hate the unique design of the car; it's sleek and curved from the bonnet to the boot. Having the option for a spoiler was a good choice ...as it completes the look and breaks up the almost too curvy profile of the car. For a full sized sedan, the AU handles very well with minimal body roll on its stock suspension. It is not a racing car but its semi-stiff springs will deliver pleasant cornering as well as absorbing the majority of bumps on uneven roads on those country drives. The disc brakes provide sensitive stopping power and make next to noise when applied. The engine noise is not intrusive , even with all of the windows down. The air conditioner is good on both ends of the thermometer and even reaches the back seats with the extra vents on the back on the console. For a 4L motor, the AU is reasonable on fuel (about 12.5L/100km) and quite acceptable on long trips when you engage the 'economy' setting. The electric windows at the front are efficient, however the two back windows are wind-up windows. For a non-luxury, base model Falcon, this is an excellent choice for a family, first car owner or even a workhorse with its power and towbar availability. It is powerful and sleek, user-friendly and reliable. If you don't mind sacfricing a bit of extra fuel and winding up your windows in the back seats in exchange for an affordable and reliable car, then look no further than the AU.
Good, but has a lifespan.
Ford Falcon Futura AU. We had this car from 2002-2014, bought it second-hand. It served us great for many years, with really good storage and reliability. But about the time it was about ten years old, problems arose. The first thing to break were the electrics, the interior lights and electric windows all started to fail, even after numerous repairs. The interior started to fall apart and the muffler and handbrake blew multiple times. However we did not experience one of the main problems with these old AU's, which is the paint peeling and fading. Despite all the other issues we just never had this one.
Never thought I would like a Ford
I am a Holden man, own a Ford no way, but few years back was offered a low price deal on a year 2000 model second hand Ford Falcon with factory LPG Gas ($1,800). My plan was to buy it and sell it and make a nice profit, I decided to drive it for a month or two to see what a Falcon was like and see just how cheaper a LPG car was to drive, I do allot driving for work, I am a country rep.
Well 250,000 kilometers later I am Looking to buy another Ford Falcon with LPG, hopefully a 2012 + model, my son gets his P's soon so I will give him this ...car and buy another. Honesty I can not fault this car. I have only had to fix a very minor oil leak on the transmission and one of the electric window stitches had to be replaced. Other than that nothing spent on the car other than normal running costs. It handles well, great on the open road, tows very well, plenty room for the kids in the back and very comfortable to drive long distances or around town. The Gas tank takes up a bit of boot space but still plenty of room, enough for us to fit every thing we need in the boot for a family of 4 going away for a week or two. Biggest plus is cost to run, being on LPG, it is cheaper than a 2014 Mazda 323 we used to have to run. When I crunched the numbers in my log book after 50,000 Kilometers I had saved enough in fuel costs compared to my last Holden V6 that the car had paid for itself and more. I love LPG now. I hate to admit this but from being a Holden man all my life and owning lots of Holden's and other makes, this car has converted me over to the Ford Falcon range, this car now done 400,000 kilometers and it no where near ready to give any problems, I bet there still another 100,000 to 200,000 kilometers of hassle free motoring for my son left in this car.
Just keeps going,800,000km!n
Series two AU Falcon 16 years old now and put 800,000km on original six cylinder motor and auto transmission. Still drives and rides quietly, comfortably and economically. Only problem is the silver paint on roof and bonnet is starting to peel from a crash repairer who didn't do a good job to last for many more driving years. Afraid to replace or update it soon, I just love it though others hate the shape of an AU.
I loose my breath, each and everytime.
I own a FORD AU FAIRMONT, 2000 series 2. DUEL FUEL
Now as an 18 Year-old female.
This would be the best car I could possibly own. It's done 300,000ks now and taken me half way around Australia and still drives like a beaut. You can thrash the living hell out of it and it won't even hesitate to go further. I've owned it for nearly 4 years and it's literally been my dream car. Yes it's an AU and they aren't much pleasing for ''looks'' but one drive will change all of that. To me this car is a dream come true. It's comfy, lovely wooden inter...ior, and so much room! It's taken me to every life changing event a Teenager would have to go through and everywhere I've needed to go and it's been the same outstanding performance every time. It's been there without a drama. This car has never had a problem and from looking at the service book, it still hasn't. Now to be harmful, this car hasn't had a service for 4 years either. Except the maintenance I do myself, (OIL, COOLANT, FILTERS etc). It's a car that I simply can't kill. I've taken care of it, as it's definitely taken care of me. And as they say, best mates die together.
Can't bet a old ford compared to a new xr6turbo
Owned a au falcon put over 200thou on her and hard km I will add trade her in on a new xr6tubo ute what a huge mistake most noisy tyer wereing pore visablity peice of nuts and bolts I ever Owened sold it a at $7000 plus loss what did ford do wrong the good point was the engine and gear box we'll just now I bought a 2005 boss and it heaven to drive with power and comfort stick with these models between AU & BF you can't go wrong parts cheep and reliable ford have to offer road side asstince these days cause thay are a peice of scrap tin plate ...thay completely stuff up after the BF and I would never buy of the maroochydore ford dealer get 19inch rims pay for the Bonnas pack the spare is a mag pick it up get a flat find out thay swap it for a 16 inch real handy glad I payed that extra on RACQ Woulda cost me a bit other wise crap.
Bought a 2002AU series3 about 8 years ago. I've had very little trouble. Now done 150k and have replaced front discs $280, water pump $160, exhaust system $300, radiator $250. All these prices are fitted. Services around $230 at 15k periods. It's bolted together ok and is comfortable ride. Not the best car in the world but it just keeps going.petrol usage around12-13l/100k
Good engine, ride, plenty of cheap parts,reliable. Good tower.
Bit old fashioned looking,
AU SERIES 3 XR8 220 kw 4 speed automatic in blueprint
Purchased this car 3 months ago it has blue momo wheel and heavy duty trans cooling and msd coil packs 165 on the clock.
Car is stock other then coil packs it goes hard sounds sweet and is very comfortable. On a long highway drive with aircon and 3 adults onboard can get 780/800 to a tank roughly averaging 8.8/9.6L per 100. and about 14 around town using bp ulitimate 98.
Have beaten an xr6 turbo with it at rolling start and have gotta say feels just as quick if not quicker off the mark as one.
A lot of people are turned off au because ...its looks came 10/15 years too early. Inside the interior feels like more effort was put in then b_ series also under the bonnet more attention to detail with engine builders Signature on tapid cover and a tickford plaque stating what options were fitted.
Questions & Answers
I’m here in the uk and bought a au111 falcon ute and all of a sudden the immobiliser will just cut in and it won’t start.. at around 100 dollars a go a bloke will come out and clear fault codes and then it will go again ..!!! Can I just get rid of immobiliser ? Anyone had this problem ? Can someone help a homesick Aussie bloke out ?? Thanks Mark
|Category||Cars, Wagons and Sedans|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Fuel Consumption||7.4 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||68 L|
|Engine||6 Cylinder 4L|
|Max Power||157kW @ 4900rpm|
|Max Torque||357Nm @ 4900rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 1998|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2002|
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