My Mate used to be a Ford man, owning XW and XY GT Lookalikes.
He then decided he was too old (31) for that sort of thing and bought a VS Commodore Acclaim cos they had better resale value than the Fords. He has had the car for 2.5 years and put 70,000kms on it. It seized on him the other day coming up the Heathcote Rd, He wasnt giving a flogging and it had just ticked over 160,000kms. A Ring around the wreckers Informed him that a high percentage of these engines are notorious for this and when customers have come to buy an exchange engine, the one they have returned has been seized. One wrecker said, "You dont see this happening with the Fords, Maybe a few Blown head gaskets or heads but thats about it".
I wouldnt be Robinson Crusoe in saying that 6cyl Ford engines are one of the most reliable in the world, requiring minimal maintenance and that is why the majority of Taxi's are Falcons.
I have heard of a VN taxi reaching a million kays. If you want a short-lived engine, you'd probably be looking at a cheap Korean import. Still, horror stories about local cars crop up often and are worth being concerned about.
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A VN Taxi after a million K's would be a sight worth seeing. I caught a VS Taxi the other week and it felt like it was about to fall apart. Not to mention the harsh vibration through the car as he accelerated. Also got a VT Taxi later that night which was a bit better, but nowhere near the standard of most Falcon Taxi's I have been in.
Most Taxi drivers recognise the advantages of the Ford reliability over the Holden. I have often asked Taxi drivers these questions to get an unbiased response. Most I've heard still state the commodore as a better car to drive for home not for Taxi.
There are lots of reasons why a car may not appear to be as it should, thus without knowing full history it would be hard to comment on some of the above events. I know in my experiences from driving both Holdens and Fords that if you drive them hard then eventually something will give.
A mate of mine's dad sold his XF to get a VS exectutive, ex SGIO car. as soon as the odo wound past 90k, he needed to get a new crank put into it for some reason or other. Luckily at the time it happened, it was still under warranty, or else it wouldve cost a pretty penny to get it replaced..
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