Unreliable Commodore - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
The Pub For General Discussion

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-02, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Liverpool , Sydney
Posts: 212
Thumbs down Unreliable Commodore

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.
Great White is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-02, 09:28 AM
Australian Ford Member
ayman's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: sydney
Posts: 1,442
Nothing new there! Everybody knows Ford's IL6 is very durable and reliable. No wonder all these taxis are sticking to it, they do like a million Ks and even more.

But still, 160.000 is too little for a commy!bad luck I guess. Again, is the engine stuffed up or your just expecting bad news soon??it should go well over 250Ks, at least.!?

ayman is offline  
post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-02, 05:40 PM
Evil Holden Overlord
Hobbes's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Sydney
Posts: 920
My brother has my old VN V6 - it has 220.000 kms on it now, and the worst thing that has happened to the motor is that it ate a few welsh plugs ...
Hobbes is offline  
post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-02, 05:47 PM
Ford Member
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 259
Better resale value on Commodore - by what 2,3, 7 % (and what is that worth in dollars)?

What's the real cost of ownership, and especially given the situation now?

Yes taxi's do have good percieved service life - you would expect this given the number of 'hot' kilometers they do.

As for the best, most reliable engine in the world - that's a big call.
Bluey is offline  
post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-02, 06:20 PM
Dual Exhaust Warrior™
XWJG34's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Sydney
Age: 40
Posts: 1,172
He sold the XW-Y's to get a WHAT???

Jokes aside I feel for your mate... Hope he gets everything sorted out. its not a nice thing to happen to you

LSUG (Leaf Spring Users Group) Durability Tester and Restorer.
Delete striped BAGTs look like (*)(*)less models!!!!
XWJG34 is offline  
post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-02, 07:39 PM
My Neck Hurts....
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Rutherford
Posts: 501

Luke Plaizier is offline  
post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-02, 07:47 PM
400 kg ego
Troutman's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 6,188
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.

Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President

1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S
Troutman is offline  
post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-02, 08:04 PM
Registered User
Kenaz's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Melbourne
Age: 34
Posts: 2,061
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.
Kenaz is offline  
post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-30-02, 10:41 PM
Posts: n/a
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.
post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-31-02, 12:09 AM
Australian Falcon Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Perth, WA
Age: 34
Posts: 663
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..
discokin6 is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Fordforums Community > The Pub

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
qualifying FordLover Ford Racing Across the Globe 49 10-12-03 01:10 AM
Practice 3 Friday results IRPACAUS Ford Racing Across the Globe 4 10-09-03 07:29 PM
Bathurst Practice 2 Results mikezx6 Ford Racing Across the Globe 15 10-09-03 04:37 AM
Falcon is ... Hobbes The Pub 26 08-05-03 07:14 AM
V8 Supercars Practice 1 & 2 JEM Ford Racing Across the Globe 1 04-26-02 10:54 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome