I'm new to this site and was seeking advice on buying a AU Falcon!!
How much should i be looking at paying? Are these a good car? (No major faults etc.) Stuff like that if people could give me advice it would be good!!
I'll also be using the car to tow a 17ft boat, i've heard Ford's are quite good for towing, so i shouldnt have a problem?
I've been looking on redbook.com for cars for sale and there are a few good ones but then again, what would i know!!
Any advice would be good..
Depends how much you really wanna spend, but there are some great buys out there atm specially with the later AU Series III cars, some have less then 20,000 kms and there are a few Fairmonts / Ghias around with a stack of options. They are good for towing providing you option the bigger towbar with the load leveling kit. If i was in the market for another AU (previously owned an AU II XR6) id either buy an AU II XR6 VCT or an AU II / III Fairmont Ghia with some Tickford Options. AU II / III Futuras and SRs are also good value as they have alloys, cruise, abs, power everything etc.
Those cars are probably a little out of my price range, Maxiumum i would want to spend it about 15K!!
There are a fair few 1999-2000 Ford Falcon AU Forte priced between 10K-15K although im not sure if these are any good??
For that kind of money you could probarly get a decent AU II Fairmont (around 150,000 kms) or an AU III SR (100,000 kms). I'd be going more for a Series II car rather then a Series I, Series II were built after April 2000 and have better brakes, a little bit better resale and also better looks. Series III are basically Series II with some minor cosmetic changes like wheels etc.
Ahh goood :) Thanks for that
Makes things ALOT clearer now!!
So it would be better to look for a fatura or a fairmont...
I actually havent even searched for fairmonts, here are a few!!
I really like the look of the chrome at the front/rear and also the spoilers make them look alot nicer!!!
As has previously been said, go for a series 2 onwards. I have a series 1 XR6 and have had no drama's whatsoever however the series 1's were meant to have brakes which weren't as good as the later models. Personally for everyday driving they're fine. I doubt most everyday people would put them to test.
In Sydney car yards, a base model Forte(series 1) will go for anything from 10k+. They're relatively cheap as far as newish cars are concerned. You can do better though.
The second series onwards are cosmetically nicer but it all depends on what model you're looking for. If you aim for a Fairmont or so which should be within your budget you should do ok. The higher end models score IRS which you'll definately like if you're not a fan of a bumpy ride.
The AutoGuide.com network consists of the largest network of enthusiast-owned enthusiast-operated automotive communities.
AutoGuide.com provides the latest car reviews, auto show coverage, new car prices, and automotive news. The AutoGuide network operates more than 100 automotive forums where our users consult peers for shopping information and advice, and share opinions as a community.