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Old 03-30-2005, 02:52   #1 (permalink)
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Falcon AU and BA Series.. lifespan

Hey all

I hear lots of different stories about the lifespan of an AU and also the BA Falcons. From experience (considering the BA has only been around for a few years) how many KMs do you think that the average person will get from a AU or a BA before it packs it in ? I know that lots of cabbies have gotten over 500,000kms from the AUs so it's not unreasonable to assume the BAs will likely get similar.. but what about us average people out there ?

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ps. have the AUs been blowing head gaskets like the EF/EL series did at low kms ?
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Old 03-30-2005, 03:26   #2 (permalink)
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ps. have the AUs been blowing head gaskets like the EF/EL series did at low kms ?
Well my AU hasn't and it's done about 62,000 k's.

Hope I haven't jinxed myself here lol.
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I put over 250,000 on my old el and didnt do a head gasket.
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I was recently in an AU taxi in Canberra with 750000km on the clock.

Another - BA taxi in Melbourne with 435000.

Both drivers swore (to their knowledge) it was original engine. The AU had a new head on it.
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Theres no reason why any car cant last forever with the right owners. Just depends on how the car is treated and maintained.
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Re: Falcon AU and BA Series.. lifespan

An EB taxi got to over 1 million kilometeres without ever having the engine opened up!
I know an EF that has over 600,000km's and still going strong.
My parents EB Fairmont has almost 300,000 and never had to do anything to the engine yet.
I don't know about the BA's, but the AU's will last a long time too!
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My Dad was a Taxi driver and he used to drive an EA that had done 2,000,000kms in the early 90's.
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the AUs been blowing head gaskets like the EF/EL series did at low kms
The AU's apparently used a different (steel?) head gasket which fixed the problem that occurred with previous model falcons blowing gaskets.
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Old 04-02-2005, 09:21   #9 (permalink)
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Theres some pretty bloody amazing mileage figures there.
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My Dad was a Taxi driver and he used to drive an EA that had done 2,000,000kms in the early 90's.
That's amazing. Assuming an average speed of 60km/hr, that car has spent 3.8 years of straight 24 hour days driving non-stop to achieve that, in the early 90's.
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