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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-16-03, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Most reliable Falcon?

Which model is the best to buy excluding the age of the car.

Talking to some taxi owners many of them agree that the ED so far has been the best Falcon they've had as a taxi. Most reliable and good performance.

I thought I should ask the experts on the matter. members!

So, which model is so far the best Ford has made reliable. Not including the BA!

256rwkw @ 1920kgs
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-16-03, 04:46 PM
Two SC 61's = trouble
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Depends how far you want to go back?The X.Y/.XW/X.B/ X.D take some beating. You'r right though the E.B to EL's where tuff as nails also, consider latter models had more options to go wrong..

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I would say due to the age, the EL has proven to be the most reliable mechanically and electronically.

When i had a look into the EL rocker assembly, they have improved it heaps from the previous models. Even as the km's clock up the EL feels alot smoother than an EF.I believe the AU's are just as good but due to the it being newer it hasn't proved itself just yet.

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post #4 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-16-03, 08:06 PM
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Olds XC falcons been the best never lets us down. i reckon XC falcons and EA's if maintained properly.

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post #5 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-16-03, 08:47 PM
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I would agree with the above XC nomination, they run for ever, and if something does happen to go bow legged its easy to fix, the bare essentials give you plenty or room to move in the engine bay!

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My AU1 XR6 has been brilliant so far, never missed a beat. Had 116,000k's when I bought it, now has 148,000k's. Shaping up well but still too soon to tell.

I had an ED Ghia 4.0L. First 3 years, beautiful. 4th year fell apart despite regular maintenance. 2 head gaskets, 3 electric windows, 1 clutch fan and the AC died requiring a full dash-out repair. Had 61,000k's when I bought it, trouble started at 145,000k's, got rid of it (still with problems) at 180,000k's.

EA Ghia owned 6 months. Nothing but trouble. Worst car I've ever had.

Best Ever? An old XA GS, 6cyl 4spd I had 15 years ago. A real shitter but NEVER let me down. Started first hit every time, never had to lay a spanner on it. Fond memories!!

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Ive got an XA Fairmont 250 auto and I reakon these and other pre crossflow 6's (XR - XB) are the best. They just keep going & going and if you do need to work on them everything is easy to get to. The crossflows (XC - XF) are also very good but can be a bit harder to work on. Can't comment on the E series as I've never owned one, but I would keep away from any EA.
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I've got an EBII XR8 and ive never had a problem with it.

its only done around 160,000 km but ive had it a year.

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Originally posted by XAXEXF
Ive got an XA Fairmont 250 auto and I reakon these and other pre crossflow 6's (XR - XB) are the best. They just keep going & going and if you do need to work on them everything is easy to get to.
I'll agree to that... I had a 250 and that copt a thrashing. Starved of oil and water and it NEVER failed me... I wanted to kill it to get an 8 but it never died. So I ended up tossing it in favour of the 8. To this day I can hear it idling at the tip.. some 15k's away. Possesed I tell ya!!!!

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myy old man bought a 1993 ed gli back in 94 and i had that car from 2000-2001 and the only thing that ever went wrong with it was the steering rack it was the most reliable ford we ever had and a good performer too, in stock form i consider it to have gone harder than my current AU
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