The Road Ahead : April May 2008
What you get The major re-engineering program by Ford to introduce the BA series in September 2002 delivered mechanical and equipment upgrades, a stylish new interior, new body sheet metal, plus greater attention to refinement and quality. There's a BA model to suit most tastes and standard kit improves as you ascend the model ladder from the base XT, through Futura, Fairmont and Fairmont Ghia. With enhancements including body kit and sports suspension, the XR6 adds sportiness to the range. For serious performance though, look for the XR6 Turbo. Wagons, utes, dedicated LPG versions (the E-Gas), and V8 models round out the BA family. Mk II versions from October 2004 until replacement by the substantially revised BF series, offered minor upgrades. HOLDEN VY COMMODORE Sedan, 2002 to 2004, 3.8-litre V6, from $13,400 to $26,000. Wagons also available. MITSUBISHI MAGNA Sedan, 2002 to 2005, 3.5-litre V6, from $10,500 to $27,000. TOYOTA CAMRY Sedan, 2002 to 2005, 3.0-litre V6, from $13,500 to $29,800. How it drives The re-engineered, 4.0-litre, double overhead cam, variable valve timing, six- cylinder engine offers plenty of torque through the rev range for effortless performance under any conditions. Most will be fitted with a four-speed auto with sequential sports shift, rather than the five-speed manual. The Falcon's drive-train is more refined than rival Commodore. BA's control blade independent rear suspension helps endow it with a commendable blend of supple ride and competent handling. Improved steering and bigger brakes aid road manners. Inside, there's plenty of space and comfortable pews, while drivers will delight in the excellent ergonomics. Some models offer power adjustment of al position. eliability isn't bad, but a professional pection is recommended. nsmission oil coolers can fail allowing er into the auto. That could mean an expensive auto rebuild and radiator renewal. Check also for oil leaks from power steering hoses, cooling system leaks (especially water pumps), smooth and quiet transmission operation and differential noise. Brakes should be checked for shudder and deteriorated hoses. Validate scheduled servicing of oil and coolant changes. Under the pump BA Falcon (excluding E-Gas) will use between 9.0 litres and 15.0 litres of fuel every 100 km, depending on model and driving conditions. How much are the parts? For a 2004 Mk II, XT sedan: Tyres (each) from $125.00 Oil filter $12.95 Air filter $36.65 Front brake pads $212.55 Headlight $435.15 Tail light $162.85 What will it cost? Sedans from $12,500 to $28,000, depending on year and model (excludes turbo and FPV models). Competitors The rise in fuel prices ha slashed new sales volum and the used values of w once was the staple die fleet and family buyers: large, six-cylinder sedan with many desirable attr local heroes such as BA provide good value, used motoring .. . USED CAR REVIEW REVIEW JOHN EWING 56 APR/MAY 08 Ford BA Falcon, 4.0 - litre sedan, 2002-2005 ped R insp Tran wate r as mes what et of the n. Butt t t t t t t t ributes, A Falcon can d buying.
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