Pros

  • An absolute Aussie icon for not an exorbitant asking price.
  • Very affordable parts and repair costs.
  • Designed, engineered and built to handle Australia.
  • Plenty of trim specs and examples to choose from.

Cons

  • A huge amount have seen far far better days.
  • Rust is a major concern.
  • Plenty of mechanical and reliability concerns.
  • Hard to shake the negative connotations.

Verdict

Should you consider purchasing an AU? Typically, we would advise that the decision depends on your specific situation and the condition of the particular vehicle you are considering. However, if it’s not a complete rust bucket, and a qualified mechanic has given it a thorough inspection and approves it, then...

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Interested in buying an AU Falcon, here are the basics that you need to know.

  • The AU Falcon, a now iconic Australian vehicle, was manufactured during what many consider the peak of Australian automotive manufacturing from 1998 to 2002, covering three series iterations. Series 1 (1998 – 2000), Series 2 (2000 – 2001) and Series 3 (2001 – 2002).
  • Despite facing strong competition from the VT Holden Commodore, thanks to a very polarising design, the AU Falcon did not perform well in terms of sales and popularity.
  • The AU range includes three main body styles: sedan, wagon, and ute.
  • Despite the unpopular exterior design, mechanically the AU was an engineering standout, featuring (depending on the year model and trim spec) double wishbone independent front and rear suspension.
  • The AU title extends beyond the Falcon to include the higher spec Fairmont and even higher spec Fairlane, with the latter being significantly different and deserving of its own cheat sheet.
  • The AU is powered by either a 4.0-litre straight 6 or a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, with various states of tune available, all listed in the tech specs. Notably, the 4.0-litre straight 6 is the predecessor to the legendary Barra engine.
  • Trim options for the AU are extensive, with normal Falcons available in 12 flavours and the ute in 13, ranging from fleet sale and hire car classics like the Forte to high-performance XR8 models.
  • The Fairmont offers a simpler lineup with just two specs, but even these come with customisation

Interested in buying an AU Falcon, here are the basics that you need to know.

  • The AU Falcon, a now iconic Australian vehicle, was manufactured during what many consider the peak of Australian automotive manufacturing from 1998 to 2002, covering three series iterations. Series 1 (1998 – 2000), Series 2 (2000 – 2001) and Series 3 (2001 – 2002).
  • Despite facing strong competition from the VT Holden Commodore, thanks to a very polarising design, the AU Falcon did not perform well in terms of sales and popularity.
  • The AU range includes three main body styles: sedan, wagon, and ute.
  • Despite the unpopular exterior design, mechanically the AU was an engineering standout, featuring (depending on the year model and trim spec) double wishbone independent front and rear suspension.
  • The AU title extends beyond the Falcon to include the higher spec Fairmont and even higher spec Fairlane, with the latter being significantly different and deserving of its own cheat sheet.
  • The AU is powered by either a 4.0-litre straight 6 or a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, with various states of tune available, all listed in the tech specs. Notably, the 4.0-litre straight 6 is the predecessor to the legendary Barra engine.
  • Trim options for the AU are extensive, with normal Falcons available in 12 flavours and the ute in 13, ranging from fleet sale and hire car classics like the Forte to high-performance XR8 models.
  • The Fairmont offers a simpler lineup with just two specs, but even these come with customisation options.
  • For those seeking enhanced performance, the Tickford enhanced TE50 and TS50 models provide a more serious and special driving experience.
  • Despite being 20 years old, the AU has gained ironic coolness, leading to increased demand. However, being an older vehicle, it may experience issues, explore potential problems in the following sections.

Interested in buying an AU Falcon, here are the basics that you need to know.

  • The AU Falcon, a now iconic Australian vehicle, was manufactured during what many consider the peak of Australian automotive manufacturing from 1998 to 2002, covering three series iterations. Series 1 (1998 – 2000), Series 2 (2000 – 2001) and Series 3 (2001 – 2002).
  • Despite facing strong competition from the VT Holden Commodore, thanks to a very polarising design, the AU Falcon did not perform well in terms of sales and popularity.
  • The AU range includes three main body styles: sedan, wagon, and ute.
  • Despite the unpopular exterior design, mechanically the AU was an engineering standout, featuring (depending on the year model and trim spec) double wishbone independent front and rear suspension.
  • The AU title extends beyond the Falcon to include the higher spec Fairmont and even higher spec Fairlane, with the latter being significantly different and deserving of its own cheat sheet.
  • The AU is powered by either a 4.0-litre straight 6 or a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine, with various states of tune available, all listed in the tech specs. Notably, the 4.0-litre straight 6 is the predecessor to the legendary Barra engine.
  • Trim options for the AU are extensive, with normal Falcons available in 12 flavours and the ute in 13, ranging from fleet sale and hire car classics like the Forte to high-performance XR8 models.
  • The Fairmont offers a simpler lineup with just two specs, but even these come with customisation options.
  • For those seeking enhanced performance, the Tickford enhanced TE50 and TS50 models provide a more serious and special driving experience.
  • Despite being 20 years old, the AU has gained ironic coolness, leading to increased demand. However, being an older vehicle, it may experience issues, explore potential problems in the following sections.

Exterior:

  • Rust is a significant concern for the AU Falcon, with potential hiding spots including basically the entire car, particularly around doors, door sills, and under rubber seals.
  • Check seams, chassis rails, and areas behind front guards, which may require guard removal for a thorough inspection.
  • Inspect the engine bay, focusing on strut towers and seam intersections for brown staining or corrosion.
  • Boot-related areas, such as the bottom of gas struts and the hinge hole, are prone to corrosion.
  • The base of the windscreen, A-pillars, B-Pillars, and C-Pillars should be examined for rust.
  • Attention is needed for the boot lid’s leading edge and underneath, especially below the number plate.
  • Elsewhere with the exterior, clear coat issues are common, leading to fading or peeling, requiring costly solutions like a re-spray or fresh clear coat application.
  • Electrical components, such as door lock actuators, power windows, and mirrors, may experience issues but are generally affordable to fix.
  • Headlights are known to yellow over time, but fixing this issue is inexpensive.
  • The entire car may rust, so a detailed inspection is crucial, with any more than surface rust warranting caution.

 

Inside:

  • Seat bolsters can collapse, particularly if heavily used by.
  • Electronic issues, including window switch problems, are reported, often caused by gunk buildup in the switches.
  • Infotainment systems may have been replaced with aftermarket options due to dissatisfaction.
  • A common issue in all Ford Falcons, including the AU, is sagging headliners.

 

Mechanically:

  • The Intech 6-cylinder engine is generally reliable, though head gasket issues can still occur.
  • Front oil seal leaks, drive belt, and tensioner rattles are common concerns.
  • Inlet or intake manifold gasket failures leading to leaks may occur.
  • Ignition leads and coil packs are known to have issues, potentially causing misfires.
  • Cooling system problems are frequent, with issues like o-ring failures at the back of the water pump and thermostat housing.
  • Power steering pumps may leak onto the alternator, causing damage.
  • Timing cover and timing chain tensioner o-ring oil leaks are possible.
  • Transmission cooler leaks in the radiator can result in a problematic milkshake of liquids, often requiring an aftermarket oil cooler installation.
  • Wheel bearing and diff whine issues may arise due to thrashing or lack of maintenance.
  • The Tremec T5 manual and BTR auto transmissions are generally reliable, but BTR autos may face shift solenoid problems and can go into limp mode with poor fluid and lack of servicing.
  • Extension housing bushes may need replacement.
  • Brake disc warping, especially in Series 1 AU, is a known concern.
  • Upper ball joints and front wheel bearings commonly require attention.
  • A broken bonnet latch may necessitate tools for opening.
  • Firewall cracks can occur in manuals.

Exterior:

  • Rust is a significant concern for the AU Falcon, with potential hiding spots including basically the entire car, particularly around doors, door sills, and under rubber seals.
  • Check seams, chassis rails, and areas behind front guards, which may require guard removal for a thorough inspection.
  • Inspect the engine bay, focusing on strut towers and seam intersections for brown staining or corrosion.
  • Boot-related areas, such as the bottom of gas struts and the hinge hole, are prone to corrosion.
  • The base of the windscreen, A-pillars, B-Pillars, and C-Pillars should be examined for rust.
  • Attention is needed for the boot lid’s leading edge and underneath, especially below the number plate.
  • Elsewhere with the exterior, clear coat issues are common, leading to fading or peeling, requiring costly solutions like a re-spray or fresh clear coat application.
  • Electrical components, such as door lock actuators, power windows, and mirrors, may experience issues but are generally affordable to fix.
  • Headlights are known to yellow over time, but fixing this issue is inexpensive.
  • The entire car may rust, so a detailed inspection is crucial, with any more than surface rust warranting caution.

 

Inside:

  • Seat bolsters can collapse, particularly if heavily used by.
  • Electronic issues, including window switch problems, are reported, often caused by gunk buildup in the switches.
  • Infotainment systems may have been replaced with aftermarket options due to dissatisfaction.
  • A common issue in all Ford Falcons, including the AU, is sagging headliners.

 

Mechanically:

  • The Intech 6-cylinder engine is generally reliable, though head gasket issues can still occur.
  • Front oil seal leaks, drive belt, and tensioner rattles are common concerns.
  • Inlet or intake manifold gasket failures leading to leaks may occur.
  • Ignition leads and coil packs are known to have issues, potentially causing misfires.
  • Cooling system problems are frequent, with issues like o-ring failures at the back of the water pump and thermostat housing.
  • Power steering pumps may leak onto the alternator, causing damage.
  • Timing cover and timing chain tensioner o-ring oil leaks are possible.
  • Transmission cooler leaks in the radiator can result in a problematic milkshake of liquids, often requiring an aftermarket oil cooler installation.
  • Wheel bearing and diff whine issues may arise due to thrashing or lack of maintenance.
  • The Tremec T5 manual and BTR auto transmissions are generally reliable, but BTR autos may face shift solenoid problems and can go into limp mode with poor fluid and lack of servicing.
  • Extension housing bushes may need replacement.
  • Brake disc warping, especially in Series 1 AU, is a known concern.
  • Upper ball joints and front wheel bearings commonly require attention.
  • A broken bonnet latch may necessitate tools for opening.
  • Firewall cracks can occur in manuals.

Despite the list of potential issues, the AU is a relatively simple car, and repair work is generally straightforward with affordable parts, excluding rust and paint problems.

Exterior:

  • Rust is a significant concern for the AU Falcon, with potential hiding spots including basically the entire car, particularly around doors, door sills, and under rubber seals.
  • Check seams, chassis rails, and areas behind front guards, which may require guard removal for a thorough inspection.
  • Inspect the engine bay, focusing on strut towers and seam intersections for brown staining or corrosion.
  • Boot-related areas, such as the bottom of gas struts and the hinge hole, are prone to corrosion.
  • The base of the windscreen, A-pillars, B-Pillars, and C-Pillars should be examined for rust.
  • Attention is needed for the boot lid’s leading edge and underneath, especially below the number plate.
  • Elsewhere with the exterior, clear coat issues are common, leading to fading or peeling, requiring costly solutions like a re-spray or fresh clear coat application.
  • Electrical components, such as door lock actuators, power windows, and mirrors, may experience issues but are generally affordable to fix.
  • Headlights are known to yellow over time, but fixing this issue is inexpensive.
  • The entire car may rust, so a detailed inspection is crucial, with any more than surface rust warranting caution.

 

Inside:

  • Seat bolsters can collapse, particularly if heavily used by.
  • Electronic issues, including window switch problems, are reported, often caused by gunk buildup in the switches.
  • Infotainment systems may have been replaced with aftermarket options due to dissatisfaction.
  • A common issue in all Ford Falcons, including the AU, is sagging headliners.

 

Mechanically:

  • The Intech 6-cylinder engine is generally reliable, though head gasket issues can still occur.
  • Front oil seal leaks, drive belt, and tensioner rattles are common concerns.
  • Inlet or intake manifold gasket failures leading to leaks may occur.
  • Ignition leads and coil packs are known to have issues, potentially causing misfires.
  • Cooling system problems are frequent, with issues like o-ring failures at the back of the water pump and thermostat housing.
  • Power steering pumps may leak onto the alternator, causing damage.
  • Timing cover and timing chain tensioner o-ring oil leaks are possible.
  • Transmission cooler leaks in the radiator can result in a problematic milkshake of liquids, often requiring an aftermarket oil cooler installation.
  • Wheel bearing and diff whine issues may arise due to thrashing or lack of maintenance.
  • The Tremec T5 manual and BTR auto transmissions are generally reliable, but BTR autos may face shift solenoid problems and can go into limp mode with poor fluid and lack of servicing.
  • Extension housing bushes may need replacement.
  • Brake disc warping, especially in Series 1 AU, is a known concern.
  • Upper ball joints and front wheel bearings commonly require attention.
  • A broken bonnet latch may necessitate tools for opening.
  • Firewall cracks can occur in manuals.

Despite the list of potential issues, the AU is a relatively simple car, and repair work is generally straightforward with affordable parts, excluding rust and paint problems.

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon
  • 2 door Cab Chassis
  • 2 door Utility
  • 2 door Traytop

Engine Specs

  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 157kW / 357Nm (Forte 1998 – 2002, Futura 1998 – 2002, XL 1999 – 2002, Classic Forte 1999 – 2000, S 1999 – 2001, XLS 1999 – 2002, 75th Anniversary Futura 2000, XL Tradesman 2000 – 2001, XL Sports Edition 2000 – 2001, SR Forte 2001 – 2002, Classic Futura 2001, Marlin XLS 2001 – 2002, Tradesman XL 2002, Sports Edition XL 2002)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 395Nm (Forte 1998 – 2002, XL 1999 – 2002, XLS 1999 – 2002, XL Sports Edition 2000 – 2001, SR Forte 2001 – 2002, XL Tradesman 2001, Marlin XLS 2001 – 2002, Tradesman XL 2002, Sports Edition XL 2002)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 164kW / 366Nm (XR6 1998 – 2002)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 172kW / 374Nm (XR6 VCT 1998 – 2002, Pursuit XR6 2001, XR6 VCT Sprint 2002)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 185kW / 412Nm (XR8 1998 – 2000)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder , 143kW / 362Nm (XL 1999 – 2002, XLS 1999 – 2002, Forte 2000 – 2002, S 2000 – 2001, Futura 2000 – 2002, XL Tradesman 2000 – 2001, XL Sports Edition 2000 – 2001, Tradesman XL 2002, Sports Edition XL 2002, Marlin XLS 2002)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 148kW / 357Nm (Forte 1999)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 185kW / 402Nm (XR8 1999 – 2001)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 200kW /

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon
  • 2 door Cab Chassis
  • 2 door Utility
  • 2 door Traytop

Engine Specs

  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 157kW / 357Nm (Forte 1998 – 2002, Futura 1998 – 2002, XL 1999 – 2002, Classic Forte 1999 – 2000, S 1999 – 2001, XLS 1999 – 2002, 75th Anniversary Futura 2000, XL Tradesman 2000 – 2001, XL Sports Edition 2000 – 2001, SR Forte 2001 – 2002, Classic Futura 2001, Marlin XLS 2001 – 2002, Tradesman XL 2002, Sports Edition XL 2002)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 395Nm (Forte 1998 – 2002, XL 1999 – 2002, XLS 1999 – 2002, XL Sports Edition 2000 – 2001, SR Forte 2001 – 2002, XL Tradesman 2001, Marlin XLS 2001 – 2002, Tradesman XL 2002, Sports Edition XL 2002)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 164kW / 366Nm (XR6 1998 – 2002)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 172kW / 374Nm (XR6 VCT 1998 – 2002, Pursuit XR6 2001, XR6 VCT Sprint 2002)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 185kW / 412Nm (XR8 1998 – 2000)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder , 143kW / 362Nm (XL 1999 – 2002, XLS 1999 – 2002, Forte 2000 – 2002, S 2000 – 2001, Futura 2000 – 2002, XL Tradesman 2000 – 2001, XL Sports Edition 2000 – 2001, Tradesman XL 2002, Sports Edition XL 2002, Marlin XLS 2002)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 148kW / 357Nm (Forte 1999)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 185kW / 402Nm (XR8 1999 – 2001)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 200kW / 420Nm (XR8 2000 – 2002, Pursuit XR8 2001)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder , 157kW / 362Nm (Futura 2000)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 220kW / 435Nm (XR8 2001 – 2002, XR8 Rebel 2001)
  • 5.6 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 250kW / 500Nm (XR8 Pursuit 250 2002)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (Forte, XR6, XR6 VCT, XR8, XL, S, XLS, XL Tradesman, XL Sports Edition, SR Forte, XR8 Rebel, Marlin XLS, Pursuit XR6, Pursuit XR8, XR6 VCT Sprint, Tradesman XL, Sports Edition XL, XR8 Pursuit 250)
  • 4-speed Automatic (Forte, Futura, XR6, XR6 VCT, XR8, XL, Classic Forte, S, XLS, 75th Anniversary Futura, XL Tradesman, XL Sports Edition, SR Forte, Classic Futura, XR8 Rebel, Marlin XLS, Pursuit XR6, Pursuit XR8, XR6 VCT Sprint, Tradesman XL, Sports Edition XL, XR8 Pursuit 250)

Fuel Consumption

  • 9.0 – 15.0 / 100km (Forte, S)
  • 9.5 – 15.0 / 100km (Futura, XR8)
  • 7.2 – 12.0 / 100km (XR6)
  • 8.0 – 12.5 / 100km (XR6 VCT)
  • 8.5 – 14.0 / 100km (XL, XLS, Marlin XLS, Sports Edition XL)
  • 6.8 – 11.5 / 100km (Classic Forte, 75th Anniversary Futura, Classic Futura)
  • 7.8 – 12.0 / 100km (SR Forte)
  • 9.1 – 15.3 / 100km (XR8 Rebel)
  • 8.5 – 12.5 / 100km (XR6 VCT Sprint)
  • 10.6 – 16.0 / 100km (XR8 Pursuit 250)

Length

  • 4907mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 4907mm – 5058mm (5 door Wagon)
  • 0mm – 5077mm (2 door Cab Chassis)
  • 0mm – 5109mm (2 door Utility)
  • 4938mm – 5340mm (2 door Traytop)

Width

  • 1870mm (4 door Sedan, 5 door Wagon)
  • 0mm – 1870mm (2 door Cab Chassis, 2 door Utility)
  • 1870mm – 1908mm (2 door Traytop)

Height

  • 1412mm – 1437mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 1437mm – 1469mm (5 door Wagon)
  • 0mm – 1517mm (2 door Cab Chassis, 2 door Utility)
  • 0mm (2 door Traytop)

Wheelbase

  • 2192mm – 2792mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 2922mm (5 door Wagon)
  • 3096mm (2 door Cab Chassis, 2 door Utility, 2 door Traytop)

Kerb Weight

  • 1455kg – 1620kg (4 door Sedan)
  • 1580kg – 1600kg (5 door Wagon)
  • 1360kg – 1545kg (2 door Cab Chassis)
  • 1410kg – 1750kg (2 door Utility)
  • 1392kg – 1660kg (2 door Traytop)

Towing

  • 500kg (unbraked) – 2300kg (braked) (4 door Sedan, 5 door Wagon)
  • Unknown kg (unbraked) – 2300kg (braked) (2 door Cab Chassis, 2 door Utility, 2 door Traytop)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested (All Models)

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon
  • 2 door Cab Chassis
  • 2 door Utility
  • 2 door Traytop

Engine Specs

  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 157kW / 357Nm (Forte 1998 – 2002, Futura 1998 – 2002, XL 1999 – 2002, Classic Forte 1999 – 2000, S 1999 – 2001, XLS 1999 – 2002, 75th Anniversary Futura 2000, XL Tradesman 2000 – 2001, XL Sports Edition 2000 – 2001, SR Forte 2001 – 2002, Classic Futura 2001, Marlin XLS 2001 – 2002, Tradesman XL 2002, Sports Edition XL 2002)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 175kW / 395Nm (Forte 1998 – 2002, XL 1999 – 2002, XLS 1999 – 2002, XL Sports Edition 2000 – 2001, SR Forte 2001 – 2002, XL Tradesman 2001, Marlin XLS 2001 – 2002, Tradesman XL 2002, Sports Edition XL 2002)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 164kW / 366Nm (XR6 1998 – 2002)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 172kW / 374Nm (XR6 VCT 1998 – 2002, Pursuit XR6 2001, XR6 VCT Sprint 2002)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 185kW / 412Nm (XR8 1998 – 2000)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder , 143kW / 362Nm (XL 1999 – 2002, XLS 1999 – 2002, Forte 2000 – 2002, S 2000 – 2001, Futura 2000 – 2002, XL Tradesman 2000 – 2001, XL Sports Edition 2000 – 2001, Tradesman XL 2002, Sports Edition XL 2002, Marlin XLS 2002)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder petrol, 148kW / 357Nm (Forte 1999)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 185kW / 402Nm (XR8 1999 – 2001)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 200kW / 420Nm (XR8 2000 – 2002, Pursuit XR8 2001)
  • 4.0 litre, 6-cylinder , 157kW / 362Nm (Futura 2000)
  • 5.0 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 220kW / 435Nm (XR8 2001 – 2002, XR8 Rebel 2001)
  • 5.6 litre, 8-cylinder petrol, 250kW / 500Nm (XR8 Pursuit 250 2002)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (Forte, XR6, XR6 VCT, XR8, XL, S, XLS, XL Tradesman, XL Sports Edition, SR Forte, XR8 Rebel, Marlin XLS, Pursuit XR6, Pursuit XR8, XR6 VCT Sprint, Tradesman XL, Sports Edition XL, XR8 Pursuit 250)
  • 4-speed Automatic (Forte, Futura, XR6, XR6 VCT, XR8, XL, Classic Forte, S, XLS, 75th Anniversary Futura, XL Tradesman, XL Sports Edition, SR Forte, Classic Futura, XR8 Rebel, Marlin XLS, Pursuit XR6, Pursuit XR8, XR6 VCT Sprint, Tradesman XL, Sports Edition XL, XR8 Pursuit 250)

Fuel Consumption

  • 9.0 – 15.0 / 100km (Forte, S)
  • 9.5 – 15.0 / 100km (Futura, XR8)
  • 7.2 – 12.0 / 100km (XR6)
  • 8.0 – 12.5 / 100km (XR6 VCT)
  • 8.5 – 14.0 / 100km (XL, XLS, Marlin XLS, Sports Edition XL)
  • 6.8 – 11.5 / 100km (Classic Forte, 75th Anniversary Futura, Classic Futura)
  • 7.8 – 12.0 / 100km (SR Forte)
  • 9.1 – 15.3 / 100km (XR8 Rebel)
  • 8.5 – 12.5 / 100km (XR6 VCT Sprint)
  • 10.6 – 16.0 / 100km (XR8 Pursuit 250)

Length

  • 4907mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 4907mm – 5058mm (5 door Wagon)
  • 0mm – 5077mm (2 door Cab Chassis)
  • 0mm – 5109mm (2 door Utility)
  • 4938mm – 5340mm (2 door Traytop)

Width

  • 1870mm (4 door Sedan, 5 door Wagon)
  • 0mm – 1870mm (2 door Cab Chassis, 2 door Utility)
  • 1870mm – 1908mm (2 door Traytop)

Height

  • 1412mm – 1437mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 1437mm – 1469mm (5 door Wagon)
  • 0mm – 1517mm (2 door Cab Chassis, 2 door Utility)
  • 0mm (2 door Traytop)

Wheelbase

  • 2192mm – 2792mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 2922mm (5 door Wagon)
  • 3096mm (2 door Cab Chassis, 2 door Utility, 2 door Traytop)

Kerb Weight

  • 1455kg – 1620kg (4 door Sedan)
  • 1580kg – 1600kg (5 door Wagon)
  • 1360kg – 1545kg (2 door Cab Chassis)
  • 1410kg – 1750kg (2 door Utility)
  • 1392kg – 1660kg (2 door Traytop)

Towing

  • 500kg (unbraked) – 2300kg (braked) (4 door Sedan, 5 door Wagon)
  • Unknown kg (unbraked) – 2300kg (braked) (2 door Cab Chassis, 2 door Utility, 2 door Traytop)

Ancap Ratings

  • Not tested (All Models)

Warranty

  • 3 years / 100,000 km (Forte, Futura, XR6, XR6 VCT, XR8, XL, Classic Forte, S, XLS, 75th Anniversary Futura, XL Tradesman, XL Sports Edition, SR Forte, Classic Futura, XR8 Rebel, Marlin XLS, Pursuit XR6, Pursuit XR8, XR6 VCT Sprint, Tradesman XL, Sports Edition XL, XR8 Pursuit 250)
  • 0 years / 0 km (XL, XLS, XL Tradesman, XL Sports Edition)

Servicing

Model range, pricing & features

Ford AU Falcon Fairmont Ghia-1

Forte

Price when new: $29,990

Price used: $1,700 - $2,600

Equipment

  • 4 Speaker Stereo
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Body Colour – Bumpers
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Solid
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Steering
  • Radio Cassette
  • Remote Boot/Hatch Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid Release
  • Tacho

Futura

Price when new: $34,490

Price used: $1,700 - $2,600

Adds

  • 15″ Alloy Wheels
  • 6 Speaker Stereo
  • Cruise Control
  • Intermittent Wipers – Variable
  • Power Antenna
  • Power Windows – Front only

XR6

Price when new: $38,990

Price used: $3,000 - $4,900

Adds

  • 16″ Alloy Wheels
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Spoilers – Front and Rear
  • Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)

XR6 VCT

Price when new: $43,990

Price used: $3,300 - $5,400

Adds

  • CD Player
  • Independent Rear Suspension
  • Power Windows – Front & Rear

XR8

Price when new: $46,490

Price used: $7,100 - $9,800

XL

Price when new: $23,400

Price used: $1,700 - $2,700

Adds

  • 2 Speaker Stereo

Classic Forte

Price when new: $30,690

Price used: $1,700 - $2,600

Adds

  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Body Colour – Grille
  • Paint – Prestige
  • Spoiler – Rear

S

Price when new: $34,990

Price used: $1,700 - $2,700

Adds

  • Suspension – Sports

XLS

Price when new: $26,900

Price used: $1,700 - $3,100

75th Anniversary Futura

Price when new: $35,240

Price used: $1,700 - $2,900

Adds

  • CD Stacker – 6 disc In Dash/Cabin
  • Chrome Grille
  • Paint – Metallic
  • Side Skirts
  • Trim – Velour

XL Tradesman

Price when new: $23,070

Price used: $1,800 - $3,100

Adds

  • Tray

XL Sports Edition

Price when new: $23,930

Price used: $1,800 - $3,100

Adds

  • Roll Bar

SR Forte

Price when new: $30,970

Price used: $1,700 - $2,900

Adds

  • Body Side Mouldings – Colour Coded
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel

Classic Futura

Price when new: $35,360

Price used: $1,700 - $2,900

Adds

  • Floor Mats

XR8 Rebel

Price when new: $48,715

Price used: $7,800 - $10,400

Adds

  • 18″ Alloy Wheels
  • Body Kit – F&R Spoilers
  • Skirts
  • Rear Apron
  • Leather Gear Knob

Marlin XLS

Price when new: $27,425

Price used: $2,400 - $3,900

Pursuit XR6

Price when new: $31,735

Price used: $4,300 - $6,400

Pursuit XR8

Price when new: $36,009

Price used: $7,500 - $10,000

XR6 VCT Sprint

Price when new: $42,730

Price used: $4,400 - $6,400

Adds

  • Leather Seats

Tradesman XL

Price when new: $24,470

Price used: $2,000 - $3,200

Sports Edition XL

Price when new: $25,350

Price used: $2,200 - $3,500

XR8 Pursuit 250

Price when new: $54,250

Price used: $10,300 - $13,000

Adds

  • Calipers – Front 2 Spot
  • Calipers – Rear 2 Spot
  • Data Dots – Part Identifiers
  • Disc Brakes Front Vented Drilled/Grooved
  • Disc Brakes Rear Vented Drilled/Grooved

Should you consider purchasing an AU? Typically, we would advise that the decision depends on your specific situation and the condition of the particular vehicle you are considering. However, if it’s not a complete rust bucket, and a qualified mechanic has given it a thorough inspection and approves it, then there’s no reason not to go for it. It would almost be un-Australian not to.

The AU embodies the spirit of Australia in a car. Just like our diverse population, it comes in a vast array of colours, shapes, and sizes. In various situations, the AU, much like Australians, can be inappropriate and unconventional. Both are often divisive, and let’s face it, they may not always be considered the most attractive.

Yet, at its core, similar to Australia and its people, the AU is a reliable, great-value, no-nonsense workhorse that gets the job done while bringing a smile to your face.

Moreover, these vehicles are budget-friendly, enjoyable to drive, and their maintenance is both easy and affordable.

However, we kindly request a favour – if you decide to get one, please avoid driving like a dickhead. Driving like this tarnishes the image of an Aussie icon for everyone.

Should you consider purchasing an AU? Typically, we would advise that the decision depends on your specific situation and the condition of the particular vehicle you are considering. However, if it’s not a complete rust bucket, and a qualified mechanic has given it a thorough inspection and approves it, then there’s no reason not to go for it. It would almost be un-Australian not to.

The AU embodies the spirit of Australia in a car. Just like our diverse population, it comes in a vast array of colours, shapes, and sizes. In various situations, the AU, much like Australians, can be inappropriate and unconventional. Both are often divisive, and let’s face it, they may not always be considered the most attractive.

Yet, at its core, similar to Australia and its people, the AU is a reliable, great-value, no-nonsense workhorse that gets the job done while bringing a smile to your face.

Moreover, these vehicles are budget-friendly, enjoyable to drive, and their maintenance is both easy and affordable.

However, we kindly request a favour – if you decide to get one, please avoid driving like a dickhead. Driving like this tarnishes the image of an Aussie icon for everyone.

Should you consider purchasing an AU? Typically, we would advise that the decision depends on your specific situation and the condition of the particular vehicle you are considering. However, if it’s not a complete rust bucket, and a qualified mechanic has given it a thorough inspection and approves it, then there’s no reason not to go for it. It would almost be un-Australian not to.

The AU embodies the spirit of Australia in a car. Just like our diverse population, it comes in a vast array of colours, shapes, and sizes. In various situations, the AU, much like Australians, can be inappropriate and unconventional. Both are often divisive, and let’s face it, they may not always be considered the most attractive.

Yet, at its core, similar to Australia and its people, the AU is a reliable, great-value, no-nonsense workhorse that gets the job done while bringing a smile to your face.

Moreover, these vehicles are budget-friendly, enjoyable to drive, and their maintenance is both easy and affordable.

However, we kindly request a favour – if you decide to get one, please avoid driving like a dickhead. Driving like this tarnishes the image of an Aussie icon for everyone.

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Information correct as of Jan 25, 2024.

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