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Au falcon or explorer?

Asked by Bill Johnstone

Could you give me some info on the AU Falcon? I've heard different reports that it isn't a very good model. Also on the Ford Explorer XLT. I'm looking to trade in my EB because it's getting up in mileage.

Answered by CarsGuide

20 Feb 2004 Carsguide.com.au

The AU copped plenty of flak for the way it looked, but it wasn't a bad car. There is no reason to believe it is any better or worse than any other recent Falcon. The mechanical package is the same, so I wouldn't dismiss it on that basis. Looks are a different thing, and the value of AU series cars is way, way down on other similar cars. That's an advantage if you're buying, but a disadvantage if you're selling. It's hard to give you any advice about the Explorer without knowing what you intend to do with it. If you want a heavy-duty four-wheel-drive for some serious off-roading, then I would look to the big Japanese models, but if you want it for around-town use, I would go for one of the compact wagons on offer.

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