Used Ford Territory review: 2004-2006
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Ford's SUV plans had one difference to most other companies, and it was a bold one at that – they decided to build a two-wheel drive version as well as the traditional four-wheel drive wagon.
They recognised that many SUV buyers really just wanted a high-riding, roomy station wagon for the perceived benefits of being able to see the road better, and they weren't interested in going off the black top.
It rolled on a longer wheelbase than the Falcon, but was shorter in length and much taller. Its shape was neat and clean, its lines uncluttered and purposeful. Overall, it fitted the new genre perfectly.
Inside, it was roomy with comfortable seating for five in standard form, but up to seven adults with the optional third row, and plenty of space for everything a family needs to take with them when venturing out in the big, wide world.
Mechanically, the Territory was very similar to the BA Falcon. It came with the same 182kW, 4.0-litre, double-overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine for power, the same four-speed automatic transmission with sequential sports shift, and the choice of either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
While it rode higher than the Falcon, the suspension was similar – the Territory boasting independent front suspension with the Falcon's control blade independent rear.
Brakes were disc front and rear with anti-skid electronics, traction control and grade control for off-road safety.
IN THE SHOP
Few will have been driven off-road, certainly the two-wheel-drive cars will have stuck to the black top, but it's worth checking underneath four-wheel drives for any damage that might have been sustained by driving off-road. When CarsGuide tested one shortly after its release, the fuel tank guard was damaged from grounding in a rut on a bush track, and a section of the rear bumper was dislodged when caught on the road while attempting a steep climb.
There's plenty of choice on the market so it's well worth being selective. Be sure to look for damage to trim and interior fittings caused by kids bored during long journeys.
Being favoured for family transport, also keep an eye peeled for dings and dents from shopping centre parking.
Some owners are concerned about the fuel consumption and looking to convert to dual-fuel. Ford doesn't currently offer a dual-fuel system, but there are after-market systems available to convert the Territory to dual-fuel to save on running costs.
The concern with high-riding cars is that the higher centre of gravity means sloppier handling, but the Territory rides and handles quite well with no obvious problems attributable to the higher ride.
Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-skid and electronic brake force distribution, power steering and independent suspension combine for an impressive primary safety package for crash avoidance.
All models feature dual front airbags. But with side-curtain airbags, the TS and Ghia offer superior secondary crash protection.
|Year||Price From||Price To|
Range and Specs
|Ghia (4x4)||4.0L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO||$3,100 – 5,390||2004 Ford Territory 2004 Ghia (4x4) Pricing and Specs|
|Ghia (RWD)||4.0L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO||$2,600 – 4,400||2004 Ford Territory 2004 Ghia (RWD) Pricing and Specs|
|TS (4X4)||4.0L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO||$2,800 – 4,840||2004 Ford Territory 2004 TS (4X4) Pricing and Specs|
|TS (rwd)||4.0L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO||$2,600 – 4,510||2004 Ford Territory 2004 TS (rwd) Pricing and Specs|
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