Ford Falcon 2003
This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Ford Falcon: Roomy, Huge amount of variety, Spare parts are reasonably priced
The 2003 Ford Falcon carries a braked towing capacity of up to 2300 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.
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Ford Falcon 2003 Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Falcon here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
Ford Falcon 2003: Leaking coolant and replacing remote locking
If you can’t see coolant on the ground where the car has been parked, you need to start a more thorough investigation. Your car is now 17 years old, so every hose, clip, clamp and junction that carries coolant is a prime suspect to be the cause.
The lack of any evidence could mean that the coolant is only disappearing when the engine is running and/or the engine is hot and the coolant is under pressure. So a close check of things with the car up to temperature and idling is a good start. Don’t forget, though, that a running engine has all sorts of belts and fans to get tangled in, and that the coolant – if it is spraying out anywhere – will be scalding hot.
The other possibility is something to which Falcons of this era are a bit prone. And that’s a faulty transmission cooler which can fail internally and allow the coolant to escape into the automatic gearbox. At that point, the transmission is usually damaged to the point of needing replacement, so it’s a big deal, but it could explain the mystery disappearance of your coolant.
As for the central locking, these functions are handled by the car’s body computer. Again, it’s common with this model Falcon for the computer to start playing up and require replacement. But before you do that, check that the battery in the remote unit hasn’t gone flat. If it’s not that, a trip to an auto electrician is the wise move. But if both the body computer and the transmission need replacing, you might just find that the repairs will cost more than the value of the car itself.
Best car to tow a horse float
Having ruled out an SUV your choices are fairly limited. If you were prepared to buy used you could buy a late model Falcon, but if you want to buy new you’re really limited to an SUV. Most SUVs have good performance, they’re certainly not sluggish, and they aren’t all bulky. Something like a Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander, or a Subaru Forester should be able to comfortably handle your towing needs.
Ford Falcon: Clunking sound
It’s most likely the rear suspension bushes, a known problem with the Falcon. Have them checked.
Ford Falcon 2003: New engine management chip
I suggest you telephone some wrecking yards — which are called car dismantlers these days — to see what's around. If any CarsGuide readers can help I will put them in touch. The code for the unit is 3R23-12A650-HH ABU-214.
Ford Falcon 2003 Wheel size
Wheel size for the 2003 Ford Falcon will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Ford Falcon vary from 16x6.5 inches to 17x8 inches.
|Ford Falcon Model||Body Type||Front Tyre Size||Front Rim||Rear Tyre Size||Rear Rim|
|XT||Sedan||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|XT (lpg)||Sedan||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|Futura||Sedan||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|XR6||Sedan||235x45 R17||17x8 inches||235x45 R17||17x8 inches|
|XL||Ute||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|XL Tradesman||Ute||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|XL SE||Ute||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|XL (lpg)||Ute||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x60 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|XT||Wagon||215x50 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x50 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|XT (lpg)||Wagon||215x50 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x50 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|Futura||Wagon||215x50 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x50 R16||16x6.5 inches|
|Futura (lpg)||Wagon||215x50 R16||16x6.5 inches||215x50 R16||16x6.5 inches|
Ford Falcon 2003 Towing capacity
The Ford Falcon’s towing capacity ranges from 1200kg to 2300kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.
|Ford Falcon Model||Body Type||Specs||Braked Capacity|
|XT||Sedan||4.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN||1200kg|
|XT||Sedan||4.0L,ULP,4 SP AUTO||2300kg|
|XT (lpg)||Sedan||4.0L,LPG,4 SP AUTO||2300kg|
|Futura||Sedan||4.0L,ULP,4 SP AUTO||2300kg|
|XL||Ute||4.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN||1200kg|
|XL Tradesman||Ute||4.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN||1200kg|
|XL||Ute||4.0L,ULP,4 SP AUTO||2300kg|
|XL SE||Ute||4.0L,ULP,5 SP MAN||1200kg|
|XT||Wagon||4.0L,ULP,4 SP AUTO||2300kg|
|XT (lpg)||Wagon||4.0L,LPG,4 SP AUTO||2300kg|
|Futura||Wagon||4.0L,ULP,4 SP AUTO||2300kg|
|Futura (lpg)||Wagon||4.0L,LPG,4 SP AUTO||2300kg|