Ford Falcon 2002 Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Ford Falcon 2002 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Why does my 2002 Ford Falcon idle irregularly and have a delayed throttle response?
An engine that runs well when cold but misfires when It’s warmed up is often a victim of poor air-fuel mixture. That can be caused by an air-leak (such as the intake manifold gasket you’ve already changed) a crack in any of the intake plumbing, faulty fuel injectors, a worn fuel pump, a corrupted ECU (computer), blocked fuel line or about a thousand other things.
But in this case, knowing the Ford AU Falcon’s engine, I’d be taking a close look at the ignition system, specifically the coil pack. These have been known to fail regularly, often displaying their problems including a rough idle, once the engine has warmed up; precisely the symptoms you’ve noted. That said, rather than rush out and buy a new coil pack, have the vehicle scanned electronically to rule out any other potential source for the problem.
Ford Falcon 2002: Why does the engine keep cutting out?
Computer-controlled engines like the one in your Falcon, Tony, require a range of sensors to provide the information to the computer to allow the engine to run properly. If just one of those sensors sneezes, the engine can shut down without warning.
As well as a throttle-position sensor, there are also camshaft-angle, crank-angle, air temperature, coolant temperature, oxygen sensors and more. So the best advice is not to start replacing the sensors one by one, but to have the computer interrogated electronically. The computer will be logging problems as they happen and should be able to tell you exactly which sensor is nodding off intermittently. A Ford dealership along with many independent workshops will have the computer-scan gear to do this. It will save you time and money in the long run.
For what it’s worth, since the car cuts out completely, my hunch would be the crank-angle sensor is overheating. So, if you want to persist with a home diagnosis, try this: Carry a bottle of cold water in the car. Then, the next time the engine cuts out, pour the cold water over the crank-angle sensor. If the car suddenly restarts, you’ve found your problem.
But to be honest, you could also be looking at a dud fuel pump, a blocked fuel filter and literally a hundred other possibilities.
2007 Viva or 2002 Falcon?
They are very different cars, the Viva is small, the Falcon big, so it comes down to what you want from them. The Viva is newer and will have done fewer kilometres, the Falcon is getting old and is likely to have done lots of kilometres. That said, Falcons tend to be relatively reliable at high kilometres, so if you are after reliability that's probably the better bet for you.
Used Ford Falcon review: 2002-2016
Ewan Kennedy reviews the 2002, 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2015 Ford Falcon as a used buy. In October 2016 the last Ford Falcon left the assemble line, not long after its 56th birthday in Australia. What ...Read More
Used Ford Falcon review: 1997-2014
Not a lot of new Ford Falcons are sold these days, so there's a shortage of late models on the used-car scene, but certainly no lack of offering built prior to 2010. For many years Falcon was a huge ...Read More
Ford ute flat low revs
I would be looking for a vacuum leak. Check all hoses on the engine looking for splits, also check for a split brake booster check valve.
Used Ford Falcon review: 1998-2012
Ford's Falcon has slipped from the minds of many new-car buyers in recent years, resulting in the sad news that production will cease late in 2016. However, the iconic Falcon has long been a ...Read More
Used Ford Falcon review: 1997-2012
Ford's Falcon is a rugged family car that copes well with rough and ready Australian bush roads so are very popular out there. They can be on the large side for close city work but have good outward ...Read More
Ford Falcon: Are the transmissions reliable?
The auto can fail at any kilometres, not necessarily 200,000 km, and it's because the transmission cooler that's in the radiator fails and coolant gets into the transmission. The transmission can be serviced, but you have to take it to an automatic transmission specialist, who could also fit an external cooler for $500-$600.
Falcon XLS noisy engine
The fuel consumption is maybe a little too high, I reckon 11-12 L/ 100 km would be closer to what you should get, but a lot depends on the load you carrying, the speeds you drive at, the traffic density etc, which makes it hard to be too specific. As for the engine I reckon you need to have it thoroughly checked over, it doesn't sound healthy to me.