Ford Falcon 2008 Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Ford Falcon 2008 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Falcon ute ongoing power issues
It's unlikely that you would be able to get a replacement vehicle, but Ford has an obligation to fix it if it has a problem. Sit down with the dealer, and preferably a Ford factory rep, and work out a plan of action to identify and correct the problem. I would also suggest you have an LPG specialist check it.
Ford Falcon 2008: What's the towing capacity?
There's no system available to do what you want, and with the plastic fittings Ford uses on the heat exchanger it's not an easy thing to develop. And a note of caution from AW Automatics, who have looked at making an aftermarket exchanger, the six-speed auto tends to run a little hot anyway and replacing the factory exchanger that uses water with an aftermarket one that uses air has the potential to cause the transmission to overheat if the replacement exchanger doesn't have sufficient capacity to do the job.
Ford Falcon 2008: Rattling ute
If it's driving well and the only thing that bothers you is the door rattle I wouldn't be too concerned about checking for anything else. The dealer should check the car over in the service and I would expect him to bring any problems to your attention, but it doesn't sound like it has any issues needing attention other than the door.
Same knocking sound in BF Falcon
We also heard from another reader who told us the diff bushes were the likely cause of the knock and that they are a common failure in that model.
Ford Falcon: Clunky gearshift
It is something we've heard about before. It was debatable whether it was the transmission of the diff, and Ford was replacing diffs that whined and clunked. But we also had owners report that dealers were doing a recal on their transmissions to soften the downshift to alleviate the problem. Ask your dealer about that. You could also try changing the oil in the diff.
Best tyre pressure for even wear
Carmakers specify a tyre pressure that gives a comfortable ride as well as safe handling and braking, along with an acceptable life and fuel economy. In a word it's a compromise that results in acceptable all-round performance and in that context 30 psi is fine. Tyre retailers, on the other hand, will tell you to set the tyre pressure a few psi higher than recommended, while doing so will make the ride a little firmer, it will improve the handling and the economy. Running at a higher pressure will help, and it's also worth rotating the tyres more often.
Ford Falcon 2008: Warning light
Certainly take it back to the dealer, it's not wise to be driving a car with a possible airbag fault, but this time sit down with the dealer and go through the history of the problem and make it known in no uncertain terms that you are unhappy and that they have failed to fix a problem you have reported several times. It's still under warranty so I would leave the car with them until they can demonstrate to your satisfaction that the problem has been fixed, and demand a loan car while your car is in the workshop. If the dealer cannot fix it, ask them to call Ford in and have one of its technicians check it. After that consider going to the consumer affairs people and enlisting their help.
Ford Falcon: Traction Control
Keep the pressure on both the dealer and Ford to cover the cost of replacing the steering column if that's what they think will fix it. Your argument is absolutely correct, if they had diagnosed the problem correctly the first time you reported it the problem would have been rectified while the warranty was current. I don't believe Ford has a leg to stand on here. We haven't had any other complaints about the traction control, and while we doubt that the steering column would affect the traction control Ford should know best and I would let them make the change as they want to do, but before you agree get them to agree to cover the cost. If you don't get anywhere with Ford on this go to your consumer affairs people and get their advice of what legal action you might be able to take.
Shuddering gears in brand new FG Falcon
We've passed your comments on to Ford for a response, but in the meantime we would like other FG owners to tell us if their cars also have this vibration.
Ford Falcon: Knocking sound
A little more analysis seems to be needed. Try and identify the conditions in which it happens. Like, does it happen when you drive over a bump or a pothole? Perhaps it only does it when you accelerate or decelerate? The suspension bushes were worth checking, as the dealer did, and I would persist with checking all of the bushes in the rear; also check the shock absorbers and their mounts, and also the exhaust system and its mountings to make sure it isn't hitting the underbody.