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.
Ford Falcon: contaminated fuel
THANKS for the report. As you say, drivers of LPG-powered vehicles should be aware of these problems and perhaps not be so quick to blame Shell. We have also heard from Shell (below). LPG with a higher-than-normal level of residue was delivered to some parts of Victoria from our facility in Lara, west of Melbourne. As a result, motorists who purchased gas from certain retail service stations (including some which are not Shell-branded) from June 17-28 could have experienced problems with their vehicles, such as cold starting or rough running. The quality issue was quickly resolved and the Shell LPG supplied since that time is fit for purpose. We have been asking customers whose vehicles have been affected to contact our customer service centre on 13 16 18 to discuss the problems they have encountered. Claire Wilkinson, Shell senior media adviser APPRECIATE your advice. Hopefully motorists running LPG-powered cars will be reassured the LPG they buy will cause no further problems.
IT'S certainly an option. If you bought a two or three-year-old Falcon for $15,000 and installed a gas-injection system you would have $19,000 or so invested in it, against the cost of the Corolla or Mazda. The cost of running the Falcon on gas would be a little less than the cost of running the small car so I would believe you would be in front. Think also of buying a used E-Gas Falcon, which might be an even better bet.
SHELL has been having issues with its LPG. There has been too much residue and it has been causing problems with cars. Have the converter cleaned and try another brand of gas.
Matter of combustion
INTERNAL combustion engines can be run on CNG, but it's not as simple as filling your tank with natural gas and driving away. I have heard that it is possible to buy a pump that can be used to tap into your gas supply, but I wouldn't recommend it without doing your homework.
IT REALLY depends what your priority is. If it's having fun in a ute, go for the Commodore or Falcon. My recent experience in the new FG Falcon was that the six-cylinder gave about 12.0L/100km on average, but that the XR6 Turbo was a little better on fuel and was heaps more fun to drive. If you need a ute for work and fuel economy is important, I would go for a diesel. But you also need to remember that hauling all that four-wheel-drive equipment around is soaking up fuel and you'll probably find the diesel four-wheel-drive isn't much more economical than a petrol six-cylinder ute.
I WAS surprised Ford didn't use the new model to update its LPG technology to the current gas-injection system. It says its customers aren't prepared to pay the higher price. If it had updated to an injection system it would have been able to have electronic stability control, but it can't have it because the old technology doesn't allow the control of fuel flow to individual cylinders required to make stability control work.
Cheap but not nasty
FORD uses old technology on its E-Gas engine, claiming that's all its customers are prepared to pay for. It's cheap, but not necessarily nasty. Being old technology, it's prone to the old LPG issues of backfiring, stalking, stumbling and idling roughly, but kept maintained it does a good job. It's a dedicated LPG system so there's only one tank, but the spare wheel is mounted on the floor of the boot, reducing the space. Performance is down on the petrol compared to the petrol engine; the gas engine in the new FG has 156 kW and the petrol 195 so you can imagine the E-Gas car doesn't go as hard as its petrol cousin.
YOU have been treated shabbily by the dealer and by Ford. You should not have to pay for the work the dealer has to do to remove the broken plugs. His mechanic broke them; he should have to pay to fix them. It is a problem with the three-valve V8 engine, and there are many thousands of reports of the problem with the engine in the US. I can understand your frustration.
UNTIL we see the new Falcon it's hard to say if your complaints will be addressed. Fords have always tended to have a high seating position, which means tall drivers can have problems. As for the E-gas engine, my experience is it's inconsistent. I have had road-test cars that drove and performed well and others that had all of the problems you describe. I hope Ford will adopt the more modern gas-injection technology and dump the old system it has used until now.
THERE will still be a station wagon and a ute in the next Falcon range, but the Territory was always planned as a family four-wheel-drive and not a workhorse. So, sorry, there will be no Territory ute. And the Crewman lost money for GM Holden and has been discontinued, leaving the four-door ute field to the Japanese imports.