Ford Falcon 2009 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Ford Falcon 2009 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

What is the best type of oil to use in a 2009 Ford Falcon XR6T?

Answered by CarsGuide 14 May 2021

A good multi-grade oil is what you’re after; one that is thin enough to circulate and protect quickly in cold conditions, but also able to cope with the heat and stress inferred by a turbocharged engine in hot conditions. Options include a 5W30 oil or even a 10W40, but make sure that the API rating is suitable for your car. The correct API rating ensures that the oil is of a sophistication in keeping with the technology in your engine.

The other critical piece of advice is to use a quality oil from a reputable brand. Ignore the supermarket-shelf stuff and, if you’re having the car serviced at a workshop, don’t forget to ask what brand and grade of oil it intends to use. A fully synthetic oil will cost more but will offer more protection for an engine such as the hard-working turbomotor in an XR6T.

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Ford Falcon 2009: Are there issues with the timing chain?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Apr 2019

There’s no issue with the chain, they rarely break, but they can wear over time. If it does wear it usually becomes noisy, which in itself is not a problem. If it gets too bad the timing can be affected, and it’s best them to replace the chain.

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Falcon or Fairmont for 12k?

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Feb 2016

With your budget you're looking at the FG Falcon of around 2009, which is what I would recommend. An FG G6E, the equivalent of the Fairmont in the FG would be slightly above your budget range, but it would be the best choice. To find a Fairmont that fits within your budget constraints you would need to go back to the BFII.

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Ford Falcon: Ruptured oil cooler

Answered by CarsGuide 29 Jan 2016

There have been changes made to the design of the oil cooler and claims that the problem has been fixed, but it’s an on-going issue that should have been properly addressed a long time ago. Recalls are made where the safety of a vehicle is affected; they aren’t done for design faults that don’t impact on a car’s safety. That said, Ford should have fixed the problem and updated cars, so owners don’t have to face expensive repair bills. Call Ford’s customer assistance people and lodge a claim with them for the repairs to be covered under a goodwill payment. You could also contact the consumer affairs people in the ACT to get their advice on what action you could take.

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Ford Falcon: Unusual tyre wear

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Oct 2015

What you're describing seems abnormal. Have you whacked a kerb with the left rear, I'm guessing the wheel alignment has been knocked out. Get the rear wheel alignment checked.

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Best performance V8 sedan?

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Oct 2015

It's an easy choice for me. I'd go for the VFII SS-V with the new Corvette engine. It's a new high-water mark for Holden and, in any case, all the XR8s have already been allocated to owners.

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Glue failing on Falcon rear window

Answered by CarsGuide 14 Aug 2015

Providing the car hasn't been involved in a crash or anything else that might have an effect on the window you could have a claim on the basis of a manufacturing or design fault. Either the glue wasn't up to the job, or it wasn't properly applied in production. The car is six years old, however, and it would probably be easier and less painful to simply repair it instead of trying to lever a few bucks out of Ford.

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