Ford Territory Problems

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

Ford Territory 2006: Bowser keeps clicking off when I fill up with petrol

Answered by CarsGuide 9 May 2020

A lot of cars seem to suffer from this. The fuel seems to back-up in the filler neck, and that’s what causes the bowser to click off (as a safety measure, to prevent fuel being sprayed around the forecourt). There are three things that seem to help with this.

The first is to place the bowser nozzle half way into the car’s fuel neck. Pushing it all the way in will often make the problem worse, and only half poking it in seems to have the effect of allowing the car to swallow the fuel faster without it backing up. The second thing to try is to insert the nozzle and then rotate it 90-degrees to one side or the other. Again, this seems to re-align the nozzle in the filler neck and can help. The third trick is to pull the trigger on the nozzle only part way. That slows the fuel flow down a little, but if it prevents the bowser continually clicking off, it’s still faster.

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Ford Territory 2015: Rust in boot.

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Mar 2020

It’s relatively widespread, Steve. In fact, it was enough of a problem for a while there that Ford was actually repairing some cars that were out of warranty. So that would be the first step: Tackle your local Ford dealer and ask the tough questions. A vehicle made in 2015 is too young to be rusty through bad design, but bear in mind that the dealer may not want to know and playing hardball on your part could result in legal costs if you follow it right through. And there’s no guarantee you’d win anyway.

There are shortcuts to rust repairs, but they all guarantee that the problem will recur. Fixing rust permanently requires removing all the affected metal, welding in new metal and rust-proofing the end result before repainting.

Somehow, moisture was able to enter the skin of the Territory’s tailgate and sit there and, naturally, rust was the end result. The area at the rear of the car around the tail-lights is also susceptible to corrosion. It’s interesting that the Territory had a storage space beneath the boot floor that was designed to accommodate wet bathers and wetsuits after a trip to the beach. Could this be the clue?

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Ford Territory 2012: Transmission recall?

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Dec 2019

Theoretically, yes the transfer case could cause a clunk from the drivetrain, but without hearing the noise in person it is next to impossible to diagnose. You can find all recalls issued by Ford here

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Ford Territory 2011: Servicing problems

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Nov 2019

If you can establish without doubt that the bolts came loose as a result of a manufacturing fault you might have a claim against Ford for the repairs, but if it’s not clear what caused them to come loose you won't have much joy. You could consult the ACCC if you feel you want to pursue Ford for compensation.

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Ford Territory 2007: Issues with plumbing

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Nov 2019

There’s nothing to suggest there are any issues with the turbo plumbing on the Territory. The turbo Territory is a rocketship, but it uses a lot of fuel in the pursuit of performance.

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Ford Territory 2013: Can I leave it a few days without starting it?

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Nov 2019

There shouldn’t be any problem in doing that. If it’s going to be a much longer time, like weeks or months, it might be wise to connect a charger up to the battery to maintain the charge.

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Ford Ghia: How to tell if it's a 4X4

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Nov 2019

It’s hard to provide you with an answer, as you haven’t told us what model the Ghia is. The Ghia badge is used to denote the top-of-the-range variant of a model, and could be applied to any model in Ford’s range. With the little information you’d provided I doubt that there will be a badge, and I suspect the car would not be a 4WD.

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Ford Territory 2011: Taillights come on after car is turned off and locked

Answered by CarsGuide 2 Aug 2019

That’s a doozy. What happens if you turn the lights off before turning the ignition off? The lights should go off when you turn them off, and I wouldn’t expect them to then come back on when the ignition is then turned off. I think an auto electrician is called for here.

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Ford Territory 2011: Why is my car jerking in cruise control?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Jul 2019

You could have a mechanic or dealer check the cruise electronics, but it could be that you are trying to drive too slowly on the cruise and it can’t cope with it.

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Ford Territory 2012: Does this model have a timing chain?

Answered by CarsGuide 12 Jul 2019

Yes, it does


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