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.
CONTACTING your dealer is the first thing to do when you have a problem. If that doesn't work, go direct to the company. Now you've done that, you need to enlist the help of a brake expert. Ask them to assess the noise and give you an opinion on what might be causing it. Armed with that information, go back to the dealer, and Ford if necessary, and seek a resolution.
VALVE recession rises on engines running LPG because it's a dry fuel with none of the lubricating properties of petrol to protect the valves. Your Territory will be no different and my contacts suggest the head will need a rebuild at about 100,000km. I have no experience with the Flashlube system so I can't offer an opinion.
FUEL consumption is such a can of worms I can't really give you a number that would mean much in your context. I would say, however, the 18 litres/100km is too high and it should be more like Ford's figure.
A rusty issue
AS IT'S under warranty, pursue that with Ford. There is no simple answer, other than start a class action suit against the company. Persist with the dealer initially and if you don't have any satisfaction there, go to Ford. Start with the Customer Assistance people, but again if that doesn't produce the result you want, go higher until you do get the solution you're seeking. The only way you'll get satisfaction is to keep the pressure on.
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I want to gas up
YOU can contact both companies through their customer assistance hot lines, but you've probably already registered your interest with this letter. Ford has told us there are no plans to have an LPG option on the Territory, but we have heard Holden is working on one for its V6 engine. Having spent some time in the E-Gas Falcon recently, I have to say I'm surprised at its slow sales. I couldn't fault the way it drove and the savings at the pump suggest you'd be in the black after a year.
FORD'S response was that they investigated a dedicated gas version of Territory. However, it would have required a unique calibration for the AWD versions. Market research at the time told them there wasn't enough customer interest to justify the additional program complexity, especially as the dedicated gas customer base is relatively small. The current price of petrol hasn't changed that situation.
Additives not needed
THE short answer is no, you shouldn't use an additive. The Territory has been developed to run on unleaded, so using straight Optimax is fine. An additive is needed only for cars built before 1986 and developed to run on leaded petrol. The additive provides protection against valve-seat recession, something the lead provided.