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Would You Buy A New Falcon?

  1. bbm

    2,264 posts.
    There are many more faults with this car than meets the eye.

    As a matter of fact why would you bother buying a series 1 of any make or model?

    From SMH

    Fault puts brakes on new Falcon
    By Joshua Dowling, Motoring Editor
    November 21 2002

    The new $500-million Ford Falcon has had its second recall - two months after going on sale.

    Static electricity accidentally activated the car's side airbags in three cases this month, the most recent incident occurring in country NSW last week. The others were interstate.

    The company said no one had been seriously injured. "They got more of a fright than anything," a Ford spokesman said.

    Ford will recall about 2000 potentially affected vehicles. It says most are in transit from the factory or in dealer stock.

    Only the luxury Fairmont and Fairmont Ghia models have side airbags as standard. They are a $500 option on the rest of the sedan range. The spokesman said engineers were fitting a "precautionary earthing strap" to the base of the airbag-equipped front seats.

    The latest recall is the second blot on the new Falcon in as many months. In the car's first week on sale, 300 cars were recalled because of a potentially faulty 50¢ suspension part.

    Ford was also forced to halt distribution of 2000 more cars as it fitted new circlips to the rear suspension. A minor mishap but a major embarrassment for Ford, it put a small dent in the reputation of the new Falcon, which had otherwise been critically acclaimed.

    The offending part came from three links down the food chain, away from Ford's control. It was delivered to a supplier which in turn assembles part of the new independent rear suspension.

    After being beaten in the sales race by Holden for the past five consecutive years, the latest Falcon is a make-or-break model for Ford. In an attempt to win back customers, Ford has invested more than double the amount Holden had spent on the new Commodore.

    It is too early to measure the Falcon's sales success because official figures still include superseded models from both brands.

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