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FORD FALCON Used Car Review

The Ford Falcon was Australia's longest continuously running nameplate up to the cessation of local production in October 2016 - 56 years after it debuted as a US-based model. Ford's large car started to become more Australianised from the 1970s and it would eventually compete against the Holden Commodore in a famously fierce local rivalry. There were luxury models such as the Fairlane and LTD, ute spin-offs, and sportier models such as the XR6 Turbo and V8-powered XR8 of more recent times.

Pros

Cons

  • Roomy and comfortable interiors
  • Wide range of models
  • Excellent, torquey six-cylinder engines
  • Engineered specifically for Australian roads
  • Thirsty LPG engines
  • Taxi stigma
  • No longer in production
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2006 Ford Falcon BF XR6 Turbo Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 108700 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

AR are pleased to be selling this well presented 2006 Ford Falcon BF XR6 Turbo Sedan 4dr Spts Auto 6sp 4.0T FEATURES & EXTRA'S - 6 CYL, AUTO, "TURBO" - EXCELLENT SERVICE HISTORY - AFTERMARKET INTERCOOLER - FACTORY BODY KIT WITH REAR SPOILER - SPORTS FRONT SEATS WITH ELEC DRIVER'S - SPORTS PEDALS - BOOST & VOLT GAUGES - ELEC STABILITY / TRACTION / CORNER BRAKING AND CRUISE CONTROL - MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL AND INFO SCREEN - ELEC WINDOWS - ALARM - TINT - ALLOY WHEELS - REMOTE C

$29,990Drive Away^
Strathpine, QLD

Dealer used
13/05/2022

Top2007 Ford Falcon BF Mk II XR8 Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 140086 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 8 cyl 5.4L

***BF MK II*** 2007 FORD FALCON XR8 AUTO SEDAN PRESENTED IN RED. COLLECTORS EDITION MUCH SOUGHT AFTER ICONIC V8 SEDAN THAT IS SURE TO IMPRESS WITH WELL BELOW AVERAGE KMS. DO NOT DELAY ENQUIRE TODAY. Call our experienced team NOW to secure this AMAZING INTERNET ONLY special price! Family owned Toyota dealership in PERTH, with the biggest range of quality used cars, with an exceptional personal touch. WHERE THE GUEST ALWAYS COMES FIRST..... Rigorously inspected 100 point mechanical check. Note

$22,990
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

Top2014 Ford Falcon FG MkII XR6 Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 81860 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

Black on black Ford Falcon XR6 FG with low kms, 18 inch alloy wheels, sports body kit, sports suspension, reverse camera, Bluetooth and much more? Welcome to Perth's PREMIER Ford Dealership! When you purchase a car from us you become part of the family and we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of customer service. If FINANCE is needed, we have you covered with our in house finance team that specialises in automotive finance. We can tailor packages to suit and we guarantee to work wi

$21,488
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
4 hours ago

Top2011 Ford Falcon FG XR6 Turbo Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 142552 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

WELCOME TO OUR MASSIVE MULTI-FRANCHISE TOYOTA DEALERSHIP POWERFUL XR6 TURBO IN FANTASTIC CONDITION. LEGENDARY BARRA 4.0T MOTOR * BLUETOOTH * ABS * TRACTION CONTROL * AIR CONDITIONING * CENTRAL LOCKING * POWER WINDOWS * ALLOY WHEELS * BODY KIT and much more. All our cars receive a safety check by a factory-trained Toyota technician and are priced to market so our guests can be confident they are buying the best value car for Year, Km's and Features. All finance and lease options are availab

$32,488
Canning Vale, WA

Dealer used
22/05/2022

Top2003 Ford Falcon BA XR6 Turbo Yellow 4 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 233421 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

*** AUTO *** BA FALCON *** LEGENDARY BARRA ENGINE *** 4.0L TURBO *** LEATHER INTERIOR *** TOP VALUE *** GRAB A BARGAIN *** BE QUICK *** ** SERVICE HISTORY ** ALL OUR CARS COME WITH WARRANTY ** UNBEATABLE VALUE ** THIS PRICE IS DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY! ** EASY FINANCE AAVAILABLE! ** ALL ENQUIRIES WELCOME! ** WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! ** ALL our prices include registration, RWC, stamp duty and transfer fee. We have more than 150+ vehicles starting from $4999 for you to choose f

$12,999Drive Away^
Rocklea, QLD

Dealer used
22/05/2022

Top2010 Ford Falcon (LPG) Auto /🎁Rwc✔️Rego✔️Warranty✔️

  • 210000 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

🎁RWC✔️Rego✔️Warranty✔️ Finance Available/ Trade ins Welcome 🙏 ✔️🎁 •• 05/2010 Ford Falcon Auto LPG White 🤍 😊🏁👌 ✔️ •Reliable// looks Great// Very Clean// Drives great/ ✅Odometer: 210xxxkms/ Log book/ Serviced already/ ✅ Very Cheap to run/ Tow bar/ Alloy Wheels/ Freezing 🥶 air con/ Canopy/ Central Locking/ clean/ CD/ AUX/ Bluetooth/ Cruise Control/ ✅RWC Safety Certificate; Yes ✅Registration: yes ✅Mechanically Exellent ✅6 Cylinder//4 .L LPG // ✅Transmission; auto ✅Tyres

$13,499
Archerfield, QLD

Dealer used
22/05/2022

2011 Ford Falcon FG Upgrade XR6 Grey 6 Speed Auto Seq Sportshift Sedan

  • 170264 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

[ABB] Dual Front Airbags Package [ABS] Anti-lock Braking [ACC] Automatic Air Con / Climate Control [AW17] 17 Inch Alloy Wheels [BAS] Brake Assist [BK] Body Kit [CC] Cruise Control [CLR] Central Locking Remote Control [CT] Cloth Trim [DSC] Dynamic Stability Control [DSH] Dusk Sensing Headlights [EBD] Electronic Brake Force Distribution [FL] Fog Lights - Front [IM] Engine Immobiliser [PFSD] Power front seat Driver [PM] Power Mirrors [PS] Power Steering [PW] Power Windows [RCD4]

$16,036
Underwood, QLD

Dealer used
4 minutes ago

2010 Ford Falcon FG R6 Super Cab Silver 4 Speed Sports Automatic Cab Chassis

  • 238182 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

Dear Customer/Consumer Most of our car details are supplied in the advert, if the car matches your criteria of selection we encourage you to contact us so we can further assist you. (Please note, Most of the car details are listed in the advertisement such as kilometers, year, model, fuel type, Auto/manual, are provided in the advertisement So if any of the details of the car does not much what you are looking for we do not encourage you to contact us due to the high costs occurring, Th

$13,489Drive Away^
Maidstone, VIC

Dealer used
4 minutes ago

2008 Ford Falcon FG (LPG) White 4 Speed Auto Seq Sportshift Utility

  • 216887 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

-AND MORE. MOST OF OUR CARS COME WITH REGO, RWC FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND AND ARE DRIVEAWAY PRICES UNLESS SPECIFIED, WITH OVER 13 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE I CAN GIVE YOU THE BEST ADVICE AND PROVIDE YOU WITH THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE. HASSLE FREE SALE, FRIENDLY STAFF, AUSTRALIA WIDE WARRANTY IS ALSO AVAILABLE UPTO 5 YEARS WITH DIFFERENT LEVEL OF COVERS TO SUIT YOU AND YOUR CAR, PDS IS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE, FINANCE AVAILABLE T.A.P. NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED, OPEN 6 DAYS, TEST DRIVES WELCOME, COME A

$17,999Drive Away^
Ravenhall, VIC

Dealer used
8 minutes ago

Manual FG Xr6 TURBO

  • 269000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

11 months rego Tight 6 speed box Cold air intake Clean leather interior Clean paint no dents

$24,000Negotiable
Niagara Park, NSW

14 minutes ago

2010 FORD FALCON FG AUTOMATIC WITH 1 YEAR WARRANTY

  • 157280 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

2010 FORD FALCON FG AUTOMATIC WITH 1 YEAR WARRANTY COMES WITH 1 YEAR WARRANTY FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND FINANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE, NO APPLICATIONS REFUSED *conditions apply. TRADE INS WELCOME CONTACT LEO ON FOR MORE INFO. WE ARE ALWAYS BETTER WITH PRICE AND QUALITY, 1-5 YEARS EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE, TRADE INS WELCOME TOP $$$ PAID NO MATTER WHATEVER THE CONDITION IS, VEHICLES CAN BE DELIVERED TO ANY STATE IN AUSTRALIA. BEST RANGE OF PASSENGER AND COMMERCIAL VEHICLES IN ST

$7,990
Beckenham, WA

Dealer used
14 minutes ago

2004 Ford Falcon BA Mk II XR8 Ute Super Cab Yellow 4 Speed Sports Automatic Utility

  • 176752 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 8 cyl 5.4L

We are Tasmania's largest and most reputable automotive dealer; stocking one of the largest ranges of vehicles throughout Australia. We have a variety of competitive finance and warranty options available and have an after sales team that provides service second-to-none. We welcome trade-ins and guarantee a competitive price for your existing vehicle or vehicles. Take delivery of your used vehicle at any of our locations throughout Tasmania or we can deliver it to your home if it makes things e

$24,990
Launceston, TAS

Dealer used
14 minutes ago

2006 Ford Falcon BF XR6 Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 96281 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

Own an Australian designed performance car, the Ford Falcon. This 2006 Ford Falcon BF-XR6 in blue is powered by a 4L petrol engine, with a 6-speed automatic transmission, to ensure excellent performance. Including features to impress anyone such as cruise control, aftermarket 17-inch alloys, window tint and bonnet protector, all with very low Km's and service history. If you think this might be the one for you, come and see our friendly sales team today or give us a call to arrange a test drive

$18,990
Launceston, TAS

Dealer used
14 minutes ago

2009 Ford Falcon FG XR6 Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 148734 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

This automatic sedan has great km's for age and presents well in Ego Grey duco complimented with a very tidy interior , rear spoiler, window tint and alloy wheels | Well maintained by previous lady owner with books and service history | Other safety and comfort features include: Side Airbags Climate Control Cruise Control Electric Drivers Seat Fog Lamps ABS Traction Control Multi-Function Control Screen Multi-Function Steering Wheel Auto Headlamps Sports Pedals Comparative to Holden Commodore S

$16,880
Mount Gambier, SA

Dealer used
14 minutes ago

FORD L T D SUPERWAGON

  • 85222 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 6 4100

THIS IS THE ULTIMATE SURF WAGON $$$$$ THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN SPENT ON BRINGING THIS VERY UNIQUE ( EX HEARST ) PANEL VAN TO MAKE IT SURF WAGON, TO NUMEROUS TO MENTION, Including a electric Panoramic sunroof, custom leather interior,roof mounted luggage pod that houses a annexe that can be fitted to the rear tail gait, SAT NAVAGATION ceiling mounted D V D , SIRI, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. Hugh storage under the rear platform with access from both sides of the wagon. This would also make the ideal ad

$26,990Drive Away^
Moffat Beach, QLD

Dealer used
19 minutes ago

2008 Ford Falcon FG XR6 Nitro 6 Speed Auto Seq Sportshift Sedan

  • 222813 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

Welcome to Cars Connect, Check out our NEW website www.carsconnect.com.au fresh WHOLESALE cars daily!!!!! BUYING OR SELLING ?? Welcome to CARS CONNECT , wholesalers in the motor industry. We pride our selves in helping people SELL or PURCHASE their next new or pre-loved motor vehicle. Our wholesale stock range consists mainly of freshly TRADED vehicles DIRECT from our local franchise dealer network , the vehicles we have advertised direct to public are hand picked and priced to move quick

$13,990
Edgeworth, NSW

Dealer used
24 minutes ago

Fg ford falcon xr6 non turbo auto

  • 159406 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

Fg ford falcon xr6 Auto 5 speed Klm 159408 Clean in and out Upgrade to 4wd

$10,500Negotiable
Glenmore Park, NSW

33 minutes ago

2007 Ford Falcon XR6 BF Mkii Sedan Auto

  • 234794 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto

$0 Deposit Finance Click below http://www.midlandcaryard.com.au/finance Transmission and Drive Type Automatic, Rear Wheel Drive Year 2007 Body Type Sedan, 4 doors, 5 seats Engine and Fuel Type 6 cylinder, 4.00L, Unleaded 234,000kms www.midlandcaryard.com.au PHONE: 86B GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY MIDLAND MIDLAND CAR YARD MD28168 OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9:00AM-5:00PM OPEN SATURDAY 8:00AM-1:00PM CLOSED SUNDAY

$6,999
Midland, WA

Dealer used
34 minutes ago

2015 Ford Falcon FG X XR8 Red 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 50750 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 8 cyl 5.0L

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. Where are you located ? We are located 37klms from the CBD in the southeast bayside area of Franks ton. We are right next to Eastlink M3. Love the car but can't come to us ? We can secure the vehicle for you over the phone to avoid missing out. Is this vehicle still available ? YES if you see it advertised then it is available Do you take trade-ins ? YES we pay top dollar market price for trade-ins and use various avenues to help you get the best price. Do y

$68,610Drive Away^
Frankston, VIC

Dealer used
34 minutes ago

2015 Ford Falcon FG X White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 248493 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

Buying a car just got so much Easier as we offer: Great Finance Packages Over the phone approvals Top trade-in value 1-5 Years Extended Warranty Roadside Assistance Guaranteed Clear Title Australia-wide transport Bad Credit? Pensioner? Ex Bankrupt? The Bank said NO? We Can Help with Easy Finance available so give us a chance... Whether you are looking for Auto or Manual, SUV or Wagon, Coupe or Convertible, Hatch or Sedan, Petrol or Turbo Diesel, 4x4 or 4x2 We can make it happen with a

$17,880
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
34 minutes ago

FALCON, XR8 AU1, 1999. 113,000KMS. THE PRIDE OF THE FLEET.

  • 113000 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 8 cyl 4.9L

A beautiful car and drives like new. Tight steering and suspension. Original paint and no peal. Hand-built Tickford 5ltr V8 motor last of the Windsor V8s . Low low original kms. Tow bar. Mature aged owners. $13,900 ono . Interior and exterior in excellent condition. Dash is shining like new. Tyres are as new. If you are interstate, car transport is easily available. Thanks Shane.

$13,900Negotiable
Peron, WA

39 minutes ago

Ford Falcon Ute 2010 128186km

  • 126186 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

Selling due to not needing this car for work anymore. Ford Falcon Ute 2010 model 6 cylinder runs on gas tank 128186 km Gas tank last checked 5 months ago full service history all up to date. Minimal scratching to exterior, interior no damage. DSC fault light appears when car hasn’t been driven for a while, charges while running. Mechanic has viewed car and states no issues just needs to be running more often. Otherwise runs very well with no other issues. Left side window sometimes doesn’

$25,000
Hope Valley, SA

39 minutes ago

FORD FALCON XR6 FG2 AUTO UTE MY13 TRAYBACK FAST EASY FINANCE

  • 144289 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

4 IN STOCK BE QUICK WILL NOT LAST JUST HAD ROADWORTHY AND REGO DRIVES AWESOME READY TO WORK COLD AIRCON FORD FALCON XR6 FG2 TRAYBACK REAR 6 SPEED AUTO UTE MY13 SILVER GREY DUCO BLACK INTERIOR GOOD CONDITION, GREAT AFFORDABLE WORK UTE, WITH EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE, AND EXCELLENT SERVICE HISTORY, TRADE-INS WELCOME COMES WITH 17 WHEELS HAS NEW TYRES / 18/ 19/20IN WHEELS ARE AN EXTRA COST PLEASE CALL ME FIRST THIS FORD CAN COME WITH A 5 YEAR WARRANTY WHICH IS AUSTRALIA WIDE AND ANY PROBL

$23,888
Hope Island, QLD

Dealer used
39 minutes ago

2002 Ford Falcon Xl 4 Sp Automatic C/chas

  • 244000 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

Falcon AU3 Ute 2002, 1 Tonne, Auto Trans NSW blue slip, local car, steel tray, tow bar, ladder racks, nudge bar, alloy wheels, well maintained, new screen, new ball joints, new rear shocks

$5,500Negotiable
Albury, NSW

44 minutes ago

2009 Ford Falcon FG ute With Rego+rwc+Warranty save here

  • 163710 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

2009 Ford Falcon FG Auto ~~~ 163710 kms ~~~~ Engine. 6 cyl 4.0 Ltr Petrol. ~~~~~~~ Drive great 2 seats with Tub Tray~~ fleet vehicles Well maintained does have tow bar does have Aircond., Airbag Dual, P/Steer, P/Wind Front, ABS, Cru. Cont, Cent.Lock, CD Player, Radio, Traction Control, Tow Bar, Tonneau Cover, Commercial Tub Liner and Lots more ~~~ ~~~first test drive will buy What are you waiting for ~~~~ please ring us for a test drive NOW ~~~~~~~ YOU WILL WANT TO BUY THIS AFTE

$13,999
Melton, VIC

Dealer used
44 minutes ago

2010 Ford Falcon FG XR6 White 4 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 181548 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

FORD FALCON XR6WHITE WITH CONTRASTING BLACK TRIM, UPGRADE SUSPENSION, 20" STAGGARED SIMMONS WHEELS,FIRST TO VIEW WILL BUY ******* MAY SALE - FINAL 4 DAY SALE EVENT ******* SALE STARTS THURSDAY MAY 26, 2022 AND ENDS SUNDAY MAY 29, 2022 AT 5PM SHARP!! ALL VEHICLES REDUCED AT NEVER TO BE REPEATED PRICES!! DON'T MISS OUT!! + All Vehicles Workshop Tested, Current Roadworthy Provided + On The Spot Drive Away Finance Available (To TAP) + Contactless Delivery To Your Home Or Office In Sydne

$16,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
44 minutes ago

2010 Ford Falcon FG XR6 White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Sedan

  • 215012 km
  • Sedan
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

New arrival! Viewing by appointment only. Enquire now and we’ll keep you updated. Enquire now for pre-purchase finance approval, no application refused. Trade-ins welcome.***FIXED PRICE*** 2010 FORD FALCON XR6. Some features include: Cloth Trim, Power Steering, Power Windows, Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Cruise Control, 17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Central Locking Remote Control and so much more!! Whether you are looking for Turbo Diesel 4WD & 4X4, Hybrid passenger car, V8 Ute, Convertible, Ha

$9,998
Edgewater, WA

Dealer used
44 minutes ago

2005 Ford Falcon BA MkII XR6T Gold 4 Speed Auto Seq Sportshift Utility

  • 147214 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

FALCON XR6T BA MKII TURBO 4.0L 4 SP AUTO SEQ UTE *** JUNE 2022 rego, LOW 147,000kms & LOG BOOKS *** Alloy wheels, hard lid, 400hp Dyno Tune, air con, body kit, tow bar, reverse camera, tints, limited slip diff, power seats / steering / mirrors / windows, central locking, airbag, touch screen multi media player player, cruise control, ABS brakes, engine immobilizer, multi function steering wheel, sports seats, sports suspension, central locking and more. Ready for work, looks and drives great.

$19,750
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
44 minutes ago

2008 Ford Falcon FG XR8 Blue 6 Speed Manual Sedan

  • 228656 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 8 cyl 5.4L

FALCON XR8 FG 5.4Ltr V8 Power Manual *** April rego & LOG BOOKS *** 18" alloy wheels, tinted windows, spoiler, climate control air con, ABS brakes, body kit, sports seats, power steering / windows / mirrors / sports seat, central locking, cruise control, multi airbags, leather multi function steering wheel, trip computer, traction control, CD player, limited slip diff, fog lights, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, brake assist, dynamic stability control and much more.

$29,750
Minto, NSW

Dealer used
44 minutes ago

2002 xr6 turbo manual 273000kms

  • 173000 km
  • Sedan
  • Manual
  • 6 cyl 4.0L

Looking at selling my daily so I can purchase a 4wd so if you’ve got one hit us up for a swap!

$15,000Negotiable
Gordonvale, QLD

45 minutes ago

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  • CarsGuide gave the Ford Falcon an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 with 78 expert reviews.The reviews span across several years and variants. Check CarsGuide site for more details.

Overview of the Ford Falcon

Overview of the Ford Falcon

The Ford Falcon was Australia's longest continuously running nameplate up to the cessation of local production in October 2016 - 56 years after it debuted as a US-based model.

Ford's large car started to become more Australianised from the 1970s and it would eventually compete against the Holden Commodore in a famously fierce local rivalry.

There were luxury models such as the Fairlane and LTD, ute spin-offs, and sportier models such as the XR6 Turbo and V8-powered XR8 of more recent times.

FORD FALCON GENERATIONS (SINCE 2002)

2002-2008

2008-2016

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption (not including ute models)

EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder: 8.0-8.7 litres per 100km

LPG 6-cylinder: 11.7-13.5 litres per 100km

6-cylinder: 9.0 litres per 100km

6-cylinder turbo: 9.5-11.1 litres per 100km

V8: 13.6-13.7 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO FORD FALCON

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: FORD FALCON (FG, 2008-2016)

Watch out for a used Falcon that has been abused by a previous fleet-operator owner.

Clunks over bumps can mean worn suspension bushes.

A pulsing through the car when you apply the brakes probably means worn and warped front brake rotors. Sometimes these can be repaired, but usually new rotors are the best strategy.

The automatic transmission has an external fluid cooler, but these can fail, allowing coolant into the gearbox where it quickly wrecks both the mechanical and electronic functions of the automatic. Check the transmission fluid for milkiness that suggests the coolant and oil have mixed. If they have mixed, give that car a miss.

Make sure the central locking works perfectly, as this is an early sign of a failing body computer.

Check for low coolant level in the radiator. An O-ring at the back of the water pump is a common cause of coolant loss.