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The venerable Ford Falcon Wagon soldiers on, doing a good job - at a price

Ford logo24 Dec 2009

By LUCIANO PAOLINO

LARGE Australian passenger station wagons were the default family car in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1990s, the SUV fascination began to take hold, and cars like the Falcon Wagon became marginalised, assuming the role of the sales rep’s fleet hack. When Ford signed cheques for millions on the FG sedan and ute upgrade last year, it seems as if they peeled off a few fifties and told the engineers to go buy the BF Mark II Falcon Wagon something nice. The result is the BF Mark III – a car that features useful changes over the Mark II but nothing like the upgrades that the FG received. You can only ask if the changes are enough for the wagon to avoid withering on the vine.
Model release date: 1 April 2008 to 1 June 2010

Previous model

Falcon XT BF MkII Wagon

Released: October 2006
Ended: April 2008
Family Tree: Falcon

THE BF MkII upgrade of October 2006 was essentially a styling exercise and a re-jigging of equipment levels.Holden had just introduced the bold new VE and Ford needed something fresh to show.It gave the Falcon range a facelift, modifying the headlights, bonnet and making more of a feature of the trapezoidal airdam at the front.What few people knew at the time was that this was actually a strong pointer to the FG styling, which had already been locked in.Ford had previously upgraded the engines, with independent variable camshafts and fuel savings, and introduced the ZF six-speed automatic for the BF model of 2005.For the BF MK II it made no mechanical changes, but did increase the availability of ESC and the six-speed auto.

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