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Thread: Known faults with Ford Territory's?

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    Known faults with Ford Territory's?

    Sadly my wife has her eye on a 2005 ford territory 4wd.

    Before she decides to buy it are there any well known faults with these? I imagine they're thirsty tanks.

    We've only got two kids and no boat or horse float, I've tried using reason but what reasonable argument will work on a unreasonable wife?

    @Tommy

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    this forums not big enough bro
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    Jesus where do you start?

    -Steering rack literally break.
    -Rust, soooo much rust.
    -Diff mount bushes, shock bushes etc etc
    -Transmissions have issues aplenty
    -Cat converters snap and cost ~$800 to replace
    -All the plastic hatches etc break with a sharp glance
    -Switches (window locks etc)
    -Door catches fail with boring regularity.
    -Ignition barrels fall apart
    -Rust
    -Power steering pumps fail
    -Lots of leaks from high pressure power steer units.
    -Trans coolers fail and fill the trans with coolant
    -Starter motors
    -Did I mention rust?

    Territories are a flipping great earner, my boss loves them.

    A much shorter list would be what's right with them (ie the motors are a-ok if a little thirsty)

    Try a Highlander (although a bit dearer), later Rav, maybe an Outlander, the Grand Vitara seems pretty good so far. A Santa Fe diesel turbo would be my pick in an SUV shape, pretty easy on fuel compared to all the petrols, go like the clappers, and pretty decent parts support.. A 3.0 Subaru Outback for a wagon, but not the Tribeca, have had fun getting bits like lights etc, just didn't sell in enough numbers to have a healthy 2nd hand parts supply.

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    They are very thirsty

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    It's a ford, is that not enough of a fault?
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    Nah Outlander or Highlander bro - territory's are a money pit!! Santa Fe hard to find but if you get one good on ya.
    Outback 3.0 great - but also a little thirsty...

    So my moneys on the first option and you can buy e'm pretty cheap Highlander a bit more but a good wee bus a bit more thirsty by about 20-30% after riding in Rushy's to Wairoa and back...

    Oh and it'll go up the hill at Brads place with Townie tires when Happy's hilux didn't...
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    Cheers for the responses, I think I'll veto this one.

    For some reason she thinks we need a 7 seater.

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    The wife just got a 2012 Santa Fe, the R series diesel is pretty grunty. Earlier ones are OK but the R series is the one. Not really cheap to buy though.... but we really needed 7 seats I am told. Step up from my POS Freelander haha... not sure if I will be allowed to get the Santa Fe dirty though....

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    7 seats must be a wife thing... we only have two kids
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    dashboard electronics made by mattel, hopefully the engine management is better made. either way a dodgy dash can put it into limp mode.
    still better electronics than a beemer or merc though

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    Get a boat instead👍

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    If you're after AWD the Highlander has an extremely front-wheel biased AWD system which is not particularly capable off-road (there are numerous YouTube videos comparing / testing it). The Subaru AWD system by contrast is probably the most capable system in the SUV category. As for the Territory, just tell her that they're illegal and failure to comply will result in arrest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage1 View Post
    Cheers for the responses, I think I'll veto this one.

    For some reason she thinks we need a 7 seater.
    If she has that glint in her eye, RUN!

    RUC's have pretty much killed the benefits of diesel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    If she has that glint in her eye, RUN!

    RUC's have pretty much killed the benefits of diesel.
    If you use a fuel card it works out ok, i am paying about 93 cents a litre at moment.
    nearly 40 cents a litre cheaper than pump. although you can only use this card at caltex fuel stop (self service)
    but there are a shit load of them around the country. easy enough to apply for one of these cards on line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMH72 View Post
    7 seats must be a wife thing... we only have two kids
    This! I heard the same from my wife last weekend. We too only have 2 kids.
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