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Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:39 pm 
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hi i just brought a 91 Ford Raider a little while ago, for the most part ive heard that there pretty tough, just what are some problems that they can have?

 

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Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:35 pm 
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the biggest gripe with them is excessive fuel consumption. Besides that they are pretty trouble free
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Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:38 pm 
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They chew fuel like its goin out of fashion, the oil pressure relief valve can either get stuck open or closed. Stuck open, the tappets rattle like hell, stuck shut, and blows the oil filter seal out. Seen it many times, even when they were under warranty.
If the gearbox and transfer case oils haven't had regular changes, the stuff up, grind into gears, noisy operation, etc.
Have a look and see if anybody has bothered to fit grease nipples to the upper wishbone bushes???? or the ball joints.
Have a look at how much the torsion bars have been wound up.

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:54 am 
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A friend of mine had one which i drove from time to time. Problems i encountered:
Totally Gutless
Chewed fuel like no tomorrow and had a ridiculously small tank (50lts IIRC)
Absolutely no leg room for drivers or passengers
Rough as guts on bitumen (typical 4wd)

He also had a head crack while he was on holidays (cost him 4000 to get home :shock: ) - apparently needed a new head
It also seized a front wheel bearing on him 1000 miles from nowhere in the middle of the kimberleys. He kept driving (what else could he do) resulting in catastrophic damage which basically wrote of the car for him. Don't know what he did with it after that.

Best described as a lemon. Don't know if they are all as bad.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Known Ford Raider problems?
Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:19 pm 
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Heavy on fuel, but putting it on lpg it runs a little cheaper pretty much bullet proof
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Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:04 am 
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davidjones9 wrote:
Heavy on fuel, but putting it on lpg it runs a little cheaper pretty much bullet proof


fuel problem? yea found that out this past year, chews more then my falcon sometimes! (usually runs equal) and bullet proof - absolutly! when i brought it i only had to replace a set of leads & spark plugs to get it running right which is only a typical maintinance thing, the only real problem ive had is a blocked radiator and a stuffed fuel pump, but it has done close too 400thou so i think i can cut it a little slack lol but other then those little things it hasnt missed a beat.

btw i recently found out that a windsor V8 will bolt straight in without modifications 8-) :D

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:43 pm 
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Really!?!?!? What Windsor V8 engine? What model? Do you know how much they cost?

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Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:34 pm 
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Really!?!?!? What Windsor V8 engine? What model? Do you know how much they cost?

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i think all windsor V8s are the same bolt pattern, you might be able to get one from an early XR8 for next to nothing now, the looms and computers they will probably sting you for though.

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:23 pm 
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Hey pplz, my ford raider is spluttering and sometimes wont start, ive replaced the fuel pump and fuel filter but its still playing up, my mate seems to think it could b the fuel pressure regulator but not to sure, does anyone have any ideas?
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Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:09 pm 
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Hey pplz, my ford raider is spluttering and sometimes wont start, ive replaced the fuel pump and fuel filter but its still playing up, my mate seems to think it could b the fuel pressure regulator but not to sure, does anyone have any ideas?


i had the exact same problems when i had mine! turns out one of the times it was the mass air flow sensor that sits on top of the air filter box that was the problem, a reco one will set you back about $150, but before you go out and buy another one, try replacing the coil, they use the same coil packs as in a 90's Ford Laser, will cost you $10 from the wreckers and a bad coil can also cause the same symptoms. also check your dizzy, leads & plugs, i know from experience the the Raider doesn't like to run on 3 cylinders!

that's just been my experience with the Raider, i had that same problem with spluttering and not wanting to start, turns out the first time it was the fuel pump (actually was) the second time it started doing it was because of a dodgy spark plug after a service (it happens) third time was because of the MAF sensor (which was cracked) i put everything back to factory spec and sold it for a song & someone else got all the benefits! grrr

 

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