The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the Ford Territory


The Ford Territory was a true innovation when it launched on the Australian market in 2004 and completely stole the show from Ford’s previous best-seller, the Falcon station wagon. The 2.7 litre turbo-diesel engine that the Territory gained in 2011 provided unmatched power and torque while lowering fuel consumption. The Ford Territory forever changed the landscape of Australian roads and is still a favourite for families today. Read the Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the Ford Territory for more information on this classic vehicle.


Whether you want to go chart the outback on your own or hitch up the trailer and take the family and friends on a weekend away, the Ford Territory can handle anything you throw at it. Assistive technologies and high ANCAP ratings will ensure that you can drive confidently with the knowledge that you and your precious cargo are as safe as you could possibly be. The options for 7 seats and immense towing capacity gives you an amazing array of choices and ensures nothing and no one ever needs to stay behind and miss out.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the history and development of the Ford Territory


The first Ford Territory to appear on the Australian market was actually produced in Australia and not only stole sales from the Falcon, but also used its EA169 platform as a starting point during construction so it was immediately something that Australian families could relate to. The Ford Territory always put passengers first as even the first models were mid-size SUVs that came in a 5-seat configuration with options to expand it to 7 seats. The cabin layout also follows a theater style which sets each subsequent row of seats slightly higher than those in front, allowing each passenger a full unobstructed view of the world passing by outside.


The Ford Territory was the only SUV to be built by Ford in Australia and was also Ford’s first large three-row crossover SUV to ever be produced. Loved by the nation, it was the first SUV to win the coveted Australian Wheels Car of the Year in 2004 due to its exceptional handling and child carrying capacity. Producing the vehicle within Australia rather than the USA allowed Ford to keep the production costs extremely low while maintaining exceptional quality and they were then able to pass these savings on to the customers to allow for a sales explosion.


The first series to be produced was known as the Ford Territory SX and followed a much more European design than the local market was used to seeing. The interior designer, Marcus Hotblack, said he was inspired by a swiss army knife and thus wanted to make the interior of the vehicle as useful and form-fitting as possible, this is what led to features such as flexing cup holders and handbag holders on the driver seat being implemented. The SX was also the first Australian-built car to be fitted with an electronic stability control system to improve its handling far beyond its competition, which we at Wrong Fuel Rescue understand the importance of.


The SX came available with rear or all-wheel-drive and produced 182 kilowatts of power and had three models to choose from. The TX base package, the TS family safety package with increased safety features and finally the Ghia, also known as the luxury package that came with features such as an Alpine DVD entertainment system for rear passengers with a 10.2 inch screen and infrared headphones to ensure the driver is not distracted. The next big change for the Territory came in October 2005 when the SY series of vehicles were designed and manufactured to replace the SX series.


Mostly mechanical rather than aesthetic changes were implemented such as increasing the engine power for all models, implementing a new automatic transmission for all all-wheel-drive models which improved overall fuel consumption and installing a reverse parking camera as standard on the Ghia and having it as an optional extra for the TS. Standard on the TS were reverse sensors rather than a camera and all models received a revamped key design. A supercharged version of the 4.0 litre petrol engine was available in all-wheel-drive that was able to produce 245 kilowatts of power.


In February 2008 Ford launched the F6X which was a high performance version of the Ford Territory and had the badge F6X 270 due to the 270 kilowatts it was able to produce thanks to an engine upgrade and a six-speed automatic transmission. This was the most powerful SUV produced at the time and could go from 0-100 kilometres per hour in just 5.9 seconds, unheard of for such a large and heavy vehicle. Besides its power the F6X also featured 18-inch wheels rather than 17, upgraded front brakes from Brembo and new instrumentation that resembled what was available in the FPV sedans.


The Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to features and safety in the Ford Territory


The Ford Territory is available in rear or all-wheel-drive with trim levels starting with the Territory TX up to the Territory Titanium. For the truly adventurous who don’t want to leave anything behind it has a towing capacity of 2300kg for any trailers or boats to complete your holiday. The tyres are standard 17×7.5 inches on front and rear and average fuel consumption for the 2.7 litre diesel is 8.2L/100km with the 4.0 litre petrol engine coming in with 10.2L/100km. The Ford Territory has a fuel tank capacity of 76 litres.


Standard safety features in the Ford Territory include dual front airbags, electronic brake force distribution to ensure you come to a stop safely, ABS for any tricky roads, front seatbelt pretensioners for any sudden stops and traction control. All-wheel-drive models can opt for hill descent control and electronic stability control. The vehicle comes standard with a four speaker sound system, a four-way power adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel controls for the radio.


At Wrong Fuel Rescue we take safety ratings very seriously. The Ford Territory had a 4 star rating on the ANCAP crash testing system, until changes and additions in 2010 boosted this to 5 stars. The ANCAP crash testing system has been in place since 1993 and stands for the Australasian New Car Assessment program and it uses a star rating from 0 stars up to five stars to rate the overall safety, ability to avoid or minimise injury in the event of a crash and functionality of a vehicle before it is available to customers.


A higher rating indicates that a vehicle has performed well during the tests and will protect you and your family if there is ever an accident and the more recent the year of the test the better as the testing criteria becomes more stringent as time moves on. To achieve a 5 star rating a vehicle would need to achieve the highest possible standards in all tests it is put through and must contain advanced safety assist technologies to further help the driver avoid problems.


The ANCAP testing is based on internationally recognised crash tests and safety assessments that range from destructive physical tests to on-board inspections of systems and safety features. The crash tests will test semi-frontal, full-frontal and side impact tests with sensors placed on dummies recording the forces exerted within the cabin.


Next, tests of the safety systems such as autonomous parking and braking will be tested to see how they compare to the claims of the manufacturers. Final tests like how visible instructions of the vehicles possible rescue hazards are to first responders and how the vehicles brakes and locking systems operate after a crash has occurred to ensure no further damage is caused.


When looking for a new vehicle it is recommended to compare ANCAP ratings of vehicles with similar sizes and masses as differently sized cars will have varying performances across the different tests. There are four areas that are evaluated during the course of the testing, the first is the adult occupant protection and this will take in factors to determine the level of protection the vehicle offers to adult occupants seated in the front row and second row of the vehicle in the most likely crash scenarios, scores are then derived based on factors such as whiplash in the front and back and the level of impact on the sides and front of the vehicle.


The next area for evaluation is child occupant protection and this will give a score based on the vehicle’s ability to protect child occupants who are seated in appropriate child restraints in the rear seating as well as the vehicle’s ability to allow for a range of different child restraints to be used. The third area of evaluation is vulnerable road user protection which attempts to assess the design of the front of vehicles and their ability to minimise the risk of injury to pedestrians in the event that they are struck while driving.


Vehicles are also assessed on their ability to actively avoid or mitigate confrontations with pedestrians and cyclists through the use of assistive technology by giving the driver warnings or actively stopping or moving the vehicle. The final area of evaluation is safety assist and this focuses solely on the presence and effectiveness of safety technologies within the vehicle that actively create a safer environment for passengers and surrounding people and vehicles by assisting the driver whilst they are driving. This is based on factors like seat belt reminders, occupant status indicators, speed assistance systems and AEB junction assist.


The TS variant of the Territory has a seven speaker sound system, dual zone climate control and cruise control. The Territory Ghia added a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, reverse parking sensors and camera to help manoeuvre out of tight parking spots, front fog lamps and front and rear door courtesy lamps. At launch the TX variant would set you back 42 990 Dollars, the TS 48 790 and the Ghia luxury package would cost 53 290 Dollars.


Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue in your Ford Territory?


At Wrong Fuel Rescue, we have assisted hundreds of Ford Territory drivers after they have added the wrong fuel to their Ford Territory. These accidents may occur for many reasons, such as:


– Stress

– Distraction

– Inexperience

– Unfamiliar driver


If you have driven off in your Ford Territory after adding the wrong fuel, you are likely to experience some warning signs and will need a wrong fuel rescue. If you have filled up your petrol Ford Territory with diesel, you may experience the following:


– The vehicle may struggle to start or fail to start at all

– You may notice excessive smoke coming from the exhaust pipe

– The vehicle may begin to make jerky motions

– The engine may frequently cut out


On the flipside, if you have accidentally filled up your diesel Ford Territory with petrol, one or more of the following signs will occur:


– Your vehicle may battle to start, or may fail to start altogether

– You may notice a loud, knocking sound that occurs whilst driving

– You may experience a reduced performance and a slower acceleration

– The exhaust pipe may begin to produce a significant amount of smoke

– The vehicle may suddenly cut out


In both cases, pulling the vehicle over as soon as possible and in a safe manner is highly important. The more you drive, the more damage could be caused, and the costlier your engine repairs may be. Give Wrong Fuel Rescue a call so that we can assist you and your vehicle.