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Old 11-25-2002, 14:03   #1 (permalink)
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AU Falcon - Substance over Style

Saw this in News Motoring

http://newsmotoring.news.com.au/news...E21822,00.html
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Old 11-25-2002, 14:12   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting...

Thats why I have owned 3 AU body shapes, and still rekon the car was great just the marketing was wrong
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Old 11-25-2002, 14:26   #3 (permalink)
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Dead right, just seems the AU negatives were proclaimed from the good.

The impressive feature i found with the AU is the way it handled, it was soo much tighter than the previous EF-EL and thats comparing both with live axles. I've also noticed which jacking the car that the AU plateform is alot more stiffer than the E's.

The engine revved much smoother as well, the Inline 6 is happy to rev in the 4000-5000rpm mark without fuss. And to boot Ford have finally sorted the head gasket issue.

Even the V8, the AU was the first model that the XR8 was convincingly quicker than the XR6.
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Old 11-25-2002, 19:22   #4 (permalink)
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The AU was and is a top motorcar, regardless of what anyone says it is the looks and the looks alone that killed it.

I belive AU was a superior car to VT in everything but looks.

Pity that looks are the main selling feature of a car.

I brought a VT knowing that the AU was a better car, was cheaper to purchase and own. But in the end it was the looks of the VT that made up my mind.

In the case of the BA, Ford have addressed the main faults of the AU and they are on a winner.
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Old 11-25-2002, 19:30   #5 (permalink)
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Hit the nail on the head...about time someone printed an article that didnt completely turn people off buying an AU. I know there will be an AU in my driveway within the next 5 years ( unless of course I get a higher paying job or win the lottery ) than it will be a BA of some discription
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Old 11-25-2002, 19:31   #6 (permalink)
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I'm an AU owner and proud of it.
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Old 11-25-2002, 19:58   #7 (permalink)
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I too have been waiting for someone to get this point across.

The AU is a good car, and deserves to be recognised as one. Although it annoys me that only now, with a new model out, that the AU is recieving praise. (Some at least)

I have just put a deposit down on an AU and if all things go well will have it for by the weekend :) making this my second Ford since getting my P's in February 2000.

It will be sad to see the EF go, although I am sure that, despite what the public says, I will more than enjoy the unique style of car that the AU is.
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I am an owner of a AU "grandfather liquid silver soft appendage, half dozen, 2 cylinders short of an 8 with 15" rims" Fairmont. I am proud of it and enjoy driving it despite what other people think of it. <-AP
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I'm an AU owner and proud of it.
Same here.
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I am an owner of a AU "grandfather liquid silver soft appendage, half dozen, 2 cylinders short of an 8 with 15" rims" Fairmont. I am proud of it and enjoy driving it despite what other people think of it. <-AP
Hahahahaha

Chris, you got a damn fine car there. Top interior to boot. If you want to totally get rid of the grandfather image a set of 17's would solve that.
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