Hey there everyone, I'm relatively new to this board and I have a few questions of you in the know about the AUII and AUIII XR6s.
First, a bit of background on me: I bleed Ford blue. I've owned Fords (specifically Mustangs) since I was 16 years old, and I'm going a bit nuts without one right now. I am originally from Canada, but my Mom is an Aussie, so I have dual citizenship and finally decided to get on with it and give it a go over here. My wife and I have been in Australia since early September, and spent the first couple of months setting up, travelling around a bit and then finding work.
Now we're settling in here in Brissie and have found employment it's time to get a vehicle. Right now I'm driving my cousin's car, as he is over in the US on a work exchange. He's getting back in a month or so, and I have to give the car back (not that I would want to keep it... I won't even divulge to you folks what it is
As we are saving for a house, and will be starting a family soon I want to stay pretty affordable for now, but I want something a bit sporty with some style, which is why I am looking at the XR6s (the XR6 is a good copromise for me with the Mrs as well... gives me room to work that 69 Mach I into the picture in a few months
). I've seen quite a few AUII and AUIII XR6s for sale, and they seem to range in prince from $22-$32K, depending on mileage (and private vs dealer sales).
My questions are more in regards to the reliability and performance of the 4.0 engine, and if there are any problem areas I should be aware of and on the look-out for while car shopping? I see a lot of them with close to or over 100k on the clock... what kind of shape can I expect the engine to be in, and what is a reasonable life-span for this engine? I have tons of experience with the good old 5.0 V8 (built a few of those in my time), but know next to nothing about the Aussie 4.0 I6! Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Any other tips on choosing a AUII or AUIII XR Falcon would be appreciated as well. Thank in advance for your help and advice on this! I look forward to enjoying my first Aussie XR Falcon in the near future, and I am sure it will be the first of many.