I was talking with the mrs over which BA we would choose when the time came to buy another car. And She likes the look of the Xr6 but refuses to let me get a 6t. On the other hand I dont mind the thought of F/Ghia with all the trimmings but not overly keen on the 45k price tag that it currently has.
Its come down to the pro's & con's scenario between the two models.
The problem is Im not sure what they are. This is where you come in. I need some helpful information and experience from people who have owned, driven or studied these models in particular, so I can make an informed decision when the time comes.
While the XR6 N/A is a perfectly good car - can't slag it, I've got one after all - were the cost to be removed from the equation I'd probably go the Ghia every time.
If you discount the bodykit (and I include the lights in my definition there) there really isn't much to differentiate the cars mechanically. A slightly softer suspension tune and alloys 1/2 inch narower.
But when it comes to trim, you get lots of little things that you can't get on the XR6 N/A or are options only. For starters you get things like climate control & premium sound, power seats with extra functions, a rear armrest, leather (is it standard or optional?) rear power windows, reverse parking sensing, extra interior lighting, overhead sunglasses holder, rear boot lid carpet and trim etc...
I guess you need to decide if the little details are worth the extra price over the XR6. Some you can always buy from spares like I have and install on your XR6 yourself.
Also auto is standard on Ghia and a $900 option on XR if you want it. Wait for delivery is also proabably longer on the Ghia.
Horses for courses I guess.
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You can get a 2nd hand I6 Ghia for high $30k bracket now, or a 2nd hand V8 Ghia for low-mid $40k bracket. I'd go the Ghia without any hesitation! Simply can't beat the class of the thing - LOVE that interior!
Some examples from this weeks Sydney trading post...
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