Blue_Mobile and Dark_Mobile - 1 year on
I can't believe it's been one year since an AUIII XR6 HP has passed into my hands. Inspired by the EL2 XR's in 1997 I said to a mate "I'll have one of these XR's one day" as I assumed the simulated driving position in a showroom demo XR6 at Dale Ford. My mate's mum was financing a new car at the time so hence our presence there. However my interest in buying a car waned for a while (we all know what a bottomless pit a car always is).
But then necessity stepped in. Mum's Merc 240D and dad's Rocsta were simply unable to meet my requirements. I had to get a car of my own. I wanted it brand new. It had to have more power. It needed to have the ability to tow things up and down Mt Ousley Road without sharing the slow lane with the trucks. It also had to be auto so mum could drive it if necessary. It had to be a large car - my claustrophobia in smaller cars sets in very quickly. I also wanted to distance myself as far possible away from the ricer crowd. As a permanently sober designated driver the new car could take slightly intoxicated family or possibly friends a lift home. My interest in buying an XR were revived.
Off to a Ford dealer I went, Jubilee in fact. The very same dealer Bluedriver got his car from. As we soon learned much later, we had our cars delivered on the same day (30 Aug), sold to us by the same salesman. How we missed each other no one knows. Must be the AU brotherhood that shines in the end.
The salesman thought young bloke, yep Forte driver. He thought I was silly when I wanted more. Futura? Nope. My insanity was confirmed. It had to have the signature twin headlights.
A brand new unloved AUIII XR6 HP was there waiting for me. I originally wanted a Narooma Blue XR8, but modern day insurance for [my first car] sucks and reality pointed me toward the XR6. Seeing my neighbour has a Narooma AUII Futura, I changed my mind and selected a direct contrast - Venom Red. By coincidence that car sitting in the lot was Venom and auto, with just 12 km's on the odo. The runout sale extended warranty and the fuel card were also nice throw ins.
My car has now done 33,000 km's. The only drawbacks I should comment on are quality control issues with the production of the AU's and the amount of time soaked up by high maintenance cleaning.
The good things about the car are that it has style on the outside, class on the inside, goes well, handles well and looks the goods. I enjoy driving it more now than when I did when I first drove it (I still remember that first day I took it out for a spin).
Overall its a great and fun car to have and quite satisfying too.
I'll now pass on to Bluedriver, the other 3FB Mesh Bandit™ to complete the story.
Last edited by Dark_Horse; 08-30-2003 at 09:56.