Ford Frontline Staff Know FA and Talk Rubbish
I'm looking at a new XR8 / GT, and also have been dragging a potential XR6T owner around with me trying to convert him from a late model Maxima.
I've come across several sales people (yes both sexes) who collectively have made the following claims. When asked where they got there information from, they have all said they have attended the Ford NZ briefings for new product.
Salesman 1 - The BA XR8 brake upgrade is a BREMBO package.
I've seen the premium brakes and was sure it was a Ford logo badged PBR calliper with grooved Aust made rotors. Told him so - he said I was not at the briefing and he knew what he was told and had seen Brembos on BA XRs = I was incorrect.
Salesman 2 - The reason for the XR8 Auto delay is due to a delay in a brand new trans out of America. Told him it would be BTR made in Aust but possibly problems with electronic programming or maybe some hardening issues (I wouldn't know, but surely if you make an Aust car you put as much Aust content into it as you possibly can to get tax breaks and employ local people?)
He told me I was wrong - the transmissions were being shipped right at that moment and due to arrive in Melbourne.
Sales Woman - The manual trans in the XR6T is definitely a T3650 made in America, and not a BTR box similar to AUIII XR8 as I suggested. When I asked about the official ad book regarding LSD vs traction control and showed you can't have traction control if you have a LSD, because LSD's NEVER work with traction control FULLSTOP cos she knew all about them.
She said she had been to the Ford NZ launch and knew her product off by heart. I was wrong. The same box in the T3 TS50 and BA XR8 was in the XR6T. I suggested to her she revise her product knowledge. I also pointed out other brands offered LSD AND TC as a package (I think Holden do, and aren't their diffs from same source?)
Now I may be wrong in all 3 cases, but I am confident I'm correct and the 'professional Ford frontline staff' are incorrect. I do something other than sell cars for a living - should I be selling this Ford product instead? (note I've not attended these famous FNZ sessions they all boost about yet, but if I was to, could I be as good as them?)
AUIII XR8, Manual. Herrod Motorsport bits