I ended up getting Dunlop SP Sport 3000's, apparently what's standard on the new XR's? Set me back 1 grand all up fitted, new tubes, alignment etc and the car goes so much better compared to the old cheapo Federal's that were on there.
As for the car, after picking it up on Friday, they explained to me that the coolant couldn't have been done properly the last time as the coolant concentration level was almost non existent. Lucky I keep all my receipts so I have to head down to good old Costanzo and see what they have to say. Cheers again to Strapp Ford, car drives better than the day I bought it!
"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier -- just so long as I'm the dictator." -- George W. Bush (December 18, 2000)