Originally posted by Dagabond
Your not alone
You may have seen my post earlier in the week on ls1. I've just bought an XR6T after much deliberation over which way to go, VY SV8 or XR6T fortunatly i was in the right position at this time to make the choice in the end i went for the looks and the TURBO.
Just as I'm a Ford man (owned 14 over the years as well as a XW GT and an XY GT) who recently purchased an SS.
My EL Ghia was literally falling apart and I either had the option of waiting for an XR6T and doing a few thou on repairs for a car I would own for another 3-4 months or going where my heart wanted and that was to get the ass back into a V8.
I tried real hard to park that ass in an XR8 but finding one in good nick and manual through a dealership was near on impossible. Best one I could find was a Venom Red for $47k!!! with no options when you could walk down the road and get an onroad new XR8 for $45k (in colours that would take years to grow on me) and the dealer with no interest to make a deal right on the even of the BA launch... yes, the car is still in the yard.
Went to the dark side with a tricked up LS1 which will tide me over till the Series II XR8's come out, then I'll make the evaluation. Problem is, my SS is a fantastic car to drive for less than the average price as a Series II AU XR8 and the dealer offered a much better trade than any Ford dealer wanted to give me.
I wouldn't call myself Brand loyal now, just Brand biased. I work hard for my money and I like to think that I'll allow myself the option to reap the most value for my dollar. Will be great to see Ford clawing back the lead that Holden got on us, but I'll have to watch it from the front seat of my Commodore!