Just thought I would ask people for their experiences in their AU's. There are alot of people tell us of their problems with the AU model in the garage so I thought I would ask for some positive feedback.
Well for me the day I picked up my '01 AUII XLS was the best hey. It was a Friday and I was fully smiling all weekend. It has since taken me up to the pinnicles, and even makes me want to go to work in the morning.....until I get to work then I just wanna drive home again.
I must say it has one of the best Auto trans that I have driven, the kickback in Power mode is quick, and the gear changes so much quicker than EAs and EDs I have driven.
I remember when I first drove an AU, I had been driving my girlfriends' mums' VT Berlina for a while, and then it happened, I jumped into her dads AU and it was magnificent! The car felt like nothing I had ever experienced before, the auto was smooth and quick, the interior feel was sooooo much more roomy, the weight of the car also felt a lot lighter compared to the VT. At that point I felt that the AU had really grown on me, I wasn't really interested in it, as I had my own EF, and I *thought* it was a superior car, but boy was I wrong, better handling, more comfortable, and little bit more grunt! Yeah, if I had the money, I would buy myself an AU Fairmont, but I guess it'll have to wait.
Well i first got my AUI on 26 of May 01, i was at an auction in Maylands and to cut the story short there was a Dirty AU with a BullBar and what looked at the time like a LIFT kit ehehe, Well after a nice deal I had my AU and it has been the best car, never any problems and all ways running smooth.
The first time I'd seen an AU was at a show in WA. I took one look at the Forte and nearly cried. I couldn't believe that Ford would make a grill that bad.
I started watching the ads for the S pack and though that grill was there at least it was body coloured. I fell in love with the rear of the car though, thought it looked great. My wife wanted a Magna sports and we were stuffed around by 4 different dealers. So out of curiousity, I took an S pack for a test. It wasn't as refined as the Magna but it sh*t all over the Commodore. I was given a great deal and bought one.
I was away touring around Australia for 4 months when I decided to buy the AUII XR6. Not because there was anything wrong with the S (it had the steering tightened as the only warranty job) but because I wanted an XR6. I bought it off the same guy I got the S pack from. No test drive just went in an ordered it. I love it, and slowly adding bits and pieces as I go. It's the only car that I've bothered spending money on as I know I'm going to keep it for a while. The only thing that has gone wrong was the window regulators and they had been replaced same day.
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Sept 03 BA XR6 Turbo, Silhouette, T5, APS Unichip, BPT short shifter & Momo bits, FPV pedals, Custom Leather, 18" Wheels, PBR sports calipers, Window Tint, Typhoon CAI, Side stripes.
H'mmm, good question... this ones got me thinking.
After 4 years of having 3.0 Camrys, when the oppotunity arose to get into the AUII XR, I jumped at the chance. Initially is was great to get into a big manual Falcon again, but I was bitterly dissappointed with a number of driveline noises that I now realise (thanks to this Forum) only seem to affect the XR HP 6 manuals, and some aspects of the ride.
I have learnt to live with these and with just over 25K on the clock all is getting very comfortable and it is starting to grow on me. I love the looks of my XR, and Narooma Blue is such a great colour. I am impressed with its cornering ability, almost like it is on rails and the seats are comfortable and provide great support.
I'll rate my AU as good, but I will not hold it in as high regard as I do some of my other Fords (Escort, XD, EB2 or EL), unless the dealer finds a fix for the driveline noises.
Having jumped into an AU1 XR6 VCT in December '99 and then replacing it some 10 months later with the TE50 I have travelled about 75,000 kms by AU. Yes there have been the niggling warranty issues and I cannot say I was hugely impressed with the XR6 ride but overall it has been a great experience.
From day 1 I have liked the look of the S1 and nothing has since changed my mind about that - in fact the S2/3 attempts at squaring off the lines (especially at the rear) have spoilt the look IMO.
The T has undoubtedly been the best Ford I've ever owned and would probably be in the top 3 ever for sheer driving pleasure. It is powerful, comfortable and handles well - in all it should go down as one of the modern classics.
I've had my AU 2 XR8 for over a year now and even though I haven't done a lot off klm's yet the car has been trouble free (touch wood) ,Then I heard about HERROD'S and after a quick visit and a few mod's ,well let's just say that the only problem is not having enough time to drive my car . But in all the car handles and perform's extreamly well, you could say I am one HAPPY person .
AU II XR8
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Similar to Russell I started with a AU 1 XR6HP. Did around 80 k's in that one, no problems at all. Then got the TE and I would say by far it is the best car I have ever owned. I like the look of the series 1 and the T's are just a drivers car. I think in years to come we will look back and say the AU was a turning point in Australian motor industry.
" Dad, when I grow up I don't want any car, I only want a FORD "
Jnr TE50 1 (After attending 2002 Raid).
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