I dont like to whinge... And I am pretty lucky that I have a car like this at my age... However I have to be honest... I am really starting to feel like the car is not worth it's value and I am seriously thinking of selling it now...
On the plus side the car received a new engine 10,000 km(75,000) ago because the oil pump died and my entire engine was destroyed. Ford payed 5 thousand despite me being 1 month out of warrenty.
On the negative side....
Brakes started squeeling when I hit 85,000km and I have not been able to get rid of the noise. I was told it was brake dust. I have had my pads replaced and the stupid sound is still there.. Its ear peircing almost..
Car ride comfort is terrible. I dont know if it is the build quality of the S1 AU or the suspension/shocks that came with it. I feel like my car is about to fall apart each time I go over a bump. My friends AU3 VCT XR6 is a treat to drive in comparison. Obviously he got what he paid for, however I did not expect the difference to be that great.
Apart from that I have other things to consider...
How much is my XR worth with a new engine in it... Will I recoupe that? Probably not unless it is a private buyer who cares.
What do I switch to? I was offered an R32 Turbo SkyLine for 11,000. I would have bought it however insurance for 2 years would be more than what the car is worth.
I need advice folks. If you think it would be wise for me to sell gimmie a figure I should be aiming at.
I have AU2 Tickfords on it & as I said the new engine which I am not sure is a point worth highlighting?
Hmm, sad to hear.
I just got my AU1 XR6 VCT and have to say that I have had none of these issues. Ride is firm but not jarring and the whole car feels stiff and well put together, and considering it's one of the early build AU's (Nov98) I'm surprised yours has gone away so bad.
As for price? I got it through a dealer and paid around $22K with less than 90,000km on it so I guess your looking at around the $19-20K mark max.
1. Cut your losses and get rid of it.
2.If you want to fall in love with the car again Fix it !
I couldn't bear to drive around with squeaky brakes and I can't believe it can't be fixed. It's pad brand/componds or rotors for sure.
As for the ride, having a S3 XR my self now with 40,000klms the std suspension is crap. (will change it soon myself)
Get some Koni's the brakes fixed and it will be a great car to drive again. That money spent will be wise seeing its got a fresh motor.
Otherwise if money doesn't matter get the BA. YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE.
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couldn't agree more, the cost of fixing these minor problems would far outweight the cost of trying again. a trip to Herrods and some sound advice might make all the difference! and for a lot less than you might think. A new motor is a godsend, use this to your advantage and stick with her.....
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The AUs seem to have been fairly well all over the place as far as build quality goes - I hear of bloody good ones, but I've heard of a couple like my mate's old man's. Bought a Forte brand new, would have been a serI. Nothing was right from factory.
The dash squeaked, the passenger seat was loose, and one day the rear bumper fell off driving down the Reid Highway! The whole car was put together very shoddily and nothing was done up properly. The dealer who took it as a trade-in actually rang him back up and tried to make him take it back - claimed he must have taken it apart himself!
Oh well the mechanicals are bloody good :)
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