tough choice, i'd probably stick with the XF. At least you know its "niggly probs", with the EA you're gonna find new ones. Plus if your engine and box have just been rebuilt, then you should have years of trouble free motoring ahead. The EA might die on you as soon as the XF is gone. Thats just my opinion.
Oh, and you know that a mechanics car is usually looked after less than anyone elses-they work on other peoples cars all day. Could you be bothered finishing work, and then going home and doing the same thing??
I'd go with the EA. Gas is better and the CFI can be easily converted to MPI giving it more power and more fuel efficiency on petrol.
It seems to me that the reputation of the EA is undeserved. Like someone else told me in another thread, if you look after it, you won't have problems.
Plus, it's a newer car and it's the series two which apparently had some significant changes to it (four speed auto being one) from the series 1, ie.the 'bugs' had been rooted out.
If it's been kept by a mechanic then you can be assured that it's been looked after. I've known two mechanics in my life and both have been obsessive about car maintenance, even if the insides of their cars were absolute pig-styes :D
Me, I prefer the looks of the XF and the power of the EA (well, OK, not the CFI)
I suggest sticking with the XF, mainly because I reckon the 250 will be a better motor than the CFI 3.9
Speaking as a mechanic (of sorts ) I usually keep the car well maintained. The interior's been in pieces for the last week, but the motor's new!
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