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Old 11-08-2001, 16:51   #1 (permalink)
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TE50 series I

Just wondering if anyone on here has a TE50 series 1.

As mentioned in another thread I am thinking of purchasing one that I have found with low k's and in EC.

It's an auto, and I would like to ask if you use the tiptronic buttons.

Are they any good or just a gimmick.

How does the car go, i have spoken to Rob at Herrods and a few mods from him should get the pwoer up a fair bit from 200 kW.

Any known problems or things I should check.

Any comments appreciated.
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Old 11-08-2001, 16:59   #2 (permalink)
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Had a TE50 for a while.

Personally I found the buttons were no more responsive or better than using the shift like a manual.

I think it comes down to personal choice - but one frustrating thing is that you can select ESS and change the gears with the buttons or the only other alternative is to go into an ecomony self shift.

Theres no option for an adaptive shift pattern as in the XR8 - which changes at the mood of your right foot.

Personal choice - my view is gimmick as it isn't responsive enough.
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Have driven T1, T2 and just recently T3.
I found the ESS to be superfluous for me but some of my guys would drive it on nothing else.
I also agree that the manual shifting of the T-bar has a similar effect -
Re the TE50, they are a great vehicle and drive sensationally well.
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Theres no option for an adaptive shift pattern as in the XR8 - which changes at the mood of your right foot.
I haven't had one of these so I say this with a level of caution. I believe you could select between economy, adaptive, or sport shift modes by carrying out a procedure when you turn the ignition on and moving the T-bar selector. Maybe someone else can explain how it's done?
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Have driven T1, T2 and just recently T3.
I found the ESS to be superfluous for me but some of my guys would drive it on nothing else.
I also agree that the manual shifting of the T-bar has a similar effect -
Re the TE50, they are a great vehicle and drive sensationally well.

Now come on!! You don't just throw out that you have driven the T3 and get away with it. :s5


Fill us in! How did it drive, how was the power. Give us the goss. :s6:
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The T3 looks fantastic, low ground clearance - grunt appeal and good stance.

As far as driving it just burbles - the exhaust note is like Pavarotti or Travis (whatever your choice!) just magnificent. The torque of this motor is fan-freakin'-tastic - but it's got really long legs also.

The gearbox is smooth and direct, forget the 6-speed twaddle - 5 is all you need - who wants to be changing gears forever anyway - get the ratios right (and they are) and 5 is perfect.

This car - with the highdeck spoiler just turns heads - pulled up alongside some wanker in his maloo ute and he snaked all the way up the road, trying to take me on as we just drove off -traction down, really direct - take that HSV!

Suspension is tight, firm - not rigid but lovely. This is a driving car - I currently drive a 2000 'stang which is American grunt and I love it but this T-series has got the package truly right.

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stop it .. right now.. please...

If you continue saying things like that. i am going to do something stupid and buy one!! :crazy1: :oo1:
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TE50 I had was AUI.

You select the transmission mode in the same way you do on the forte - that is the economy / power switch becomes the economy / ess switch - there is no adaptive shift option but it would be great if there was - maybe Ford might put it on the top of the range car?

They may have changed this on AUII or T3 - anyone know?
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... When you get a chance - get your butt into it - you won't want to get out of it....

That's what I'm scared of. :s6:
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