Originally posted by Dreders
I was in a job about 6 months ago where I was given cars on a day to day basis, I had mainly VT-VX's and a few AU's (only six cylinder autos for both).
The doors on the VT-VX's were heavy if you had to open them on an angle. They were also quicker off the line but once they hit second you'd wonder where all the power went. The AU's didnt kick in untill about 30 - 40 then they were off, and the AU autos shifted a lot smoother than the VT's which sometimes banged their changes like there was a stage 3 shift kit in it. The VT interiors looked very cheap with very obvious seams and poor fitting plastic components. For day to day driving though they were pretty hard to split in that they both drove very nicely.
I'm not a fan of the AU styling but the VT-VX's in my book look woeful - like upside down bath tubs, they really look like theyve been over inflated in the arse. If I was paying I couldnt own a VT-VX for that reason alone, though obviously I'm a minority.
I own a Series 1 AU falcon forte which is heavily modified and find the engine very powerful and quick to respond. Does all it's work effortlessly. My mum had a VT for a couple of years and i drove it occasionally. Compared to my car, its a gutless piece of crap except for the brakes. Doors don't shut good and interior suffers from a lot of dust and water soiling.
My AU has a K &N racing air filter and that helps it get going off the line a lot
My car does the 0 to 100 in 7.95 seconds regardless of amount of fuel in tank
When you use the brakes on the VT, it stops good but the suspension is so soft that the car wants to lay down and die.
Very bad understeer on 60km corners, my car goes around rounabouts at 60 with about 1/4 turn on the wheel. Very responsive with out much input.
The VT ain't a great looking car and i reckon that Ford stuffed up when they decided on the ride height and wheels for the AU
The bodyshape was meant for a sports car, must be very low, which mine is with 16 or 17" wheels with a low wheel arch gap.
Just love the rear end of the AU's with a spoiler, becuase of the sharp design, a rear spoiler is necessary.