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Old 03-27-2002, 04:55   #1 (permalink)
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cool What are peoples thoughts on the XR8 220?

Hi guys,

I know the Xr8 was well placed in the PCOTY, but what are your thoughts on one? are they a good buy? for the average joe blow (like my brother) are they worth getting? My brother was really interested in a T series, but due to financial difficulty, he has been looking more into the Xr8. We've been for a ride in the 250 TE, and the 220 Xr8, and we liked both of them. But the 220 is cheaper. My brother is dying to get into a V8, and it is my parents preventing my brother from spending the big money, so the Xr8 is his only option really? He looked at Nissan 200SX, but they are way too small.

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Old 03-27-2002, 06:03   #2 (permalink)
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What about a used AU1 185kw XR8? Add a stroker, heads, cam, intake etc and youd have a shitload more than 220Kw for less than a new AUIII XR8?
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Old 03-27-2002, 06:23   #3 (permalink)
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Paul it's as simple as that:
My brother's AUI XR8 185kw absolutely humiliated a 200SX S15(the newest one) last week,forget about that 200 thing!

Do not buy a used XR, get the brand new 220 it's bloody awsome!trust me very few cars would dare to race you!Enjoy the warranty, the service, and the 220kw name, much better than paying still alot of money for a 185KW one.

I'm not very fond of the 200KW XR, sucks alot of premium and for a slim 8NM torque increase.
Get the 220 one! and let me know if I can have a go in it one day:s3
Glad you didn't rush your brother in the T3, he still got time and the new beasts are not too far away.I hope the new AV is not too different in shape than the current AU XRs, I really love their looks.
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Paul it's as simple as that:
My brother's AUI XR8 185kw absolutely humiliated a 200SX S15(the newest one) last week,forget about that 200 thing!

and the 220kw name, much better than paying still alot of money for a 185KW one.
Oh of course, I forgot, the '220' badge is worth the $20k+ price difference alone :dead:
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Ok, I hate to say this so somebody please wipe it off:
we got our XR Brand new for $38K!!!!
Good trade in, look at several dealers,and I mean SAVERAL(we started to look at Brisbane and we sweeped all the way to Sydney looking for a good trade in),we done the deal at Thompson Ford in Parramatta.The guy name is umm,I think John??!!Very motivated and quick acting.It was an excellent buy.I'm still feeling so good when I sit in that car!it's still as sweet as the day we got it.Ofcourse, no oil dramas or rebuilds:):wink:
so brand new for well under 40K or used older shape no bodykit bad brakes much much much less powerful car?nope, the new one with no doubt.
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Old 03-27-2002, 13:06   #6 (permalink)
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Mate,
Why hasnt your brother bought one yet, tell him to go do it, Ive have my AUII XR8 220 for 6 mths now and I love it, I would drive it to the letter box to check the mail if my wife would let me.
It handles like its on rails, nothing can beat it from a standing start, and I get 500-600ks out of a 68 litre tank around the city.
On the recent Tickford weekend , I went from Adelaide to Geelong, a bit of running around in Geelong and then up the freeway to Melbourne in peak hour traffic to Coburg, I got to the hotel with a DTE of 92ks, gotta be happy with that.
And the look absolutely s&%thot, has he gone to get it yet?
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Old 03-27-2002, 13:13   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for your replies.
If all goes well...( i bloody hope so) the 220 XR8 will be his. Just waiting on a few things!!

I'll tell you how it all goes.
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I would start making some enq in a 2nd hand S2 TE50 before going to an XR.
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If you can wait a few months until AV hits the streets then they will be practically giving away AU XR8s, well good discounts I expect.
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Having owned a pile of HSVs, HDTs, and the jap turbo 4WD stuff, this is THE BEST CAR I've ever owned. Love it to death, and with some minor (sic) engine mods it kills everything. Only problem is fuel consumption - with my new exhaust it seldom gets higher than third gear and 300km per tank (he he he).

Some pointers for buying a 220 XR8:
1. Gotta get the Premium Brakes
2. Gotta get the momo wheel and knob
3. Don't get the sunroof (friggin thing)
4. The premium sound is a sweet setup for the money, but not essential
5. remember that there is a choice of two bodykits

Buy the car and be very happy. No exceptions. They're a sweet package. Only thing that beats it is the LS1 engine in the SS Commo, but the Holden is inferior in almost evrything else.

PS Buy the spanish version - "Oh Manuel dear!!!"
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