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Old 05-04-2004, 06:34   #1 (permalink)
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Auto Forte AU2, worth the trouble?

I love my car, and this is a curiousity question.

It's a stock 2000 AU2, Forte. Auto. I love it, being 20 it's alot nicer than my mates 90 pulsar's :)

Anyway. Is it worth putting money into it for extra power? I typically don't drive it hard, and what I had planned was the following.

extractors, 2.5" exhaust
cold air intake

Other than that, the next things you can really do is start the phase 3 kits which I saw on a site linked from here.

Being an Auto. Will I ever see this power?

The reason I would like to make this car into my baby, and play with it, as opposed to 'keeping it' for resale, is because until i'm 25, insurance wise, I really can't drive anything faster...If I go turbo, no one will touch me.

So yeh, Will I even see this power? Specially being a turbo. Hope you can understand me, I'm still kinda unsure exactly what I'm asking. I spose what I'm saying is, if I had the exact same car in manual, I wouldn't hesitate moddingit for performance because I'm able to drive it to feel the extra power. Is it the same even though it's auto? :/

ps. anyone got the link to that site which has the gen 1,2,3 upgrade kits for the AU falcons :)

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Re: Auto Forte AU2, worth the trouble?

well firstly being 20 and wanting to keep the car till your 25 is one thing BUT when your 25 and try and sell it youll find its worth exactly squat. secondly your gonna have major probs with insurance especially at that age if you whack a turbo on it or even kit the motor up. do the extractors and cold air intake and maybe a computer chip as well but id leave it at that. i owned a S1 AU forte and i can honestly say that even with the auto i shit over heaps of cars in this town including a fair few commie V8s.
seriously instead of spending money on mods now just live with what youve got and save for the next 5 years (i know this is boring and sucks arse big time) sell your car and buy whatever you like at the time.....since your 25 insurance is easier with high powered cars.
well thats what id do but if i got the chance again right now id just be happy to have my AU back how it was.
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Old 05-04-2004, 07:23   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Auto Forte AU2, worth the trouble?

Working in an insurance company I can def say that if you do take the advice and save up for a better car later on you're def doing it well with owning a Falcon. The insurance is really cheap esp compared to some 4 cyl rice burners eg pulsar sss's, gti swifts or even normal daewoo lano's etc. Against the commodore's the falcon usually comes up cheaper as well.

I had an auto ed fairmont which got the exhaust upgrade and it def made a big difference. Fuel consumption was better and when I put the boot in I could tell the difference too.

Sure manual's nicer but hey, if u can squeeze a few more kw's out of an auto, who's complaining.

BTW if you need advice on whats likely to cause you probs with ur insurance I can prob help.


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Old 05-04-2004, 15:51   #4 (permalink)
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Mate,

I have an AU1 Forte and ive done extractors, 2.5 exhaust, cold air intake, new filter. These mods dont cost too much and give you a noticable increase in power (not huge) but most of it is bottom end, a little bit of a quicker take off etc. My car will be getting alot more engine work done but it definately goes pretty well at the moment. I have no trouble blowing away the local holden boys in their VR - VT's and even a fair few SS's. I highly suggest you get the car lowered as well mate, reduces body roll and makes the car handle sooo much better.


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Old 05-04-2004, 18:40   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Auto Forte AU2, worth the trouble?

Yeh, I'll get her lowered soon, but my plan is to do the sound system first, then exhaustm then cold air intake/filter, then extractors, then the lowering and maybe kit.

Should all come to ~$4k which isn't too bad considering I only got like 6 months left to pay off my car :)
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Re: Auto Forte AU2, worth the trouble?

loxxr6 - Can I ask a hypothetical question seeing as you are in the insurance game?

Im 27, currently rating 1 driver with CGU
Ive had no major accidents that I was at fault with
No speeding fines

And Im wanting to buy an AU2 forte and only do 1 mod to it only......a TSA stage 1 turbo kit. Everything else will be stock, right down to the hub caps.

What are my chances of getting insurance?
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blueoval,

Ill answer your question mate, i work for CGU insurance in their call centre :) As far as a turbo kit, you will have no chance of continuing cover with CGU at all. I am staff and my car still had to be referred to our underwriters and they were dodgy about insuring it with the mods that i have. The premium they came back with was $500 more than i am paying now with RACV even with employee discount provided! CGU are not lenient with mods at all, they pretty much only let you make the slightest little changes. Your best bet would be Just Cars, but they will charge you a high premium and from what ive heard their excesses are very high as well. On a side note though you will have a nice sleeper that will surprise the hell out of lots of Holden w*nkers at the lights LOL.
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Ill answer your question mate, i work for CGU insurance in their call centre :) As far as a turbo kit, you will have no chance of continuing cover with CGU at all. I am staff and my car still had to be referred to our underwriters and they were dodgy about insuring it with the mods that i have. The premium they came back with was $500 more than i am paying now with RACV even with employee discount provided! CGU are not lenient with mods at all, they pretty much only let you make the slightest little changes. Your best bet would be Just Cars, but they will charge you a high premium and from what ive heard their excesses are very high as well.
Thats what I thought too Blue AU. Would it make a difference with an engineers certificate? What it make any difference in going 3rd party fire & theft?
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On a side note though you will have a nice sleeper that will surprise the hell out of lots of Holden w*nkers at the lights LOL.
Thats my ultimate intention but Im not sure as traction on an open wheel diff wont be too pleasant
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Re: Auto Forte AU2, worth the trouble?

blueoval, got a link to the TSA Stage1 Turbo kit? :D
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Engineers certificate wont make any difference at all to CGU mate, they simply wont do it. They cater to your average driver that buys a car for what it is, not for what i CAN be unfortunately :( They wouldnt even cover your for 3rd party fire and theft. The turbo is just way too far out of their guidelines.
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