Went for a spin in a V8 Ute - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-23-01, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
Crazed Cone Chaser
MADXF's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 2,524
Went for a spin in a V8 Ute

Like the title says, my mate has just bought a '99 V8 Ute (not XR).
I have heard a lot of people say that the standard exhaust manifold was crap but god, I didn't think it was that crap. The bend work is absolutely disgusting.

I hope ford will do something about this in the future.

Apart from this, I loved it. I personally have never had a chance to drive an 8, and boy do I love it. The only thing that made the drive not so good was that his clutch needs adjusting.

I want one!!!

Do I really have to write something funny in here?

DILLIGAF: a subsiduary of the DGAF NOP group of companies.
BSR Member - 'Blanky' 'ConeKiller'

Go Here for My Garage Sale
MADXF is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-23-01, 08:05 PM
Registered User
Falchoon's Avatar
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
Posts: 3,544
I went for a quick fang in my mate's VSIII SS ute yesterday. I hate to say it but I was impressed.:eek: It drove well. Didn't go as hard or as quick as I was expecting (308 motor, only 185kw I think) but still great to get behind the wheel of a V8 again. :D The V8 torque really comes into it's own when you come to a hill, the v8 just laps it up. I didn't get to give it a real workout because a) I don't mistreat my mate's stuff and b) I didn't want to bend it :(. There were a few slow cars in front of me so I planted it and took it up to 160km/h to round them up and the ute seemed quite stable on the road (as it should) and still seemed to have plenty of go. I only have my EB 6cyl and my previous car, XYGT to compare with. A bit of work to the EB and it would be keeping up with the VS no wories, but a lot of work (like twice as much power) to the VS for it to keep up with the XY.
Biggest complaint was the auto trans which couldn't make up it's mind if it wanted to snap my head off or drive like limmo. Ford have it all over the Holdens here.
The ute seemed to handle well, all stock with 50,000km on original tyres. I didn't push it too hard as I mentioned but to be honest I would have to say it handles better than the EB (Selby lowered springs, Bilsteins , camber kit and Superpro bushes). The ute was a little choppier in the ride than my EB, I reckon you'd need a kidney belt if you had Konis and 18s on it, though my other mate has a VS Maloo with these mods and it supposedly rides softer, go figure!:rolleyes:
I would love to drive an XR8 ute to compare the differences, any takers?

You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.

Falchoon is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-24-01, 02:25 AM
Registered User
Rastus's Avatar
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Ballarat, Victoria
Age: 45
Posts: 1,395
I know what you mean Falchoon,
there's something about a 4V 351 Cleveland that makes most other V8's seem lackluster..even late model fuel injected types...effortless syrupy torque I think.
Rastus is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Ford Trucks | Utes | Vans |SUVs | Crossovers > Ford Ute Forum

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GoAuto tests BA ute FPRXR-6 Ford Ute Forum 2 07-31-03 04:03 PM
BA Fairmont Ghia V8 review Go Auto sandmanls1 Australian Falcons 1 02-03-03 10:45 PM
Ford's Ute Heritage RPO83 Ford Ute Forum 8 10-14-02 05:49 AM
Clutch Problems AU SI V8 Ute rexd000 Trans | Driveline 2 03-07-02 03:20 PM
Pursuit 250 ute review Falchoon Ford Ute Forum 13 02-20-02 08:47 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome