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Old 08-21-2004, 00:20   #1 (permalink)
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351 XD's any good?

I am looking for a bit of a cheap run around car at the moment while I am studying and I have noticed that there are quite a few cheap 351 XD Falcons around. I was just wondering what they are like as far as quality, performance and potential are concerned. Also are they reliable engines? I have had no experience with 351's or XD's so any info you can tell me would be appreciated.
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great engines ... source a 2 barrel carbie or you'll be towing a tanker around

Check around the rear windscreen for rust
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cheap and 351 shouldnt be used in the same sentance...u want cheap run around get a mini
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I meant cheap to buy not cheap to run.
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yep clevos in xd's are a lethal combo.
my mate has one and it runs 12's, there are a cpl in perth running 10's N/A so plenty of potential.
alot of ppl will argue a 351 is one of the best engines made. they are very reliable, but make sure you have a good radiator. Look out for rust to.
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Re: 351 XD's any good?

XD 351 Cars may be cheap but you first have to think why they are cheap. I had a XD 351 ute and I must say was one of the best cars I have owned but that came at a price. Going on experience I'd say a standard XD 351 is ok but you might run into problems with it if its a bit run down in the engine department and also chassis department( prob find alot of rust in the bottom sills, that a common thing with them). But if you want to spend $1000's and $1000's on them they are one of the best cars you will ever own.

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here ya go sideway

http://members.dodo.net.au/~omegapower/XD.html
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Cheers guys, great info so far

Just wondering what are the chances I would find a manual? I would really prefer a manual than an auto and it will save me money later on when I decide to spend a bit on it. Also what are the common modifications done to a clevo 351 to get them really rockin?
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its hard to find an manual, well it was here (penrith , blue mountains area) so i settled for a 3 speed auto fairmont ghia
sold it now though
but was a great first car to run around in, especailly with a nice loud exhaust
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I had a 351 in my XF and it was heaps of fun to drive. It was only auto but If i planted the right foot it would light the rears everytime. Was good for sideways action.
It was a killer on petrol though. I ended up selling it cheap because the petrol costs were too high for it to be driven every day. I was doing about 400kms a week and spending about $120 on petrol. If you drive it easy it would be alot better but that is too boring. They sound to good to not put the boot in.
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