Oxford Green AU
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Re: AU Futura series 1
You'll find that the Series 1 has noticeably more noise inside the cabin and also that the brakes are the same units as EL and far inferior to those fitted to the AU2 and 3. AU2/3 get 2 pot brake calipers and larger discs.
You'll also find that there was a Series 1 update, I've heard this update included a bigger brake booster to combat the brake issues of the originals.
AU2 also had some minor steering/suspension modifications.
The AU1 came standard with 15" tyres and the AU2 came standard with 16" (To accomodate the bigger brakes I think)
Aside from that, there really isn't too much in it, I own a Series 1 and my Father owns a Series 2 so I've driven both quite a bit.
Driving the AU1 and AU2 are totally different experiences, the decreased cabin noise and better brakes make a world of difference, if your brother can afford it, definately make the stretch to AU2, it's well worth the extra few thousand.
Especially on long haul trips, the decreased cabin noise will be a blessing and the brakes on my AU1 are pathetic. I'm currently looking into aftermarket components and the Update brake booster.
Dual Fuel 10/98 AU1 Forte
Last edited by AUForte; 06-28-03 at 01:33 AM.