BA wagon delivered
Late yesterday afternoon I finally brought home our new Futura wagon in Barossa red. Today I spent half the afternoon driving it around Melbourne and CBD and I have to tell you I am very impressed. I did a very careful inspection in the dealerís yard before signing away acceptance of the car and I couldnít find one fault to even worry about (including using knit-picking mode).
Knowing the BA wagon & ute are the least upgraded in terms of looks to the sedans this probably gave me lower expectations of how it would drive considering I test drove one back in November 2002. Well, this all changed. It has more power than a family car will ever need and although I have never yet revved it hard above 3500rpm I think that any stock six especially Commodore V6 driving sales reps who mistakenly think its an AU from the rear donít stand a chance. Not that I would ever consider a drag with my 4 month old in the back, of course! Lucky for us wagon buyers the BA range gained very little weight over the AU so we gain the most from those 182 kW. For a leaf sprung rear end it handles better than I had hoped, it steers beautifully and the brakes have a solid meaty feel of confidence. The interior is just as I would like if I could design one myself, clear, uncluttered understated elegance and I now donít miss the lack of a Fairmont model for the interior is streets ahead of any AU in my personal opinion. My only gripe and itís a big one, is that my wife will be the primary driver; however the thought of a late night dash to the supermarket for ďbabyĒ things never looked so appealing. I just wish the local supermarket wasnít 60 seconds away!!
A big thank-you to those at Ford that put our family chariot together, you designed and built a great car, especially the man who full glossed by under-bonnet area,.. I owe you one!