Buying a EF/EL
OK here goes,
I have been saving my cash since I was about 10 and now the moment has come to buy a 'proper' car. I am 19 and a soon to be apprentice at a Printing Press. I need a car to get me to work at decent economy and I want a modern car as I am getting tired of spending money on my MKI Capri. Have spent close to $5k on it, engine upgrades mainly (2 litre) and I reckon I have gone as far as I could power wise/ looks wise without spending mega bucks. I am tired of poor fuel economy (Premium unleaded :( only) and the rough ride and poor ergonomics. I would say I am growing out of my 'boy racer' phase.
I have always had a soft spot for the EF/EL falcons. I have at maxiumum 15k to play with. I have thought about buying an XR6 but at this stage I just want a mainly stock EF/EL as I may be travelling overseas at the end of my apprenticeship, plus I wouldn't mind an auto car for a change that doesnt attract too much unwanted attention. I have test driven an EL GLi Falcon and was very impressed powerwise as well as brakes, comfort and ease of driving. I simply want this car now. How reliable are they? I have heard of head problems occuring?? The car is so much safer too (Capri doors/ ignition can be opened with ANY key i have, plus I would hate to hit anything in that tin can!) and more comfortable than the Capri. (Still keeping the Capri don't get me wrong great car but I cannot drive it everyday from A to B)
Now that you have my life story what do you think would be the best car for me:
EF or EL? Is there much difference besides exterior?
Gli - cheapest model - but is it worth it?
Futura - how much different is it from the Gli??
Fairmont - leaning towards this at the moment...
Fairmont Ghia - too expensive I imagine!
My driving style is really pretty conservative and catious but I do like the occasional trash to clear my head. As I have said before what could I pick up for $15k tops? I would like something with lower kilometres too. Is $15k too much for say a Fairmont with 120,000 kms??
Finally and most importantly......
How hard does the 4.0litre go and auto box go? For example what cars have you smoked in drags?? My Capri beats Holden and Ford sixes. haahahaha power to weight! (Destroyed an XF last nite) I would like my $15k car to go harder than my Capri! How fast does it do 0 - 60 roughly?
Any advice is really appreciated as I am not as familiar with these cars as you all must be!
BA - soon to be an E series owner