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Old 07-15-2004, 15:59   #1 (permalink)
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Buying a used BA

What if anything needs to be looked at prior to purchasing a used BA?

Looking at an XR6 or XR6T.

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Re: Buying a used BA

Look for one that is as new as possible, low kms and all that. BA has had a few running upgrades that havent actually been publicised, but basically just do what you'd do when looking at any used car - give it a VERY thorough check, perhaps get it mechanically checked by an independent body (NRMA etc), and ask the dealer if there have been any issues with it.

Personally i would not buy an 02 or early 03 build BA.
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Re: Buying a used BA

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Look for one that is as new as possible, low kms and all that. BA has had a few running upgrades that havent actually been publicised, but basically just do what you'd do when looking at any used car - give it a VERY thorough check, perhaps get it mechanically checked by an independent body (NRMA etc), and ask the dealer if there have been any issues with it.

Personally i would not buy an 02 or early 03 build BA.
Why not an 02 or early 03? They are all the same pretty much except for a few running changes, and most changes to the brakes etc are done by the dealers neways.

Just make sure its been well serviced and that you have a year and half left on the warranty. Also look for something thats stock, eg. no engine modifications that way you usually know you have a sleeper. Cars with mods usually have been driven hard.
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Re: Buying a used BA

I'm also curious as to why not 02 or 03?
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Re: Buying a used BA

The reason i wouldnt touch an 02 or early 03 build is simply because they are the VERY first BA's, and naturally they wont have any of the running changes that the rest do. Furthermore - its just not good sense to buy one of the very first produced models of a new car - give them time to iron out all the little bugs and niggly bits first.

And thirdly, why would you want to buy a BA that is 2 years old already anyway?
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And thirdly, why would you want to buy a BA that is 2 years old already anyway?
Budget constraints. But i see your point. Might be better off hanging out to save some $ to get an 04.

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Re: Buying a used BA

If i was in the situation where i had a choice of an 02 AU or an 02 BA, i would pick the AU anyday. Simply because the series 2/3 AU's were FAR more refined than the very first BA's.
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Re: Buying a used BA

So basically all us guys that have 02 or early 03 BA's have lemons and series III AU would have been a better option??????.

I think as long as its been regularly serviced and well maintained, it comes down to price and affordability, there are some tru bargains to be had out there.
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True what you say there TE50 1

Question - with the running changes made to the BA do these changes get adapted onto the 02 and early 03 models as they are in for their routine services?
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TE50,

didnt mean it like that, its just that if i was in the position of buying either an AU3 or an 02 BA, i would pick the AU, simply because its a well known and realised fact that the last of every model is typically the most refined, whereas the very first builds may have problems that can (and usually are) be sorted as the series progress.

Nothing wrong with an 02 or 03 BA, but i just wouldnt buy one. Thats my personal choice.
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