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Old 07-05-2003, 19:43   #1 (permalink)
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Question EB/ED XR8 and V8 Owners

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I have a friend who's looking to buy an EB or ED XR8 or a Fairmont Ghia V8. I'm just wondering if there are any major problems with the V8's mechanical wise and what sort of problems they have.

I've also heard bad things about their fuel economy but just how bad is it? Also rough estimates on running costs like rego and insurance woud be great aswell.

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Old 07-05-2003, 20:57   #2 (permalink)
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Re: EB/ED XR8 and V8 Owners

In stock form they do get bad fuel econlmy if you drive hard compared to a 6 cyl. I guess it comes with the territory. But then I have managed to equal the distance per tank of my ea with the eb a couple of times. As a rule of thumb mine uses 12-13/100. Parts are also a lot darer being all yankee. For example, a dizzy cap cost Wayne $ 118from ford and that was WITH a $100 discount. Out of the box they are nothing really exciting but they are a better base for preformance as there seems to be a lot of stuff avalible for them
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In stock form they do get bad fuel econlmy if you drive hard compared to a 6 cyl. I guess it comes with the territory. But then I have managed to equal the distance per tank of my ea with the eb a couple of times. As a rule of thumb mine uses 12-13/100.
^^^ What NZ said. Also keep in mind that the (stock) 5.0 has noticeably better economy than X-series 6 cylinder engines when driven with ease (ie just cruising around). When driven with a heavier foot, the economy is about the same, if not a little poorer than an X-series 6 cylinder.

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When I first got mine, in January, I was getting 400 - 450 KMs out of a tank (68L capacity). At the moment I am getting around 370 - 400 KMs and have it booked in for a tune. It's easy on oil and other fluids though, and it makes very little difference whether running on "Economy", or "Power".
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They are very good on fuel as long as they are well maintained. Or untill you start with the mods like cam and injectors. Putting a set of extractors with a good sport exhaust system helps and does a bigger air inlet.
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Re: EB/ED XR8 and V8 Owners

Speaking of mods how easy is it to get some decent kw's out of them and what sort of dollars would you be looking at
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If you got an XR8 Ed, the heads would be the first to be modified.
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atleast they don't have the dreaded head gasket issue :)
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Just get one ed :)
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Re: EB/ED XR8 and V8 Owners

You want manual or auto? I would recommend manual if you can find one, heaps more fun to drive

I agree with Karl(NZ) source some GT40P heads from Herrod or somone, your looking at about a grand, also agree a decent exhaust will do wonders, really has opened mine up nicely and gives it a sweet note as well.
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