Originally Posted by Swordie
An XF in good condition may be worth a look. These should handle many Kms and if something goes wrong will be easy to fix. If you can find a manual it will be more fuel efficient than an auto.
If the budget is $12K I think something more recent is affordable, although as I speak we have an XF Series III Fairmont wagon, ELII Futura wagon and BA Futura wagon in the driveway. If you do go after an XF I'd head towards the carby models only (we have EFI) and they are more troublesome due slow ECU. The engine needs to be airtight, ie if the dipstick is out slightly or oil filler cap not tight it effects the idle and sometime you can stall while changing from reverse to drive etc...when on song great but not easy to keep this way.
O/T but when I have to shift all three to get out I'm still blown away by the idle quality of the BA over the other Falcon engines, not often mentioned but truely one of the BAs I6's best features.