Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Outer East, Melbourne, Vic
Finally bought one
After much indecision and procrastination I have finally bought myself a new car:
BA XR6 NA, Mercury Silver. Bog standard, no options. 12 months old, 25,000km on the clock. Ex company car.
The old car had just done 180,000km and was getting pretty ratty. The last 3 services it's needed extra work done, had to put a reco trans in but was becomming more dissatisfied with it. I was getting bored with it, with rego nearly due and needing new tyres by xmas the time felt right to turn it over.
The deal I got was pretty routine. $23K changeover drive away. $13K trade in which I could live with, I was going for $14K. Other Ford dealers only offered $11K on similarly priced cars.
I picked this car out because there is not a mark on the paint, not even fine swirl marks so it's never been through any automated car washes. No sign the car has ever been smoked in, was a country car (Ballarat) and the tyres still have heaps of tread for the mileage. Some I'd seen were only just roadworthy for the same mileage so I saw it as an indication this car has had an easy life. I wasn't too hung up on options as this is a long term keeper so resale isn't a huge issue for me.
This thing drives fantastic. I can't believe how much better than my old AU XR6 it is. It's a softer car that's for sure and the only thing I miss about the AU is the razor sharp steering it had. Every other aspect is a major improvement and I can see why the BA won COTY.
Anyway, hopefully the weekend weather will be good so I can go for a nice long drive. :s5 :s5 :s5
BA XR6 NA Mercury Silver (daily drive)
XC Fairmont Coupe (sunday cruiser)