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Old 05-29-2003, 18:13   #1 (permalink)
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I bought the EB XR8

Well, like I said I would, I went out yesterday and bought the XR8.

10 grand for:
Black '92 EB XR8 5spd manual,
Extractors, exhaust,
Kenwood CD/MP3 player and speaker system,
18" wheels with 235/45 rubber(brand new too),
tinted windows,
GT scoop and wing.

The car sounds unreal, and fairly moves. I'm not sure how stock this XR8 is, the dealer didn't know much about it. I think there is a possibility that it has a cam, as the car is a bit cranky when travelling at low revs, just wants to be opened up. The idle is a bit lumpy, and doesn't miss, so I'm not sure...

I guess I'll have to wait and see what the dyno says...

One downfall - oil leak. Only leaks when warm. Not sure exactly where it is leaking from as I have only had the car a day now and haven't had it up on the ramps yet, will do so soon. Has anyone else had oil leak problems with their 5L's? No biggy... Apart from that, the car is awesome, really happy with it...

Now I gotta sell my ED...
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Old 05-29-2003, 18:32   #2 (permalink)
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yes i have, seen oil leaks with mine. could be rear seal. cost me about $400 to get fixed but havent had problems since. or try sump gasket. not easy to fix but worth it. these things should be covered under warranty!
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Old 05-29-2003, 19:01   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah take it back to the car yard and tell them to fix it because car yards like to use alot of degreaser and from my experience are always hiding stuff that the average bloke won't see until a few days later when you reverse the car out of the driveway and you see a nice little puddle of oil.
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Old 05-29-2003, 19:36   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like you got a nice car!

I'd take the car back to the dealer about the leak though.

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Old 05-29-2003, 19:56   #5 (permalink)
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Great - theres finally more V8 cars!!
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Old 05-29-2003, 20:01   #6 (permalink)
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Just had lunch, took the car down to the servo for some fuel, thought I'd check the oil and make sure that it hadn't leaked too much. Turns out that the motor actually has too much oil in it, a fair bit too much.

A similar thing was happening in my old Lancer turbo ('82 import, only 8 in OZ, another story...) it had too much oil and was leaking out the dipstick very slowly when running. Took ages of messing around to pinpoint the leak.

Maybe that's the prob on the EB? I'll have a better look when I have time tomorrow.

I can't take it back to the dealer as I told him to stick his warranty up his ass, because the last car I bought from him had problems when I bought it and it was covered under warranty, although they refused to fix it. So I thought I'd save myself $500 and foprget the warranty this time.
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Ive seen a couple of Windsors blowing oil out the dip stick.... I know one of them is getting pretty well used. I dont know much about them anyway so it will be interesting to find out the problem.
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ED195, good to see you've come on the side of the V8's. You wont be sorry you bought it! Got any more plans for the car in future?

Let us know how she goes on the dyno!

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Old 05-29-2003, 20:31   #9 (permalink)
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I have MANY plans for the Falc... I don't like the people that buy other people's hard work and claim it as their own, so I'll be putting alot of time and effort into this thing....just you wait.

I went to my exhaust man during my lunch break too and asked him if he could give me a better exhaust job for it (not that there was anything wrong with this one, I just wanted to see if it could be done better, he did a great job on my ED). Asked him if it was worth having twin pipes all the way through, (at the moment it has a 2.5" Y piece into a 2.5" pipe, 1 mercury muffler, then the 2.5" tailpipe.) he said twin pipes wouldn't be neccessary, could even be the wrong way to go (not enough back pressure). So he looked at my exhaust for a while, said it seemed really good, and then told me to start it up. I started it up and he almost blew his load. Then he asked me why I wanted to change it, said it was a top job. All it would need is high flow cats. So exhaust can stay...

I've heard a bit about changing intake manifolds? I'll get a bigger throttle body, possibly a cam (if I can't contact the old owner and find out if it already has one or not), new snorkel, better calipers/discs (discs are a bit warped at the moment, so need machining/replacing soon, any recommendations?), the list goes on...

Plus I'm probably going to rice it up a bit... skirts and a front and rear bar...like my ED...

The GT scoop on the bonnet is actually just a wank feature at the moment, no hole in the bonnet. Did the GT have some sort of induction pipe to the scoop or was it just for cooling purposes? I'll be cutting the hole soon, when I find out about the GT's.
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Does anyoneknow if they had manderal bends stock? Mine has manderal bends over the diff. Any ideas?
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