Looking for a family car for the wife to drive mainly but also good on the open road for those fun family driving holidays :)
I have read a few of the other threads on here about the SR but out of the few that have bought them have you regreted going the SR over the XR6 ?
The 6 to 8 k saving is pretty attractive when you consider the differences
1. Lower diff ratio in the XR
2. Wider tyres for the XR
3. better looking body kit
4. Slighty better supension but you still get the sports supension in the SR juts not as low or stiff as XR
apart from that there is nothing the XR has that the SR can not match or do better
Given it is a family car the wider tyres dont matter to me nor do the lower diff ratio in the times of raising fuel prices
As to resale value from the NRMA site the operating costs that includes depcreciation etc is XR 195.51 per week and XT 180.06 over 3 years I guess it kinda balances out even though on worst case figures from redbook the 2002 xt has dropped about 45% and the XR has dropped about 30%
so looking for any comments from those who actully own the SR do you regret not getting the XR ??
We had this same dilemma early this year, though with a second hand car, the AU series.
Do we chase an XR, or save 8k and go for the 'poverty pack' or save 5k and go for an 'S'?
As you rightly point our, there isn't a significant difference between them, and even less with the BA series. There is nothing you can't achieve with a XR that you couldn't do for less money with a lesser model.
The biggy is resale value and the looks - suspension, wheels, diff ratio, etc, can easily be sorted out, and at a significant saving. In the suspension department, you can mostly end up with a better handling car anyway, as the XR's whilst pretty decent, are still typical factory compromise between comfort and handling. BA's all have the same I6, so that isn't an issue.
In the end we went for the 'S', and have since upgraded the suspension, fitted exhaust/extractors, fitted 3.45:1 gears, and it had 18" wheels anyway, so in most ways it's is every bit as good as an XR, but with plain vanilla looks.
I doubt I'd buy a NA BA XR, as the differences are all too minimal, though I'm not worried about the 'image' surrounding XR's either.
4L I6, naturally aspirated producing 173.5rwkw.
14.410 @ 96.49mph with street radials.
What's that?..... Did I hear you say TQE power?
Like everyone has said so far an XR6 will give a better drive, looks better, better resale and I would guess you may even be prouder driving an XR over the SR. The SR itself is great value and looks good in its own right and will most probably be enough to make you happy, but keep your eyes out for good deals on XR's as that could help you make a decision.
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Re: SR Vs XR6 NA
One thing that every one has over look in the different department is that the XR front seats are much more nicer to sit in the the SR ones. My grilfriend want to buy a new Falcon but was in the same boat a SR or XR. After seating in XR & SR found the front seats much better in the XR. Just something to think about.
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