Join Date: May 2001
Test drove a XR6T, still not sure
Well yesterday afternoon I went for the test drive I had booked in over the internet. Meeting with our very helpful sales guy, he had no issue with us driving either the turbo or the Ghia. Our choice was easy, one auto XR6T, citric acid, with premium sound, no leather tho. Jesus, I have been in a BA before, but never a 8 or a turbo, never driven one, they are extremely quick.. Theres no wanting for anything quicker, plant your foot and silly speeds arrive to a glorious sound track, part muscle car, part technophile turbo that you could just pick up in the background. The build up through a gear was addictive. Its also the first time I got to use a SSS gearbox, worked really well. It felt really strong espically above 2000 rpm.. Have to make a big change in driving habits if we get this car, otherwise we will have no licence.
However I was disapointed in the seats, 4 way power, but definately not for forwards and backwards. They were comfy enough, however they added a very racey feel to inside the cabin.
Premium ICC was nice, never really got in all the menus. One day I promise to find all the functions. I notice that all the ICC ive seen have been grey/white background through the menus, yet I notice ford have black background ones in promotional pictures. Like on the cover to the Luxury pack booklet. I wonder how you get that, they look much classier and not something I programmed in BASIC in 4th grade.
I sat in the back, room was adiquate, but with all of us in the car would be fairly tight, I'm 6'7 ~130kg, my brothers are 6'6 110kg 6'5 100kg my old man is 6'4 ~120kg. Certainly better than a LS400, no where near as insane as the Statesman, its not a car, its a lounge room. Better than 5 series BMW (the old one, haven't been in a new one). While driving, it reminded my brother of arriving in frankfurt, germany serveral (~10) years ago, and getting into our uncles 540, and 250 kmph though peak hour traffic while holding a conversation.
Both my brother and I had a quick blast, we totally sold on the ride, handling, power, sound and performance. All top notch.. Very composed even on some of windsor roads construction areas, suprised, it rode maybe better than the statesman. Quite quiet except on the gas.. But the sound was quiet pleasing so no problem really.
On the way back to the dealership the car started to blow a bit of smoke, the sales guy blamed the fact the car was new (which it was 30km), we did drive it pretty hard, losing traction several times while driving, reach the limiter in a few gears.. Still, hmmm..
However I still think a Fairmont Ghia Turbo would be a entirely diffrent case. Fairmont Ghia man doesn't have to pull a lever and wiggle his butt to move a chair, Fairmont Ghia man doesn't have to pour over the option list to see if its even possible to get what he wants. Fairmont Ghia man doesn't want his car in Vixen or Citric acid, he wants to look sharp, not outragous. Wheres the seat memory, wheres the full leather seats.. Wheres the rear cup holders and center arm rests? Do I get curtain airbags standard?
I suppose to some they could not see the the point of a Fairmont Ghia.. If you have been in one for years the get into a optioned up XR you will miss a few bits here and there. Biggest things are the seats aren't full electric for me. Because everytime I get into a car, I have to adjust the seat. If four or more people drive this car at diffrent times, thats a great deal of adjusting.
I think the XR looks are something most people can adjust to, they look good, but there are plenty of XR's on the road, hell, I've seen XR taxis. These days standard BMW's look more shocking. But XR in blue pearl, or luscious or offshore? No way.. At the moment we are thinking Mercury Silver, Lightning strike or Havest green.
However I think we can live with a optioned up T and remove the turbo badging. However our experience has shown us that XR6T does not equal Ghia. Either does Ghia equal XR6T. Ford would have a extremely convincing product if they combined the two.
A Ghia Turbo, with the XR6T mechanicals, Ghia interior, maybe some more options. However Im sure that would put it out of our price range.. How about a luxury pack with Ghia seating as a option including 6 way power seats.