I'm deciding whether i should sell me car to get another, but i can't make up my mind! There's a sweeet EB XR8 near my hometown, and it's been sitting on the lot for about 2 years. Reason? It's priced at $12k. I talked to one of the salesmen and asked if (because they cant sell it) $7k was outta the question and he said no. It's really really nice with 16" wheels, manual, full exhaust inc extractors, cruise, and 135000km on the clock, and straight as body. What i wanna know is should i trade my ED GLi for it?
Now while you may say HELL YES, i'm not so sure. The ED was seriously immaculate when i got it a year ago (i've since put an extra 45000 km on it), and remains unchanged except that it has a slightly noisier (sp?) engine (ticking from rocker assembly somewhere). It has cruise, abs, LPG, blah blah blah, and the paint/body looks a million bucks. I was gonna start with some performance mods on the ED (5sp manual first!), but the EB gives me an instant head start in the power stakes. What potential can i get out of the XR8 compared to the 4lt? I know that the heads on the V8 are it's weakest link, so without replacing them, how much can i get out of the 5lt on a reasonable budget? Am i better off sticking with the 6, starting by taking off the LPG, dropping in a cam etc? XR6's were faster than the XR8's i've been told, but which responds better to mods?
Ok, pro's of the ED
-known history -> country car owned by retirees we knew (has high kays tho)
-top condition (was on a lot, not the same one, for $9k, but i didn't pay that)
-better on fuel (has LPG!)
-cost less to insure
-it's bright red
Pro's of the EB XR8
-sounds awesome! (it's illegally loud in VIC - it's a SA car)
-has mags already (look factory?, but aren't same as other XR8 eb's ive seen)
-flogs my ED by a mile in their current states
So well, anyone got any ideas as to which road to head down? I'll post pics of both as soon as i figure out how to