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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-05-02, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Question What are your real thoughts on the BA Series?

What do you guys think about the new Falcon range?

I was thinking about it before, and I came to the conclusion that this time round, once again the Falcon spirit has come alive. This BA Falcon is a true falcon, and it has succeeded already in sucking us in.

I felt the AU Falcon wasn't really a Falcon, and was different, perhaps too different to be comfortable with. But now, this new one is a complete winner.

Good work Ford boys, I hope we can keep up this great streak!

Do you guys actually have any cons on the car? Is there anything you would have liked to see on it that hasnt been done, or something that's be done that you think shouldn't have?

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I think the BA caught many people by surprise, me included. I was initially shocked at the number of changes they actually made.

Ford certainly drew a rabbit out of its hat thats for sure. I even think Wheel's mentioned that they were suprised at how much Ford had done with the BA.

The only real dissapointment, is a few styling issues, nothing major, but that C pillar still looks a bit iffy to me.

Also, the Futura looks particularly bland (at the front). The XT is the looker of the lot, XR's and FPV's excepted ofcourse.

What annoys me the most with BA is that I don't have one!
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i think the BA is a very handsome car. it also looks very big. and i would love to get my hands on the XR6T or the XR8 later.

however, i think the BA and the VY look very similar. sorry to say it, but the front end is remarkably close, and the back ends arent a whole world apart either...but the ford is the better looking.

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For me, the BA is a fantastic car. I love its looks, and especially love the options u have to improve its looks even more. There are a couple of things i would change to it though, and one is the square air con vents in the interior, i feel they don't fit with the round and flowy effect of the car, and i would rather circled vents much like the R5 concept interior. The other thing i would change is the dial setup, it seems to be a little bland, wonderful for upperclass cars like fairmont, but still a bit bland for the XR's. Having said that, the best part is when u turn on the lights in the XR's and u see the facia light up blue, thats truley cool. But i will eventually buy one, probably either XR8 ute or XR6turbo, depending on the differences in performance and price. If i had it my way i would get the GT!

Losing my license wasn't the smartest thing i have ever done, but now i can save my ass off and buy a V8!!
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Ba xt two weeks old and just had my first service ( 3000km ) must say after doing both country and city driving the Ba is the ducks nuts , cruising at highway speeds ( not to be mentioned ) and overtaking roadtrains is effortless compared to my old VT .
Another three Reps have ordered falcons , the only rep to order a VY is a guy who just took a holden as thats what he had before .
Imagine a choice and too lazy to check them out .

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Well I'm lucky enough to drive a BA Ghia as my Company car and although I've had it less than 2 weeks and not travelled that many kilometres, I am really enjoying the experience.

Ford's tagline of "Can't get ennough of this" is just so true. It's a wonderful car to drive. I had the opportunity to drive my old Series III XR6 VCT just last week and I couldn't believe how much better the BA was compared to it in any aspect you can conjure up. Just staggering how different AND better the BA is.

Do yourself a favour guys and get a BA ... rob a bank if you have to.
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Good to see both of you are having such positive experiences with your BAs. At my brothers work 3 people had VY HSV's on order, but cancelled them after one of them sampled the BA Falcon, the other two followed, and switched camp to Ford.

As an AU owner I have mixed feelings that the BA is so much better, but as I've only had the car for two years I will have to stick with it for a few more years to come. The XT and the XR models are the standouts for me. I would actually feel proud to own a base model Falcon which is a huge turn around from the AU Forte.

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Having driven an AU and driven and ordered an XR6T i have only one complaint. The A pilar is painfully in my field of vision. Nearly all the people I talked to about it who own an AU say the same thing.

And for some reason the drivers seat sits a few mm higher than the passengers seat. This makes the A pilar intrusion more noticeable.

But apart from that, i can't wait to get my 6T around the 20th/11/02
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I must be a minority but I prefer the AUII interior, but i prefer the BA XR's speedo etc as they are pretty nice. So if I could combine them they would be great. Sat in a XT and a Futura and they immediately reminded me of the new Mondeo, just biger of course.

When I revved the engine there was definitely a more throaty growl to them though even the 6's.

It is designed to sell more, simple as that. Most will prefer it, some don't. Overall they've done an excellent job.

Saw a trailer truck on the motorway yesterday with 3 XR's, and there were two cars changing lanes to have a look !!!
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