Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Outer East, Melbourne, Vic
XR6 NA Test Drive
I took an XR6 NA auto for a test drive this morning at Knox Ford as a part of the freebie magazine subscription promotion. I chose this car because it’s affordable and what I would buy when the time comes. It’s also the closest match to compare with my current ride.
After the formalities were done the guy went out the back to get a car. He returned with a Lightning Strike XR in completely standard trim, no options. This thing must have not long come off the truck from the factory, still had transport stickers and 4km on the clock!! It had 22km by the time I finished.
The route was into Ferntree Gully, back out towards Lysterfield, to Kellets Rd, Wellington Rd and back to FTG along Glenfern Rd. A great test drive route as you have undulating winding roads with road surfaces that aren’t spot on. Perfect test of roadholding and handling.
The car didn’t feel much quicker than my AU but it felt a damn sight nicer. Much better seats and seating position, I really like the support around the back of the shoulders. The steering felt great and this car just felt so well balanced. It seemed like only a missile strike could knock it off the road. There was very little wind and tyre noise. Noise from road surface ripples, potholes and cats eyes lane dividers was unobtrusive. My AU really clunks and thumps in this situation. This car was just so nimble and poised its just streets ahead of the AU in terms of refinement. The only negative in all this was getting back into the AU afterwards. Actually, the AU aint that bad, it’s still a decent ride in its own right but the BA is a much better package.
Anyway, this has reinforced my decision that this is the car for me in the Ford line-up. If I had the bucks there and then I’d have signed up for that particular car. I’m still at least 6 months away from being able to do anything. Better start saving.
Would love to hear about ownership experiences of other XR6 NA owners, particularly those with auto transmissions.
BA XR6 NA Mercury Silver (daily drive)
XC Fairmont Coupe (sunday cruiser)