AUII XR8 Auto recall
Now I have your attention, read this. The auto box in the AUII XR8 has a fault! It chops down to 1st gear roughly (like a VT/VX Commodore auto does all the time).
This rough change down takes up the backlash in the diff, and if that is sometimes not enough, locks the rear wheels for a split second.
What is the Ford fix?
I can only assume Ford has far too many AUII XR8 customers and desparately needs to buy back vehicles to supply to those thousands of customers who missed out on new XR8's, so is making an effort to make them unhappy. They have released a 'Ford Service Bulletin' (can't spell tonight!) telling the Ford dealers there is an identified fault, but only act on it if the OWNER identifies it themselves (I did and got 'haven't heard of that, are you really sure?' then afterwards saw the written facts - I have procured a copy, which I have at work). They say it will cause no damage to the drivetrain, but in the long term how can it not?
There is a serious fault in the 'valve body' of the transmission. Cost = $2500 each, so FORD is very quiet about it!!!
If you have an AUII XR8 auto, take it for a drive - take note of rough downchanges - IF YOU DON'T COMPLAIN FORD POLICY IS TO IGNORE IT UNTIL OUT OF WARRANTY PERIOD.
Ring your Ford dealer tomorrow and ask them about the Auto problem. If you don't own an AUII XR8 yet, keep this in your memory for later - it could save you a lot of $$$$$!!!!