OK, these comments may upset some people but I tell it how it is, and if my comments upset you then I am not sorry
As some of you know I recently changed from a 2002 VX S pack 5 speed to the ford equal of the NA XR6 5 speed, and after a few weeks now I can offer a blow for blow comparison.
As stated in a another post, the VX S had
4 electric windows
Auto window down
Side airbags standard.
My XR doesnt have any of the above, but it does have one hell of a fine chassis, engine, interior and is one hell of a great car, which I feel lacks a few standard extras which is offered by the opposition (VX/VY S pack) and like it or not, I'm sure it's hurting sales, most people really dont care about the less power etc, and a test drive will show that power difference is actually hard to notice.
BUT, I am shocked by the weak link in the chain or my BA XR6, THE T5, it's a serious pig, as I have read, or perhaps I have a seriously bad example, but I am shocked that a car can be so good overall with such a weak link in the chain, my G/F who drove the S pack all the time and doesnt care about cars said last night after driving the XR on her own "The gearbox in the XR is seriously bad, I much prefer the gearbox in the S pack, it was so much easier to drive"
This coming from someone who doesnt know or even like cars.
Ford, the T5 must go or I have got a very bad example, this baby will grind going into 5th when driving hard from 4th or even when driving easy from 3rd. Reverse and first gears take a couple of goes also.
A GETRAG in my XR6 and I would be alot happier.
Like it or not, it's far far better box. I wish now I had ordered an auto.