Re: Manual V8 EA to ED
I have driven both and owned both.
Now this may cause a stir with some, but it is my opinion based on my own experiences with owning these cars.
All the 5L V8's pre AU2 200kw, are complete dogs. The 165kw/170kw are pathetic in there standard form.
The 185kw units are a little better, but a I6 with extractors will still hang in there with one.
Unfortunately to make them go, you need to spend some serious dollars on extractors/exhaust, TB, MAF, and inlet manifold. You then still only have somewhere between 190kw and 200kw.
The above will cost around 4-5k.
An I6 needs a cam and extractors/exhaust, which ranges between 1k and 2.5 k depending on who you buy from etc, and will hose the 5L (even with the above mods) at that point.
If you're considering spending some serious dollars to perhaps stroke the 5L and do some headwork, cam, etc, then things are different. The little Windsor can then produce decent power, 250 + kw.
If you're on a budget, stick with the I6.
Oh, and they also handle better and use less fuel.
Last edited by Soxx; 10-13-03 at 06:53 PM.