Originally posted by julian
Well my new TE50 is run in and man the torque is nice. Gearing is a bit wierd though as 4th is good for only 190kph at redline whereas 5th is geared for 300!kph at redline. Hence it is unlikley to get anywhere near peak power at top speed.Had my old 2001 TE50(220kw) off the 240KPH clock at about 245 without even trying hard once so be interested to see what the new one does.
Is this the same box as in the Bara v8s.It has a horrible (thrust bearing?) knocking at idle with the clutch in as did the demo i test drove.
Yeah julian - it is a six speed box but they lost fifth gear somewhere and didn't put it in. Shitty isn't it? I hate the way you fall in a heap as soon as you drop it in fifth. And it IS the same box and I believe same ratios in the new V8s so it is going to be the only let down in the BA GT that I can see.
I thought mine had a thrust noise too when I took delivery of the vehicle - so did my servicing dealer who replaced it, but the noise stayed. Tickfords (they were then) said it's the clutch - so that was replaced too with a new "improved" version, which I waited over four months to get. Noise still there - it is a gear roll-over noise and I believe it is caused by having incorrect type of oil in the box - it is not the oil Tremec normally recommend I've been told. Anyhow, the whole gearbox has now been replaced but guess what? Noise is same in the new one. So we are having serious discussions with Ford over next step - car has done 15000 km and I reckon at this rate I will probably use up to another 6 gearboxes before warranty runs out.
The car I test drove didn't have the noise but apparently a lot do.
Good luck mate - just keep complaining long and hard!