I would say due to the age, the EL has proven to be the most reliable mechanically and electronically.
When i had a look into the EL rocker assembly, they have improved it heaps from the previous models. Even as the km's clock up the EL feels alot smoother than an EF.I believe the AU's are just as good but due to the it being newer it hasn't proved itself just yet.
Motor May 2001 Quote: "Believe it or not, there are actually a bunch of weirdos out there who reckon a six cylinder is the dux gutz. Bugger it: I'm one of them" :s5
AUII Late Ed XR6 HP T5 Venom- Full Tickford Body Kit, 17in Wheels, Herrod Bi-plane Spoiler, Momo Steer/Gear, T-Series Interior Options, Premium Stereo and a very light-tuned 4.0L I6
(FPV-Tickford Club of NSW Member and Co-Founding Member of 3FB Inc, Ford Forums Food Bandits)
My AU1 XR6 has been brilliant so far, never missed a beat. Had 116,000k's when I bought it, now has 148,000k's. Shaping up well but still too soon to tell.
I had an ED Ghia 4.0L. First 3 years, beautiful. 4th year fell apart despite regular maintenance. 2 head gaskets, 3 electric windows, 1 clutch fan and the AC died requiring a full dash-out repair. Had 61,000k's when I bought it, trouble started at 145,000k's, got rid of it (still with problems) at 180,000k's.
EA Ghia owned 6 months. Nothing but trouble. Worst car I've ever had.
Best Ever? An old XA GS, 6cyl 4spd I had 15 years ago. A real shitter but NEVER let me down. Started first hit every time, never had to lay a spanner on it. Fond memories!!
BA XR6 NA Mercury Silver (daily drive)
XC Fairmont Coupe (sunday cruiser)
Ive got an XA Fairmont 250 auto and I reakon these and other pre crossflow 6's (XR - XB) are the best. They just keep going & going and if you do need to work on them everything is easy to get to. The crossflows (XC - XF) are also very good but can be a bit harder to work on. Can't comment on the E series as I've never owned one, but I would keep away from any EA.
Originally posted by XAXEXF Ive got an XA Fairmont 250 auto and I reakon these and other pre crossflow 6's (XR - XB) are the best. They just keep going & going and if you do need to work on them everything is easy to get to.
I'll agree to that... I had a 250 and that copt a thrashing. Starved of oil and water and it NEVER failed me... I wanted to kill it to get an 8 but it never died. So I ended up tossing it in favour of the 8. To this day I can hear it idling at the tip.. some 15k's away. Possesed I tell ya!!!!
LSUG (Leaf Spring Users Group) Durability Tester and Restorer.
Delete striped BAGTs look like (*)(*)less models!!!!
myy old man bought a 1993 ed gli back in 94 and i had that car from 2000-2001 and the only thing that ever went wrong with it was the steering rack it was the most reliable ford we ever had and a good performer too, in stock form i consider it to have gone harder than my current AU
regards from adam
series3 xr8 5 speed manual, pacemaker extractors, hi flow cats, 3 inch exhaust, lowered cold air intake, k&n air filter, 3.9 diff gears
13.9584 @ 98.51 mph 1.9447 60 ft
188.9 rwkw 525 nm of torque
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