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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:37 pm 
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hey guys i am in the prosses of looking for my new car which i will be buying just after chrissy. now i am looking at getting a ba fairmont ghia around 20-21 k i have to spend. i was wondering if there are any problems i should be looking at when i am going to by the car, because i do not know to much about the ba's as i have only owned an EF svo and an el mont thanx guys.

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:40 pm 
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diff problems, transmission problems, warped discs, handbrake problems, interior falling to bits.

do a search, these things have been covered in more detail previously in other threads

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:55 pm 
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thanx Mash85

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:56 pm 
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Buy a MkII, a lot of the problems were ironed out by then

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:04 pm 
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yeah i would but they are to far out of my price range and i am really keen to get into a new car. are the problems with the gaps in the dash and things like that inside that car really as bad as peolpe say they are. i have only been in a bf and i have not yet started hunting for my ba so i have not been inside one yet. i am contemplating waiting till i can afford the mont ghia with a 6 spees auto in it but that will take ages and i really want a new car. other then little fix ups what is the diff between mark 1 and 2 ba's

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:08 pm 
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yeah i would but they are to far out of my price range and i am really keen to get into a new car. are the problems with the gaps in the dash and things like that inside that car really as bad as peolpe say they are. i have only been in a bf and i have not yet started hunting for my ba so i have not been inside one yet. i am contemplating waiting till i can afford the mont ghia with a 6 spees auto in it but that will take ages and i really want a new car. other then little fix ups what is the diff between mark 1 and 2 ba's


whats your budget? where are you looking? probably get mk2 onwards pretty cheaply at the auctions.

ive driven a couple of ba mk2's (xt rental and a mates typhoon). the rental was holding up pretty well, no squeaks or rattles, and the transmission still shifted nicely which is a good sign considering it had highish clicks and its a rental!

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 5:28 pm 
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well 19 k would be my top limit and i am in frnkstone but i do not mind if i have to drive places to go and get a car. but i was planning on trading in my old el mont but i can not do that at the auctions can i? where arr the auctions any way?

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 6:34 pm 
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damn, 19K would definately get u into a mk2 at the auctions. u could sell ur mont privately

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 8:48 pm 
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a lot of the BA's have had the bugs ironed out.

Our 02 XT has had the usual handbrake adjustment and sqeeling front brakes and thats it. Done 57k

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:19 am 
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mmm so how do auctions work like do you get to check the car out first and like get racv checks done on them? and are the auctions in melbourne?

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:08 pm 
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yeah fowles is in altona.

you cant drive, or even start the car. but alot of them would still have plenty of new car warranty on them. its the risk you take, a much lower purchase price than from a dealer, but u cant do much of an inspection on them.

http://www.fowles.com.au/auctions/aucti ... ffice=AU10

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:37 pm 
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mm cool thanx mate kinda sounds a bit dodgy but i will have a good look into it thanx

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:39 pm 
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its not really dodgy, they jsut go thru a million cars, theres no wayt hey could let people test drive them all. you could save alot of money though, and on near new cars, the risk is fairly low

 

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you can start the car, just make sure that its during inspection times and when there isnt any dealers around. I started every car I was interested in. One way to check if the driveline could be dodgy is just start it, put it into reverse, then back to park and back into reverse. If it bangs or shudders both times you put it in reverse, leave it.

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:57 pm 
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thanx for the advice guys

 

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