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 Post subject: Buying a BA with a few kms on it... few questions.
Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 9:55 pm 
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evening guys, im about to sign for a 12/2003 BA XT, with 298,000km on it.

its just had its 300,000km service, and everythings pretty good on it, its just done highway km most of its life.


i was wondering what things i should go over with a fine tooth comb, ive checked a few things over already, the trans shifts smoothly and dosent clunk, the diff surprisingly dosent make noise or clunk, the steerings sharp, and the engine dosent make any noises. overall, it looks and drives like a 150,000 car.

cos im not the best at buying 2nd hand, can i get some other pointers from forum members and BA owners?

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a BA with a few kms on it... few questions.
Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 10:32 pm 
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Rust. What colour is it? If it is white, the rust will be even worse.

Check all the seems around the engine bay. If it is a sedan, around the rear window. If it is a wagon, around the tailgate strut mounts.

rust in a ba already??? what about a bf, you have me worried

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a BA with a few kms on it... few questions.
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 1:34 am 
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Not just around salt... There are alot of instances in every climate that have b-series and Territorys rusting.

Piss poor rust proofing, painting and assembly is the cause. Usualy around seams and welds. Windows, boot and engine bay...

And if you own a Ghia or the like, around the licence plate garnish too.

Fordforums and the XR6T forums are starting to grow a big list. Some of the Territory stuff I was reading about today is pretty bad.
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 Post subject: Re: Buying a BA with a few kms on it... few questions.
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 1:39 am 
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One of the guys on FFAU I think it was, was told that on the Territory's Ford use a brace that sits on the seam in front of the tailgate striker to hold the tailgate open during the painting process.

This brace prevents that area of the seam from being properly rust sealed and painted, so a year or 2 into the life of the cars, they are already rusting in that area. :?
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 Post subject: Re: Buying a BA with a few kms on it... few questions.
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 8:51 am 
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Check colour of coolant and make sure it doesnt have trans oil in it. They can have big probs with transmission cooler failing and mixing coolant/oil. Even if ok i would still fit a external cooler that dosent use cooling from radiator water.
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Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 12:09 pm 
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i have a white 04 ba ute it had 179 thousand ks on it it now has 190 it has no rust in it and i think white is the best colour :evil:
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 Post subject: Re: Buying a BA with a few kms on it... few questions.
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 12:09 pm 
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i have a white 04 ba ute it had 179 thousand ks on it it now has 190 it has no rust in it and i think white is the best colour :evil:
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