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 Post subject: Looking at buying a BA - Advice needed
Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:43 pm 
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Im looking at a BA XR6 Manual at the moment, but im wondering if theres any main things I should look for? Do they still have the head gasket issues, or are there any other common problems with the BA I should look for in particular?
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Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:53 pm 
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Well the headgasket is not much of a problem now...or maybe at all.

I have heard BAs going back because of their Diffs and transmission so you might want to check them out.

besides that I haven't heard much else.

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Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 11:58 pm 
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Shuddering/noisy brakes are a common problem
Faulty power steering system can cause shuddering/pulsing
Faulty handbrakes are common
Dodgy diffs/transmission, moreso with autos from what ive heard
The auto trans cooler can break, mixing coolant and auto fluid, causing real probelms with the auto trans (whoops just read your is a manual, not an issue then)
Some issues with interior panel alignment. My handbreak cover doesnt fit flush with the centre console
Bonnet release cable can break
I also had a bad hub, but that might have just been my car

Thats a hell of a lot of problems! My advice would be to get nothing earlier than an 04, a lot of problems appeared to have been ironed out by then. That way you also get some factory warranty to fix any problems. If possible get a mkII, again less likely to have common problems

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:07 am 
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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:29 am 
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Mostly just poorly adjusted handbrakes making a swish-swish noise, bonnet releases and incredibly badly fitting handbrake trim.

 

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:52 am 
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Don't know if you're planning an towing or not, but do BA's still have the clutch problems that earlier models had with towing?
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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:28 pm 
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dont do it, brakes; warping discs, noisey diff rebuild needed after 150000k, power steer fluid leaks, battery problems, radio receptiion is bad, head lights bulbs keep blowing, new alterator required because of power fluid leaks, bad fuel comsumption, very bad resale value, :evil:
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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:41 pm 
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What he is trying to say is buy an EA, not a BA(D).

Last edited by andrewts on Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:41 pm 
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Double post.
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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:46 pm 
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Nothing is perfect, more so a production car.
How many times has the Commodore being RECALLED? but it is almost as good as a mass production Falcon. Modern cars have few breakdowns (other than some Kia's and Daewoo)
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