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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:03 am 
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Hey Guys,

I am currently looking at getting hold of a EL or even a EF XR8. I haven't owned a v8 and my old man's last v8 was a XC fairmont.

What are the things I should look for when purchasing one? Eg on the earlier sixes headgaskets are a biggy.

Most of the cars I have looked at have at least 150,000k's on the clock if not more so any tips and 'issues' to look for would be appreciated!

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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:31 am 
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The 8's do seem to built pretty solidly, id be more looking at other mech. parts like trans (specially if auto) and diff/suspension, look for rust of ANY sorts and check condtion of things which wear out like exhausts, clutch if manual, check all electrics, check its got a cool cooling system and of course structural damage to the car, being 8-10yr old cars they have a great chance of being involved in SOME sort of accident, finding one thats not is not as easy as you would think.
Ensure it idles well and theres no weird sounds that you feel shouldnt be there rom engine, tapping or ticking..

Hope thats a small help.

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:38 am 
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'Big Kev' on here has a very nice EL XR8 for sale, and he's in Canberra.
Worth a look I'd say!

http://www.fordmods.com/forums/viewtopi ... sc&start=0

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:40 am 
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IMO a Windsor only has a couple of areas that I would have any concerns about: water pump and timing chain - both dependent on km's travelled. Other than those items, the Windsors seem to go forever.

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:56 am 
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Steady ED wrote:
'Big Kev' on here has a very nice EL XR8 for sale, and he's in Canberra.
Worth a look I'd say!

http://www.fordmods.com/forums/viewtopi ... sc&start=0



Don't worry it is one of the 'reasons' why I started this thread
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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:09 pm 
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so far mine has done 150000ks and all seems to be still stock and running good but my dads that has done 110000ks and had some small problems with hoses and something with his driver side wheel and it has hade a much easy life then mine ? other than that we have had no problems

oh both are elxr8 185kw autos

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:14 pm 
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Hoses would probably be heater/coolant hose.
They get s**t with age, not restricted to EL XR8's, or even Fords!!
Sprint did one too with only 100,000kms on it.
If one goes, I would replace them all as a safeguard, by no means a major 'problem'.

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:18 pm 
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yeah i think it was both them i should really do mine they look a bit s**t

 

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Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:00 pm 
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Steady ED wrote:
Hoses would probably be heater/coolant hose.
They get s**t with age, not restricted to EL XR8's, or even Fords!!
Sprint did one too with only 100,000kms on it.
If one goes, I would replace them all as a safeguard, by no means a major 'problem'.



Yeah thats a good habit,

It all sounds pretty good so far just look for the obvious, now to convince the mrs...
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