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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:11 am 
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hey guys, i'm looking into purchasing an ED xr8 sprint, and i just wanted to get a quick heads up on any known probs with the EB GT motor and drivetrain... i know the diff and gearbox can be a bit noisy, but is there anything i should really keep an eye out for when i take it for a test drive?

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:45 am 
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nothing particular to the sprints IMO, just look for anything that's a normal issue with the EA-ED body

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:51 am 
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Motor and drivetrain, look at the same for all E series v8s... cooling systems need to be looked after, transmission fluid needs to be looked after. The windsors are very durable, just usual wear n tear stuff - belts, idler pulleys etc.

I dont think any of the go fast bits on the sprint would cause any problems...

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:52 am 
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Yep look out for coolant, corossion is an issue on timing cover...Nothing major though..If manual check firewall for cracks..Though they made more power there was no extra reliability issues with them.Other than abuse and mileage,,,

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 11:11 am 
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thanks alot guys... i gotta get the finance for it all sorted it out and s**t (first of many bank loans i imagine :P )... it's on ebay, starting price at 9g's, but he wants more then that.. only done 97grand.. it's my dream car, a cobalt blue 5sp Sprint... i'm a little bit sad about saying goodbye to the 4ltr, especially since it means my plans of a turbo EL motor in an ED are out the window :( ..... for now :wink:

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 11:22 am 
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Supercharge the sprint and never look back 8-)

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 12:13 pm 
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i dunno, i'd feel like it was sacralige, modifying so heavily what is a fairly rare car... probly keep it stock, save for s/s mandrel bent zorst, xtractors, and mebbe some headwork.. and higher comp... and... oh dear god, when does it stop :cry:

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 12:33 pm 
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That's the beauty of supercharging - if you ever decide you want to return to standard, simply remove the blower and return the engine to normal. Hey presto - one stock sprint coming right up!!

Personally i see the blower as a much more 'reversible' option than taking meat out of the heads and tinkering with compression ratios.

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 2:55 pm 
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4.9 EF Futura wrote:
That's the beauty of supercharging - if you ever decide you want to return to standard, simply remove the blower and return the engine to normal. Hey presto - one stock sprint coming right up!!.


Thats it, superchargers can be installed or removed in a day or two with no signs it was there (unless it is a Vortech then you will have an oil return line in your sump). I saw the sprint on Ebay, looks really nice.
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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:11 pm 
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Steady ED wrote:
it's my dream car, a cobalt blue 5sp Sprint... i'm


me too!

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:16 pm 
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i was looking at a poly green (i think) sprint a while back, had to hold myself back though, i would have needed a 7G loan to buy it, plus then i wouldnt want to bastardise it.

 

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Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 5:35 pm 
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I was about 5 mins away from buying one a while ago.

Found old accident damage tho so had to give it a miss.

Fun cars to drive tho.

 

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Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:16 am 
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Mate,
I ahve seen that one on Ebay.
I have a Sprint. Those options are to kill for...
Sunroof, Trip Computer, Cruise, Premium sound, MANUAL...

With 97,000 on the clock I would think his reserve would be around at least $15,000+ If it goes for anything less it is a steel..

Check for craks in the firewall near the clutch cable. Common fault. in all Manual E series.
I noticed it did not have the srpint badges on the front guards (in the pic). He may have them. You can get them from Rarespares still..

See Fordforums.com for more info on sprints. I wrote up a fairly long list of things that are different on sprints. I have had mine for 6 months and it is a beast... Goes like the clappers... Manual.. Happy camper..

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Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:51 pm 
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yeah thanks alot bdennis, especially about the badges on the front guards.. i might ask him about it.. im also getting the guy to photo the build plate and vin plate... this will only be my second car and i dont want to f**k it up.. :oops: yeah i was stoked when i saw the options list too... especially the MANUAL part!!! the cruise is a fairly rare option on them too isnt it..

 

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Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:12 pm 
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just noticed looking at a pic the guy sent me... the airbox has what looks like an EEC-V emblem on it?!? only explanation i can think of is i'm a hack and its actually a IV or its an EL GT airbox.. ?? ill post it, see what you guys think...

 

 

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