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Diff bushes (not big/strong enough esp on a turbo), rear suspension bushes, front brakes (undersized), rear tyres (just destroys them), interior is touch wood, perfect so far.

All is forgiven on boost, from about 1200-5000rpm.

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I had a BA Falcon as a company car when I first came to NZ... Had been in my possession for about 3 days before it had it's first trip back to the dealership.

Only thing it was good for was seeing how high I could get the reading on the fuel consumption screen.

Having been to the factories in Aussie where they screwed them together, and the engine plant would rather walk everywhere than spend my own hard earned money on one!

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Went to the airport to pick up number 1 son, after an hour looking at the departure gate. My eyes wandered around the waiting area and I spied another BM member (Andy).

My son didn't arrive hope Andy's folks made it.

I'm heading out there tomorrow 😁

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6 minutes ago, sweetm3 said:

Went to the airport to pick up number 1 son, after an hour looking at the departure gate. My eyes wandered around the waiting area and I spied another BM member (Andy).

My son didn't arrive hope Andy's folks made it.

I'm heading out there tomorrow 😁

Yep, found my lot about 15 minutes after you left!

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Just bought a second hand E46 M3 muffler for $8. 😍

I don't really need another one, but for $8 I couldn't come up with a reason to not get it!

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On 7/27/2018 at 1:06 PM, E30 325i Rag-Top said:

I had a BA Falcon as a company car when I first came to NZ... Had been in my possession for about 3 days before it had it's first trip back to the dealership.

Only thing it was good for was seeing how high I could get the reading on the fuel consumption screen.

Having been to the factories in Aussie where they screwed them together, and the engine plant would rather walk everywhere than spend my own hard earned money on one!

You remind me more and more of Ron.

“I drove one in the 90s and it was terrible and they therefore all are”. And forever will be.

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Ok, fair point.

Let me counter my own statement, it was slightly better than the AU Falcon I had to drive before it.

Some of the FPVs I've driven have been impressive in terms of power and even handling has been good, however they were let down by the brakes (tended to fade badly after about 4 or 5 hard track laps) and again by the build quality. A lot of money to pay for body panels that didn't line up.

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On ‎7‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 10:08 PM, Palazzo said:

“I drove one in the 90s and it was terrible and they therefore all are”. And forever will be.

The original post was not intended as bagging on the car design across the generations, only the BA XT (even the XR6 was a much better car in terms of the drive). My main issue was with the factories they were produced in, which counteracted any good work the engineers did in developing the newer models. Indeed, for their price some of the later FPV models were very good bang for buck. The I6 Barra engine with the turbo on it was really much greater than the sum of it's parts and I would suspect capable of much more with a bit more boost applied.

The whole quality process for FMCA was "get it out of here now and fix it later" from the design process, through development and into production. There was no change in this mentality from the early 2000s when I started working with them, through to when the plants eventually closed. This mentality, and the resultant quality of the finished product, may have been acceptable in the Aussie and NZ market place but coming from a European background this was a real throw back to the dark ages for me. Serious, or even minor, faults immediately obvious in a brand new vehicle are no longer accepted by customers. "Bring it back and we will have a look at it" should not be the approach to managing quality problems.

Whilst it is impossible to be "perfect" and have zero issues amongst millions of cars produced, even for BMW, Toyota or anyone else, you can work towards that and get pretty close. However, the whole culture at both the Ford engine plant and assembly plant did not even acknowledge quality as being a factor in what is was doing.

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On 7/26/2018 at 1:55 PM, Young Thrash Driver said:

Had a very narrow escape from this guy on Saturday. Just managed to avoid being hit head on about 3 seconds before he went through a raised roundabout and performed some kind of spinning somersault. Trying to do a runner from the po-po, I estimated his speed at above 130.

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very pleased you avoided, mate.

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happy days.  I've found there's a movie adaptation of Initial-D on Netflix NZ.  Instead of being awful, it's AWESOME!

Finished an interesting week in the office, enjoyed a glass of pinot watching this.  Recommended.  Very funny.

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the way they've cast Bunta is great fun.

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I'm watching Luke Cage, with my Son.  Life is good.

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