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Old 26 Jun 2013, 04:07 (Ref:3269822)   #586
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After 8 years of loyal service and over 200,000km (130,000 miles) I have finally traded it in on a new one.

2012 Ford FG series II XR6 ute in Vanish (v.dark blue pearlescent).

2 seats, 195kW (260hp), 4.0 DOHC 24v inline 6 with 6 speed auto, sports suspension and 245/40/18 Dunlop tyres.

Tray is 1.8m (6') long with 1.2m (4') flat floor between the wheel arches. Payload is 550kg (1200lb) and I've had a heavy duty tow bar fitted, with a capacity of 2300kg (5000lb).
Very, very cool. I love Aussie cars and I guess you better get you a new Falcon while you can. I just configured one to see what it looks like, but if you can post a photo I would love to see it.

1200lb payload? Damn. My truck is 1500lbs and I thought that was something...
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Old 1 Nov 2013, 08:03 (Ref:3325830)   #587
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Currently a Ford Mustang GT.

Dream cars? Ford GT40(replica of course), 2000 Dodge Viper GTS, and any modern Aston Martin, British Racing Green of course. Also have a thing for Porsche Caymen.
Caymen? So, you want more than one?
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Old 1 Nov 2013, 11:21 (Ref:3325892)   #589
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Caymen? So, you want more than one?
LOL! Now that you mention it...
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Old 2 Nov 2013, 10:16 (Ref:3326251)   #590
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Old 14 Nov 2013, 10:10 (Ref:3331205)   #591
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So glad I switched to an oil burner for use during the week. The Fabia has been brilliant so far and has resulted in me loving driving my Subaru even more at the weekend.

Few little cosmetic tweaks made to the Scoob, but nothing major.

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Old 14 Nov 2013, 10:39 (Ref:3331222)   #592
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So glad I switched to an oil burner for use during the week. The Fabia has been brilliant so far and has resulted in me loving driving my Subaru even more at the weekend.

Few little cosmetic tweaks made to the Scoob, but nothing major.

One of these days I hope to own one of those, combination of turbo and AWD sounds like fun and appeals to me. Looks good.
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Good thing for you is that the later US spec is similar to the UK spec - 2.5 litre turbo rather than the Japanese spec 2 litre twin scroll turbo. Means more torque and it still has some of the old off beat burble.

I've had five or six Imprezas/WRXs of various descriptions. Part of me still hankers for one of the very last UK cars (or a decent P1), even though they've been left behind by European stuff now.
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Old 14 Nov 2013, 11:00 (Ref:3331230)   #594
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Good thing for you is that the later US spec is similar to the UK spec - 2.5 litre turbo rather than the Japanese spec 2 litre twin scroll turbo. Means more torque and it still has some of the old off beat burble.

I've had five or six Imprezas/WRXs of various descriptions. Part of me still hankers for one of the very last UK cars (or a decent P1), even though they've been left behind by European stuff now.
How do you feel about the current generation WRX? I've considered getting one for years. Do you have any info on the next gen? I've heard rumors of it being a dedicated two door sportscar.
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Don't know much about the next gen car (or whether we'll see it in the UK). Pictures suggest a sleek four door coupe type design (think Merc CLA).

I had a 2008 STI hatchback. A step up in refinement and performance from the old saloon, but too softly sprung. The 2010 onwards saloon STI was better with Jap spec C suspension. In the UK we had a power upgrade option to 340bhp.
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Old 14 Nov 2013, 12:34 (Ref:3331260)   #596
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Old 14 Nov 2013, 12:52 (Ref:3331274)   #597
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My wife has a Buick Insignia (Regal) w/2.0 T. IMO, it's much better than the A4 2.0 T it replaced.

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Good thing for you is that the later US spec is similar to the UK spec - 2.5 litre turbo rather than the Japanese spec 2 litre twin scroll turbo. Means more torque and it still has some of the old off beat burble.
I believe the USDM 2.5L is a superior specification to the UK 2.5L. Personally I would steer clear of any Type UK model after 2007, not due to the styling, but due to the horror stories with regards to the 2.5L STi. Plus the 2.5L cars all got equal length headers, so hardly any burble.

I still really fancy a stripped two door classic Impreza, but the price of the two door classics is rising and the newages are falling, so it would be throwing good money away swapping at the moment.

Failing that would love an '07 Spec C. The JDM cars don't have the Impreza burble, but they do still use the trusty EJ20. I understand the forthcoming Impreza (or rather "WRX") is to revert to a 2.0L engine again.
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I believe the USDM 2.5L is a superior specification to the UK 2.5L. Personally I would steer clear of any Type UK model after 2007, not due to the styling, but due to the horror stories with regards to the 2.5L STi. Plus the 2.5L cars all got equal length headers, so hardly any burble.
Not sure about the first bit - must admit I thought it was basically the same block but tuned slightly differently for emissions and fuel.

As for the 2.5 STI horror stories, there were certainly some - 'chocolate pistons' was a phrase I heard more than once - but there weren't that many warranty claims with Subaru UK. I do think the waters were muddied by failures to modified engines running on low RON fuel.
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