Street Machine - - Wheeling & Dealing -

PRICE GUIDE: $8000-$16,000

FORD fi­nally got around to giv­ing the XR6T con­cept a proper birth­day for the BF model, which lobbed at the end of 2005. The big news was the fit­ment of the ZF six-speed au­to­matic tranny, which helped give a re­fined feel to the deal. Power was now up to 245kw and torque had leapt to 480Nm. But with the new au­to­matic’s gear­ing, fuel econ­omy ac­tu­ally im­proved no­tice­ably, so the tougher mo­tor was a win-win all ’round.

With four years’ worth of sales notched up, the XR6T’S weak­nesses were now well known. Early-build en­gines had suf­fered the odd pis­ton fail­ure even when lightly tuned, but Ford made run­ning changes to this. Valve springs were the big­gest known weak spot and were the first thing you changed in the name of pace. In­take gas­kets could also fail, as could a small wire be­hind the cylin­der head that fed the ECU cam-an­gle info. No info means no go. But the big­gest prob­lem was a lack of ser­vic­ing and main­te­nance. Sludge in the oil could block the oil feed line to the turbo’s bear­ing. And then she go boom.

Be­yond that, watch for tired auto tran­nies and flogged-out diff bushes. Stock brakes were also un­der­done and many own­ers bit the bul­let and fit­ted ei­ther af­ter­mar­ket or FPV brakes after the sec­ond set of stan­dard front ro­tors warped in the sun.


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