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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.