WHILE the turbocharged Barra is a tough customer, our experts in the know reckon that, ultimately, it’ll be kilometres that determine the worthiness of a particular car. The point being that pretty much no matter what you buy, there’ll be a few things that you need to do just as a matter of course.
That starts with the usual service items like sparkplugs, which will probably need to be replaced. The factory iridium ones are pricey, but our gurus reckon a conventional plug gapped down a bit does the job just as nicely. Coil packs die young in these things, too, but here, the advice is not to use anything but a genuine Ford replacement part number.
Check all those diff bushes for play and make sure you check that the car has had at least the minimum routine servicing stipulated by Ford. In fact, what you want to see is a car that has had fresh oil and a filter every 10,000km, not the 15,000km in the handbook. Problem is, grandads tended to buy the Fairmont Ghia, not the XR6T, so the chances of buying a car from some kind of drift psycho are relatively high. Suss the seller before handing over the gold.