Street Machine - - Wheeling & Dealing -

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.

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