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Drivetrain Class: FWD
Engine Class: 4 Cylinder Turbo Charged
Rating: average rating is 2.8 from 10 Votes  (2.8)
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General Information Car Directory
Member: BJaw
Vehicle: 1988 Ford Telstar TX5 AT Turbo ( More )
Location: Australia
Last Updated: 3rd September, 2006
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BJaw's Comments:

Acquired Nov 2002 $5400. Had 220,000kms on the clock. Car in good condition.

Modification Listing
Driveline: $600

Clutch Plate Kit - Recently replaced

Engine Work:

Original engine with 285,000kms on the clock and still going strong (with miracle help from the magic engine gel from XADO. Turbosmart T-Booost Controller - at 10psi Bosch Super 4 Spark Plugs - FR78X

Exhaust System: $660

2.5" Exhaust, HiFlow Cat and Straight flow Muffler

Intake System: $160

K&N Filter. Modified air intake tube directly connected from from bumper via front side panel.

Interior: $560

Boost Gauge hidden, Turbo Timer, Oil Pressure Gauge and Voltmeter.

Stereo System: $500

Alpine CD Player with Panasonic 4" 2 way front and 6x9" 3 way rear.

Suspension: $685

KYB Struts with King Springs Super Low (Aug 2006)

Performance Statistics Top Rankings
Power Output: 134 wheel hp
Torque: 236 Nm
0 - 100km/hr: 8.3
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Readers Comments
Posted by: QIK-TX5 on March 14, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

looks nice and clean, i like how the gauges have been placed in the spot below the head deck, looks nice n tidy. not sure about the km's on the clock tho, i bought mine with high kms (more than urs) and am regretting it now as it's coming close to that time when im going to have to either get the motor re-built or do a motor swap. neways, good luck with the car...nice choice smile.gif

Posted by: BJaw on March 15, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

The engine was very noisy with lifters going "tik-tak-tik" at one stage. I had a few people in Perth quoted me $2400 to rebuild the engine. So, I came across this Xado gel that claimed it revitalise the worn parts inside the engine. I was sceptical but for under $100, I'll gave it a go. It worked, my engine became quite after driven for 50kms.

I will push this engine block to as far as I can go before rebuilding. Same with my exhaust, it is still good currently but I will upgrade it when the time comes.

Posted by: SABBAi on March 16, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

It looks really good. Good to see some stock looking TX5's around. Very sharp.

Posted by: cwiz on March 16, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

ur interior looks imac. Have u ever been pulled ova for ur tinted tail lights.
Anyways u thinking of getting an exhaust..

Posted by: BJaw on March 16, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

I only had it tinted recently.... Keep my fingers crossed!!!
Yup, a new exhaust will be my next step (or engine, depending which one needs rebuilding first!). Some people advised me to do only the muffler, some suggested the whole exhaust and muffler, some suggested remove the cat-converter, some suggested using a hi-flow cat convertor... wacko.gif

Posted by: TOKEN on March 16, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

for the best increase u will need to do the whole thing, turbo back, hi-flow cat and a striaght through muffler. as ur car is manual u would prob get best gain from a 3". mine is 2.5in and cost around $800 turbo back

Posted by: BJaw on March 18, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hey Token,

Mind if i ask who in Perth can change the exhaust system like you suggested?

Posted by: TOKEN on March 18, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

CARLINE MUFFLERS in balcatta, just of balcatta rd. they did a really good job to

Posted by: BJaw on March 21, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hey Token - Cheers man, thanks for the info.

Bad news...

1. My heater core burst that day, resulting in leakage of air coolant on passenger site!!!
My mechanic did a bypass, it's ok now but it needs to be fixed before winter.
2. Clucth is almost wearing out too .... shutup.gif

Posted by: zorb_rules on March 21, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Dude speaking in all honstely here I dont think theres a tx5 turbo going around thatr ahsnt had a heater core blow under load. If you're getting a replacement definately get a brass/copper one made up and dont use a second hand part...ive got a 2nd hand one to put into my car the mechnaic says if IM luck Ill probably get 6months out of it..just cause there a dodgey gonna put it in anyways...

Posted by: TOKEN on March 21, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

i replaced mine bout a year ago wit one form MazParts in midvale(a wrecker ). hasn't gone on me yet. i down side tho the whole dash has to come out to replace it, took me the better part of two days to get the full job done.

Posted by: BJaw on March 22, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Repair Job - Update...

1) Heater core - Found a brand new brass/copper one for under $100.
- KMart Auto will do the labor for $300.

2) Clucth kit - Found one for $175.00
- Kmart Auto will do it for $385.00.

Posted by: BJaw on March 27, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Exhaust - Got mine upgraded from standard to 2.25" with straight through muffler. Just noticed my boost level have gone up from 10 to slightly over 11 psi! I went for 2.25" because I didn't want the car to be too loud. Will consider turbo back and hi-flow cat later stage.

BOV - I try not to go for the loud ones, so missus will never find out!!! If I opt for the GFB plumback, is it going to work well with Tx5? I am concern about other people having backfire problem. Any suggestions guys?

Posted by: QIK-TX5 on April 1, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

dude, how the F*** do you get away with your tail lights? i get pulled up for mine and they are HALF as dark as yours!

Posted by: BJaw on April 2, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hi Qik_Tx5,

So far so good (touch wood), I haven't been stopped by Police here in WA over the dark tinted taillights. Actually, the picture appears darker than it is.

Did you tint yours yourself?


Posted by: gombatron2000 on October 9, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

yea man how do you get away with that? ive been told thats highly illigal. but it looks so sweet and i want to do it to mine

Posted by: BJaw on October 10, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hi Gombatron2000,

I guessed I'm lucky so far.... smile.gif

Posted by: BJaw on October 10, 2005 [ Car Profile ]


Over the weekend my car gives out a HSHSHHS sound rather than normal turbo Wshhhhh sound. The fuel cut also came at 7PSI rather than 12PSI. I inspected my turbo, and it turned out my Throttle Body Boot had a few crack and air leaks out. I phoned FORD and being quoted $139.00 for this boot! Very expensive!!!

Hey found a website written by a person name BOKI highlights the TX5's typical problem and fixit. Check it out:


Posted by: zorb_rules on October 10, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

*lol* Boki he rocks smile.gif mate your using the wrong website for all this crap got to its got an oz section specifically for mx6 turbos and tx5 turbo you could get the part on thewre fore between 20-40bucks in good nick...

Posted by: TOKEN on October 12, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

that is pretty funny, coz there is a mx6 in perth which has 180 at the wheels with only a EMS exhaust and i think bout 12 or 14psi of boost, stock engine stock turbo.

Posted by: TOKEN on October 12, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

and as far as the TB boot a know a few ppl who have got metal ones made up so they need to worry bout it anymore. should get a price coz even one from a wrecker that is in good nick there's no saying how long it will last. could end up having to replace it again in the not to near future.

Posted by: BJaw on October 12, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hey Guys,

I finally found one in quite good condition from MazdaWrecks in Midvale (Perth) for $55. I guess I have no complain because I rang around and not many wreckers have it.

As for using metal piping as substitute for my throttle body boot, do you know who in Perth does this kind of job? Roughly how much is it going to cost me?


Posted by: zorb_rules on October 13, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

dont bother with metal piping or if ya gonna do it ya dont actually metal pipe all the way to the throttle body instaed use a silicon joiner and clamp it at either looks much nicer and is also much more effective than the constrictive tb boot

Posted by: TOKEN on October 13, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

ovaboost performance in malaga might be able to help or ask an exhaust shop, and yeh the silcone joiners are a given coz u wouldn't want to weld the pipe to the TB.

Posted by: BJaw on October 13, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Thanks Guys....

Posted by: MerlinTX5 on October 19, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Magic Engine Gel on the Xado website, where is that located exactly? I've found the cylider gel and all the other stuff. Would you recommend it for 190,000k'z?

Posted by: BJaw on October 24, 2005 [ Car Profile ]


It's Yes, it helped! My engine quiet down immediately.

Posted by: MerlinTX5 on October 27, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Thanks dude. Where'd you score the steering wheel? Looks mad. biggrin.gif

Posted by: gombatron2000 on November 25, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

do you think the dark tint on the lights would look darker or lighter on a silver tx-5 than a white one? and did you do it yourself?

Posted by: BJaw on December 4, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hi Gombatron,

I'm not too sure whether it will look lighter or darker on a silver tx5.
But I sprayed it myself with a dark window tint spray (which you can buy from car accessories shop) 3 light layers. So you can use your own judgement to spray it, it is it too light, you just keep continue spraying another layer. But don't go too wild!!!

cheers, BJ

Posted by: BJaw on January 22, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

Purchased used wheels and tyres yokohama s306 215/40/17 for $570.
Changed front grille to AT style.
Will lower the spring very soon....

Posted by: Texy_5 on February 17, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

av grille is too easy isnt it, to give the grille more of an open vent style paint the support bar thru the middle of the grille black or cut it out completely the firstgrille i painted but this one im cutting.

Posted by: SABBAi on February 19, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

Hi mate,

Your car is looking good! It needs to be lowered a tad tho wink.gif

keep up the good work.

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