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Herald Sun - Motoring - - Used Car -

Ford Fal­con BF/BFII XR6 2005-07

PRICE New$ 39,710Used $13,500-$17,000 for BF; $15,000-$18,000 for BFII EN­GINE 4.0-litre 6-cyl petrol, 190kW/383Nm

TRANS­MIS­SIONS 4-speed auto, 6-speed auto, 6-speed man­ual

ECON­OMY 10.2 to 11.0L/100km BODY 4-door, 5-seat sedan

VARI­ANTS XR6 SAFETY 4-star ANCAP

Ver­dict

De­liv­ers sporty drive with­out sac­ri­fic­ing fam­ily com­fort. Good value

PROS Good looks, street cred, smooth en­gine, roomy cabin, well equipped

Cons Brake wear, auto trans cooler is­sues, and vari­able build qual­ity

Price: $13,500+

also con­sider

MITSUBISHI380GT2006-08 Gone but shouldn’t be for­got­ten. The sporty vari­ant of the ill-fated 380 was a fine driver with a smooth and re­spon­siveV6and able chas­sis.

Pay $13,500-$21,000. 3.5 stars

HOLDENSV62004-06 Solid pack­age that evolved from the VT Com­modore of the late 1990s but age was telling by 2004, even with the zip­pynewAl­loytec 190 en­gine.

Pay $11,000-$15,000.3stars

MERCEDES-BENZAMGC361995-97 An oldie but a goodie. Any car with anAMGbadge is worth a look but the tweaked C-Class with the tuned 3.6-litre straight six is a pearler.

Pay $12,500-$18,000.3stars

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