at a glance
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
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
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.
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.
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