2007 Ford Falcon XR8 5.4 BOSS V8
More Australian than Mick Dundee in boardies on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, drinking a can of VB
Usual wear & tear stuff, brakes, tyres etc. The only unusual item I've had to sort was the windscreen washer pump, which packed up. But considering the car was 10 years old and had 200k on the odometer, and hadn't been babied, it's lasted remarkably well.
I wanted a cheap Aussie V8 to celebrate getting my Australian citizenship, and after a bit of research I decided on an XR8, since the engines were made here too (unlike the imported Commodore's LS engines). This one came along at the right price, but in need of tidying. And I have to say, they aren't perfect cars, but they are absolutely perfect for Australia. The suspension is a good compromise between sporty and comfort, which is important when you're flying along Western Australia's terrible backroads.
And the most important thing of all - something you can't quantify - is that the XR8 makes you grin. Just fire it up and listen to that awesome burble. This car will tootle about all day quite happily, but when you bury the throttle it lights up and launches itself at the horizon with an almighty roar that is pure V8.
Fuel consumption is perfectly acceptable at an average 13L/100km, and on a long fast run I will get more like 9L/100km. There's nothing quite like cruising along at 110 on the freeway with the engine rumbling away in front you at barely above tickover speed.
Practical, roomy, reliable, well equipped, good looking, and very fast; what more could you ask for in a car?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th December, 2017