2004 Ford Falcon BA XR6T Mk1 4.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand
A cheap, big four door GT, which will leave most of the opposition in its wake
The driver's power window switches need replacing, as the driver's side back window switch doesn't work.
The roof headlining is beginning to come unglued, where it meets the windscreen.
The mechanic said that at the next service, the brake pads and front ball joints will need replacing, so they're on their way out.
A fun 320 horsepower GT for $13k, which can show most others a clean pair of heels at the traffic light derby.
I haven't driven a WRX or SS Commodore, or other cheap fast cars, so I can't compare the Falcon to them, but so far I have been very impressed by the big bruiser.
Critics say it doesn't go round corners too well, and the brakes are rubbish. I'm not a boy racer, so maybe they're right, but I've had no problems with cornering, or brake fade or shudder. With a nice glut of power available from 2000 RPM, overtaking is a breeze. You have to watch the speedometer though, as you can be way over the speed limit very quickly. Don't expect it to sip fuel either. It does like a drink, and I don't get much better than 17 litres per 100km in town, and maybe 13 litres per 100km on the highway.
The interior is not a bad place to be, and the standard ICE is adequate. The air con is nice and cold, however I wish climate control had been standard fitment. Cruise control is great for Australia's seemingly endless highways, and power windows are good for getting hot air out of the vehicle quickly.
If you're looking for a sports car, it is probably too big and unwieldy, however if you want a powerful grand tourer that can take five adults, I don't think you'd be disappointed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th March, 2013