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2005 Ford Fairmont review

"The Falcon ... is simply too good a car to be wasted on taxi drivers," writes Wheels magazine when it reviewed the then-new BA Falcon in 2002. When Ford launched the BA Falcon in 2002, it was a revelation...

2013 Ford Falcon XR6 EcoLPi review

As a daily drive mostly ferrying the family, the Falcon XR6 EcoLPi manages the gig well. But the devil is in the detail, and in this case, living with LPG fuel. My 2013 Mars Red (it’s orange if you ask ordinary folk) ride has clocked up 90,000km and never missed a beat mechanically since new...

2015 Ford Fiesta ST review

As a PhD student, thinking is something I try to avoid when possible, but the Fiesta ST is a car that I find myself constantly thinking about. I've owned it for nearly 1.5 years now. With the release of the new model imminent, I figured it was time I gathered my thoughts into coherent words. One of the first things I worried over was depreciation...

1980 Ford XD Falcon S Pack review

The ’70s: when ties and sideburns were wide, trousers flared, and moustaches matched bad haircuts. During the first part of this decade, my friends and I used to clip squares of cardboard to the rear forks of our bike with a clothes peg so it’d strike the spokes as they rotated...

2017 Ford Focus RS review

Not too long ago, I wrote a review for my 2013 Focus ST I affectionately named 'STewie'. By far the best car I'd ever owned to date, STewie converted me from a Nissan man to a Ford man. With the phase-out of the Focus RS coming, late last year I was battling with myself whether I should upgrade from a perfectly good car, which I loved, to my dream car before it was too late...

2016 Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint review

So, to start with, I purchased this car without the wife knowing, and yes, I knew I was going to get in the shit for it. But I just wanted one so bad that it was worth being in the doghouse for who knows how long. It's the best car I have ever owned. Steers like it’s on rails and goes like the clappers. Knowing this will only increase in value, I couldn’t be happier with the Sprint...

2004 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo review

This is my third owner review. I’ve decided to go back in time to some of my former cars, starting with my 2004 BA XR6 Turbo. I bought mine second hand from a private seller in Melbourne when I was living in Canberra in 2005. I had a friend who is a meticulous car enthusiast check it out for me before jumping on a plane with a bank cheque in hand...

2003 Ford Fairlane Ghia review

There was another front on the team blue vs team red battle in Australia other than the Commodore and Falcon. For many decades, the Holden Caprice/Statesman and Ford Fairlane/LTD traded blows on the Australian luxury car landscape. These barges carried the most successful Australian businessmen, politicians and captains of industry...

2017 Ford Focus RS review

Coming from a 2015 Focus ST LZ, this car is not just an upgrade or swap-over. Its raw power alone will put a smile on your face every time you take off at the lights. The difference between the two cars is chalk and cheese when it comes to handling and performance, and yet both cars are fun to drive...

2015 Ford Falcon XR8 review

For Aussie performance enthusiasts, it doesn't get much better than to own one of the last-ever Ford Falcon XR8s. A 5.0-litre V8 donk fitted with a supercharger built locally by Melbourne firm Harrop is just the beginning of what lies in wait – for those who dare to own and drive one of these Australian automotive masterpieces...

2010 Ford Focus XR5 Turbo review

Having learnt to drive on country roads in north-west Tasmania, I have always preferred small, well-sorted cars rather than large, heavy ones. I have enjoyed showing a Commodore V8 a clean pair of heels on a windy road with some black ice in my modestly powered Fiat 128 Sport when, if raw power is compared, the Commodore should have left the Fiat in the dust...