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2013 Ford Fiesta Ambiente review

I have owned my Fiesta WZ Ambiente since new in 2013, and have kept it all the way to this day in May 2020! It now has 120,000km on the odometer. The car is fit for what it was designed for; a city/town runabout. I drive 500km a week and live up a dirt road that’s not always maintained by council. The little Fiesta handles it with ease and better than some so-called 4x4’s...

2013 Ford Kuga Titanium review

When purchasing our Kuga we looked at a few other cars like the Ford Focus, Mondeo, and the newer Escape, but found ourselves being drawn back to the Kuga for multiple reasons. Downsizing from a Ranger Wildtrak meant the need for something that was big enough but not huge. The price of the Kuga was the main selling point, along with the features and looks of a 2013 car...

2005 Ford Focus CL review

It all started in 2008. My parents were looking to downsize from their 300,000km old EB Falcon. The $13,990 driveaway Getz was a prime candidate, but that was $17,990 for a 5-door automatic with the 1.6-litre engine. The local Ford dealer had Fiesta’s advertised for the same price, but upon arrival at the yard ‘they’d all sold’, and new stock was $22k - the same price as the then brand new, 2007 Focus...

2002 Ford Falcon XR8 review

“Car broken down on the King Street on ramp causing traffic build up” was what I heard as I was swearing under my breath while I climbed into the other car to rescue my poor stranded wife who had a clutch issue in the (un)trusty old EL GLi back in 2009. "That’s it, one more breakdown from that heap of junk and I’m buying a newer car...

2019 Ford Endura Trend (FWD) review

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. You’ve read the title, now you’re preparing your Disqus comment on what SUV would have been a better option. I get that. But please do hesitate, because the Endura, for us, is a very worthwhile vehicle. This particular Endura? Trend, Magnetic Grey, FWD and no options...

2018 Ford Mustang Fastback Bullitt review

The move to electric cars is certainly an exciting development in the world of motoring and I, for one, can’t wait to jump on board. I can just imagine how good it will feel to have all that performance and quietness in a mode of transport that is also helping to save the planet...

2008 Ford Territory SR2 (RWD) review

As Australia’s first and only properly designed and built SUV, the Territory brought a raft of new safety features not yet seen on any other Australian-built car at the time, and gave our nation yet another vehicle to be proud of. Sure, there was the Holden Adventra, which itself was the right car for Holden, but was brought in at the wrong time and with the wrong engine offering (V8 only)...

2013 Ford Falcon XR6T review

My partner's car, when we met, was an XR6 Turbo ute and it was an absolute weapon! Unfortunately circumstances meant it had to be sold, but we've both missed that car terribly over the past 5 years. Due to the increasing prices of Australian performance cars that are in good condition, I started looking into possibly getting an XR6 Turbo sedan and found this blue beauty in Adelaide...

2001 Ford LTD review

I finally did it. After sitting in an AU Series II LTD at a used car yard as an 18-year-old in 2004, priced about $39,900 above my budget (at $40,000), I resolved that one day I would own one. I had two rules: it must be a Series II, and must be completely factory. So, when I saw an ‘Organza’ (think of a champagne-type colour) AUII LTD come up on my Facebook feed for sale in Queensland, I snapped it up, sight unseen...

2011 Ford Focus Trend sedan review

It was released back in 2011, and announced even longer ago in 2010. I sure do feel that the LW Ford Focus has aged extremely well when compared to Corolla, i30 and Cerato of that time. Modern technology (still not found in some 2019 small cars), advanced driving aid firsts, and also class-leading driving dynamics made this German-built small car so good that it was even in the top 10 best selling cars in Australia in 2012 - receiving many awards from various motoring outlets...

1974 Ford Falcon 500 review

May 1974, and my hardtop rolled off the production line at Broadmeadows with a 302 Cleveland. It's now been stroked to 351 cubic inches. Pure gasoline therapy that is good for 23 litres per 100 kilometres, so it's lucky that it has a long range fuel tank to keep it on the street for those long cruising days...