Owning a Holden for your first car doesn't mean you'll be a Holden man all your life.
My first car was a dunger HK, which I had for 7 years, and spent close to $10,000 with a total rebuild, new motor, 5 spd box, lowered and susp work, respray (done myself), and alot of blood sweat and tears. Great car, handle like a go cart with the new susp.
Sold the car after not driving it for 3 months when I got a new EL GLi for company hack, sold it for $2,000. After that the company hack did 120,000K in three years driven like buggery, and only had two things go wrong with it (lower thermo housing and water pump, what is it with Ford and cooling systems??). Had great fun driving up and down the old Eagle on the hill road every day to work.
Decided to change jobs, and had to buy my own car , after looking at utes decided on XG XR6 (I hate VS's), and it's great. Do 1000K a week and hasn't really missed a beat except for the head gasket.
Will probably stay with Fords, but its hard work in the Barossa, where most people are Holden people (they had a field day when my Head gasket went, along with another guy in my departments lost all his coolant and seized the motor in his EF).
I dont think it really pays to buy into the whole Holden v Ford issue.