Re: This will keep you Ford guys happy.
Honestly, i am 1, a ford fan, like many others who like their fave marque better. But, having said that i like to be picky too.
There's more to a car than who you want to "vote" for. For me it's the whole package. It's not just the best looking, the fastest, the one who you've liked since a kid, or the cheapest. Thinking that way is ok for some but i want to get what i want and what i payed for. Impressions and stories (although not all can be believed) i also take into account from those in the know as well as those who aren't.
I believe a good car is one that covers all areas. You want a car that is reliable. A car that has power and a lovely exhaust note. A car that looks horn. A car that handles a mixture of twisty and straight stuff, not one or the other, and pulls up well too. Practicality also comes into account too, what do you want as part of the package and what do you want to use it for?
After hearing a lot of stories about the Holdens, not just in GEN 3 stories but clutch, diff, and electrical problems i am a bit scepticle (sp?) about them. I know that those with probs are in the minority however, but then again the stories do pop up and i do not want to take the risk. Also stories about customer service from both dealers and from the top, makes me think there is a huge problem. Holden need to revamp their customer service division greatly before i see them again. In my experience with Ford dealers i have had not one issue, always prompt, reliable and professional, halfway there to a buy. They may have problems every so often too, but customer satisfaction is generally far greater.
When the AU's came out i was a mad Holden fan, but after driving AU's my opinion changed after comparing it with the VT, it was in fact a terrific car drive-wise. It's looks didnt appeal to everyone, but now BA does, it's very appealing. It has a good choice of engines, handling options and brakes, interior functions and practicality make it a good all-round car. The falcon ute i believe is far more practical for example than the holden with so many options available. Sure, the BA has some negative points (eg. weight) problems but Ford Oz make us cars in the $33,000-$60,000 bracket-if we want a better car, spend more on a BMW, Merc etc.
And the engines, Ford are onto a winner in the peformance stakes. You have an outstanding I6, a turbo variant and a new technology 34 valve 5.4 V8 which is only going to get better and responds well to mods. I think with the BA range they will hold very good value compared to AU, as they are popular, have long waiting lists and are in demand. VY in comparison are discounting so much they may have an AU drama on their hands later on.
I would pick the BA easy over the VY, not because of i have a small brand bias, but it has a better overall package. I think the better the package, the better the car. Both in the actual vehicle and the service.
Sorry for the bloody long post, but sometimes it's worth going into detail to point out the good/bad aspects of certain buys!