Re: commodore or falcon??
At the moment I own a BA XR8 and a VX Commodore. The VX is only a base model so it is not a really balanaced comparison, but here's my list.
Doors - Falcons have excellent nice thick metal frames on the doors. Commodores have quite thin flimsy frames that would be easy to bend.
Seats - My commodore has THE most uncomfortable seats of any car I have ever owned (and that's been a few). They were obviously designed for hunchbacked midgets ! The XR8 seats are the best, most comfortable seats of any car I've ever owned. Just lovely.
Controls - Cruize controls are just stupidly designed and hard to use on the holden. Again on the falcon, well thought out,easy to use and robust. Same story with lights, when operated on the commodore it feels like it's about to break every time.
Bodywork - Commodore is poorly finished with oddly designed joins between panels. El Falconio - a pleasure to behold (it is much newer though).
Dashboard - Holden is way too Hyundai-ish. The rounded finish is cheap to look at and to the touch. The falcon is just solid and well built.
Motor - Don't even go there - as that would need a VY2 SS to be fair.
The only compaint I have about the Ford is the Brakes - BA Std brakes are not worthy of the XR8 (or XR6) - totally innapropriate for a car of that performance level and weight. I've not had any problems with the Holden's brakes but it's not a performance car and to be fair is not driven that hard (I bet you the rotors were'nt machined at 15,000 Km though !!!!)
I must say I'm dissapointed with quite a few aspects of the holden, and I'm not predjudice in any way. As said previously a good car is a good car and the moronic Ford Vs Holden argument is tired and not worth wasting breath on. I did think the Holden would be better though given the sales figures. I'd like to see a VY2 or VZ to compare, but to me the ford is just bloody nice, and to get that sort of ride you would need to look at an HRT I think - the SS didn't impress me even though it was lighter and a little bit faster.
It's a matter of preferences but I know which I prefer.
Narooma Blue BA XR8, CAPA Wide Mouth CIA, Green Filter (POD),18"s, Tints, Alarm, RDA Rotors, Lucas Pads, Braided lines, Wife + 3 Kids
Falcon XR8 - "A car powerful like a Gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a nerf ball"