I love my 2009 Ford FG Falcon, from its cushy seats to its smooth inline six. I know I should just be enjoying what I have but I’ve now had it for over two years, the longest I’ve owned a car. As it creeps closer and closer to 200,000km on the odometer, I find myself wondering what I’ll get next. All my instincts tell me to try something fresh and new but, the other day, I thought about returning to something familiar. My question to you is: would you buy a newer version of a car you’ve already owned?
As I write this, I’m tossing up between a 2015-17 Hyundai Genesis, an Infiniti Q70, or a 2014+ Lexus IS – don’t worry about remembering those, I’ll probably change my mind countless times over the next year or two.
One thing about my Falcon is that it lacks many things, at least the kind of things I increasingly find myself wanting. Just to name a few: Bluetooth audio streaming, blind-spot monitoring, a sunroof, heated and ventilated/cooled seats, Android Auto, front parking sensors, and a head-up display. No, I don’t need any of those but, well, they’d be nice. Upgrading to a used luxury sedan like those I’ve mentioned would net me most if not all of those. You know what else would? A VF Holden Calais V.
If you’ll recall, I owned a VE Calais V from 2014-16 and I wasn’t a huge fan. That was mostly down to its uncomfortable ride quality, being an early VE Calais with the firmer FE2 suspension tune. The fact it required an expensive repair sealed its fate for me and I off-loaded it. So why on earth would I want a newer version of the same car?
Well, the VF refresh brought with it a much improved, more premium interior. It also brought with it more features, among them a head-up display and blind-spot monitoring, while ride quality had been improved during the VE’s run.
If you’re wondering why I’m not considering a newer Falcon, the final FG X Falcon merely added a new infotainment system and was otherwise largely the same, right down to the steering wheel buttons that don’t light up at night.
If I was feeling really silly, I could get a Calais with the 6.0 V8 (349 hp, 376 ft-lbs) or a VF II series with the 6.2 V8 (408 hp, 420 ft-lbs). I was never a huge fan of the 3.6 anyway, although it was improved since my 2007 model and mated to a superior transmission. With a V8 Calais in my garage, I’d have perhaps the definitive Aussie car and, sadly, one of the last.
And yet, I still find the idea of buying a newer version of a car I already had just a bit… unadventurous. Sure, I’ve had two Falcons but those were two different series and completely different inside and out. Additionally, I went from a sporty model (XR6) with a manual to a luxury model (G6E) with an auto. It’s nice to figure out what you like but, by the same token, buying a Calais would make that a total of four Aussie sedans in a row if you forget about those nine months I had a Subaru. I feel like it’s time for me to expand my automotive horizons, even if Aussie cars are tremendous bang for your buck.
Does the idea of buying a newer version of the same generation of car/truck appeal to you? Have you ever done it?