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AIR F March 15, 2012
CAF was right about his SSV not having any
rattles. During my 15 minutes behind the wheel
you would not guess it was built in 2007. The
engine felt fresh and was willing to rev in every
one of its six manual gears. The suspension
seemed tight, but not kidney-jarringly so. The
interior, complete with red and black leather seats,
dash and steering wheel, appeared almost new.
This SSV has aged well and is a credit to its owner,
who has kept it in near showroom condition. This
is a difficult task for anyone who owns a red car,
as they are known to fade over time.
As it is an SSV, resale on this particular vehicle
should be good when sold either privately or as
a trade-in, with a top market estimated private
price of nearly $28,000. This SSV lives up to its
reputation of being a powerful family sized sedan,
capable of towing your second transport -- even if
it is a glider.
This is the first of an occasional My Ride column in Air
Force News. If you have a car or motorcycle you would like
featured, contact SGT Andrew Hetherington on (02) 6266
7614 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
'I BOUGHT my ride brand
new in 2007. The VE
Holden Commodore SSV
is a good performance
package and honest car.
I've had a VL turbo, VR
SS, VX SS, VY SS and now this SSV.
There are better cars around, but the
SSV is a solid car that handles well
and has the flexibility to carry a fam-
ily and tow my glider. At seven metres,
the trailer for my Schleicher ASW-20B
glider means the SSV is perfect.
It has great seats and is easy to
drive on long trips. I've found after
four years it doesn't have any rattles
and squeaks. I think I'll keep it for a
while, as there's not many differences
between it and a 2012 model.
You can't compare flying aircraft
to driving, but the SSV helps keep the
heart racing when I haven't been fly-
ing for a while.
One day I'd like to chip it to add
some more power and do a track day,
but it's hard to find the time.
When I was a Roulette, I flew
displays at Bathurst and the Adelaide
and Melbourne F1 Grand Prix. I
and his 2007
Holden VE SSV
pumping out 270kW of power at
5700rpm and 530Nm of torque at
4400rpm from a 6.0L V8 engine.
Current km on clock: 100,000km
Price when new: $52,490 before
on road costs.
Average market value now:
was to follow any particular drivers
it would be Mark Webber, and Craig
Lowndes, especially now he drives
for Holden again. They're both
talented drivers and have a well-
We also have a 2008 red auto
XR6 Falcon, which my wife mostly
drives. I bought it because I think the
XR6 had a better six cylinder engine
and transmission than Holden had at
the time with the SV6. It's not my
preferred ride -- I can't get a really
good driving position in it as the key
hits my knee and the seats are too
soft. Maybe I have had Holdens too
Looking back, the first cars I
owned were mainly Italian. I chose
them because they're fun to rev and
drive. They're the sort of cars you'd get
up at 2am to drive, which I did when I
was younger. I started in 1975, buying
a white Fiat 125S, and I've owned a
red Lancia Beta Coupe, but I always
found the maintenance bills were hefty,
and they're not really family cars.
Later I had a red 1990 Toyota
Celica, which is still in the family. I
never really fell in love with it, but
like most Toyotas they're reliable, go
well and last the distance. It's now
done over 300,000km.
If I had unlimited funds my
dream garage would contain red
Ferraris, a green Aston Martin and a
Lamborghini. Before I purchase any-
thing, I'd have to make sure I would
fit in the cockpit.
SSV, it will do me
MINI ROAD TEST
by SGT Andrew Hetherington
READY TO GO: AIRMSHL Geoff
Brown with his ride. Photo: SGT
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