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"After managing to park the car in a very tight "car park" (parking garage) I decide to have a look. Opening the glove box I see a Holden is really GM car. Since the car is about the size of a Lumina I figure it probably has Lumina guts. I pop the hood. No hood rod, instead little pneumatic pistons hold it up. The label on the side says "Ecotec V6" so I expect to see a little 3.1 Chevy motor. Instead, I stare in disbelief. I am mildly surprised to see a 3.8 Buick motor, but I am amazed to see that the engine is mounted for and aft proper like. The CAR IS REAR WHEEL DRIVE! I poke my head under to see a drive shaft. No straight axle rear end here - instead a fully independent setup. No DRLs either. While no one is looking I peek under a bunch of cars and find most are rear drive. Wow! These are modern everyday sedans that are rear wheel drive. What have we done wrong in America? "
The cars were so much better that I decided then and there to make my next car rear wheel drive. I decided to buy a family car that is rear wheel drive. I also wanted four doors and manual transmission. These were readily available in Australia - a country with only 17 million people. Surely, I could buy one in the U.S.?
It is very difficult to find this type of car in the U.S. Until the summer of 1999 you could not buy a four door, rear drive, manual transmission car from any U.S. automaker. Now there is one. The Lincoln LS6. Unfortunately, that car is over $30,000. At least Lincoln gives us the choice.
Most rear drive cars in the U.S. are Luxery or Sports cars. One cannot find a reasonably priced four door sedan. Hopefully, we can change that.