G'day gents, joined the forum many years ago now however it's been at least 12 years since I've actually owned a Holden. In saying that, I recently traded in my 2015 STi for a low kilometre example SSV 6 speed manual Sportswagon. I am a wagon-man at heart & my first Holden was no exception - a VR Commodore wagon which started my whole love affair with them. Fast forward over a decade & I think I have come to my senses again.. owning something practical & the wagon my 18 year old self could have only dreamed of. Ideally I was looking to get myself into a HSV variant, though having just recently moved into a new neighbourhood the options locally were limited & finding a manual was further cutting my chances down. Strangely enough, this SSV showed up ticking all the right boxes, right down to preferred colour. So as far as I see it, it was a meant-to-be reacquaintance. Specs: Model: SSV Z Series Year: MY12.5 (September build) Km's: 54,XXX Transmission: 6 speed manual Colour: Nitrate Silver Engine: L77 The car is (was) stock standard at the time of trade-in, though there is always something to be improved on in my opinion.. the first few purchases / DIY changes have mostly all been cosmetic which so far have consisted of: - HSV "Dark Red" Series II tail lights - Series II sports armour - Stubby antenna - New OEM tow bar hitch cover - New OEM black wheel nut caps - New OEM "SS" floor mat set - Proform rubber cargo mat - Gloss black grille badge - JW Speaker LED low beam, number plate & reverse lights - Shadow chrome (amber) front indicator bulbs - Dealership stickers & plate holders removed - Slimline plate covers fitted - Tailgate "Lion" badge removed At this stage I'm quite content with the aesthetics of the car, my only qualm that has always been apparent since the release of the Redline edition are the chrome finish wheels. If I had a spare set of wheels to get around on I would have had these at the powder coaters already (not interested in plastidip etc.) so until the wallet allows, I think the HSV-i HF-20 are seemingly good value for the money.. time will tell. Other than that, further de-chroming the exterior. The silver paintwork tends to amplify any or all chrome around the body, so a subtle black & silver theme is what I am leaning toward. I am heavily considering the VF black tail gate moulding at the moment which could be next on the list. On the maintenance side of things, I have picked up a new OEM sump plug / washer(s) & oil filter for an upcoming oil change (haven't decided on an oil yet) & a much needed set of new ACDelco front wiper blades. Then next on the list of cheap & basic maintenance will be a new cabin filter. Many updates & more progress to come. For now here a few pics from the sales ad which I'll consider the "before" photos.