pity they're going
I must have an almost perfect engine- almost no oil consumption, plenty of power, purrs like a kitten, 200,000 km no major work on engine. My 4sp auto was replaced and the new one was never super smooth either. Apart from brake wear and tear i've had no other problem mechanically.
Blind spots due to roof pillars are a constant reason to be super careful just dangerous really.
Drivers seat comfort should be better. A BF2 wagon drives heaps better!
All in all a really good car with a few quirks to whinge about
A bit disappointed
Bought last year with 50K on it, our MY12 Equipe sportswagon with the 3.0 litre engine did at first prompt me to regret selling our previous, much appreciated '04 VYII Acclaim wagon. Nevertheless, after seriously considering going back to perhaps an '06 SVZ, I decided that the comfort and more modern features of the VE series II replacement made this an unrealistic option. I like the ride, handling and finish of the new car but was disappointed by the much smaller load space and the inferior driveability of the smaller engine. I recently discov...ered, however, that by using "Sports mode" (moving the gear lever to the first position to the left) the change points for each gear and the rev range it allows makes for a much smoother and responsive performance. It's as if the engine has been released to work at its optimum level rather than being constricted to low revs for economy's sake. Interestingly, I find that the fuel efficiency has not suffered at all. I may yet come to enjoy this car as much as I did the VY.
Not a bad car, there are probable worse around.
I have had the VE for about 4 years now, brought it second hand. Was initially very pleased with it as I am classed as a Holden man. Had heaps of them over my life. Then little annoying things started to go wrong, lights in gear selectors blew , my main problem is the radio/CD player. A big problem with most of them the CD plays up. Nobody wants to fix them, Holden say to pull them out and send them somewhere in Melbourne, heaps of cash outlay, still not fixed and nowhere on the radio to take a memory stick. The tow bar started to rust, Holden ...fitted, other small minor problems and now I have a vibration when I put the air on. The car is regularly serviced , the motor goes great, plenty of power for pulling my boat, no other major problems, just getting sick of these ongoing little problems. Probably get something abit higher next time like a SUV as the windscreen area sweeps back and elderly people find it hard to bend down and back to get into it.
Reliable, Comfortable & Efficient
Purchased wagon in 2011 with 50,000k. Serviced per schedule and never a problem. Well engineered, quiet and comfortable. The 3.6 is smooth and refined, and is very efficient; particularly on highway. Plenty of room for the family and luggage on long trips, and a decent factory sound system for ambiance.
Great family car
I purchased my SS commodore manual in 2011 and has been a pleasure to own and drive. Very comfortable on long trips and nice to drive around the suburbs but heavy clutch and gearbox can sometimes be tiresome in traffic. Spacious in the back seat for the teenagers.Fuel consumption about 15 litres per 100km on e10 fuel around the suburbs . Performance and handling is very good for a vehicle this size.Reliability has been good apart from faulty brake reservoir which was eventually replaced under warranty and a failed lifter in the engine which sp...oiled the ownership experience somewhat at 53000kms which required a top end rebuild.Luckily all under warranty and replacement vehicle provided during repair. Now at 58000kms, original tyres, brakes , battery and no other faults.
Biggest lemon I have ever owned
The only positive about this car? It was in the shop so often when it came time to sell the kays were incredibly low. I had issues with engine lifters, injectors, suspension, engine mounts and brakes. The gearbox is one of the most agricultural I have ever experienced in a car. Stay clear if you value your sanity!
- Commodore VE (2006-2013)
- Verified purchase
A Powerful, Fun, Fuel Guzzler
(Auto 2012, SS Z-Series,
The process of buying this car from a dealer was an absolute nightmare, but once I had the keys the car was like a dream.
The interior is enormous and looks very sleek. The wheels the car came with were buckled, once I put on some new wheels I've found it to be easy and fun to drive. Surprisingly, when you put your foot down the exhaust note is very quiet. I put a duspeed air filter in and had the car tuned, which gave the car an awesome V8 engine noise without making the car unreliable. The fuel use is... What y...ou'd expect. I drive to work every day, which can range from a smooth trip, to stop start traffic the entire way. The petrol use is currently sitting at 15L/100Km, which means I visit the petrol station a lot. The acceleration and speed was pretty damn good before the tune, and it became a bit of a beast afterwards. The tune also improved the gear shifts, which are a bit dumb and clunky whilst stock. You're going to beat most cars off the line with ease, but keep an eye out for the odd Merc A45/C64, various Audis/BMWs (particularly the seemingly common X5) etc etc. I was reluctant to get a Holden because of the 'bogan' label that gets put on them. Since I've bought it, my friends have all complimented the appearance of the car inside and out. I'd really recommend a VE Series II. It's expensive on insurance, registration, fuel and upkeep, but I've been happy with every bit of the experience.
Be careful and look at the service history.
I own a 2012 Ve commodore Omega.
So far so good but if you are considering one here are some serious things you should look for.
Make sure the vehicle has not missed a service or that the services were overdue.
Gunk builds up in the engine of these vehicles due to the emission controls that are now law. Poor servicing brings out the worst in these vehicles.
Early model Ve's were plagued with timing chain problems to the point GMH recalled them and re fitted one that actually fitted the vehicle.
While this ...
Powerful and reliable.
Fuel consumption is pretty confident and according to its V6 Toy inside, with 294 hp.
I bought it with 50.000 km. All services were made at a GM dealer, original parts.
Just changed and regulated two front Wheels Pirelli P7.
Stability on dry and wet roads is fantastic.
Very good reliable vehicle
My SV6 sedan is 2010 model, I purchased it when it was only one year old. It looks great and drives beautifully. Very fast, takes off in split second. Fuel efficiency is good, if you don't accelerate much haha. Good towing capacity too, handles a loaded 8x5 trailer very well. Never had any mechanical problems. Just a minor interior issues. One of the front aircons outlet plastic mesh fell off and the steering wheel leather upholstering popped out straight after the warranty run out. About two years ago the ceiling lining started to peel off and...the door fabric bits are coming off now too. The car is parked under the hot sun (no undercover parking at work) for the last 4 years so I guess its kind of expected. The battery replaced twice in 6 years I owned it, which is quite good. Needed a belt replaced last year as it was noisy and worn out. Runs like new and very smooth since. Just recently the power window regulator stopped working in the rear door. Apart from that, I'm very happy with my purchase choice. Spacious vehicle with a big boot space. I only wish the rear seats could fold down.
Excellent value for money.
For the price of $42,000 (fully optioned and more), I couldn't ask for better value for money. I've had my VE since 2008 and it has been a fantastic car to own and drive. I've had a couple of issues easily resolved which were actually the result of apprentices not doing a very good job during servicing; the problems I've had were no fault of the manufacturer (Holden). I will consider buying a new car in the next 12 months and the newest Holden Commodore is a serious consideration as a result of the great experience I've had with my current Commodore.
Lots of problems.
Purchased our Holden omega 2008 low kms 72,000 in excellent condition. We have had the car for 4 years every 3 to 4 you've got another problems cost hundred not big problems but costly. FRont windscreen seal is perished Aliso passenger window seal also. Was the motor down cost us $274 because water sits in a well and won't ever operative this was only was 3 weeks ago so it burnt out coil. If the car isn't serviced every approx 3 months gets hesitant to start then drains battery and it's happened 3 times in the last year.
Would never buy another Holden had Mitsubishi for 28 years and never cost me what this one has.
Had this car for 4 years, have done 80,000kms and have only had a few relatively minor issues. Overall the car is good to drive, has plenty of cabin and cargo space and the engine is adequate for general driving. The main negative is the noisy and occasionally harsh engine and transmission.
looks great goes well CONSUMES OIL LIKE CRAZY
bought it second hand was still under warranty ...just 38000km car looks great but that about it
consumes approx 1.8l of oil every 2000km took to Ballan Holden several times they done oil consumption tests ,lost some paper work ,told me last week its normal contacted Holden Australia they have re-directed me back to Ballan holden looks like no way out
the worst thing is they don't seems to know what the problem is
its got just over 70000k on clock today don't know what to do thinking of trading in....
Today 2 years out of warranty Ho...lden Australia decided to give me free of charge Brand New Motor 3Litre it was installed by Ballan Holden took a while but was supplied with rental car and all costs and charges at $0.00 costs since 1985 always used to own a holden of some kind this was the first one with major fault seems to me that Holden is still looking after their customers i am all wrapped and its almost Christmas nice present keep up the Great work
VE S2 Z SV6 2013: Static FM radio. Carbon buildup in Heads
Had car since 1500km, now on 60k. Car is comfortable and a pleasure to drive. It's very economical in rural/remote areas, above average in urban areas. But, there are persistent problems.
1. Comfortable family car for 4 adults (not 5).
2. Cruises nicely and average 7.6litres per 100km on rural driving. Around city, average around 11-13.
3. Great looking.
4. Holden Roadside Assistance is awesome. The many issues experienced below, including three recoveries (all covered by warranty), Roadside Assistance has been fantastic when stu...
Great looking reliable car.. I moved to Australia in 2009 , first time i got into a Taxi commodore and fell in love instantly so rented a car for next week and again drives awesome. I bought a brand soon after in 2010 and its been reliable great car since then.
Series 1 VE
So this is now an older car so this review is clearly for second hand buyers.
I've had my VE Lumina (slightly optioned Omega) for 5 years, it was made in 2008. I've had no serious mechanical faults in 230,000km.
It's needed a new power steering pump pulley, which I was told "they all need".. it was $180 to have done.
It has a nasty 'clunk' in the front suspension that is more noise than any serious issue, sounds like strut towers need doing. I've heard this is quite a common issue.
It leaked from the top radiator hose, this was a pretty cheap fix.
All other issues were standard wear and tear, brakes etc.
The v6 (non-SIDI) is plenty powerful enough and the car comfortably runs the family about.
Awesome car !
Bought a series 2 VE Commodore ute, the last of the dual fuel models. Had a few small issues with an oil leak on the engine, a plastic vent on the dash and the drivers door rubber , all of which was happily rectified by Heritage Holden in Lilydale. They even provided me with a lift home and then back to pick up the car, great service ! The car itself is great to drive, the steering is sharp, the chassis is tight, good brakes and good power ! It is quite economical to run on LPG , it travels 450km on a tank of gas ( 70 litres ) , cost to fill is...usually just under $40. I have owned this vehicle for 2 years, chose a Commodore ute over the popular Hi-Lux, Triton, Ranger style of vehicle as I do not go off road , I have driven a Hi-Lux for work and it stopped and handled terribly, the Commodore is a safe and strong vehicle with great chassis dynamics, I would recommend it to anyone and I am hoping to purchase a V8 VF model before they finish production, I have driven an SS-V and it is an incredible car, the ergonomics are the best I have seen in any car !
great car looks good goes well
first new car ever bought.Falcon had nothing that could match my ssv v8 sportswagon. Wife and kids love it.Happy with safety,performance,ecomomy and handling. Had the car 6 years 130000 kms and only service and tyres have been done.Great looking love my v8. Southgate Holden at Reynella have been great.Would buy again and from the same dealer.
- Commodore VE (2006-2013)
- Verified purchase
2011 VE SV6 Series 2 Sportwagon is made of butter and cheapness
I bought this vehicle second hand in 2012 still under warranty and 2.5 years later I'm severely regretting my purchase. The car cost me $34,000, which turns out was a ripoff, but was pretty normal for the time.
The car drives ok but is insanely thirsty, using more fuel and producing less power than my old 1990 VP wagon did, even after a full tune. I recently had new springs and shocks fitted as handling and body roll was appalling from day one, akin to driving a 4x4 with broken suspension. It's much better now. The engine tries to stall int...ermittently for no reason. My biggest gripe though is the build quality. The steel used for the panels is so soft I can dent any panel on the car with a gentle touch. This has happened several times, including both front doors, bonnet and now the edge of the roof when someone rested their hand on it, which requires costly insurance claims to get repaired. Every single internal component rattles and buzzes after 75,000km, including all the door cards, pillar trims, roof lining, dash, centre console... it's infuriating. None of the mechanical issues bar one were addressed by Holden when I brought them to their attention under warranty. Poor after-sales service, dealership wouldn't return calls or emails when I brought up concerns, or when the paintwork was badly scratched during a scheduled service.
Questions & Answers
My stability control won't turn on.in my Ve ss
Main console, radio or hazard light
I have 2 questions, 1st is my aircon light does not come on and it only blows warm air even when on hot, what's wrong 2nd is how come my s8 will not connect to Bluetooth it has phone on steering wheel thanks
|Category||Cars, Wagons and Sedans|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Fuel Type||LPG and Petrol|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||9.7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||71 L|
|Engine||6 Cylinder 3.6L|
|Max Power||210kW @ 6700rpm|
|Max Torque||350Nm @ 2800rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2006|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2013|
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