Classic large wagon but end of an era!
Bought my 2017 VF Series II Calais V Sportwagon from a Holden dealer in April 2018. Built in September 2017 and one of the last off the production line but came with a seven year factory warranty. Only driven 10,000km so far! Looks good in silver with black leather interior. Goes hard with the 6.2L V8 engine and the bi-modal exhaust sounds great under load. Fuel economy can be good at 10 l/100km on a highway cruise but increases significantly on shorter trips with stop start driving conditions. Interior is nicely presented and works well with t...he large central screen. The leather seats are comfortable and the car is great for long trips. The luggage space is reasonable especially with the split folding rear seat. The large alloy wheels are very prone to kerb damage and the low profile tyres could be expensive to replace! Capped price servicing for the warranty period limits maintenance costs. Good value classic large wagon but the end of an era!
Purchased in April 2018.
I'm in love !!!
Just recently purchased my Holden Commodore 2015 SS
Doesn't get any better than that!!!
Everything about the styling to the Power!! My goodness the Power
God I hope I keep my License lol
Just jokes on a lighter note
Just love this car, And I have owned many cars in last 35 years
So pretty much see a great car when I see one
Purchased in May 2020.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Proof that Holden kept the very best until last.
From the first test drive that left me devoid of words, to becoming the beaming owner of Holden's finest, I could not have been happier with my choice. The previous car, a well-travelled VZ Executive wagon, had reached 195,000km and that is my cut-off for changeover (owned it 9 years). But oh my, how the VF impressed so much with features, detail, comfort, SAFETY and especially, the big SIDI DI LFX engine up front. So quiet that I am not aware it is running. No complaints about the car, and its "nice little touches" such as various ways of prog...ramming the central locking (touch-panel, transponder, door select etc.), soft-close and lock tailgate, fade-out interior illumination and "crystal light" interior panel lighting...so good!! I've had to temper my enthusiasm for "getting moving" because the SIDI is not a tardy toy like the Alloytec before it. It's very easy to accidentally exceed the speed limit!! This VF is used for long-haul and inter-instrastate travel with camping loads. Sometimes used daily, but generally every second day, and no grinding suburban driving. Service is at 10,000 or 15,000km, depending if I have service done prior or on the due point. About $283 for oil change, filter, sump plug, brakes inspection and roadtest. DO NOT forestall the techie road testing the car as required: high reliance on electronics for engine control, stability, braking and environment awareness (blind spot monitoring etc through radar pods). The no-see-'um "performance" mode can make for quite exciting (perhaps too exciting) driving if you are not careful (performance mode is separate and after the marked Sport mode). This can make the nose of the car rise and you'll be thrust back into your seat. BE VERY CAREFUL. Electronic parking brake is a tiny pull-up button and takes a bit of getting used to. It will disengage by itself if you drive off with it still engaged. Holds with a gorilla grip. Most VFs have electronic push button stop start: foot on brake, press to start, just press once to stop. No keys needed, but remote must be in car to start (except fully locked, then can use remote to start car). Navigation, including voice-assisted point-to-point, alternatives and recalcs, is excellent. Maps for navigation are costly, for updates. I do not think there are any more updates scheduled. Updates are something like $130 at Dealer.
VF SV6 Sportswagon.
We bought our 2013 VF Sportswagon used with 20,000km on the clock in mid 2015. After owning a Sportivo Camry for a few years that the head gasket failed on, it was time to trade it in. We wanted something as large as the camry with good boot space for kids prams etc. We considered a mazda 6 but they were tiny inside. Maybe one of the SUV Mazda's would have been bigger but we didn't want a big SUV. Other cars like the Toyota Kluger or Ford Territory lacked style.
The VF SV6 ticked all the boxes!
The interior is sensational. Plenty of room, I ...can actually lay the back seats down and sleep in the back. The outside looks nice and doesn't look like a bus. And there's more than enough power on tap (sounds better than the tinny Camry when the foot is to the floor). Very nice to drive with a solid feel. Fuel economy is around 9L/100km. After 150,000 it's been pretty good. Only 2 issues so far.. 1. The drivers door switch failed not long after we got it. The radio wouldn't shut off after opening the door. This was replaced under warranty. 2. The swaybar links would make a rattling noise at low speed and were replaced. We have no intention of upgrading any time soon. I've been servicing it since day dot and services are easy with the filter on top. It's very unfortunate of GM to close Holden. The VE and VF Commodores are pretty good cars and a perfect example of what Australia could achieve. If GM could have just cut Holden and let them do there own thing. If they could have made smaller Australian built cars instead of having to sell the European rubbish they'd probably have done pretty well. That and the government didn't help with free trade agreement. Anyway great car!
Purchased in July 2015 for A$30,000.00.
Awesome family all rounder - shame they're not made any more
Purchased a 3.6L VF Calais Nitrate ex. demo with 3,000 kms on the dial from Watson Holden. Now at 96,000. I'll focus on the car but Watson Holden have been fantastic in sales and service.
We purchased the VF Wagon for family duties. It gets used daily for trips ~30km and then for 200-300 km on the weekend when we go surfing or visit family out in the sticks.
What I like about it:
- Comfort - it's so quiet and refined around town and on the freeway
- Running costs - Currently averaging 10.1 l/100km (hwy around 7-8), uses 91RON, tyres last arou...
The best left till last !
How good is this Calais V with LS 3 V8, my daily driver that puts a smile on the dial every time behind the wheel. Can sit 3 mates and 4 sets of clubs comfortably in the boot on long trips or short haul with the family. My early 911 might handle better but the Calais is hard to beat as a powerful all rounder, no better value.
VF 2 SPORTWAGON.....WITHOUT DOUBT THE BEST VALUE LARGE CAR
Having driven large European cars over the last 20 years, [ some from new], I can't be happier with my VF2 Sportwagon. It was assembled in the last fortnight of production and the quality of finish can't be faulted.
I would highly recommend the purchase of a low mileage well serviced VF2. The opportunity to own such a high value ,quality car will unlikely be repeated.
A recent test drive of a top of the line 7 seater SUV, reinforced our decision to buy this large car, rather than a SUV.
If you enjoy driving, and want a large car, this is t...he choice. SUVs have improved over time but are still 'truck like'. What a shame SUVs ,which are in most cases, more harmful to the environment, and have taken the joy out of driving, have contributed to the end of production of such a fine car as the Commodore VF2.
Purchased in January 2017.
BEST CAR I HAVE OWNED
2014 SV6 SEDAN.
Best car I have owned. Bought second hand with 50,000kms on the clock. Now has just over 85,000kms and have never had a single issue with the car at all. Awesome to drive. The MyLink system is great and easy to use. Cant complain at all.
Purchased in October 2016 for A$25,000.00.
2015 SV6 Storm best buy for the $
Love this car. Best value car for the $. Economical .9 to 10 liters per 100 KLM around town. 6.4 to 7.5 highway driving. Perfect mechanically. Always serviced at Holden dealership. Powerful and beautiful premium Prussian Steel paint. Roomy. Would have liked full fold down rear seat and Hurrican mufflers but hey, this is a superb car and a keeper. Better than the new BMW, Turbo Falcon and Jag I used to drive. Buy one while you still can with low mileage. Cheers.
Purchased in January 2016 at Eagers Holden Brisbane for A$35,000.00.
Love driving this car
Bought the VF Sportswagon back in Feb 2015, had to wait a few weeks as I wanted the 2015 model with additional features. Everyone who’s been in the car loves it. Lots of space, smooth, fairly quiet, leather interior, handles well and goes like the living Jesus when you want it too. Pretty good on juice does about 800klms to the 80 litre tank. Best car ever, will keep it for a while yet!
this is one of the good car i am driving
it seem very spacious, 3.6 LPG is with great power, nice driving experience, it is very economical as it on LPG and i see my fuel expanse has gone down by 45% monthly. it did come with spare wheel. can not complain much. hope to use it for long time.
Purchased in April 2019 for A$17,500.00.
Absolutely love this car, best purchase to date!
We drive this car for everyday driving and far travels, best car for road trips! The interior is perfect and the black edition is by far the best release of the SV6’s
- VF (Sedan) (2013-2017)
- Verified purchase
Wouldn’t dream of any other car.
I bought a beautiful red VF ssv redline about 2 years ago. Start of 2017. It caught my eye and every other vf that I looked at just didn’t appeal to me and I kept going back to the exact car that caught my eye from the moment I saw it. I knew it was the one! So I bought it. And it’s the best car I’ve ever owned in my life it was 2014 model. It has so much power I loved it! So immaculate and fancy inside and out, handles very very well and never ever found one problem with it. It may be a V8 but it’s still the perfect car for that ideal family who love style and class. It has the special car seat safety harness attachments inside the seats too so extra safe for a baby!
Comfortable large performance sedan with attitude when needed.
I bought this car second hand, one year old. Very comfortable and spacious, with a cavernous 495 litre boot. I take it to work daily and always look forward to driving it. Putting your foot down, the engine comes to life and you get pushed back in your seat with all the torque- your fuel economy will plummet though as the 6.2 litre LS3 engine can gobble fuel when pushed. I average 8.5 litres/100km highway and 17 in town.
I get the car serviced once a year and so far have had no issues (just a year so far).
Very good fit and finish with no...squeaks or rattles. Soft touch materials on some surfaces with a chunky, great feeling steering wheel and a snickety manual gear change. I love this vehicle- the only downside for me is the high fuel consumption when pushed.
Great car.... if it wasn't a lemon. BAD ELECTRICS
I've recently sold my 2014 Holden Commodore SSV sedan in an amazing Prussian Steel. It's probably one of the most heartbreaking things I've had to do. It's equivalent to a breakup in my opinion.
I'd bought it in January 2018 with 86,000kms on the odometer for $32,000 and traded it in last week on Friday with 102,000 for $18,000. It's not a very long time to have such a beautiful car. I hope the dealer I sold it to manages to fix it so no one else has to deal with the burden.
Over the duration of owning it had it's steering rack replaced (...common occurrence) been serviced 2 times (at the times it needed service) had lube mobile come out 4 times($80 per callout) for an issue where it wouldn't start and have it at their workshop once to try their luck by replacing the fuel pump and battery (which didn't fix it) which cost me almost $800. Was advised it could be a series of things, only way to know is by doing them one at a time which would cost upwards of $5000 which I do not have the money for as I am and only me paying for myself and my partners food, rent, insurance for our cars, registration for our cars and fuel for our cars plus all other bills that people have. My partner is studying and drives to uni and my working hours means I can't borrow her car all the time. At the time of purchase we were in a better financial standing with her working. I had to get loans from my parents to pay for the "repairs" on this car. Holden wouldn't help because it was out of warranty and lube mobile were going to charge thousands to maybe fix it. Just severely disappointed, my first ever car that I was proud to drive, just had to be a lemon.
- VF (Wagon) (2013-2017)
- Verified purchase
I have had about 11 cars in 18 years - all from different makers, from Hiunday to Ford, to Renault and Kia - all sports cars. My partner’s had Holdens before. I never did. I really enjoy driving my SW and forget there is a V6 under the bonnet. The dealership was pretty good too and not too pushy.
- VF (Sedan) (2013-2017)
- Verified purchase
Best family car
I’ve had my 2013 vf for just over two years now and I love it! I have four kids and they’re is plenty of room for them ranging in ages 10years-2years old. I love all the features from remote start which is a life saver on hot days to cool the car down before we get in, comfortable seats which have multiple positions, the boot is huge it doesn’t look like it from the outside but it’s seriously huge. I’ve driven multiple long trips with my kids between qld/nsw with ease, everybody’s so comfortable so it makes it a breaze. It’s our everyday purpos...e car, school runs, shopping, sporting activities, it’s very reliable and the only thing I’ve had to replace is tyres and a battery! We picked ours up sv6 2013 for $19,000 and it’s the best $19k I’ve spent!
Great Big Australian
I purchased the last of the Australian built SV6 Commodore Wagon. I love this car so much and still look forward to my 30min drive to work each day. The quality is excellent and the amount of tech astounded me. This car self parks (thought I wouldn’t use it but I do) auto headlights and great sound system and Sat nav. Such a shame we don’t build in Australia anymore. My last Aussie built car was a 1967 HR Premier i used back in the 70’s. On average its sitting on 9.4 L per 100km so not bad for a great big Australian.
Final Holden made in Aus!
Fantastic car! The last ever made in Australia and we are glad we bought one. Used daily for family travel this car provided comfort as well as luxury. Getting serviced every 6-8months is working well, still only on our first set of breaks but third set of tires, the down side to low profile tires.
Nice car with all bells and whistles
Bought our Holden Calais VF in 2016 from Brighton Holden., best decision we made. We have had a BMW and other cars but this one ticked all the boxes. It is powerful, spacious, latest tech, drives well, mileage is good too. My wife loves it's self parking function and the Bose speakers
Questions & Answers
Changed out battery ,,now air con & climate control leds not working ?
My dash needles for all gauges no longer illuminate and are therefore hard to read what could be the cause all gauges are illuminated just not the needles ?
Hey. Just need to replace a hose on or near the fuel tank, so to make this inquiry easy, say I needed to replace a fuel pump (pick up, whatever it is) in the tank, how long would it take to do. Because it looks like the exhaust system, tailshaft, etc. needs to come out just to be able to take the fuel tank out. So I'm just chasing roughly how many hours it would take.
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