Almost a 20 year old car and it's still going strong. Has nice power and no major issues yet, only the usual maintenance has been needed so far. With a few updates like a new headunit and headlight restoring kits the car still looks great and drives great. I've put in a reverse camera which fits into the rear number plate light and that works perfectly too.
had car for 16 years incredible car, it just keeps going
I bought the car at a Govt auction in 2000, the car was under a year old with 30,000 on the clock, I have added another 320,000kms (now 350,000) and have never had a spanner laid on the engine or gear box, it has only had 1 gear box oil change 2 years ago, I do change the engine oil every 6 months, I do the simple tune ups, (oil filter, petrol filter, oil change, squirt of carby cleaner in the air intake, change the plugs every 3 years, change the radiator fluid every 2 years. brake disc pads when required the only issue is a slight ticking cau...sed by a manifold bolt broken allowing a slight airgap when cold which disappears after its warmed up, the front passengers seat has a broken strap (still feels comfortable) the aircon needs a new compressor, the front door window winder is on the way out. the paints still great (orion silver) it has absolutely no rust in the body or underneath) 1 week ago my friends big Ford territory broke down towing his ford sedan that had a crash in hilly country in Kalamunda shire, I towed them both back over 20 kms each up steep hills with no problems, the amount of room in the rear of this station wagon makes the Dr Who tardis look small, its had everything in there including a 7 foot table and 8 chairs. This would be one of the best cars for money you can buy and I would recommend it for anyone, its quick, cheap to maintain, good mileage per fuel and safe and comfortable, a great family car and Ive had 4 Nissans 2 fords a saab and am quite experienced maintaining vintage and modern vehicles being an ex RAAF tradesman so Iam qualified to say so.
Not really recommend
Common problem is aircon compressor not working. Airbag light is on. Many parts are installed from underneath. (I think the designer bans DIY). But I have to admit the previous owner didn't take care of this car. Pretty much every month I spent money on changing new parts. Good point is spacious room and a big boot.
Right About Everything Except The Resale Value.
A wonderful car. Had mine from near new. Ex Sydney 2000 Olympic Games car, had 300Kms on the clock at purchase. But it's value today is only in keeping it. Was thinking of upgrading to a Camry Hybrid so put it up for sale at $4K with only 82000 on the clock and seems like I couldn't give it away. Not that I want to. It has always been and still is such an entirely rewarding car to drive and to own.
Late model commodore.
Mine had over 380,000 admittedly I looked after it. I was 2nd owner had 60,000. Was written off accessor said it was the best he'd seen give age and Ki's. Although, given the review I would now think twice, however my VT Calais ran 7.2 hwy 12.5 City
It was the most reliable I ever owned. Just regular services, touch ups and of cause good tyres rotated and balanced regularly .
Holden Commodore Series 2 Auto SS 5.7 Litre
After an absence of nearly 2 and a half years, I came back to the Holden Commodore family (My last Commodore was a black VX V6 series 2). In that time I had a number of late model Japanese and European cars.
I wanted to have a car again, that was fun and that I could work on.
Doing my research I decided to buy a Commodore SS in the VT range. I wanted a V8 with all the modern comforts at a 'CHEAP' price and this model fit the brief.
Commodore prices (in the VT-VY range) have hit 'rock bottom' in my view. Checkout the online sales websi...tes and your local papers. There are some real bargains to be found if you are prepared to look around and not rush into buying. As thing get tough in the economy, a little cash can buy a bargain.
The best car ever
We got our 1999 Vt Commodore in 2004 with 140000 on the clock! We have never had an issue with this car. In the past 10+ years this car has safely taken our family of 5 to Darwin, Brisbane, New South Wales and canberra (numerous times) and Victoria (numerous times). It is spacious (larger inside than our Prado) and as we have a station wagon, can carry loads of shopping, furniture, hardware, you name it. It now has 330000 on the clock. We are definitely a 'treat em mean keep em keen' kind of family so she has not been the best looked after car....We are now purchasing a new car as the time is right but the old faithful girl just wont die. The last time we took her to get a service we were told she would overheat in the summer as there was oil in the water, blah, blah,blah. Her temperature never goes higher than half way and has not skipped a beat. We love her and will be so sad to see her go.
I've had one of these cars for 3 years now. Even though I was told "It's no good! It's got 306,000km on the clock! The electronics are shot! Don't buy it!" I still bought the car for a nice cheap 2400 bucks. Let me be blunt, This car is the best car I have ever driven. Out of all of the cars me and my family have we are always looking to my good old commodore for assistance. The engine has only skipped one beat since I bought it and that was almost immediately after I bought it when the alternator died... Which was fixed for 100 bucks and a bit...of elbow grease and it was purring like a kitten the very next day. Hasn't had a problem since! Not only do these cars provide PLENTY of space. Fitting my entire 6'9" body in there with room to spare but it also provides a lot of power under the bonnet. Now it's not some super car or anything but needless to say this thing has no problem whatsoever getting to 110 quickly in a pinch. Not only that but the electronics in the car are a mighty fine piece of kit! Not only do all four power windows still work up and down after all these years. But every single gauge is accurate to a T. I know cause I've driven past many speed testers and the speedo was always a single km higher than the speed tester would say and the petrol gauge is spot on! Like really. My trip meter said 63.5 litres since my last refill when I filled up the other day and I put in EXACTLY 63.5 litres to fill it up. Also if you press UP and MODE when you start the car it gives you a digital speedo! Which is just cool! The car gets a lot out of a single tank too. Now it is a V6 so getting a lot of km in the city isn't going to be easy. However when me and my friend trekked from Canberra to Melbourne a couple years back we filled up the tank in Canberra and we got to Melbourne when we decided to fill up (I wasn't exactly sold on the petrol gauge being accurate just yet) and when we filled up we found out there was still 20 litres in the tank! Enough to get us at least another 120km through Melbourne or so. Now that being said as much as I love to praise this car (Because it's an awesome car) there are a couple gripes I have with it. First of all the cup holders are too small. If you're getting a 600ml bottle of something, forget the cup holders cause it won't fit. Second of all you can't push the back seats forward to expand the boot space. That gets rather annoying.
This VT Commodore will be the last Holden I will ever buy, had 4 Holdens & only one was any good
The last Holden I will ever buy. Always something wrong with it. the last straw was when airbag/seat belt sensor went on so wouldn't pass rego until it was fixed. Turned out airbag was problem even though never been in an accident (bought it new in 1998)waited 3 months cause GMH didn't have a airbag in country (can you believe it the biggest selling Holden the VT and they had to order from overseas) Got lots of delaying excuses from supplier, Dealer & GMH (eg waiting to pass through quarantine , in port at Melbourne etc when in fact hadn't even arrived in country. was my 4th & will be my last Holden ever. (PS car maintenance & service was followed per GMH recommendations)
Good old cheap holden-value for money.
I have owned a lot of old cars mostly fords and one camry,and this car is great as a secondhander because ther is no timingbelt and front wheel drive cvjounts to worry about,I think its the best looking car ever made by holden and one of the largest but its not to bad on fuel if you take it easy,these cars like long trips out in the country so if its not runing the best make sure there are no vacuum leaks or water leaks and take it for a long drive,it will tune itself up.
Reliable big and safe easy to work on- plenty of used parts,new parts are...
We have a Acclain Station wagon that we have owned for 4 years. We have not had many problems with the Commodore apart from the back tyres. We had ours converted to gas and it has been failry economical on this. We use it for towing all kinds of things without any problems. Being a station wagon has meant we have been a able to move all kinds of things and the back of it is very roomy. The seats are comfortable and it is great to drive. Recommended.
Strong and can pull our trailer no worries. It has aged well and we have not had too many proble...
Questions & Answers
hey ppls.. when i go to start my vt it wont start nothing at all?? ive got blinkers headlights and stuff but nothing on the Cluster my trip meter doesnt even show ive got a new battary but still no start does anyone have any Ideas as ive just plced 6 more mths of rego on it and now its just sitting for the last 2 mths....
Just done a motor swap with my vt supercharged v6 but with motor in and all hooked up it cranks over but it won't start. It just keeping popping out the exhaust do I need to remap computer or something?
How many VT V8 wagons were made
|Category||Cars, Wagons and Sedans|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Fuel Consumption||8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||75 L|
|Engine||8 Cylinder 5.7L|
|Max Power||220kW @ 5000rpm|
|Max Torque||446Nm @ 4400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 1997|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2000|
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