Great reliable car few issues
Purchased my late 2000 Commodore executive with police pack from Brisbane government auctions 40,000km.
Its been a great car to drive and still goes like new no rattling 20 years on and 170,000km.
The only issue was a pully collapsed, still ran, replaced myself. Had roof lining replaced as heat damaged .
Secrete is change oil and filter regularly, keep cooling system serviced .
Hate to sell love the car.
Purchased for A$20,000.00.
Great car to drive
Brought my vx commodore series 2 December last year with a 198000 on the clock great car to drive runs well had to replace a few things due to last owner but my girlfriends family don't thinkt's reliable because I paid 1200
Purchased in December 2019 for A$1,200.00.
18 years.. Still great.
Bought it with 17,000 on it. Still current model (then). Went from a TR Magna to this. Heaps more power. Not as "lively" to drive as the Maggot (Manual. VX is an auto). Drove it everywhere... Kids grew up with it. I am 6'4" son is similar. He can sit behind me and have plenty of room.
Car is S pak series one. Got the rear suspension sorted very early. Now the rear tyres wear the same as the front. Best was 95,000 from a set of Dunlop SP Sports. Very econoical IF you know the tricks. Plenty of country trips. Best of 6.6 Litres per 100 k's, lik...
Purchased in September 2000 for A$33,000.00.
This is Perfect! I won't be discontinuing the use of this Car
I bought this car from a car sale yard back in 2013 (2000 vx Commodore station wagon) and I've never had that much of a problem with this car which the only problem I had was that it needed a new "iac valve". At that time a "professional mechanic" told me that it had this problem or that problem" which kept affecting my hip pocket $$$ in the end. So I then took my car to a "back yard mechanic" who found the problem, which all it needed was a new "iac valve" never had a problem ever since. This is the best car I've ever owned and still is in 2020
Purchased for A$4,000.00.
I bought this VX series 2 Equipe when it had 110k. The car now has 270k. I saw others with 350k or more on the clock and going strong. So I had the car for a lot of its life. I use it as family car and commute to/from work. I use it daily. The car is serviced every 10k. I had to replace the thermostat once. Never ever had any other issues at all with it and my mechanic said it's one of the best car that's ever been on the road. It feels like the day I bought it and it has 'bullet proof' engine that will perhaps outlive the life of the car. The ...parts are very cheap and easy to find, mind you, I only needed normal maintenance parts such as spark plugs, brake pads, bulbs, filters etc. Lots of people complain about its high fuel consumption. I travel long, medium and short distances and I get a monthly average return of 9.5%. Lots of newer cars that cost 3 or 4 times more will perhaps drink about 8% anyway. If you do your numbers you will see that will be paying about $500 more in fuel per year. That is the cost of a drink each week. However, I wouldn't pay $25k for a car to save $500/y in fuel per year. It doesn't make sense. VX are very roomy inside, with generous boot, very quiet, plenty of power, I can't fault it for anything.
Purchased in January 2013.
Best car looks
Use it everyday and the best car, luv this car. Use it for sports, family and commuting to work.
Everyday i use this car.
Service every 6 months to keep in good condition, Never had any issue. Hope it comes back.
2000 Holden Commodore Lumina VX
Bought it as my second car, just sold it. This review is sorely based on my own vehicle and experience, so some of the issues I had may not be applicable to your car.
-Power, 3.8L 6cylinder still going strong
-Good space front and rear
-Cheap to buy
-Decent build quality
-Planted feel when driving it
-Cheap and easy to maintain, you can take it any workshop and they are willing to work on it with cheap price
Purchased in September 2018 for A$1,600.00.
flogged this car on m1 for 5 years
i bought this cheap on duel fuel for $4700. drove it up and down the m1/f3 for 5 days a week / 6 days a week. never serviced it. petrol in the tank and water in the windscreen wiper. took 5 and half years before the cost of rego did not make any sense.
Should never have sold it
My vx commodore was just a standed executive but was factory fitted with full electric windows electric mirrors sunroof and even had a gen iii 6spd manual which I had cammed by kosteki engine performance to boost the hp to over 434 hp. Used heaps of fuel but did great skids
What more can I say “Cheap and Reliable”
The headline says it all. I brought this car back in 2013 and put on over 150,000 trouble free km. The car done over 350,000km and still doesn’t burn or use any oil or water. The good things about these cars are they are cheap in parts and if you do need parts they are easy to come by.
A great drive – reliable and economical
[Jan 2020 edit] I bought my used 2002 VX II S Commodore upgrading from a 1994 ED Falcon, having owned a 1984 VH Commie prior to that. I never cared for corporate allegiances: Falcon or Commodore, it made no difference to me. I was primarily interested in cars that were Aussie-made for Aussie conditions. To be more precise, I think the big Aussie six-cylinder family car is still a great formula for this country if you can only afford one car, and especially if you also have a family or you're just starting out and need a cheap, safe and reliable...car. Falcons and Commodores are big and roomy; simple, reliable and powerful; safe and strong. They're made to cover long distances with ease and comfort; offering spacious family transport and the ability to tow a trailer, boat or caravan. Australian families may have stepped up to SUVs, with their greater appeal to safety and recreational aspirations, but they're considerably dearer to buy and drive than a traditional Aussie sedan. City folk may buy the buzz boxes for their fuel economy but you can go further in far greater safety and comfort in a Commie or a Falcon. The VX II Commodore was one of the most popular cars Holden ever made, and for good reason: it really is a great vehicle. I previously rated this car four stars because of its age but it's been so good to us that I changed it to five stars because I reckon this model will go down as one of the best Holden sedans ever made, taking pride of place alongside the classic HQ and HR models of yesteryear. The last Aussie Commie, the VF, may prove to be in the same league as well, as apparently it also offers exceptional safety, efficiency, comfort and importantly, reliability too, as the in-between models had their 'issues'. Holden finally got the big Commodore properly sorted with the VX Series II in 2002, after some teething problems with the VT and the original VX series. For example, the Independent Rear Suspension was revised on the VX II so that it didn't chew tyres and wasn't as prone to wander-and-track on highway straights and sweepers. The pushrod 3.8-litre Ecotec V6 and 4-speed auto might be off the pace by today's standards but Holden did a lot of work on improving the efficiency of the V6, and the engine and drivetrain are said to be 'bullet-proof' if properly maintained. I have indeed had trouble-free motoring with my VX II over the last six years and approximately 100,000 kilometres. It has now covered 230,000 kilometres in total, yet it feels solid and dependable enough to go as far again. Yes, parts wear out (disc pads, rotors, radiator, battery) and break (lightbulbs, electric window winder, ABS, ceiling lining, petrol gauge) as they do on any car, but the fundamental mechanical design of this vehicle is rock-solid and parts are still cheap and plentiful. A nice surprise coming from the ED Falcon was how frugal the V6 Commie was on petrol. And yet the V6 engine is willing and forceful, displaying performance characteristics not too dissimilar to the torquey mid-90's Ford OHC straight six: it has the familiar deep-down pull of a '70s 5-litre V8 and at 150 kW / 200 hp, a similar power output too. On the road, the Holden feels quite spritely and dynamic compared with the squat, cruising Falcon, and feels surprisingly light and nimble on take-off and through bends and corners. The S-pack brings Stage One sports suspension and 16-inch mags that I've teamed with a set of excellent Bridgestone Turanzas. The suspension is noticeably stiffer than a regular Commie, which delivers better cornering capabilities and less body roll, but at the expense of outright comfort. It's not a soft ride, but it's not exactly harsh either: I'd say it's a nice compromise between performance and comfort, the firmness reminiscent again of late-'60s / early-'70s muscle cars. The VX II has good brakes that are pleasingly responsive, powerful and resilient. The ABS works nicely under panic braking situations: if you throw down the anchors you'll feel the ABS pistons rapid-firing underfoot as they hold the braking action back to prevent lock-up. The S-pack also gets a very attractive, subtle body kit with a chin spoiler, side and rear skirts and an elegant tail wing. Though I'm not a properly 'fast' driver or an attention-seeker, the VX II S-pack wants you to drive quickly and it is a joy at speed, especially on bendy highways, while it still gets admiring glances around town too. When I first moved to the country, I began running the car exclusively on 98 RON premium fuel in order to extract all the power I could out of the engine when I found myself flooring the ol' girl a bit too often on hilly country roads using regular unleaded fuel. Under these conditions, there is a noticeable difference on the good stuff, especially when climbing steep hills or overtaking vehicles; often both at the same time! and this is when the extra power becomes a safety factor. According to the RACQ, running a car on Premium UnLeaded Petrol only costs the average driver about $50 to $80 more a year because a tank of the more volatile fuel gets you further down the road, offsetting the extra up-front cost of premium fuel. The extra safety margin in power from PULP was a worthwhile investment when I was commuting daily from our country town to the city, but when I was living in the city I mostly used to pocket the savings and drive on regular unleaded. Now that I only drive to the city occasionally and the country roads are becoming a lot busier, I mostly run plain unleaded as there's no point in overtaking slower cars as one will only get caught behind another mobile road-block further ahead; often a train of slow-moving vehicles! Better to just relax, tuck in behind 'em and take it easy. Even after eighteen years, this car's shape still looks great on the road. Parked beside a VZ Commie, my German friend thought my VX was the newer car! Coming from the more masculine and angular ED Falcon, the VX is all feminine curvy swirls: there isn't a straight line anywhere on the thing! That theme continues inside the passenger cabin where again, it's all swerves and curls. By any measure, these vehicles are beautiful. Their one exterior design flaw is a be-donkey-donk butt but like a skirt over thick thighs, the elegant (yes, feminine) boot-mounted wing on the S-pack's tail hides that flaw and makes all the difference to the rear-end. I've noticed the SS's have a much larger wing on the boot that looks rather lumpen in comparison, though whale tails like that are more likely to actually generate downforce at speed. Being the beautiful girl she is, I named our VX "Vixen", though we also refer to her generically as "The Bat Mobile" (yes, she's black).
Purchased in August 2013 for A$4,500.00.
Never had any major issue except that it is not that fuel efficient. We use it just once or twice a week. It has a large machine and despite being an old model, we are not yet considering on replacing it as we are still satisfied to its performance since we regularly service it.
Holden Commodore 2001 Vx 's' Sedan V6 Auto
Just sold my 2001 VU UTE (see my separate review) made money on it .... that's a first for me ....
Yep you guessed it I'm sticking to the Commodore family - AGAIN !!
This time I Looked at buying 'another' V6 Ecotec Commodore Sedan.
Never quite got over selling my 2001 VX V6 Acclaim sedan in Black.
So you guessed it I went on the look out for 'another' 2001 V6 Sedan ....
This is a wonderful car, and could n't do with out it.
The experience of driving the VX commodore is comfortable, performance I could not ask any more from a V6 engine, handling is terrific, not much noise. I can go from Newcastle to Blacktown and back on 50.00. I therefore would recommend such a vehicle to anyone that is looking for a decent car.
Super reliable and durable family car!
My VX series 2 Lumina has now done 212,000klms and all I have had go wrong was an alternator, I cooked a battery because it was overcharging, other than that all I have had to buy are the normal things like tyres, a couple of accessory belts, two batteries, and a couple of sets of brake pads! I treat it well with 5k oil changes and use only synthetic oil, I do the auto every 20k and keep it clean and neat. It has always driven well, very smooth and comfortable, very economical and no oil leaks to date. I would have to recommend this car to anyo...ne wanting cheap and reliable transport! November 7th 2016 Update: Bullet proof bargain buy! Getting mobile need not cost you an arm and a leg! A good solid and reliable car to look at is the Holden Commodore VX series2. This model had all the bugs ironed out, and that included things like adding an extra link to the rear IRS suspension to elimate the toe out and high tyre wear the VT and VX series 1 had. They also fixed the rear main oil seal to prevent leaks and the car had re-inforcing in the "A'" Pillars to make it stronger and safer. It's a well known fact that a well services ECOTECH all iron engine will outlast the later Allytech and the ECOTECH only needs regular servicing to give the huge mileages they are capable of giving before thy finally die. General things to do are really all logical and you don't have to be Einstein to do what the car needs to keep performing reliably. Use a quality oil, I use a Synthetic Shell 5w-40 and it suits the car, also use a quality spark plug, I use NGK Iridium and having tried all the others, these perform the best with a new set of factory spec Leads, You need to change both about every 50-60ks for reliable smooth running. Change your Oil at about 7500klms, extended oil changes are fals economy and oil sludges up when left in too long, and blocks the oil pickup, [this is a common problem with the later Alloytech Engine, along with stretched timing chains and other terminal nasties, fortunately, the ECOTECH is an all Iron Engine and is as strong as an ox! Regular Transmission oil changes will help to prolong th Auto's life too, I recommend every 20,000klms and do a reverse flush, also include Rislone Auto Trans additive too, that will prevent rough shifting and oil leaks, The main thing to remember is keep all the fluids clean, I also flush the power sterring and add Rislone Power Steering additive too, to date and after 213-000klms, I have no oil leaks at all from any part of the engine or drive train. Keep things like tyre pressures up too, 40 PSI is perfect and will stop premature tyre wear and wear on the tyre shoulders, also have a regular wheel alignment too. Finally keep your VX clean inside and out, it may be getting on in years, but it is still a great modern looking care, and will survive many more years with proper care and maintenance! Mine stays, as it has no problems that would convince me to sell it! I average about 7 liters per 100 k's on the open road at the normal speed limit, and I use Premium fuel too.
Perfect family now work car
After owning a 98 vt wagon for 3 years, drove it to many destinations including port lincoln in 40 degree temperatures and didnt miss a beat. I upgraded to a 04 patrol which brokw down on me every week. I soon got rid of it and bought a VX wagon berlina. So reliable. Comfortable and powerful. I have towed cars, caravans, loads of timber and tows a tool trailer everyday and it drives like a dream. 600kms to a tank.
Very good and if it ever breaks itll be a small expense to buy another!
Skids like a commy don't need to say any more
Vt sedan great car 450km to the tank does hell mad skids and doses like a vl turbo hell mad can out run the cops and has done many times just snap second and she's gone big blow off valve cops don't like that and a big cops don't like this sticker on the back
COMMODORE 2001 VU V6 Ecotec UTE
Having sold my VX HSV (see my separate review) it was time to look at something else to buy.
I looked at all manufacturers but decided to stay with the Commodore family - again.
This time I Looked at buying 'another' V6 Ecotec Commodore.
I loved my old 2001 VX V6 Acclaim sedan in Black. I had bought it with 131 000 kms & sold it at 225 000 kms.
I had only done regular services & changed brake pads, a water pump & that was it.
HSV 'Clubsport' Series 2 Auto 5.7 Litre Sedan
Having sold my VT Series 2 SS (see my other review) I decided to buy an entry level 'HSV' Holden Special Vehicles 'Club Sport'.
I initially looked at buying a VT Series 2 'Club Sport' but after seeing quite a few cars & doing my research I opted for the VX 'Club Sport'. Whilst the VT has a really nice body kit (IMHO) it looks a little similar to the SS.
The VX has a very distinct body kit which sets it apart from SS Commodores & HBD Holden By Design body kits.
Mine is a 2 owner 2002 Series 2 'Clubsport', auto & black with the 255 kw Ls1 motor. I paid $8500 which I consider to be what they are worth & everyone comments I got it cheap!
It has 148 000 documented kms.
bloody brilliant car :)
i have a vx series 2 s pac, car has been awesome, whole engine burnt, replaced it and no problems cars fine, only issue is we couldnt find a manual gear box reservoir so we had to convert it to auto :/ went great until the radiator cracked and i cooked the engine, replaced the radiator and been driving it for a few weeks and nothing wrong with it at all lol, these cars cannot be killed as mine has proven :)
manual parts are hard to find, the s pac front end is hard to find
Questions & Answers
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|Category||Cars, Wagons and Sedans|
|Transmission||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Fuel Consumption||6.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||75 L|
|Engine||6 Cylinder 3.8L|
|Max Power||152kW @ 5200rpm|
|Max Torque||305Nm @ 3600rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Australia|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2000|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2002|
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