Power, luxury and looks
As the last model to use the European Opel Omega based platform, the VZ was also the first to introduce a range of new features. Essentially an update and a technically Series 3 of the VY, the VZ Calais was given a much needed and well deserved facelift. Gone was the subtle appearance of the previous VY.
The Calais gained a more aggressive look to the body kit. An all new front bumper with small lips/flares, blacked out headlights with a chrome ring, chroming around the fog-lamps and on the bonnet, all attributed to a unique nose of the Calai...s. Speaking of unique, how about those nice 17 alloy rims which (unlike the VYII Calais) were ONLY features on the VZ. Though mine now has 18 HBD alloys. Since we're on the side of the Calais, there is also a nice chrome door strip and chroming around the window seals. You also the unique 'Calais' badging on the rear door, which the VZ was the last to feature this up till the VFII Calais was produced. The rear has also been treated to a unique look. The rear taillights have the blacked out, theres a chrome boot garnish for where the number plate sits, and if factory fitted, is a rear spoiler with chroming on the top. Which again mine had, but now has a Mazda 3 lip spoiler in place. Overall the looks have kept the car fresh looking and in my opinion, it has dated at all. In-fact id go as far to say it looks better than the VE and VF, and far far better than the ZB. The interior is amazing, in the regards of both design and materials used. There are hard scratchy plastics but only down in the footwell and partially on the doors. The dash is a soft touch plastic which follows onto the front and rear doors. Also, there is leather padding on the doors where your arms would rest and suede on the doors and lower dash. The seats are full black leather which are in great condition. The front seats are electric with drivers memory, you get dual zone climate control, rear air-vents, a six stack CD player, factory fitted Nokia bluetooth (which works with the lasted iPhone), all electric windows and mirrors, nice courtesy interior lights and a premium three screen gage cluster which you can change to display anything from average fuel to even a digital speedo. Safety is also key, and this car isn't short of that. The Calais features four airbags (front and side impact), ABS, ESP, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, warning chimes for when handbrake isn't full unlocked and for when driver seat belt hasn't been put on and braking assist. Power comes from a 3.6L 190kW 340Nm V6 mated to a 5 speed auto transmission driven via the rear wheels. The engine is responsive and doesn't have to work hard to get you going. The 5 speed auto is a massive benefit, and works very well when driving the Calais calmly. But when you need to overtake a truck or a slow car, the auto needs to hunt for the gears and knocks back pretty hard. Nevertheless it is a good transmission and its made even better with the addition of paddle shifters which allows for a sportier experience. The engine has been a good unit so far with easy/standard maintenance. In the city it has plenty of low down torque to move you without needing to push the peddle much and highway deriving is even better (and smoother). The five speed auto is great on the highway, keeping revs under 2000rpm. In the city its good, but as mentioned in my first review sometimes it hunts for a gear or two when you need to push the car. Servicing has been easy and not too costly either which is good. Best part is you can service the car yourself which saves a bit of money.
SV6 - Safe, sure, reliable. Power when I need it
With very few options after my car was stolen and Real Insurance 'conveniently' lowered the agreed value on the last renewal of the pay-by-the-month insurance, I bought my first Holden.
A second hand 2006 SV6 commodore.
Wow! Power when I need it for towing for moving house (who needs a removalist when I have this beast??)
When using it day-to-day the only thing I need to remember is not to be tempted to floor it, which keeps the economy surprisingly good. But it's so cool to have the power when I need it ;)
The ride is smooth even in offroad...situations, something I wasn't expecting. The other thing is allowing it to go through the startup checks when putting the key in - the 10-15 seconds is a little annoying at first but it reminded me of being a kid and Dad warming up the car first.
Purchased in July 2017 for A$4,900.00.
Great car sadly murdered by GM
Like Saab I've no idea how Holden did such a car with so little respect from Detroit. GM. The most misguided car outfit ever.
Our VZ has all the gear and equipment you really need even 14yrs on. Great on rough roads. Rugged. Nice on my eyes too. Nothing special but a well thought out family car for the pre-SUV era.
Full electrics, huge space, nicely weighted steering, auto headlights, locking (and a real key I love not a credit card to go wrong!).
Fuel economy is awful and safety should be better. Many are driven by goons. Yet 2 to 4 airbags, abs isn't enough for 2005. Great boot. Just a nice simple car with an easy to access engine bay vs our other cars!
Purchased in January 2018 for A$2,000.00.
Aussie icon and I love it
I had a 2005 sv6 the hsv by design edition as well as a Lumina 2005 ar the same time at one stage both were low kms and were well maintained by their original owners.
The sv6 was 5 speed, leather seats, body kit and shifters on the stearing wheel. Wsy above average for the cars around ay that time.
And the lumina had its body kit and the inside wasnt much different than other vzs.
The vz was a great car, quick of the mark, solid and if the car was looked after then you are a happy driver.
Only con about them is that due to their age the little annoying things continually require fixing such as thermostat, radiator and leaking hoses
Avoid VZ commodores
Bought as daily driver, 2nd hand. Worst car I've ever owned. Overcharging and burning relays. No mechanics or auto elecs can tell me why.
2nd set of timing chains after 250thou ks.
Sensors dying left right & centre.
Rattles & noises galore.
Just a heap of junk in general.
Solid working man's wagon and *very* reliable!
Hot chilli red (HSV colour), bought in June 2010 ex-Services (CFA) fleet, 84,000km. A bit of neglect of it on their part as they transitioned to the VE Omega in their fleet, and intensive effort to clean up engine once bought. Interior trim and furnishings A1. Fitted sheepies to front, compatible with seat-flank airbags. Ultra comfy! Fast forward 8 years and this much-travelled, serviced-to-the-book workhorse has proven to be the most reliable, efficient and fearless of any car I have owned in 27 years. Taken around Australia in July-October 20...11/32,000km/2 scheduled services (not towing). Not a single problem to report. Averages 7.4L/100km on Surf Coast-Melbourne-Albury/Wodonga running PULP98 -- no aggro city/suburban driving. Have seen similar/identical cars which have been tampered with enthusiastically by backyard mechanics, and this has lead to huge problems of erratic, faulting and generally unreliable operation as a direct result of interference and forced modification. These cars do not take well to fiddling with electronics and the engine. I don't really recommend 91RON petrol as this does not bring out the best in the Alloytec which is capable of phenomenal fuel economy in the right conditions (extended freeway driving, especially) with higher octane fuel (95-98, but not 100). And so...now at 183,220km won't be shoving it off any time now or in the near future!
Wouldn't recommend this car to anyone
Really regret purchasing this car. Have nothing but trouble since buying it. The new engine that were installed in the VZ model are a pain to repair. Since purchasing this car, I have had to replace tyres 6 times, coil pack, 3 spark plugs and running it on gas has misfired 8 imes.
Will never buy another holden commadore.
190kw it's quick
I live the vz sv6 commodore anyone who has been in my car loves it the tech is good handle on a dime it is truly a blessing to own i have done some small mods to it nothing that voids any warranty put bigger rims bigger stereo better holden brakes it's beautiful i would recommend this to anyone
The steel horse
My Holden Adventra LX6 is a excellent city and cruising car with a quiet interior.
The front leather seats are superb with full electric adjustments of a standard only available in much more expensive European cars.
The interior is very roomy with no issues with getting comfortable.
The boot space is larger than most vehicles and is fitted with a full size spare wheel.
The car has excellent acceleration and towing power.
I had reliability issues when I purchased the car which had 38000 showing with frequent warnings showing..
Holden got it right with this one
I have owned a 2006 V6 VZ acclaim for about 5 years now. Sold my old VP and was sceptical about the VZ. Bought it with 70,000k on the clock. Now has 250,000K. Tow a trailer, do a lot of dirt road driving and a fair few K's every year. I don't go crazy but I am no grandad behind the wheel either I change the oil and filter regularly @ 10-15,000ks and this is important. You need to use good quality oil.This car has been rock solid with very few issues so far. No leaks. Parts are cheap. Dropped one ignition coil that left me stranded and unfortuna...tely necessitated the removal of the plenum to replace it. Some silly design things on the VZ make it awkward to service sometimes but hey.... Only just replaced the original water pump but not left stranded. Easy fix and easy to get at. When I bought it the auto trans was rough shifting. After getting a standard engine oil change the issue disappeared. My mechanic did not do anything to the transmission. Yup !! ?? All in all a great car and a real workhorse. Has been very reliable but I look after it. Plenty of space and comfortable on a long drive. Good safety features as standard. Excellent brakes. Great high beams for country driving.Handling pretty average but it is not a sports car. Dislike the sticky antenna (VP was the same), crap side mirrors and visibility, poor standard audio system.
Grandfathers VZ Commodore
Has done over 300,000 kms since he bought it in 2007,water pump failed,has had a brake reline & rear shock absorbers which I fitted & radiator fitted,my grandfather replaced the radiator.
Has been an infallible car since after the water pump failed.
Good fuel consumption (900 kms per tank highway cycle).
Comfortable to drive with great acceleration and reasonable handling. Nice and roomy interior and bootspace, good stereo, and dashboard components.
I bought it secondhand from work as a ex managers car that had low kms and had a good service history. It's probably good fuel economy for it's size, but I imagine it would be better on gas. Power is not a problem, delivering when and where you need it to.
Unfortunately 3 weeks after buying it the radiator went (which was misdiagnosed by a mechanic as a hose clamp) and in turn the head gasket blew. $1500 later it turned out to not be such a bargain afterall. I'm told it's unheard of for the heads to go in these, but that's little comfort.
An excellent, reliable and safe car
The VZ Commodore, for me, has been fantastic since day one of ownership. I own the Acclaim model. One step up from the base version (Executive)
The VZ is my first car. I am it's third owner. It was previously owned by a nursing home, and then by a family. I purchased this car through a private seller in February 2013. It's had a full service history and has never given me a day of trouble.
I've fully maintained the car mechanically with a full service history and i always keep it clean. It's in my favourite colour (deep red) and drives...very smoothly. It handles well over all surfaces of the road and it's quite fuel efficient. The car sometimes needs a little encouragement when accelerating up hill. Aside from that, no complaints. It has ABS braking, traction control and two front airbags. They say the alloytech engine present in the VZ is not as durable as the ecotec in the VY model, manufactured the previous year. However, in my experience, alloytech has been extremely reliable so far.
Its the most reliable car i ever had
I own a 2004 Vz commodore for years now, it has 138000on the clock. Reliable car I have to say. Fuel consumption is an issue, heavy and safe car to drive.
I agree with everything you said and more.
I am experiencing all of these problems and more with my VZ wagon.
Other problems I have experienced are:
With age the fuel economy is very poor, even after servicing.
Engine mounts cracked and leaking.
The door handle release has broken twice and has had to be replaced.
The fuel housing cover sticks, and won't open sometimes.
Power window console box had to be relpaced.
The thermostat is porely positioned and hard to get at (behind the gear box)
The screen over the dash gauges is set at an angle which makes it hard to read.
Water pump went not long after I got it, causing the power steering to fail. ...
VE Calais battery drain resolution
I own a VE Calais 06 model, with a 6.0L in it.
I must say I'm very disappointed in Holden,
1. How the car was over all made
2. How holden handled my claim
3. The stupidity on some people thinking they could overcharge me based on my gender (female)
Anyways, the problem.. I bought the car used 8 months ago, didn't miss a beat until now.
The battery and now the alternator are both fried having replaced them both anyways. I did some research and 'apparently' they're infamous for this problem.. my question!
If Holden knows this why not fix it?
Grrr, I must say I love this car but I won't be buying another.. rant over!
Standard family sedan, good when it works- Would not buy another
We had a VY series 2 executive for 4 years from 90,000ks until 195,000 when we sold it. The first two years were mostly trouble free until it got over 120,000ks and it started to show wear and fall apart. A very poorly made car and was very dissapointed. On paper, it seemed good value for money, very spacious especially for a family and pretty well equipped for a standard executive. If it was more reliable and well built would have considered another.
The engine, while good off the mark was hopeless after 3500 rpms and felt as though it was...choking up. The interior seats also wore out with the material becoming loose and come away from the foam. Bits that didnt work or broke: - Dash light dimmer switch - front power window switch (replaced passenger side front twice!) - Centre Console lid became very loose and would not tighten
Great Aussie car
VZ SV8 auto sedan, bought it 2nd hand with 26000 klm, put LPG on and bigger exhaust. Owned for 6 years now and has 200,000 klms never had a problem, regular services done at wakelings Campbelltown. Tow occasionally. 10.5l/ 100 on gas is a dream. Best car I've ever had for sure. Plenty of power on tap, can't understand why they built bigger V8s.
V8 power, LPG tank fits in boot easily, still looks good, affordable, reliable. Cheap to run.
No cd stacker, no speakers on rear parcel tray area
I bought a used VZ commodore from a government auction. I can Say I made the Biggest mistake of my life. I have had it for 2 years now and I have taken it back to the dealer dozens of times for problems that just seem to pop up, here is a small list!!
- ABS fault on dashboard (took to dealer 3 times, ABS system changed under wrnty)
- Airbag fault on dahsboard (rectified)
- Car started oveheating (Took it to the dealer paid $80 even though had just serviced it)
- Car pulling to the left (Camber on on side is bigger than the other CANT BE FI...
Great car with huge amounts of room for the family. Keep her serviced and she will serve you well. Australian built, so we are keeping local people employed.
Quality of finish was good and standard features enhance safety.
I got mine at the government auctions and found good resale value when I sold it.
The VE Sportwagon has nowhere near the room in the back, 2 sets of golf clubs VS 4 in the older, long wheel base wagons.
For Holden Commodore 2004 - 2006 Acclaim Wagon.
Huge amount of space and fleible interior for carrying the oversize loa...
Questions & Answers
Hi there, I have VZ Commodore sedan battery went completely flat, I've charged it started the car now its showing srs air bag fault. Is this normal? Will the srs airbag fault go away once battery charged?
having promblems with vz 2005 commodore sometimes i go to start it and theres nothing its like the immoblize is on buy the time i mess around with the key trying to get to flashing pad lock off i go to start it then it sounds like its a flat battery
some people are telling me i have to get the key re coded and some are saying its the battery
Just disconnected gas off my vz Commodore now won't start
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