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Cheap rubbish with terrible support.
Not sure what car people who rave about this have previously owned but we have a late model Merc as a comparison and the worst thing I ever did was trade my VF for a ZB. The car has all the bells and whistles, being an RS-V but nothing works very well. Lane keep is just annoying, cruise control plus or minus 7kph, collision alert is dangerous and distracting and can't be turned off (if someone turns off in front of you and you don't brake because you judged you wouldn't need to, the flashing red light and noise is distracting). The infotainment...system is really low rent and seldom recognises the correct name when you speak. The GPS maps where around 3 years out of date when the car was built, of course Holden will remedy this for $150. The exhaust is noisy on the RSV and just tries to pretend it's something it isn't. Fuel economy is as bad as the VF V6 which unless on a trip is well over 10L/100. NOW, Holden say they will support you for at least 10 years this support has included charging me 160 to "analyse" that the battery needs replacing (car is 2 years old and 3 years warranty remaining), this came about because I told them the auto stop/start had ceased working a year ago and due to a serious health issue and then covid I couldn't take the car in before the 1 year warranty on the battery expired!!! Holden didn't give a you know what. Had a minor scrape in a shop car park, car needed new door (because its a new car), 3 months ex Germany, that's support for you, not commodore doors in the country. 9 speed transmission changes up gears when going up steep hills and is often in too low a gear when going around a slow corner (completely A about) this got fobbed off by the dealer as "adaptive transmission" LOL thanks for that, I've never owned a flash car before. Suffice to say the car was probably a lemon (was, it's gone) but the big takeaway here is the change in attitude and help from the Holden dealer post Holden closing down in Australia. They asked for feedback and I gave it, honestly, 2 weeks ago and they haven't even had the decency to contact me. Oh and lastly, it's the first car I've owned in 40 years that's worth less than earlier models, well done holden lol
Fantastic family car, great price, economy size and power
ZB wagon RS. Had the car now for about 6mths. Spent $27k with 5,000km. Fantastic car, very happy with it. Sturdy, very quick, cheap to run, tonnes of room, especially in boot. I fit three bike racks on roof (really sturdy roof-rails) which makes it even more versatile. It's relatively basic in a time when all cars beep and try to drive themselves. Oh. I turn off lane control and auto stop!
I get it serviced at my own mechanic, far more reliable.
-Underpowered headlights (I'm gonna replace!)
-No factory towbar
-duco scratches easily and dash material hard to dust (I'm talking really minor)
Great Car Crap service
Took my car for under warranty repairs and service at Paul Wakeling Holden in Campbelltown. They had the car all day when they rang me to tell me it needs new engine and wont be able to do it for another 3 weeks. To my surprise when I went to pick it up, they charged $400 for a service and would not give me the car back unless I paid.
Why would any mechanic complete a service on an engine when it needs to be replaced. As I said, the car is amazing (minus the engine replacement) but the service from the Holden Dealer is just disgusting, even the attitude whilst talking to the staff was 0/10.
Purchased in February 2020 for A$21,000.00.
Fantastic All Rounder
We bought our Commodore after trading our 7 seater Ford Territory. It has fulfilled everything that we require of a wagon. Its roomy for our now adult children, comfortable, quiet and really economically while capable of pulling like a train. Air conditioner does make more noise than it should, more noticeable because the rest of the car is so quiet.
It handles decisively and crisply while over-taking quickly and readily, it never hesitates and always finds the right gear smoothly. The various safety aides are a bonus. When cruising on the...
Purchased in April 2019 at Motors Holden.
- ZB (Wagon) RS-V (2017-2020)
- Verified purchase
Still wanted a V6 and i wanted a wagon, ended up buying this car and found all the talk about it is misplaced and love the car.
-great value for what I paid
-car has many safety features, lots of room, and great to drive, sounds amazing with factory tune
-extra warranty was included as part of car to take it to 7 years
-capped price service
-7 year roadside assistant part of sale
cons:...-already has a couple of things under warranty fixed, but any car i have had has been the same -V6 is not as economic as I read. -entertainment unit good, but could be better, car play does not work all the time, but not sure if car or something with Apple phone -experience at service dealer thus far has been a bit lackluster, hopefully this improves
Amazing value. Fun to drive. Firm Ride. Noisy Exhaust
Bought the car in July 2019. Had test driven the Mazda 6 , skoda superb, Toyota Camry v6, Commodore car, Calais V lift back.
Mazda was cramped and gutless. Skoda was bland and tinny and too light weight, Camry Head room was a problem and torque steer with a v6 very noticeable, the VXR I loved but bug 20 inch wheels made the car thud and shudder over patches in the road. The Calais V lift back also has 20 inch wheels and the ride was jarring.
My car has a firm ride. Amazing v6 engine. Amazing cruise control and auto braking. L asbe keep assist.... The head lights switch to low beam when a car approaches then auto switches back to to beam. They also swivel when going around a corner. I love the power boot lift and close and how it's hands free using your foot under the rear. The back seats are self folding you just touch the button. . The seats are all leather. The panoramic sunroof is incredible. From my remote I can start the car, open all the windows and the sun roof When I leave the car it self locks closes all the windows and sunroof. The Bose sound system is magic. The steering is light. This can be adjusted electronically to suit the driver. There is an auto start stop which saves fuel but can be turned off if you want. The car is all wheel drive so no torque steer. The engine it's very quiet. There is a system in the car which was developed by Bose that dampens the sound uncaring the audio system. It offers everything that a BMW or Mercedes does. Some weaknesses would be, air conditioner is not quiet. Delivered tyres are SUV tyres so quite hard and firm. Mats included are low pile and cheap. No speed limit indicator on the GPS.
I bought this new car in April 2019 and it is the best Holden I have driven. I have owned lots & lots of Holdens starting from the HR to the HX Sandman & VF & now the ZB.
Like every one I was a little sceptical about buying the new German Import & I actully didnt even test drive this car I bought it over the phone my first drive of the car is when I signed for it.
But what a surprise the new V6 has a lot more power than any other Holden V6 that I have driven'
On the first service the car Required nothing to be fixed.
Good job Holden but you need to market this car better people are not aware how good this car is.
I will buy Holden again.
The car isn't really that bad, Holden's warranty and after sales service is 1 star
So I (foolishly) bought a ZB RS wagon, and had a Holden genuine towbar fitted by the dealer. Now the park assist doesn't work and my local dealer who is 40 minutes closer than the dealer I bought it from won't fix it. Sure they tried a few simple things but now they are saying they need to remove the rear bumper and it won't be covered by warranty!!! Freaking unbelievable!! I am the first private owner of this car (it is a dealer demo) and it has 4 years warranty left. The original dealer is happy to have a look but they are over an hours drive...away and I will need to get a hire car whilst they try to fix it. Do not buy a holden, worst most useless warranty ever. I even had 2 different people from Holden give me 2 different stories, one even suggested had I had the towbar fitted interstate that I would have to return to that dealer, absolutely ludicrous. Now I have to return to the dealer that sold me the car and fitted the towbar, as this is not a quick fix I will probably have to hire a car, so don't be fooled into thinking a warranty means no out of pocketr expenses, it doesn't. UPDATE : IT GETS WORSE I urge everybody to think twice before buying a Holden as it would appear that the "we will continue to support our product" is complete and utter crap. I won't get into the fact I believe the ZB commodore is at best, an average car, however I would like to point out that they are clearly not stocking a great deal of parts. My crash repairer told me yesterday that a front door (YES, A FRONT DOOR FOR A 2018 COMMODORE) was not available in Australia, and he was told 10 to 12 weeks for a door to come from Germany. Fortunately he found a good secondhand door here in WA but we still have to wait 2 weeks for the rest of the parts. So think twice before buying an imported holden, that warranty is less valuable than toilet paper if they have no parts
Great Car Except For Water Trails Behind It..
Every time we drive the car and after doing approx 5 to 10 kms it leaves trails of water from both exhaust pipes...Holden dealer and customer service say this is normal for all zb 4 cylinder commodores....I expect some water at start up for a few moments but not after driving for over 10 or so mins in low humidity.....Any one else have this trouble...The photo attached is after the car was driven 9 kms on a fine sunny day ...
Purchased in April 2019 for A$35,000.00.
We picked up our ZB RS 2.0L turbo last week. It has 5500km on it first registered in Oct 18. I am really impressed, i have owned a number of Holden in the past (VH Commodore, WH Statesman Gen3, VE SS, VF SS LS3) and they have all been great but this one is light years ahead. I think the people who slam this car have never driven one and can't move on from Aussie manufacturing being closed. Sure it is a bit smaller than the VF but is bigger than the VT. I test drove a Subaru, and a Camry (Camry looked good but very disappointing to drive, it was...like a gutless whale compared to ZB) and the Commodore is far superior. I drove both the 2.0L T and the V6 AWD. Look i nearly grabbed the V6 but went with the 4 cylinder. This thing is quick, certainly quicker than the VF SV6 and i think it would be quicker than the WH with the LS1 5.7L. People just need to remember the first commodore came from Germany and now it has gone back to its' roots. Shame that holden don't have a V8 in it, it would be lethal or perhaps a twin turbo 6 to replace the V8 but i just read they are bringing out the new mid engine Corvette as RHD so that will tick that box for the price of a HSV GTS. I say go and drive one you may get a suprise.
Purchased in June 2019 for A$29,000.00.
ZB commodore tourer Calais V AWD V6
New car had 1 day tailgate, back at dealer 1 week , still not fixed completely. Other problems with car still not fixed, Holdens attitude very bad. Don't buy this car!!!!!!
Purchased in February 2019 for A$56,500.00.
The interior look is also best described as elegant, with fresh shapes that flow cohesively into the door trims and centre console. There’s a general air of quality about it, but it’s let down by some cheap-feeling controls and switches, particularly the climate control knobs. The unmatchable mileage is what really excited me for the purchase.
Superb Sports Car.
I love the design and acceleration of holden commodore sv6 2018. Interior is awesome and very comfortable for long daily driving and options like apple carplay and wireless mobile charging and 360 camera provide you all quality feature and 5 year warranty will cover your all cost of damage. I recommend buying roadside assistance for it.
Questions & Answers
My wife has recently purchased an LT Commodore. The car does all things as expected except for the headlights. They are dim and totally useless on an open road. If I were to travel in the country with wildlife abounding then that would be outright dangerous. Anyone else with headlight problems. This care is only 1 month old.
The ZB Commodore GPS does not have Traffic Sign Recognition not does it have current speed limit displayed for the road. This was available on the VF. Are there plans too have this feature made available? As the opel insignia and Buick regal both have it as does ds the Vauxhall insignia.
Pre-Acadia vehicles, Holden had no Australian traffic sign database. Which is why there is no traffic sign recognition on Commodore or Astra.
OK. But you would think they would be able to offer it now or at least use a GPS infotainment that has it built in. The VF Calais has Speed Limit database with all the speed limits for all the roads and this is updated over the air through the GPS service. It is built into its GPS so why not the ZB? A backward step I say.
Has anyone else had an issue of a large vibration at speed thru the whole car
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