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Worth driving and experiencing
Surprising how well mannered the steering, suspension and engine work so well together. Amazing value for the money that would easily cost another 50 to 60 K to buy something else as good from Europe. Not the big guzzler of yesteryear with av in town around 12litre/100lm and country drive av 8litre/100km and you could do better but its hard not to give it some punch occasionally. Enjoy it now as they won't last long and no more Australian cars.
The Reliable Deal
To drive a Vy Commodore to the shops, or to the Qld border, is the same comfort experience. It rides well, has excess power for any road, is very comfortable and spacious, what more can I say. It uses 10.5litres around home, crashes to only 7.2litres on a trip, just does the business. Very reliable, but a pleasure to drive.
We're happy with our car we bought last year.
It's a good driving car love the heads up display, it's a really good car to drive & it looks good as well it looks better than the VE's, we would recommend this car. It has really good safety features & the sat Nav is good as well. Our uncle use to work for Holdens at Woodville & Elizabeth. So it was cheaper to buy a new car instead of a second hand car.
Loving the V8 Power!
I never thought I would buy a Commodore however when I heard that Holden was discontinuing the great Australian sedan and closing their manufacturing plant I could not resist looking into buying a top of the range Commodore SSV Redline. I was familiar with the Commodores of the past as my Dad used to have a VH and VN when I was a kid living at home. All I can say is that the humble Commodore has come a long way since then. My wife drives a current model X3 BMW 20D and the quality of the interior of the VF is pretty good in comparison. The BMW h...as better quality rubber dash vs the harder plastics that you get with the VF however it does feel like you are in a very nice car when you jump in and I have had multiple passenger comment on how impressed they are with the Commodore. I went the manual transmission as going auto with a V8 didn't sit well with me. There is plenty of power but you don't really get a sense of its potential until you get the revs above 4krpm. If you want more on the low end maybe look at the Clubsport LSA or GTS which are both supercharged but that's a fair hike in expense. Maybe I'm just used to driving my wife's diesel X3. Cabin space is amazing and boot is even better. There is just so much space in this car that it dwarfs my wife's X3. I just don't understand why people don't buy these cars anymore as from a practical standpoint I just find this much better than a SUV as there is more usable boot space and rear seat room which is great if you have kids with child seats. Because my SS-V Redline runs 6.2 litre LS3 it does use a bit of fuel. I commute to work each day and I'm averaging 18l per 100km running on 95 or 98 ULP. I could get it down but I'm having so much fun giving that V8 a good squirt where I can. The sound is amazing on this car from the factory. It sounds like a proper V8 in and outside however she only makes noise when you put your foot down. This means you can drive comfortably under normal conditions without sounding like a hoon or annoying your neighbors. Overall a great car with a magnificent engine. Such a shame that we are not making cars like this anymore as I wish I had one earlier. I have given this car 5 stars as for what I paid (56K) I feel you get so much car and fun at the same time. And to my surprise its super practical too for the family owner.
Driver's like a racing car
In my opinion, this model car, handles very well on the road. However work still needs to be done in other areas. Electrical problems are a major issue with cruise control and computer. Engine hydraulic mounts leak oil and need replacing too often. Oil consumption is a little extreme and needs to be checked all the time.
Comfortable family experience but surprisingly agile.
I hired a wagon to ferry the family from Brisbane to Ballina and back while my wife was working and the kids and I because wandering tourists. What surprised me straight off the bat was the throttle response and overall acceleration was what I though pretty average. In so much that I felt my 2010 Toyota Kruger would have given it a run for its money so from an old petrol head who's open up engines upgraded cams etc etc it wasn't inspiring. That said we went for a boot through some hills where there seemed to be an endless amount of motorcyclis...ts overtaking me so I decided to try to sit behind a Ducati which it found surprisingly good at. The build quality seems fine all dashing leather, new car smell as you would expect. But the SAT NAV was something out of the space shuttle with all the info available. So we stopped 10 minutes into our journey to retrieve the trusty brought from home Nuvi65. Fuel economy was quite good especially on the open Rd can't remember exactly what the trip computer said but I thought it wasn't far off the kluger at home so I was happy in that respect. Love to try out the V8 version.
This car is awesome I love it
This car has amazing features to it it looks really nice feels good to travel in everything about it is great except the lock to the glove box in ours is busted but otherwise it's perfect it is the best car my family has ever owned I like how it has built in blootooth also
The best Aussie car ever
Sold a VE 2010 Omega and got a 2015 SV6 Storm Sedan, it handles beautifully a little tyre noise on rough roads but less than the Omega, the interior is very upmarket and the Sat Nav works great. Not had it long enough for reliability tests but up to now it runs perfectly.
pity they're going
I must have an almost perfect engine- almost no oil consumption, plenty of power, purrs like a kitten, 200,000 km no major work on engine. My 4sp auto was replaced and the new one was never super smooth either. Apart from brake wear and tear i've had no other problem mechanically.
Blind spots due to roof pillars are a constant reason to be super careful just dangerous really.
Drivers seat comfort should be better. A BF2 wagon drives heaps better!
All in all a really good car with a few quirks to whinge about
1 who knows
The Holden VF Commodore is by far the best ever made, Bimodle Exhaust, safety features, fuel economy has all been nailed by GMH, everything from starting the car from outside, blind spot alert, holdens mylink infotainment system, bluetooth, voice activation, leather interior, alloy wheels, electronic steering, head up display, self parking, and so much more
A bit disappointed
Bought last year with 50K on it, our MY12 Equipe sportswagon with the 3.0 litre engine did at first prompt me to regret selling our previous, much appreciated '04 VYII Acclaim wagon. Nevertheless, after seriously considering going back to perhaps an '06 SVZ, I decided that the comfort and more modern features of the VE series II replacement made this an unrealistic option. I like the ride, handling and finish of the new car but was disappointed by the much smaller load space and the inferior driveability of the smaller engine. I recently discov...ered, however, that by using "Sports mode" (moving the gear lever to the first position to the left) the change points for each gear and the rev range it allows makes for a much smoother and responsive performance. It's as if the engine has been released to work at its optimum level rather than being constricted to low revs for economy's sake. Interestingly, I find that the fuel efficiency has not suffered at all. I may yet come to enjoy this car as much as I did the VY.
Not a bad car, there are probable worse around.
I have had the VE for about 4 years now, brought it second hand. Was initially very pleased with it as I am classed as a Holden man. Had heaps of them over my life. Then little annoying things started to go wrong, lights in gear selectors blew , my main problem is the radio/CD player. A big problem with most of them the CD plays up. Nobody wants to fix them, Holden say to pull them out and send them somewhere in Melbourne, heaps of cash outlay, still not fixed and nowhere on the radio to take a memory stick. The tow bar started to rust, Holden ...fitted, other small minor problems and now I have a vibration when I put the air on. The car is regularly serviced , the motor goes great, plenty of power for pulling my boat, no other major problems, just getting sick of these ongoing little problems. Probably get something abit higher next time like a SUV as the windscreen area sweeps back and elderly people find it hard to bend down and back to get into it.
They say it's perfect, it's not. It's good.
I've always wanted a SS, ever since i drove my mates VT SS in 1998. It was 220kw of power the likes of which none of us had seen before. But the quality issues with Commodores kept me away. That was until the VFII. After watching every review on the internet and seeing how much praise there was for this car, i decided to take the plunge and buy a SSV Redline.
The engine is amazing! That cannot be understated, and paired up with the bi-modal exhaust it gives you a true V8 experience. You cannot argue with the performance, it's simply exhilara...ting. The front and rear Brembo's, and the FE3 suspension make braking effortless and handling amazing for a big car, although it still feels like a big heavy car. So far so good. But it's not all good. My biggest issue is a clunking sound that the car sometimes makes when you shift gears without accelerating. The service technician said it's just the "play" between the tailshaft and the diff. Regardless of what it is, i hear it, so do all my passengers, and in a $55k car which is top of the line, you expect better. There are also issues with getting the car in 2nd gear or reverse when the car is cold. You have to try a couple of times before it goes in gear. The sat nav was out of date on my trip home from picking the car up from the dealership, and has not been updated during the first service, it remains unusable. All the fancy front collision alert, lane departure warning, and rain sensing wipers don't work like they should. Lane departure warning goes off even though I'm still in my lane and front collision alert sometimes picks up parked cars on the side of the road. Having said that the blind spot monitoring is perfect and very handy when changing lanes. Finally the car is thirsty, very thirsty, but i knew that buying a V8. The claimed 12.6L combined fuel usage is achievable, but must incorporate a bit of highway driving to do so. Realistically your probably going to achieve around 15L. Really spirited driving can increase that substantially. This car could have been amazing if it didn't have the issues that shouldn't exist in a car like this. Nevertheless it is still a good car with power for days and a luxurious and comfortable interior.
Great car but a few niggles.
We have our Calais V 6.0L V8 on a lease. We are now wondering if we will pay the ballon payment and keep it or not after the lease expires. There is good and bad about this car.
•Looks are great. We opted for no-frills on the exterior in white. Glad we did. It looks like a proper luxury car. It looks great from any angle too, especially from the side.
•The 6.0L V8 has all the power we'll ever need and then some. Living in the country, we have to pass a lot of road trains and tourists towing housing units with their asthmatic urban ...
305 000km, still going strong
was reluctant buying a 3rd hand car with so many k's. So far so good. It would seem to be that all servicing was done as noted in the book. Can be a little thirsty but considering the power and the interior space, not too bad.
Everything still works, pretty good for a 13 year old car. It pays to shop for a used car that has been serviced regularly.
VF SS MY14, VF SSV Redline MY15, VF11 SSV Redline MY16 (3 since Jan 15)
It has cost me a fortune but yes I have the car I wanted.
Yes there are issues with all Holden's they are built to a price like any other vehicle.
Yes they are loud but I have noticed that the SV6 people are complaining a lot SS drivers tend to like the noise so no foul there.
Yes there is wind noise over the side mirrors but you don't notice it. But I had this noise in the cabin drove me insane, had the dealer check it still there it was actually the keys...the cabin is pretty quiet comparatively...check what is rolling around you'll fin...
How to reset the "Change oil light" on the dash.
First with car off, Push and hold Start / stop button on for approx. 10 seconds or when dash lights flash. Then push the accelerator pedal to the floor in 3 quick motions and then push start / stop button again to turn off. All reset.
Holding the button down the 10 seconds is important. The Holden dealership wanted to charge $20 to reset this. What a joke. It took 30 seconds to reset. This may be needed if you get the car serviced before the oil change reminder light comes on.
Reliable, Comfortable & Efficient
Purchased wagon in 2011 with 50,000k. Serviced per schedule and never a problem. Well engineered, quiet and comfortable. The 3.6 is smooth and refined, and is very efficient; particularly on highway. Plenty of room for the family and luggage on long trips, and a decent factory sound system for ambiance.
Great family car
I purchased my SS commodore manual in 2011 and has been a pleasure to own and drive. Very comfortable on long trips and nice to drive around the suburbs but heavy clutch and gearbox can sometimes be tiresome in traffic. Spacious in the back seat for the teenagers.Fuel consumption about 15 litres per 100km on e10 fuel around the suburbs . Performance and handling is very good for a vehicle this size.Reliability has been good apart from faulty brake reservoir which was eventually replaced under warranty and a failed lifter in the engine which sp...oiled the ownership experience somewhat at 53000kms which required a top end rebuild.Luckily all under warranty and replacement vehicle provided during repair. Now at 58000kms, original tyres, brakes , battery and no other faults.
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.
Questions & Answers
Have a VY Calais 2004 drove it to work 1/2 hr drive to work. Car sit outside for 8 hours I drive 2-5 mins down the road and the car has shut down no power. First time it did this it blow engine con relay a few days later the starter relay and just yesterday it did it again. Have had battery and alternator check they are all good. Just wondering if it may have something to do with amps and subwoofer been installed and installed professional. Can one got the answer please
Where do I find the release latch for the boot in the boot ?
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i wish to know to disable the radio from showing from the dashboard screen.
i use the dashboard screen to show the speed o meter.
but if some change the radio station , it cancels the speed o meter and show the radio settings.
i like to remove the radio reading from the dashboard screen.
|Category||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||20" Alloy||20" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.6 L/100km||5.8 L/100km||9.1 L/100km||9.1 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||61 L||61 L||61 L||61 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||6 Cylinder 3.6L||6 Cylinder 3.6L|
|Max Power||191kW @ 5500rpm||125kW @ 3750rpm||235kW @ 6800rpm||235kW @ 6800rpm|
|Max Torque||350Nm @ 3000-4000rpm||400Nm @ 1750-2500rpm||381Nm @ 5200rpm||381Nm @ 5200rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Germany||Germany||Germany||Germany|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2017|
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