Holden Caprice Review from Australia and New Zealand

2003 Holden Caprice WK 5.8

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 5.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance66000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Luxurious and stylish, but still a Holden

Faults:

* Discs warp fast. Due to Holden putting on discs too small for a car of this size. Results in steering shudder on braking. $130 to machine.

* Holden Assist, though deactivated, started dialing the phone connection when engine is switched off. Also causes hissing sound in stereo.

* Car developed a steering shake at 100km/h a few weeks after I bought it. To compensate I inflate the tyres to 38psi. I have had the shake looked at by many different people, but no one can figure it out.

* Memory seats turn off intermittently. This is not often enough to worry about yet.

General Comments:

Comfortable, good climate control system, nice interior and exterior styling. It's the little things that make it swell. When you indicate, a white light shines out the side of the car. Useful at night. Dipping rear view mirror is also marvelous. When reversing, I can see the curb. Makes it so easy to parallel park. Memory seats are also very useful. The interior room and boot space is fantastic. A very comfortable ride. The V8 power is enough to get you going and then some. I put in an aftermarket LPG system with the gov rebate. Great of fuel and no power loss.

Besides the negatives the car is nice to drive. It does deprecate fast, but I bought it for a good price. Get LPG fitted and it's cheaper to run than a 4 cylinder. At the end of the day, it's still a Holden. I'm not convinced I'd buy another one, but then again, I haven't driven the latest model. The car does make you feel like your king of the road (until an S-Class pulls up ;-) )

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th October, 2009

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 1 review