1974 Holden HQ One Tonne Ute 202

Summary:

True Australian "Muscle"

Faults:

Regular maintenance.

General Comments:

Built for anything the Australian Outback can dish out... and that can be a lot of scary stuff in a huge continent!

Owned the car for about four years, and other than regular maintenance like oils, filter, brakes, coolant etc I haven't needed to do much else to keep it running.

Even if something does go wrong, the replacement parts are cheap!(for now).

Sure, I don't get hybrid car fuel economy and it's a bit noisy (think 100mph farm tractor and you're close), but I have another car that's economical-quiet.

The Holden HQ(1 tonne ute) has been a joy to own and drive on any road, but especially on a long open country road... great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2016

1974 Holden HQ Belmont 3.3 inline six

Summary:

Simple, reliable old time Holden

Faults:

Back fold-down tailgate rusted out every few years, rusting even faster when living near the sea! (would rust out in six months)

Handle/rear window winder/lock assembly on tailgate broke off regularly (metal looked cast) and essentially cracked in half.

General Comments:

Not a bad car for its time, but did have some quirks. Rust wasn't too bad an issue, just the back tailgate. 3.3L engine needed frequent tuning to keep her from stalling at idle.

Had some odd features, hand brake was beside the driver's seat, seat would sag when the driver sat on it, making using the handbrake inconvenient. Column shift transmission due to the front bench seat. Reversing (in the wagon) was difficult, apparently due to a steering geometry design flaw (the wagon had same the steering geometry as the sedan, despite having a longer wheelbase).

I'm going to give a smiley rating, but if I bought this car today, I wouldn't be very impressed! Car standards have come a long way since the 70s.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2015

1972 Holden HQ Kingswood 202 Cubic Inches

Summary:

Solid Aussie Tank

Faults:

The car was a typical Aussie Tank; built very solid and a great runner.

The only things that went wrong were minor and annoying such as the starter motor falling on the road.

The car almost got me arrested. Late one night after finishing a late shift at work, I got into it to go home when the gear linkages jammed (an old Holden problem).

That was no problem to me as it had happened to me before; you just have to lift the bonnet and it's just a simple matter of fiddling the linkages with your fingers until they drop into place.

On this occasion I was doing this when I felt a tap on my shoulder; I ignored this as I thought it was one of my workmates. After about three more taps I lost patience and told them to F*** off.

Only problem it was a cop who wanted to know why I had my head under a bonnet on a dark street. After some fast talking and a very red face, he believed me and let me go.

General Comments:

Very well built car from GMH Holden.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2009

31st Jul 2009, 06:51

Hehe good story.. good car too.

1973 Holden HQ HQ 202 high compression

Summary:

Hard

Faults:

The diff in the sixes blow way too easily.

The axles snap way too easily.

General Comments:

The car is as tough as nails, but the diff and axles are just too weak. With a conversion to a Ford 9 inch diff with billet axles you will never blow a diff again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 2007

17th Aug 2008, 06:07

I know many HQ Holdens that covered in excess of 500,000 miles on one diff.

They will only snap if you abuse them or subject them to ridiculous amounts of stress. The fact that you talk about replacing it with a Ford 9" makes me think that this is what you are doing.

1972 Holden HQ ute 173

Summary:

Best thing you can buy on four wheels

Faults:

Bad battery. speedo never worked, couldn't find matching gear for speedo cable. Had to adjust rockers.

General Comments:

Wicked ute, I've got a brand new car now and I'd still choose the old girl over anything. Reliable as anything, even with bad wheel bearings and a bad knock. Miss it dearly, wish I didn't give it up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2006