1995 Holden Acclaim Reviews

1995 Holden Acclaim VS 3.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres

Faults:

Owning this acclaim for almost four years now, I've only recently had to replace the power steering pump, due to leaks at approx 179000 kilometers. no other issues. for a family car, the V6 is pretty darn quick. Plenty of torque when you need it for overtaking and so forth. The only gripe about the interior is the passenger side airbag cover has come off revealing an ugly rusty looking metal plate underneath. The grey dashboard panel which sits flush with the dash (over the airbag) was starting to peel up at the corners when I purchased the vehicle, due to sunlight exposure I guess. I have cured this by purchasing the acclaim dashmat, and cutting out a shape from an old dashmat, and gluing this to the steel airbag panel. it now looks respectable.

A great car for a 30YO bachelor. I will be keeping it for a few years yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2004

1995 Holden Acclaim VR 3.8 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance240000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona

Summary:

Sensational + exceptionally good looking done up

Faults:

Power steering pump leak

Standard head unit tape stopped working replaced with Panasonic head unit.

General Comments:

This VR v6 has been in the family for the past 10 years has never let us down. Have had it serviced about 6 years ago still impressed. very quick for its weight. The car is being driven by a p platter. Apparently getting thrashed every single day, but still manages to have no problems. It is very quick for a " family car". Being a family car doesn't handle like a skyline, but wasn't designed to do so. Extremely impressed with the vehicle and extremely happy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2004

1995 Holden Acclaim VR 3.8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 kilometres
Most recent distance113000 kilometres
Previous carHolden VP V8 5 speed

Summary:

A great family car, reliable, dependable

Faults:

Brakes replaced and rotors refaced at 100,000.

Regulator replaced at 100,000, minimal cost.

Wheel alignment every 10,000 max.

Baffles on the exhaust blew out.

Automatic aerial. Very costly!!

Driver's seat keeps falling back.

Doors can be bent forwards by passing trucks wind, leaves a nasty crease.

Paint chips, poor paint?

General Comments:

Absolutely brilliant on fuel, 640km highway per tank, 420 around town.

Easily bent, especially the back bumper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2000

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews