2001 Holden Acclaim VX Wagon 3.8L petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Rear windscreen washer dribbles when cornering. Could not be fixed by the dealer, even though it went back twice under warranty.
Recently a seized idler pulley caused a broken fan belt, which damaged the oil pressure switch and also the crank angle sensor and the crank pulley itself. All up fixing the damage cost $500, not including the tow to my mechanic.
This car is very reliable; almost as reliable as my Skyline!
The comfort level is very good, and it has been used on numerous interstate trips with the family. I still prefer taking this wagon on long trips, because it is so spacious and able to take a large load, including teenagers and my wife's excess baggage.
This wagon has the best roof racking system I have ever come across on an Australian made car (or any other car for that matter), using an integrated rail system. Roof bars can be separated up to 1.5m, making loading very stable. No problem loading up surfing equipment, spare tyres and whatever else.
The engine and mechanicals, are very simple and accessible. Great for home based mechanics who want to reduce the costs of servicing. I now service my own and both my sons 3.8L Commodores (3 cars) for less than it would cost for most people to maintain and service one car.
With advice from my mechanic, I put this car on LPG in 2006, and the car runs and performs beautifully on this low cost byproduct fuel... I haven't looked back since that advice, and it is a real winner for the hip pocket! Both my sons agree, as their Commodores are on LPG too!
I haven't driven the later VE, VF Commodores, but if they are anywhere near as good as my VX wagon, I don't understand why Holden is struggling with sales.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th April, 2013