1996 Holden Berlina VS 3.8L V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Great day to day cruiser
Gearbox blew at 245000kms
Power window switches several times.
Crank angle sensor and oxygen sensor.
Power steering leaks a bit.
I couldn`t imagine an easier car to live with day to day.
It is very comfortable, has plenty of power and uses almost no oil (1 liter per 10,000km`s)
Fuel economy is exceptional considering the thrashing I give the car daily. I`ve had it down to 8.5 l/100k`s highway and 10 around town.
The few problems are really only small niggles with the exception of the gearbox blowing up which cost me $2500 to fix.
The motor still pulls like a train and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.
I have no doubt it will make it to 400000Km`s with regular oil changes.
I won't sell it until I hit 1,000,000Km`s.
With the climate control, cruise and power windows it has all the comfort I need.
I love my car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th April, 2005
13th May 2005, 10:58
3 weeks after I wrote this review the water pump failed.
These early model VS water pumps are expensive, $300 just for the pump excluding fitting.
24th Jun 2006, 05:26
I am now up to 312000 kilometres and have since my last update replaced the radiator and the harmonic balancer.