1998 Holden Berlina VT 3.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Had a new thermostat and new alternator put in, in the first week of owning it.

General Comments:

This is a lovely car to drive apart from having to replace a thermostat and alternator.

I enjoy the car. Idling can be a bit rough at times, and the traction on corners isn't the best; it does feel like the car will go into a tail spin if you go too fast. The handling isn't the best.

Apart from that, a great car.

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

Review Date: 11th October, 2014

1998 Holden Berlina VT 3.8 V6 ECOTEC from Australia and New Zealand


Very bad model


Where do I begin?

Power steering rack replaced

Valve cover gasket or head gasket leaking water and oil mixing.

Electric windows break all the time.

Had to replace engine mounts

Leaks transmission fluid lots, very annoying.

Dashboard cracking and falling to bits.

Very low fuel pressure; had regulator, fuel pump and filter replaced, but still cuts out up hills and when you put your foot down. The timing is fine.

General Comments:

Nice car to drive, but falls apart. Worst Commodore I have ever owned; I spend more time under the bonnet than I do driving it.

Had a VT Executive; much better, hardly any problems until I smashed it.

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

Review Date: 17th July, 2010

1998 Holden Berlina VT 3.8 Litre V6 from Australia and New Zealand


World Class


The bottom line with the VT Commodore, is aside from typical aging faults like splitting window tint and rubber door seals breaking, that is about it.

General Comments:

The car is extremely brilliant. It has ample power, is safe, and reliable. It is a proven performer in dangerous situations, be it on slippery and uncertain roads. It has been able to dodge unexpected animals on rainy highways, stay steady during a sudden swerve, and ensure the survival of all occupants inside. It is also built like a rock.

There is seriously nothing wrong with them.

If you are a parent, and want to know your child will be protected when they drive on their P's, the VT Commodore Berlina is the only choice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2008

7th Feb 2009, 02:35

My 98 VT Berlina (with aftermarket LPG) was performing good until the last month. It broke down during the current heat wave in Melbourne (46 degree day).

Well, firstly, I never had any problems since I bought it a couple of years ago as the 2nd owner of the car. Suddenly, it gave me a few problems and I'm bit worried to upgrade. The fuel pump just died and the trigger effect was that the coil pack, plugs, leads, injectors and the fuel filter has to be changed. Still after about a $1300 bill for repairs, it's still not running smooth, specially when running on GAS.

Any comments will be a great HELP.


1998 Holden Berlina 3.8 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


More or less invincible, a good drive and a good family car


Nothing really went wrong with this car, it proved to be reliable enough.

General Comments:

This was a work car that I used on some occasions to drive long distances (eg. to northern territory). It proved to be Tough and reliable, and while the acceleration left something to be desired, the engine noise was quite satisfying at 160+ (on long, boring trips it was occasionally pushed to 180, and once I pushed it to its absolute limit, which was 205km/h).

Naturally as I did not pay for the car or repairs I did not treat it with much respect, and once pushed it through a flood that almost came up to the windows, and to my great surprise the electrics held and the engine continued to run, though the brakes were a little weak for a few minutes. a bloke in his falcon Ute followed me and his engine failed halfway through, bringing him to a halt.

This car did not have any problems while I drove it, even after the flood incident. I had a lot of fun driving this.

The luxury features were acceptable for a car in this price range and the seats were comfortable, I had no problems with the interior.

I do not recommend that anyone else drive their car through a flood, especially a new one. also, unless in northern territory do not push your car to 200+.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2006