1999 Holden Berlina Ecotec from Australia and New Zealand


Save your money and buy a VE


I bought the car in 2009, and had quite a lot of trouble with it.

After about 2 weeks of owning it, the ignition barrel broke, so I had to get it replaced, as I couldn't drive it.

Within the next 6 weeks, I had the water pump go on me, which took the radiator and thermostat with it.

A few other little issues were power steering rack blew, brake booster failed, passenger electric window stopped working, as did the brake lights.

Would I buy another Holden? Yes. A VT? No.

General Comments:

Overall it handles like a boat.

Had a long first gear (good for the red light battle).

Braking is excellent in these cars, with the twin piston calipers. Given that it felt heavy and gutless over 80 kph.

The steering is hard and not very direct.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2012

1999 Holden Berlina VT series II 3.8 V6 Ecotec from Australia and New Zealand


Always a joy to own and drive


Bushes had to be replaced in front suspension to stop a rattle after I picked it up and had 3 people in it.

It goes hard, but its not an Eight : (

General Comments:

I bought the vehicle standard, and have modified it extensively, including lowering the suspension and 17"x8" shadow chrome rims with 235-45-r17 rubber. Also have added a cold air intake and stainless steel extractors and 2.5" exhaust. Its silver with dark windows and a head turner.

The only option this car doesn't have except for V8 and manual trans is the lack of traction control, which used to be a problem, but fat wheels and low suspension have helped that cause.

It sounds and looks fantastic, and exceptional power compared to an unmodified V6 Commodore.

It has shown down the new 182kw BA Falcon time after time (my friend who owns one won't admit defeat, and says his is still running in after 27,000km). His isn't the only BA its beat, but the XR6 turbo does leave me for dead : (

Before modifying the vehicle it proved extremely efficient on long trips producing fuel consumption figures of 7.0 litres per 100km (on a trip with cruise control set at 110km/h and climate control set at 23 degrees in 42 degree C heat). The water temp gauge didn't budge above 1/3 either in that extreme ambient heat.

The Berlina has a full 12 function 3 window trip computer (plus a couple of optional extra functions as well).

Gives Instant and Avg fuel figures, Fuel Used and Fuel Remaining in litres, Speed alert, distance to empty, distance and time to arrival as well as total time, Avg speed and an trip meter (can set up twin trip meters) and odometer.

Room inside is impressive (and I'm 6ft 4") and all controls are right where you need them. I love the velor trim and electric front seats.

Auto headlights have saved my battery a few times and the remote central deadlocking is an added security on top of factory alarm.

Wonder how a Garret T4 Turbo and engine chip would go :?)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2004