1984 Holden Calais Review

1984 Holden Calais VK 3.3 EFI from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 EFI Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance195000 kilometres
Previous carHolden HJ


Excellent value


The computer packed up in the first week that I bought it. This cost me about 400 bucks to fix.

The water pump also cracked, but this was only a minor job. It could have been welded, but I bought a replacement.

When I bought it it also had a blown parking lamp and a hole in the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) pipe. These were both very cheap to fix (about $1)

General Comments:

The performance of the EFI engine is really good, better than my old V8 Kingswood.

It has heaps of gadgets for a car built in 1984 (power windows/mirrors, cruise control, digital dash, etc).

It can be a bit slippery in the wet, but that's half the fun :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2002

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review