1985 Holden Calais Reviews

1985 Holden Calais VK 308 4900ci from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 308 4900ci Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired220166 kilometres
Most recent distance233255 kilometres
Previous carHolden Torana

Summary:

Good, reliable value for money

Faults:

Speedomoter stopped working jus flickers now, still trying to find new solenoid.

Carby gives me bit of drama's, hard to work on at times.

General Comments:

The car in general is nice n smooth, handles great, good power to fuel effiency.

Find it very hard to save the leather on the trim as heat cracks it.

Oil leaks are hard to keep away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2003

1985 Holden Calais VK 308 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 308 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres

Summary:

Reliable tough motor vehicle

Faults:

My radiator needed replacing at 140000kms.

I had to rebuild the automatic it has received a hard life though.

I had a couple of powersteering leaks fixed at 180 000kms.

General Comments:

This car is not extemely quick as it is a standard motor that is almost 18yrs old, but it doesn't blow any smoke at all.

It is fully optioned with electric sunroof and windows and all are in good working order.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2003

1985 Holden Calais VK 3.3 OHV petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 OHV petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired228000 kilometres
Most recent distance233000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Sigma

Summary:

Luxury at a brilliant bargain

Faults:

I blew the Distributer Cap one morning.

The electronic speedometer has a problem with jumping around between 5 km/h and 38 km/h.

I had an oil leak at about 230,000 kilometers.

Drinks fuel like nobodies business. It uses about 75 dollars of fuel per week. (At about 98.7 cpl Lead Replacement Petrol).

The on-board computer 'Low Coolant' sensor never stops going off. Very annoying, especially on long trips.

General Comments:

The steering and acceleration is smooth.

The electronic dash is very useful and educational.

It comes standard with four speakers. I like that in a car.

It has huge boot space. Plenty of room for a sub woofer, or a kangaroo body, if you like that sort of thing.

Seats are the most comfortable auto furniture that I have ever sat on.

I bought the car for $4,990 minus Trade In, it was the best bargain I have ever seen!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2002

1985 Holden Calais Calias 308 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 308 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance202000 kilometres

Summary:

Unreliable gas guzzler

Faults:

Head gasket blew within 2 weeks of purchase. Heads gasket blew after another 5 years both time the gasket blew into the valley.

Rebuilt trimatic automatic transmission.

Rebuilt steering rack.

Oil leaks, one after another.

Chewed one year old camshaft, required replacement.

Electronic speedo works intermittently.

General Comments:

I would not by another Holden Calais Commodore.

The car has given me nothing but trouble from day one.

I will get another Toyota I think.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st August, 2002

1985 Holden Calais SL (fake Calais) 3.3 EST (carb) from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.3 EST (carb) Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired213633 kilometres
Most recent distance213633 kilometres

Summary:

All round fantastic built Australian car

Faults:

Speedo broke.

Suspension problems.

Electrical Problems.

General Comments:

The car is awesome, it costs nothing in repairs. Only real problem is petrol, it guzzles it. Awesome car for the first time buyer, they never say die!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2001

26th Aug 2001, 19:30

How did you fix the broken electronic dash?

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 5 reviews