1987 Holden Calais Reviews

1987 Holden Calais Series 2 Turbo 3 litre turbocharged. from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3 litre turbocharged. Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Find a looked after turbo example and your laughing

Faults:

-Air flow meter blew, cost $35 for a new one

-Timing has gone out a few times, just needed a tune to fix

-Extreme amount of compressor surge (flutter) sometimes mean the car can stall if accelerated heavily then instantly stopping and pushing the clutch in, problem would be fixed by going for an after market ECU (which removes the air flow meter, cause of this problem)

General Comments:

Very well built car, mine is a lightly modified example with around 200rear wheel kw which I believe is perfect street power. This car has great Japanese performance for those who don't wish to own an import.

The gearboxes are great, I have been running 200rwkw through my box which is actually from a non turbo VL (!!) and it has not given in yet.

Perfect car for a young guy wanting to get into performance cars!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2005

1987 Holden Calais VL Nissan RB30E 3.0L 6 Cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Nissan RB30E 3.0L 6 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired279130 kilometres
Most recent distance282397 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Amazing value

Faults:

279700kms: 5 Exhaust manifold studs broke when I fitted an extractor exhaust.

280179kms: Power wire fell off the engine control unit.

281000kms: Crank Angle Sensor replaced as a precaution.

281208kms: Engine overheated, cause was a clogged radiator.

281568kms: Top radiator hose blew.

General Comments:

The previous owners neglected this car badly. Various pieces broke within a month of ownership.

The exterior is in bad need of some TLC, most of the paint has cracked

Despite all the neglect this car has had over the past 10 years the drive-train is still in very good condition, and it is a dream to drive.

The seats can only be described as brilliant.

For a 17 year old car it still has all features of a much newer car, air-conditioning, power steering, power windows, electric mirrors and cruise control.

It has a fairly powerful engine and it can be tricky to drive in the wet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2004

1987 Holden Calais VL 3.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance263000 kilometres

Summary:

Visually appealing and powerful at the same time

Faults:

Alternator broke.

The Oxygen Sensor broke.

High beams no longer work.

General Comments:

The car has a 2 1/2 inch exhaust, extractors, a K&N air filter, a cold air induction, peddars lowered suspension, 16 inch mags, a Kenwood cd player with two 6x9's in the back, two speakers in the front and two 12 inch subs in the boot running off a 600 watt amp. Other smaller mods include an aftermarket steering wheel, tinted windows and a black widow alarm.

The car runs pretty good at the moment and is very fuel economic. As it is though it won't beat any later model commodore.

The car is VERY good looking and as it is my first car I feel privileged to be driving it. At $5500 it is worth every cent. I spent an extra 2800 getting it just right (though it's not quite finished).

Mods I have planned for the future include a Chiptorque HP3 cam and chip and a stage 2 shift kit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2003

1987 Holden Calais VL 3.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

A beautiful car to own

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

The car goes very well and is very quick for a 3.0litre.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2003

1987 Holden Calais VL 3.0 Nissan from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 Nissan Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance215000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Great car for those lads who don't want to spent heaps to get power

Faults:

Leaking rear seal in the auto gearbox.

Struts a bit like a boat ride.

General Comments:

The car performs great and is a reliable tow vehicle.

Has ample power and leaves most small block V8's off the line.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2001

1987 Holden Calais 3.0 litre turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 litre turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance115500 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Great performance car (just watch out for that rust)

Faults:

The two main problems I have had was first the automatic transmission let go and needed to be reconditioned, which was expensive.

The second problem was the rust that was behind both the front and rear wind-screens. This is a common problem with the VL Commodores and any earlier models.

General Comments:

I'm not sure of all the modifications that have been done on my engine, but it is extremely fast, and will beat most cars on the road.

It has a 2 1/2 inch exhaust and has a water injection system.

The engine never misses a beat, the only downfall is that it does not have a limited slip diff so I get a lot of wheel spin.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th August, 2001

31st Dec 2010, 07:49

I need another 50 hp on the Calais to keep up with the newer models on the road. Since you have done the modification, maybe you could advice me on what I can do to make the difference in the horse power?

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 10 reviews