1996 Holden Calais Reviews

1996 Holden Calais VS 3.8 Ecotech from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8 Ecotech Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance213000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona

Summary:

A reliable and great performer

Faults:

Power steering pump failed at 206,000km

Crank angle sensor and throttle position switch failed at 196,000km.

No prior faults.

General Comments:

This car offers a very smooth ride with a comfortable cabin.

The Calais has plenty of creature comforts and still has the power to compete with a V8 and some V6 turbos.

This car sounds like a beast with custom stainless extractors and exhaust.

The repairs for the faults listed above were quite inexpensive and I completed them myself (i only have intermediate mechanics skills)

The VS Commodore has readily available parts and plenty of documentation is available for do-it-yourself maintainance. It is also a very reliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2003

1996 Holden Calais HSV Optioned 5.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Very Costly to Run

Faults:

Wheel Bearings 150 000K - Cost a fortune to replace.

Diff 155 000K - center bearing went ($900) changed ratio to 3.7:1 A lot better off the line.

Various electrical problems.

Rear Camber - increases wear on inside of tires.

General Comments:

A lot quicker now the diff has been changed.

No engine problems.

Handles a lot better when lowered.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2002

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews