1999 Holden Calais 3.8 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


A good solid cruiser


Dropped a cylinder, turned out to be an stuffed spark plug.

Bits of interior and exterior trim have fallen off. Easily replaced.

Not much else.

General Comments:

I bought this car off the old man about 2 years ago. (He now drives a 5.7 VY Calais) In a nutshell, it's done exactly what's been asked of it, no problems at all.

Not too bad on petrol when on the highway, uses about 8-9 litres per 100km's. In town though it's a different story, it absolutely gulps it down using about 15 litres per 100km's.

Performance is pretty good. Ample power to overtake when required. It's not really going to set the world on fire in a drag race, however it's definitely enough for everyday driving.

As far as handling is concerned, it's not too bad for a big thing. The steering's a bit lifeless, but you can truck it pretty quickly if so desired. It's more of cruiser in reality.

Inside it's got all the fruit. Sunroof, power everything, climate control, etc. Everything still functions as it should. The only thing I wasn't too happy about was the factory stereo. I've now upgraded this with a Pioneer head unit, and it's give the factory speakers a whole new sound. Well worth the investment.

In summary it gets the job done. It cruises along with a minimum of fuss, cheap to run and has been perfectly reliable. Just don't expect to admire it from your lounge room when you park it out the front. Recommended.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2007

14th May 2008, 17:36

"Don't expect to admire it from your lounge room window" - I am not sure I understand you there... are you saying this is an unattractive car?!

24th Sep 2008, 23:44

Pretty much, I just don't admire it like I do other cars. In standard trim it looks pretty boring. Now if I had an Ferrari F355 that would be different...

1999 Holden Calais VT 5.7 from Australia and New Zealand


A beautiful HSV replica with all the bells and whistles that a Calais could give


Right rear window control switch needed replacing.

Steering wheel vibration during braking.

Driver seat, side plastic cover needed repair.

Cd play often skipping regularly on uneven or bumpy roads.

Missing screws for engine cover plate.

General Comments:

The Calais was fitted with an after market VX HSV body kit and 18 inch replica mags with rear spoiler.

The engine had been modified (re chipped, big bore exhaust, air intake modification and lowered suspension).

Due to the modifications a Dy-no test showed a 40 kW increase from stock standard.

Usual Calais bells and whistles with leather seats and upmarket stereo system.

The car looked immaculate all dressed up and appeared extra sporty due to lowered height. But was not forgiving with Cd skip on bumpy roads.

Although the automatic system was also tweaked there was still that somewhat sluggish acceleration at lower revs.

Good speed and overtaking qualities and awesome cornering at higher speeds.

In silver certainly a head turner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2005

21st Jun 2010, 20:57

Are they worth getting, like good enough that it won't screw up and be a total waste of money?