2000 Holden Calais Review

2000 Holden Calais VX 5.7 Gen 111 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.7 Gen 111 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Patrol


Complete crap - worst car I have ever owned in 40 years of motoring


Serious vibrations throughout car at 50-80kms/hr.

Rattley engine noises.

Reverberations throughout the car from the exhaust system.

Big "clunking" noises from the differential when changing gear.

Automatic shifts severe -- big bang - not smooth.

Creaking doors.

Huge gas gobbling appetite - not matched by the performance.

General Comments:

Sold as a luxury car -- $54000 to put on the road -- consider the sale of this vehicle as a luxury car to be out and out fraud.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th October, 2001

9th Feb 2004, 14:27

I am surprised at your review of the VX Calais. I have just bought this car second hand and it is fantastic. I have yet to experience the issues that you are experiencing. Overall I think you may have been a little harsh on the vehicle or your car needs to be taken to a authorized Holden dealer to rectify the problems.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review