2004 Holden Calais Review

2004 Holden Calais VY Series 2 V8 Gen III V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Gen III V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired19 kilometres
Most recent distance1100 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore


A SWB mafia car


Basically nothing has gone wrong so far.

General Comments:

Great luxury SWB car.

Berry red colour looks very nice indeed.

HBD rear spoiler makes the car look better than ever.

It is so comfortable to drive. Has a lot of power (stock 235 kW). All the luxury items that you need that is standard. No need to pay $50 grand on a base model mercedes and BMW and then pay more for the options. The quality is excellent now a major step up from the previous models. It handles well. It's a joy to own and drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

9th Dec 2004, 22:27

If you like the VY check out the VZ!!!

22nd Jul 2005, 06:51

What are the main differences between the VYII and the VZ... I thought they were mainly cosmetic and no major change to the engine... but I don't know much.

12th Oct 2005, 23:54

The VZ Calais got the new 3.6L 190 kw V6 and 5 speed auto. A few exterior and interior changes. V8 model gets an upgrade and uses electronic drive by wire throttle system.

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review