2006 Holden Calais V 6.0L V8 from Australia and New Zealand
The only thing to go wrong in 2 months of ownership has been a plastic clip on the rear parcel shelf. Only cost 60 cents, so not a major issue.
The car is still young though, and under warranty, so I will update in the future.
For a large car this car handles brilliantly. Huge grip from the 245 rubber. The performance is amazing from any revs, and the throttle response is crisp. Transmission gets a little jerky in first to second if I am a bit abrupt on the throttle. In the 07 cars this was fixed, as it was only a software issue.
The running costs are high, especially the fuel. I am averaging 14.5L/100km in all city driving, so is not as bad as it could be. Also I am running it on 98, so that is 10 cents a litre dearer again.
This car is the Calais V, so is equipped with everything, and is extremely comfortable. I only gave it a 7 because the Calais is now setup for sport rather than luxury, but the car has a good blend of handling prowess and comfort, but other people might prefer the Berlina, which is setup for all luxury driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th November, 2007