1991 Holden Calibra Reviews

1991 Holden Calibra YE 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 kilometres
Most recent distance198000 kilometres
Previous carFord Capri

Summary:

Great in their day, but age is catching up with these cars

Faults:

Exterior Items -

Heater Core replaced (requires removal of dashboard) - $400 parts, $800 labour. Look for coolant stains on front carpets or coolant smell in car.

Air Conditioning Pipes under engine damaged - $350 to fix and another $450 for retrofitting system to run R13 gas.

Regulator for Driver's Side Power Window - $350.

External Mirror Glass for Drivers Side $145.

Steering Rack leaks (not fixed as engine must be removed to access).

General Oil Leaks.

General Electrical Items (Alternator, Regulator generally required attention/replacement every 18 - 24 months.

Interior Items.

Dash pad cracked.

Speedometer background 'bubbling up'

Leather gearchange gaiter replaced - $22 on Ebay.

General Comments:

The Calibra is a strikingly attractive car and after 15 years, has aged gracefully.

Aesthetics aside, Calibras have excellent fuel economy. They have reasonable acceleration and excellent brakes. Their handling is nimble, and for me, that is the best safety feature of the car.

I would not recommend this as a first car, because these cars are now quite old, vulnerable to wear and tear and parts are now becoming quite scarce and without exception, highly expensive.

The auto-electrical system was highly advanced (with sensors indicating everything from head/tail lamp faults to brake pad wear), and probably a little too complex for its time. I have tended to have problems with engine starting (regulators and alternators) every 18-24 months. Power windows and mirrors are expensive to fix.

The engine is generally good, although engine leaks occur and timing belts need to be replaced every 60,000 kms. The key issue about the mechanicals is that the bonnet is quite low and cramped and therefore the peripheral components (starter motor, alternator, air conditioning pipes, steering rack and heater core) are difficult to access and therefore expensive in labour costs to repair.

The interior of the car was not of a high quality, with cracks on the dashboard pad appearing after 7 years, worn leather on the gearchange gaiter and handbrake lever and seats tearing.

Body is good, with rust not appearing to be a problem. But the low front on the Calibra does not agree with gutters, park stoppers and speed humps.

If you must have one, then get a professional mechanical inspection done before purchasing and ensure that you have approximately $3,000 per year in free cash flow each year to keep these babies in good condition, or you'll have a very expensive piece of front lawn furniture.

To be fair, I've enjoyed this car immensely, and would buy another one, if I could one with less than 10,000 kms, and only driven to church on Sundays. The maintenance is just so expensive, but hey, a brand new car will cost you more in depreciation every year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2006

1991 Holden Calibra 2.0 double overhead cam from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 double overhead cam Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired123000 kilometres
Most recent distance148000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Still one of the best looking cars around

Faults:

Accelerator coil came off and was sucked back into the engine, lost all power.

Heater died and caused coolant to leak into the passenger side, very expensive problems!!!

Door trim is slowly falling off.

On full left turn lock in reverse there is a noisy 'clunck' coming from the front end.

General Comments:

Have had the opportunity to have the car up to 200 km/h and all I can say is that, that was quick enough (just purchased the vehicle and the performance was unknown).

The car sits low to the ground and feels like it is floating.

Would love to get my hands on the V6 version!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2001

1991 Holden Calibra YE 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 kilometres
Most recent distance159000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

Reasonably priced luxury 2 door

Faults:

Steering.

General Comments:

Parts availability in Australia poor, and they cost an arm and a leg....

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2000

1991 Holden Calibra ye c20xe 2.0 16v petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

The timing belt broke and destroyed all my valves and pistons while I was cruising with my mate.

The alternator is starting to go.

General Comments:

The Calibra is sexy, slick and stylish and is an eye turner. If you want to buy one beware when the car wants repairs. Parts are not cheap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th August, 1998

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews